Jr. RTSY (Grades 5-7)

Our 5th – 7th grade Junior Youth Group programming offers exactly what pre-teens asked for – socialization! The kids love Saturday evening game and movie nights, and relish the opportunity to spend time in a comfortable environment with friends. Saturday night events always begin with havdalah, the service which signifies the end of Shabbat. Our youth show a special connection to this service and have created traditions at TRT which they hope to pass on to future Junior Youth Group members.

 Want to ensure that you are kept up to date on all happenings with Jr RTSY? Sign up to be a member! It is only $25 for TRT members and $36 for non-TRT members and you can sign up here
    A new youth programs initiative has been put into place this year with membership. Youths MUST become a member of their youth group when they attend their second event of the year. 


TRT Youth Programs Calendar for 2018-2019!

Jr RTSY Maccabiah Games

Saturday, December 15th from 6-8pm. Registration link and information coming out soon!



NFTY-GER Taste of NFTY (TON) Kallah
Friday, Nov 30 – Sunday, Dec 2, 2018
URJ Camp Harlam, Kunkletown, PA

Taste of NFTY at Camp Harlam is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! Join us to see what NFTY is all about while having a fun weekend at camp making new friends! 8th graders who register for Taste of NFTY will receive a 10% discount to NFTY-GER’s Spring Kallah later in the year!

For more information click the  here to be directed to the NFTY-GER website.
Regular: $240 Register by Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Price includes bus transportation to camp, food, and lodging.

RTSY has a history of sending tweens/teens to this event. The participants in the past have come into RTSY wanting to be a leader, be on RTSY board, NFTY-GER board, and even NFTY National Board. This is a great opportunity for your 678th grader to meet other Jewish tweens/teens in the local area.

A letter from RTSY Board member & NFTY-GER TON Committee member, Liam Klass

To all parents of Jr RTSY tweens,

Hello! My name is Liam Klass, and I am a 10th grader at Temple Rodeph Torah. I have participated in Chaverim as well as Jr. and Sr. RTSY over the years, and have found these programs to be a great opportunity to expand my social network and connect with other Jewish youths. In addition to these local youth groups, I would like to introduce you to a larger youth group that you may not have heard of called “NFTY”, a branch of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).

The URJ provides a variety of programs for Reform Jewish youth and adults that live all over North America. The North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) is just one of the many aspects that make the URJ special. NFTY is composed of 6th through 12th graders across the United States and Canada that participate in a temple youth group, such as Jr RTSY! These teens and tweens all come together to practice their Judaism in interactive, social, and educational weekends and day events.

NFTY’s Garden Empire Region (GER) is hosting Taste of NFTY (TON), an event directed towards 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, which introduces them to the organization and all that it has to offer. This event runs from November 30th to December 2nd (three days, two nights) with all meals included in one price at Camp Harlam in Kunkletown, PA. I have attended the event twice (as a 6th and 7th grader), and I enjoyed it so much that I now am helping to plan and execute the event myself! Between games, creative services, social action-themed programming, and Big Fun (the Saturday night surprise!), NFTY-GER TON is always a high energy and enthusiastic event!  

I really hope your tween considers coming to the event, it will be TONs of fun!

Click here to register for Taste of NFTY!  

If you have ANY comments, questions, or concerns, feel free to reach me at liamklass03@gmail.com.

 Warmest regards,
Liam Klass
RTSY Programming VP
NFTY-GER 678 Liaison



NFTY-GER678 Monmouth County – More information to come…

   Scholarships may be available through the NFTY-GER Scholarship Fund. Should you need any assistance, please apply through NFTY-GER during EARLY BIRD registration for each event that you may need help with.
Need-based subsidies may be available from the temple and the Jewish Federation.

    Jr RTSY has this wonderful opportunity to be apart of NFTY-GER (North American Federation of Temple Youth -Garden Empire Region).  There are a variety of NFTY-GER events for middle schoolers throughout the year, as listed on the program calendar above. In order to attend them, you must be a paid-RTSY member. To sign up for NFTY-GER events, go to www.gardenempire.nfty.org  Be sure to “LIKE” NFTY-Garden Empire Region on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on regional information and pictures!


 Looking for information about what other events we have scheduled for the year? Click the link for our Events flyer.
It has all of the Chaverim (grades 2-4), Jr RTSY (grades 5-7), RTSY (Grades 8-12), and regional NFTY-GER (grades 9-12 with 8th grade being invited at the end of the year) events. Dates/events for are subject to change.

Jr RTSY Parents now have a group on FACEBOOK!

Sign up for Remind 101 text reminders!

Jr RTSY’s Remind 101 text messaging service –
Text 81010  with the message – @jrrtsy   to join!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jr RTSY advisor/Youth Director, Shifra Malkin at shifra.malkin@yahoo.com.