In grades 9 and 10 students focus on current issues that are relevant to them with an emphasis on forming strong Jewish identities and decision making. Understanding how they fit into the local and global Jewish and secular world is also key for students as they participate in tikkun olam.
Confirmation — Grade 10
Grade 10 students participate in special confirmation programming with our clergy and senior staff during this year. Community is the focus of Confirmation and this provide provides opportunities for students to be out in the community both learning about and doing Tikkun Olam with their friends. Confirmation is also a time for students to reflect on Jewish leadership and individual roles and responsibilities in the Jewish community and being an integral part and the future of the Jewish people.
Lech Lecha – Temple Sinai’s Travel Experience
When Abraham leaves his home to set out on a journey of discovery, he is told lech lecha, go forth. Temple Sinai encourages our youth to set out on their own journey of Jewish discovery by offering unforgettable travel experiences.
Our High School students travel as one community each year. Our trips include:
New York City — We make that concrete jungle our own! We explore the Jewish immigrant story at the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Tenement Museum. There is no end to the other activities we can do. Central park. Broadway show, Times Square. Pack your walking shoes!
Washington DC — We can be change makers! Social Justice is the focus of this exploration from monument to museum. Our time at the Religious Action Center opens our eyes to our responsibilities as young Jewish adults and builds our skills to make a difference.
Israel — Every other March Break, our teens explore their homeland. Our congregation believes so strongly that our teens should experience Israel, major fundraising allows this trip to be affordable to all of our teens. We visit the major sites of Israel as well as spend meaningful time with Israeli, reform teens. As one community, we develop our leadership skills and understanding of one another’s cultures. There is nothing like an Israel experience. To do it with your teen, temple community builds bonds that last a lifetime
League of Temple Sinai Senior Youth (LOTSSY) Group
LOTSSY led by teens and made for teens. Every Tuesday night (6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.), you can retreat to the LOFT. This space is Laughing, Learning, Lounging Only For Teens. Create community. Dine and cook together. Change the world. Relax on a couch. Anything, as long as you’re together.
K’hillah Peer Mentor
Youth who have become bar/bat mitzvah are welcome to become peer mentors. They work one on one with upcoming b’nei mitzvah students on chanting, Hebrew, public speaking and confidence building. If you would like to refresh your chanting skills or bring your special skill to the k’hillah, contact Cantor Katie Oringel. Students can choose a monetary stipend or service hours.
Be a leader in our community and gain valuable experience working with younger children! Students in Grades 8 to 12 can apply to become Madrichim (teaching assistants) in our Sunday morning school program each week for either community service credits or hourly pay. Madrichim participate in leadership training throughout the year and learn valuable skills.
Teen who are interested in being part of this program are asked to fill out a Madrichim application form. Please click here to complete the application.
Staycation Creator and Leader
An exciting overnight in downtown Toronto for our grade 6 youth, the Staycation is created and led by Temple’s teens. Energetic and inventive teens can apply to be a Staycation creator and leader. The teen team will work with youth advisor Jesse Primerano for approximately 10 hours. Full participation in this program earns all 40 service hours.