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Youth Groups

Temple Israel of Northern Westchester TIPSY 2017!

My name is Betsy Deckert and I will be the TIPSY advisor for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.  We have a few planned activities and I am hoping you are interested in participating in all.  Our goal is to have activities of varied interests and strengthen our teen Jewish community. These are the scheduled activities for 9th-12th grade TIPSY! Please email me with your RSVP indicating if you will come and if you would like to bring friends.

4/2/17    TIPSY Chocolate Seder!  The intent is to involve the 8th graders so they are interested in participating next year.
4/7/17    TIPSY participation in Shabbat services/family potluck.  This will be the night we hold elections for next year's TIPSY group
5/7/17     TIPSY Lounge Night with movie in the community room, GAGA tournament, games and ice cream sundaes.
**This is meant to be teen led, so be sure to share your ideas for fun activities you are interested in!

Betsy Deckert
[email protected]

Please check the TINW TIPSY Facebook page for updates.
*Please be sure to check the NFTY NAR site for many exciting regional programs!

At Temple Israel we believe that our children should have fun while learning about Judaism. Our youth group, headed by a professional educator, helps our young adults develop a Jewish identity while participating in age-appropriate youth programming. Through activities that incorporate music, sports, games, food and learning, the students develop and strengthen friendships among students from different school districts.

Divided age appropriately, Temple Israel currently supports a Junior Youth Group for grades 7-8 and a Senior Youth Group for grades 9-12. We also offer programming for grades 5-6. The Senior Youth Group has an active Youth Board made up of high school students who are interested in assuming leadership roles in the community. They plan activities throughout the year and serve as mentors to younger children. The students in grades 9-12 also have the opportunity to participate in NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth, an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism.) NFTY gives teens a chance to get together with other Jewish teenagers from our area and around the country to share cultural experiences. Weekend long conferences filled with speakers, small workshops, and activities at different synagogues throughout our region give our young adults powerful and long lasting Jewish identity building experiences. Our Senior Youth Group also participates in the NFTY National Convention. This exciting event occurs on alternating years during school vacation.

The students regularly meet at Temple Israel to learn more about what they can do to help repair the world through the love of Judaism and the love of humanity. The youth group spearheads many exciting temple activities which involve all ages of membership from the preschoolers right up through senior citizens. In the past, the group has sponsored nationally known singers and songwriters, including Rick Recht and his band, filling the sanctuary and social hall with great music, communal singing and dancing, and a lot of fun. The youth group also sponsors GefilteFest which provides a venue for community members from several school districts to get together, play music, and meet a wider circle of friends in a safe, exciting social arena. Other activities include a chocolate seder, moonlight bowling parties, a knitting party, sending holiday packages to college students, holiday parties, leading Friday night services in the sanctuary, attending Broadway shows together, community service projects as a group and alongside the bar-bat-mitzvah students, working with the nursery school children on holiday parties and celebrations, and getting together weekly to talk, hang out, and socialize with each other. 

To join us, fill out the TIPSY (Senior Youth Group) Membership Form or the Junior Youth Group Membership Form and return to the Temple Office.


North American Federation of Temple Youth
Reform Jewish Student Organization