Youth Programs

About Temple Sinai Youth Programs:

Temple Sinai is all about the YOUTH CULTURE. We believe that it is important for our youth to build their own Jewish communities and develop their Jewish identity. Temple Sinai offers four youth groups for Kindergarten through 12th grade students and two supplemental middle school groups. For the post high schoolers, 18-26 years old, we offer opportunities for engagement through our Sinai Connections Program. Our goal is to help our youth find their connection to Temple Sinai!


Please contact Julia Teitell, Director of Youth Engagement, with any questions or comments!
Contact Information:  or  303-759-1827


Meretz: Kindergarten – 2nd Grade 
Meretz, which means “energy” in Hebrew, is a wonderful introduction to Temple Sinai Youth programs. It provides an opportunity for children and their families to learn, make friends, and connect to the Temple Sinai community! Events take place one Sunday per month, in coordination with Ruach programs, directly following Religious School from 12:00pm – 1:30pm.

Ruach: 3rd – 5th Grade
Ruach, which means “spirit” in Hebrew, provides programming for our 3rd-5th graders. It allows them a great opportunity to be social, learn and make new friends within the Temple Sinai community. Events take place one Sunday per month, in coordination with Meretz programs, directly following Religious School from 12:00pm – 1:30pm.

Junior Youth Group (JYG): 6th – 8th Grade 
JYG provides opportunities for middle schoolers to be a part of an exciting youth organization which feeds directly into Temple Sinai’s senior youth group, TSYG. There are a variety of social, social action, and Judaic programs during the year. The 7th and 8th graders also have the opportunity to attend a regional chavurah (convention) in the spring with other students all over the Missouri Valley region.

Temple Sinai Youth Group (TSYG): 9th – 12th Grade
TSYG is open to all high school students. Events are planned, organized and facilitated by members of TYSG and supervised by our Youth Director. TYSGers get a variety of programming, including social, Judaic and tikkun olam or social action programs. TSYG is a member of NFTY (the North American Federation of Temple Youth). Within NFTY, TSYG is part of the Missouri Valley Region. TSYGers also have the opportunity to attend several regional chavurot (conventions) throughout the year. Through the many local and regional events, TSYGers are able to learn about themselves and explore what it means to be a part of an exciting Jewish youth group!

Temple Sinai Connections: 18-26 years old  

Temple Sinai Connections is our new Post-High School, 18-26 year old, outreach. We strive to help our Temple Sinai young adults stay connected to the Sinai community, no matter how near or far they are! Click HERE.


Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing: 6th-8th Grade Girls
Rosh Hodesh began at Temple Sinai in 2003 and is still going strong.  It is a multi-year, monthly celebration of the ancient New Moon holiday for pre-teen and teenage girls (grades 6-8) that builds self-esteem, leadership skills and Jewish identity.  Each session includes time to share snacks an chat about our monthly theme. We have an amazing staff that has been trained by Moving Traditions to facilitates all of our sessions. The girls meet in individual grade levels and as a whole group once a month on Saturday mornings from 10:00am-12:00pm  in the Temple Sinai Youth Lounge.

Membership is $180 for Rosh Hodesh. 

Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood: 7th-8th Grade Boys
Shevet Achim is a program for boys in 7th and 8th grade from Moving Traditions. Shevet Achim includes enjoyable activities that create safe space and enable boys to engage in meaningful discussion about content that draws on Judaism and gives boys the opportunity to explore issues they care about, such as friendship, sex, power, money and work.  We have staff that has been trained by Moving Traditions to facilitate each session.  Shevet Achim will meet twice per semester, four programs in total.

Membership is $120 for Shevet Achim.  

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