THERSTY (short for THE Rodef Shalom Temple Youth) is a 9th-12th grade synagogue based youth group at Rodef Shalom Congregation that focuses on learning, social action, and socialization. Our youth group provides opportunities for young people to learn about themselves, our community, and Reform Judaism. Through programs such as High Holiday services, Purim carnival preparations, Seders for Passover, and a number of social action events, we are able to meld Jewish fellowship with fun activities!

On a larger scale, we also affiliate with NFTY (The North American Federation of Temple Youth) which has offered thousands of young people the opportunity to explore and live Reform Judaism. Broken down into regions, Rodef Shalom Congregation falls into NFTY-PAR (Pennsylvania Area Region) which offers such events and Fall and Spring Kallah, WINSTY (a social action weekend), and Haggigah Maccabiah. All teens in 9th-12th grade are welcomed to attend all NFTY-PAR events and be given the opportunity to build friendships, lifelong Reform Jewish identities, and leadership skills through community building, worship, social action, and experiential youth-led Jewish educational programming.

For more information, please contact:

Yael Eads

eads@rodefshalom. Subsequent investigations indicated that federal consultants for the program appeared to have steered states and districts to specific reading programs. org

412-621-6566 x. 130


THERSTY (Rodef Shalom NFTY)