Teen Educational Experiences


Speak Up For Israel

Grades: 11 and 12

Monthly Sunday Meetings, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Not sure what to say if someone bashes Israel? Learn the facts, ask the hard questions and know the answers. Israel gets a bad rap, especially on college campuses. Join an elite group of high school juniors and seniors and learn from national experts in the field – American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the David Project and Step Up for Israel – how to respond and take action. Students enrolled will attend the AIPAC conference in March. Spaces are limited. For more information or to register, contact the JCC Israeli Shaliach at 203.487.0961. This program is a partnership between the JCC and UJF.


March of the Living

The March of the Living is a two-week international experience where teens from around the world come together each year and bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland and then travel to Israel to rejoice in the Jewish Homeland. The program commemorates Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau and celebrates Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, in the streets of Jerusalem.


During those 2 weeks, we cried, laughed and made new friends, but most of all we gathered together and proved that the Jewish people are strong and we will never again let something like the Holocaust happen.   While on the March of the Living, I discovered my real purpose: to be the voice of those no longer living, by passing along the stories, traditions, and lessons of what being a Jew really means. Because while people do not live forever, their traditions do.


Kayla Sodaro, Kulanu Alum, Norwalk CT “In Treblinka, my stomach churned and my mind yearned for the flight to Israel that was merely hours away. I never thought I would stand in the middle of an extermination camp in the heart of Poland, the very country my ancestors fled, and know the desperation for a homeland.   It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ll probably ever have.”—Sophie Koester, Kulanu Alum, Stamford, CT


Tichon Sinai at Temple Sinai

Tichon Sinai will help 8th, 9th and 10th grade teens experience joy in Jewish learning, pride in being Jewish, and a commitment to participation in Jewish life. When our teens are connected to Temple Sinai they learn about Jewish life by actively experiencing it! Tichon Sinai combines the best of classroom- based and experiential education in a cohesive program that fosters Jewish identity development and community-building. The goals of this program are to meet students where they are and to provide appropriate challenges for growth; to build leadership among our teens; to give them ownership of their learning; to provide multiple points of entry into Jewish life and to promote Jewish identity formation. Most of all, it will bring our kids together to have fun!


Rosh Chodesh: It's a Girl Thing!

is a multi-year, monthly celebration of the ancient New Moon holiday for pre-teen and teenage girls (grades 6-12) that builds self-esteem, leadership skills, and Jewish identity. It is a national program launched by Moving Traditions in 2002. Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing! draws on Jewish teachings and traditions to keep girls healthy and whole. At Temple Sinai , Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing! meets monthly on Sunday afternoons from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. with their counselor and mentor for lunch and learning.


Shevet Achim - A Program for Guys

Learning to be a “guy” is not as easy or natural as it sounds. There are many sources teaching us about masculinity and not all of them are ones we'd choose for our boys to absorb. Hollywood, their peers and the internet provide many messages about how guys see themselves and each other but Judaism does, too.


“Shevet Achim” means “Guys getting together” and is a monthly program for adolescent boys at Temple Sinai . Led by Rabbi Jay TelRav, they will share in experiential programming and discussion that addresses topics like confidence, greed, materialism, body image and healthy relationships. They will deal with issues of powerful importance but, if you ask them afterwards, they'll probably just report that, “we had a good time with Rabbi Jay.”


This program provides boys a fun and safe way to maintain their connection to their Temple Sinai community and their Jewish selves at a time when far too many of their peers are dropping out after bar mitzvah. We don't want our kids to be “7th grade Jewish Drop-outs”  and this program is a great way to stay involved.



At Temple Sinai confirmation takes place in the 10th grade year and as part of our Tichon Sinai Program. Confirmation studies teach young adult Jews that they are entering “a sacred community” in which they can question, challenge, and debate Jewish questions without being judged. The confirmation model also encourages youth to work together as a community to contribute to the world around them. Our confirmation students study all year with Rabbi TelRav and then lead the Shavuot Confirmation service together in May. Whereas bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies focus on an individual child becoming a Jewish adult, confirmation ceremonies focus on a community of young adults confirming their commitment to Judaism and Jewish living.


Beth El Teens, TBE's Teen Program

Temple Beth El’s teen program, features monthly programming for 8th-12th graders, Shabbat, Holiday and Social Justice related activities for teens throughout the year, and an emphasis on leadership development. BET are proud to have active collaboration with BBYO, Kulanu the JCC and other area congregations.


Our program is built upon four pillars:

      Hadracha - Leadership

      Hevre - Building Community through Social Events

      Tzedek/Tikkun Olam - Engagement in Social Justice Projects toward "Repairing the World"

      Limmud - Jewish learning as part of Kulanu and/or other educational opportunities


Contact Information

Cantor Marcia Lane

Director of Education and Engagement

United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien

1035 Newfield Ave Suite 200

Stamford, CT 06905

Phone: 203-321-1373 x104

Email Address: Marcia@ujf.org

Fax: 203-322-3277



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