TSTI Youth

TSTI Youth Group 

Junior Youth Group provides fun, social programs to enable our 3rd-5th grade students to build relationships outside of religious school. Mini STISY gathers throughout the school year on Sunday afternoons. This is a great opportunity for our students to get a taste of what youth group is all about!
Middle School Youth Group
Middle School Youth Group provides social programs for our 6th-7th grade middle school students to build community with their friends from religious school, meet new people, and participate in fun activities together. Jr. STISY gives our middle schoolers a taste of what the senior youth group is all about!  

For more information on Junior Youth Group and Middle School Youth Group, please contact Adam Baranker, Director of Youth Engagement abaranker@tstinj.org.

STISY (Sharey Tefilo-Israel Senior Youth)

STISY is an incredible, diverse, engaged community of teens who voluntarily walk through our Temple doors to spend time with other Jewish teens from their temple community. STISY is open to all high school teens and provides a variety of experiences including social events, educational opportunities and community service projects. All activities, events and programs are created, planned and implemented by teens for teens under the guidance of the youth group advisor. 

Events include NYC trips, Broadway, comedy clubs, weekend retreats, mitzvah days, snow tubing, sporting events and much more. Our programs are designed to engage teens with a wide variety of interests. Most importantly, STISY is a fun way for our teens to stay connected to Temple in a non-academic setting and maintain lifelong friendships with their “Temple friends” well beyond their bar or bat mitzvahs. In addition, STISY allows our teens to solidify vital, personal relationships with our clergy which often continue well after they have moved on to college. Please click here to see the Temple calendar for our upcoming events!

What makes us unique? Our youth group is made up of teens from many surrounding towns including South Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, Short Hills, West Orange, Livingston and Westfield. Our members attend both public and private schools. This enables our teens to expand their circle of friends and build their own special community beyond their own towns. Being part of an organized group of teens from a variety of towns is for many STISY members often a welcome “breath of fresh air” from the day-to-day social pressures of school.

STISY EVENTS 2018-2019

Monday, September 10
Volunteer at the Rosh Hashannah High Holy Day Children's programs
Community Service Hours Available
Wednesday, September 19
Volunteer at the Yom Kippur High Holy Day Children's programs
Community Service Hours Available
Sunday, October 28
Opening Mystery Event
Friday, November 16-Sunday, November 18
STISY Retreat at Beautiful Camp Bryn Mawr
Saturday, December 8
STISY In-House Movie Night
Sunday, January 13
Social Action Event
Community Service Hours Available
Sunday, February 10
STISY Devils Game
Sunday, March 17
Volunteer at the Purim Extravaganza
Community Service Hours Available
Sunday, April 7 
Sunday, May 19
STISY Trip and Incoming Freshman Welcome Event
Sunday, June 3 or June 8
Final STISY Event

All STISY events require a TSTI Emergency Form.  This form needs to be completed once a year.

Instructions for completing the TSTI Emergency Form. This form is compatible with Adobe Reader.

Instructions for completing the TSTI Emergency Form

For a PC open the document with Adobe Reader. If you are having trouble, download the document, right click and open with system viewer. Save the document and email it back to thorwitz@tstinj.org.

For a MAC open with Preview. For the signatures, click on the box provided and then go to “Tools” > “Annotate” > “Signature” > “Manage Signatures…” > “Create Signature” to create a signature. Please make sure to do different signatures where they are needed. Save the document and email the form back to thorwitz@tstinj.org.

For TSTI Emergency Form click here.

Leadership Opportunities

Be a part of the STISY Board! Each year in early May, the STISY board is selected for the following year. An interested teen must submit a letter of intent to the senior slating committee explaining why he or she is a qualified candidate for a particular position on the Board. STISY Board members are given a great deal of responsibility in the operations of the entire organization and as a result learn invaluable lessons in cooperation and leadership that will last a lifetime.

NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth)

NFTY is our national youth movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement.  NFTY’s Garden Empire Region includes central and northern New Jersey and the West Hudson Valley of New York (Rockland and Orange counties).

NFTY-GER Regional Events

NFTY-GER brings together Reform Jewish Teens from New Jersey and parts of New York, including Warwick, the home of our URJ Kutz Camp, National Leadership Center. Members come together at many times during the year for learning, fun, worship, community service, and fellowship to help young Jewish adults throughout the region build and strengthen lifetime ties with each other and Reform Judaism.

For more information about STISY or NFTY-GER, please email Tracy Horwitz.

URJ Summer Programming Information and Helpful Links

For additional information about URJ Camp Harlam, Mitzvah Corps, Israel Programs as well as other Jewish Summer Camps please contact Rabbi Klein

One Happy Camper Scholarship, Camp HarlamURJ Youth Information