What is TaSTY?
Click below for our calendar of events:
TaSTY Events 2013-2014
TaSTY is the High
School Youth Group at Temple Shaaray
Comprised of students
in grades 9-12, TaSTY is part of a larger web of Reform Jewish youth groups
across North America.
Membership is free
for all students that are members of Temple Shaaray Tefila.
- TaSTY offers social events, social action
community events, and monthly programming such as lounge nights where students
get together at the temple to talk about current issues and socialize/hang out.
- TaSTY functions as a youth organization within
the NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth)
community. As a member of NFTY and the
region NAR (NFTY New York Region), our youth group participates in local,
regional, and national events.
- TaSTY is a place where our students a part of a
Reform Jewish High School community.
- Students in TaSTY build friendships, lifelong
Reform Jewish identities, and leadership skills through community building,
worship, social action, and experiential youth-led Jewish educational and
- Many of our high school students serve as
leaders in our youth group.
Comprised of students in grades 9-12, TaSTY is part of a
larger web of Reform Jewish youth groups across North
America. As a member of NFTY (North American Federation of
Temple Youth) and the NFTY New York
Region, our youth group participates in local, regional, and national
events. Self-governed, the youth group elects a president, officers, and
grade level representatives. Hope Chernak and Rabbi Joshua Strom serve as the
youth advisors to the High School Students.
TaSTY’s meetings are known as “lounge nights” and take place
one Wednesday evenings each month from 7:00 - 8:15 pm (immediately after a
TaSTY Board Meeting). A youth group member leads a program about Jewish values,
social concerns, or timely issues. Themes vary from the serious
(Homelessness, Teen Pressures) to pure entertainment (Jews and the Movies) and
embrace a variety of topics (Jews and Food, Politics, Jewish Values in Pop
Culture and Judaism). Additional monthly programs include social
events (such as a dinner out, softball game, ice skating, karaoke, or a theater
night), as well as opportunities for community service (making bagged lunches for
the Yorkville Common Pantry and volunteer projects).
TaSTY President Speech from May 10, 2013
TaSTY 's NFTY in Israel Article, Summer 2009
TaSTY New Orleans Article, 2009
New Orleans story, 2011 - connecting the past with the present
Our senior youth group, TaSTY, has been meeting since June to
prepare for the school year. Our High School leaders have worked hard to
prepare a calendar of events that will attract the high school population
at Temple Shaaray Tefila. These students understand the importance of
and Tikkun Olam.
We encourage all students to participate and get involved in
our activities. For more information, please contact Hope Chernak,
Director of Youth and Informal
Education at 212-535-8008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is NFTY?
NFTY is the High School Youth
Group of the Reform Movement. For over sixty years, the North American
Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)
has offered thousands of young people the opportunity to explore and live
Reform Judaism. TaSTY is a member of
NFTY and all Temple Shaaray Tefila teens are invited to experience a NFTY
is comprised of more than 500 local synagogue youth groups (like TaSTY!) and NFTY has 19 regions
across North American.
region that TaSTY belongs to is called NFTY-NAR (New York Area
functions as a youth organization, an affiliate of the Union
for Reform Judaism.
leadership opportunities are available for high school students.
funds are available for NFTY regional and North American events for High School
Students. Please contact our Youth
Advisor for more information.
Students are also encouraged to attend weekend retreats run
by NFTY’s New York
region (NFTY-NAR) www.nfty.org/nar
several times per year.