Shaarai Shomayim Temple Youth (SSTY)
SSTY (Shaarai Shomayim Temple Youth) is our youth group for our high school students. They enjoy planning and implementing their own programs along with SSTY advisor, Gary Kroot. As members of SSTY, many of our kids participate in regional events through NFTY/PAR (North American Federation of Temple Youth/Pennsylvania Area Region). One of our graduates, Amanda Selfon Wachstein, is the regional NFTY/PAR advisor.
SSTY Board 2012-2013:
President: Laura Supkik
Programming VP: Hannah Viau
Membership VP: Maddy Kapushy
Fundraising VP: Elliott Adland
Communications VP: Rebecca Roth
9th Grade Rep: Ethan Sterenfeld
While our religious school program is innovative and exciting, there is even more available to our young people as they reach the middle school years. Our Junior Youth Group offers our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students opportunities for fun and socializing, winter retreats at Camp Harlam, group Mitzvah projects, and informal learning while they also develop strong friendships with their classmates and middle school peers.
It also provides a Jewish peer group for our children who are many times the only Jewish kids in their class during their secular education. Junior Youth Group also serves as a glimpse into SSTY, our youth group that is made up of high school students. JYG participants get to experience similar activities to those of SSTY, as well as being invited to a SSTY event at the end of their 8th grade year. It provides a strong link for many of our students to stay involved in Jewish life.
Junior Youth Group is led by Holli Winick Viau, with the help of a group of involved parents. Activities have and may include: indoor swimming, indoor rock climbing, movie nights, game nights, local performances, bowling, and many more!
The highlight of our year is a weekend retreat at Camp Harlam