Youth and teens

CRuSTY - our youth group
Trips for teens
Madrichim Leadership team

Teen Retreat

We offer a wide range of experiential learning and social opportunities for children and teens at Rodef Sholom, both inside and outside the synagogue walls! Rodef Sholom kids and teens go on sleepovers and field trips, weekends at camp and mitzvah projects, trips to Los Angeles, New York and Israel.

Want to know more? Contact Rabbi Lara Regev, Director of Living & Learning, at [email protected] or 415.479.3447.


CRuSTY stands for Congregation Rodef Sholom Temple Youth and is affiliated with NFTY, the North American Federation of Temple Youth. CRuSTY is part of NFTY's CWR, or Central Region West.  All youth and teens at Rodef Sholom are automatically members of CRuSTY and can participate in CRuSTY and NFTY events locally, regionally and nationally!  

CRuSTY Katan I 1st - 5th graders:  Spend a Saturday evening with your favorite Jewish friends at Rodef Sholom playing games, celebrating Havdalah, and eating delicious food. These youth groups experiences give our kids the opportunity to continue to build their cohort of friends as they journey through life toward b'nai mitzvah and beyond!

1st Grade Events
Saturday, April 21, 2018
2nd & 3rd Grade Events
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018
4th & 5th Grade Events
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Sunday, April 22, 2018
December 8 - 10, 2017: Winter Camp (grades 3 - 5)
March 2 - 4, 2018: Family Camp (grades K - 5 and parents)

CRuSTY JR. I 6th - 8th graders:  Come out and spend a Sunday afternoon at Six Flags, House of Air, the Exploratorium, and many more places with some of your best friends.  Engage in exciting social action projects and build a lasting community that will be by your side for years to come!

6th - 8th grade events
Sunday, November 5, 2017: Bowling party
Sunday, October 29, 2017: Mitzvah Day
Sunday, December 10, 2017: Festival of Lights at the JCC
Friday, March 9, 2018: Shabbat Program
Sunday, February 25, 2018: PurimPalooza at the JCC
Sunday, March 25, 2018: Chocolate Seder (grades 8 - 12)
Sunday, April 15, 2018: Six Flags
Saturday, May 12, 2018
November 30 - December 3, 2017: 8th grade trip to Los Angeles
TBD: 8th grade Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz

CRuSTY I All high schoolers*:  Come chill at the annual Chocolate Seder and the Shul-In Sleepover, volunteer for special teen projects for Mitzvah Day, attend NFTY leadership events around the Bay Area, and build community with Jewish teens from Marin County and beyond!

9th - 12th grade events
Friday, September 10, 2017: Welcome Back BBQ
Saturday, October 7, 2017: CRuSTY Sukkot Shul-in
Friday, November 17, 2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Friday, February 9, 2018: Kickback
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Sunday, March 25, 2018: Chocolate Seder
Friday, April 20, 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018
January 26 - 29, 2018: 10th grade RAC trip
February 2 - 4, 2018: 9th grade San Francisco trip


  • Washington, D.C. Trip  to the RAC I 10th  and 11th grades: January 11-14, 2019

    Are you ready to change the world? Then get excited for the Bernard and Audre Rapoport L’taken Social Justice Seminar! In partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), you will have the opportunity to impact our political process as you share your views on social justice topics with decision-makers on Capitol Hill on issues such as Israel, the environment, reproductive rights, LGBTQ civil rights, church/state separation and more! Celebrate Havdallah at the Jefferson Memorial, and engage with teens from Rodef Sholom and across the United States.  We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C. and to visiting Capitol Hill to lobby, as a unified voice, on issues of importance to the Reform Movement. Together, we can fulfill the commandment of “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof,” “Justice, justice you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). Contact Rachel Altfeld for more information at [email protected].

Madrichim Leadership Team

A Madrich/a is the Hebrew word a guide or a leader.  At Rodef Sholom we believe strongly in empowering our teens to grow their leadership skills through the opportunity to serve as guides and grow as role models to our religious school children.  Through this program, your teen will assist in leading and facilitating educational experiences, develop leadership skills, and help to instill Jewish values in all elements of our school.  Click here for our online Madrichim application.

We offer numerous options for involvement in this program:

  • Sunday School at 9:00-11:45 am
  • Sunday Hebrew Tutor from 12:00-1:15pm
  • 1st Friday Shabbat Kids Programming - Shabbat Club from 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Saturday Morning Gesher at 9:00-10:30am (10th-12th grade madrichim only)
  • This year we're also launching an awesome new madrichim track called the Jewish Environmental Fellowship. Teens will have an opportunity to learn about Jewish views on sustainability, ecology, and the natural world. They will have a chance to bond with each other in their own outdoor program led by Rabbi Elana in addition to serving as staff and mentors for our once-a-month young family outdoors program with Makor Marin.  This group will meet approximately once-a-month on Saturday mornings.

*You don't need to be enrolled in religious school to participate in any of these events or programs, but it's often more fun if you know kids from your religious school class.  However, you do need to be a member of Rodef Sholom - click here for more info on membership.