STISY Teen Group

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 (9th-12th grade) 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 b'nai 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. 

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 2019-2020

Monday, September 30
Volunteer at the Rosh Hashannah High Holy Day Children's programs
Community Service Hours Available
Wednesday, October 9
Volunteer at the Yom Kippur High Holy Day Children's programs
Community Service Hours Available
Sunday, October 27
Opening Mystery Event
Friday, November 22-Sunday, November 24
STISY Retreat at Beautiful Camp Bryn Mawr
Saturday, December 8
STISY Event 
Sunday, January 12
Social Action Event
Community Service Hours Available
Sunday, February 23 
Sunday, March 8 10am-12pm
Volunteer at the Purim Extravaganza
Community Service Hours Available
Sunday, April 19 
Sunday, May 17
STISY Trip and Incoming Freshman Welcome Event
Sunday, May 31
Final STISY Event

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

The form requires google docs and the link is HERE. The form is returned to Tracy Horwitz directly.

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