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 National Association 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!

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!

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 at URJ Camp Newman and around the Bay Area, and build community with Jewish teens from Marin County and beyond!


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 Got Shpilkes? from 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Saturday Morning Gesher at 9:00-10:30am (10th-12th grade madrichim only)
  • Tuesday Afternoon Gesher at 4:00-6:00 pm (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.

8th-12th Grade Teen Retreat: April 2017

Join us for our first ever 8th-12 grade Teen Retreat! Come unplug, tune in and join our entire teen community for this wonderful getaway as we celebrate Shabbat, sing, dance, eat, pray, and play together. The weekend will include deep discussion, time in nature, sports activities and much more. Our retreat will allow our teens to engage in impactful experiences that they will remember forever.