RSNS Teens




Kesher Hadash is the RSNS Youth Group for teens in grades 8-12. Kesher Hadash means "New Connections" and all of our teens are invited to join us for one weekend event each month - trips, outings, social action and creative experiences - tons of fun ways to connect to your Judaism, and with firends old and new! The Kesher HAdash events are "pay as you go" - pick the ones that look good to you and come whenever you can!

KULANU (NEW for 2016-2017) (GRADES 8 – 12 and their parents)

Kulanu means "All of Us," and it's our brand-new Tuesday night teen program for students in grades 8-12 and their parents! Teens and parents will meet separately at the same time one Tuesday a month to learn and connect with each other. Pizza included.

     Grades 8-10: With Cantor Eric Schulmiller and Solomon Hoffman, participants will explore a wide range of engaging topics in fun, interactive ways!

     Grades 11-12: High school juniors and seniors will learn from a series of guest experts about what it takes to make it as a young adult and look ahead to campus life! Topics include: Israel, Hillel, Sex, Drugs, Time Management, Politics and Making a Difference in The World.

     Parents: In the tradition of B'Yahad and Kadima, parents will continue their own journey as learners in this new monthly course: All About Reconstructionism!  The topics will include God, Ritual Practice, Philosophy, Jewish Peoplehood and Reconstructionist history and ideology. The entire RSNS community is invited to attend this monthly course taught by Rabbi Lee.


Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girls Thing is a vibrant monthly program for girls grades 8-12. It is based on the Jewish tradition of women’s New Moon celebrations to build self-esteem, Jewish identity, leadership skills and friendship networks of adolescent girls. Tthis enormously successful national program is being replicated in many cities for girls of all Jewish affiliations.

The meetings provide a supportive environment where girls explore the social and cultural issues they encounter as they become adults and derive their own authentic Jewish values in response to challenges they face. The small groups are designed to provide a celebratory, empowering setting in which girls support each other in growing and learning while having lots of fun. The program’s success is due, in part, to the participatory mixture of discussing issues, traditions and role models, making crafts and writing stories, rejoicing with song and dance, socializing and munching.

Please call or email Rabbi Jodie Siff for more information.


Boys Group (aka “Bro’s Hodesh”)  “Bro’s Hodesh” is our exciting group for boys grades 8-12. Designed by the same highly-acclaimed educators who created “Rosh Hodesh, It’s a Girls Thing,” our boys group, led by Cantor Eric, provides a unique opportunity for boys to engage in an exploration of manhood in the 21st century, using games, sports, challenges, and a safe place to learn and grow from one another. Call or email Cantor Eric for more information.


Madrichim:  What are madrichimMadrich (singular) is the Hebrew for “guide.” Madrichim serve as aides to our Synagogue School teachers while they continue to learn about Judaism, leadership, Jewish education, professional conduct and teaching techniques as part of their training.  This program is open to our students in grades 8-12.  For additional information on this prgram please email Rabbi Jodie at


Adopt-a-Survivor:  Eighth grade students may participate in “Adopt-a-Survivor."  This program was established by Irving Roth, Director of the Holocaust Resource Center at Temple Judea of Manhasset.  Mr. Roth has organized a network of Holocaust survivors to serve as “adoptees” for our eighth grade students.  These connections provide a vital link to the events of the Holocaust in a time when there are fewer survivors living to tell their own stories.

The process begins with a dialogue between survivor and adopter.  Through a series of meetings held at RSNS under the supervision of Rabbi Jodie Siff, the students become “surrogate survivors,” committed to learning and re-telling their survivors’ story to the next generation.  Students in this program agree to speak about their survivors in the year 2045, the 100th anniversary of the camps’ liberation.