Temple Sinai’s Youth Department consists of two youth groups : SVTY for grades 8-12, and Jr. SVTY for grades 3-7. Affiliated with NFTY, the official youth arm of Reform Judaism, SVTY (pronounced “siv-tee”) is designed to be a place for the young people in our community to program and operate their own community, as their own lay-leaders. Under the supervision of our Director of Jewish Education Alex Weisz, SVTY’s teen-lead and operated chapter board makes all decisions regarding programming and events. It is truly a program by teens, for teens, as is reflected in our mission statement:
“Temple Sinai of Las Vegas Temple Youth (SVTY) is a critical part of our synagogue where all young people of our community can lead, connect, and experience Reform Judaism with their peers.”
Senior SVTY (generally referred to as just “SVTY”) is the flagship program of Temple Sinai’s Youth Department. With two lounge nights (always taking place right after Confirmation class) and an event per month, SVTY is a robust youth group experience for the teenagers in our community. In addition to creating positive Jewish relationships, our members are given numerous leadership opportunities that are applicable to their lives after high school. Our chapter board creates and plans all of our programs, which requires our leaders to learn critical organizational skills that will translate into their adult lives. We’ve got an incredible group of leaders in our Teen Board of Directors who are very passionate young lay-leaders.
In addition to local chapter programming through Temple Sinai, high school membership allows access to NFTY regional programming. Temple Sinai is a part of NFTY Southwest (NFTY SW), encompassing Las Vegas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and San Antonio. During 3 regional weekends (Fall, Winter, and Spring Kallah), NFTY chapters from all over the region come together for a weekend of new friendships, learning, and fun. Regional programs are likewise organized by a teen-lead regional board, with its own leadership structure that is available for our teenagers to become a part of. For more information on NFTY SW, please visit https://southwest.nfty.org/.
Leading into our teen program is Jr. SVTY, open to grades 3-7. In addition to monthly, age-appropriate events both on and off Temple Sinai’s campus, new to the 2018-2019 school year our Jr. SVTY members will have monthly lounge nights in our brand-new youth lounge! On one Wednesday night per month, right after Religious School, our kids get to make their way to our youth lounge for an evening of pizza and fun with their Temple Sinai friends!
Madrichim in Hebrew means teachers, counselors, or leaders and is often used to refer to counselors at summer camps. At Temple Sinai, we garner young leadership with our own Madrichim program. Our Madrichim assist our Religious School teachers which teaches them back a valuable Jewish leadership experience. The program is geared to teens grades 8-12 who want to gain leadership skills and be an integral part of the Congregation. The teens make a commitment for the year and they are matched up with a particular class to assist the teacher in class projects and day-to-day activities. Our Madrichim help operate the laptops, document cameras, and smart boards in the classrooms as needed. Madrichim help deliver snacks, manage recess time, accompany classes during services, and other variety of school tasks.
For more information about any of these programs, contact Community & Youth Engagement Coordinator Alex Weisz using the form below.
Click HERE for SVTY Medical/Transportation forms, which are required before an attendee’s first SVTY program.
For more information on NFTY: http://nfty.org