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.

Opportunities for TK-6th Graders

Shabbat Club

Kids in grades K-6 are invited to join us on the first Friday of every month for Shabbat Club!  Kids start the evening with their families, and then join our Director of Youth Engagement for age-appropriate Shabbat experiences that encourage community-building and hands-on opportunities. No need to RSVP. Contact Rachel Altfeld with your questions.  

Family Havdallahs

Join with other families in the ceremony of Havdallah marking the end of Shabbat.  Together we will shmooze, eat, sing, play, and get to know one another, and go on our way before dinner time comes. Please bring a snack food or appetizer to share with the group.


NEW! Connect with TK and Kindergarten kids, parents and families in a fun Jewish learning environment.

Twice a month, we will gather together with children and parents to learn, sing, dance, play, build, grow, and connect around the Jewish holidays, rituals, values and so much more.  Build a foundation for your child's Jewish journey, create a community that extends beyond the classroom, engage with Jewish culture, and make memories to last a lifetime!

October 2018 - May 2019
Two Sundays per month, 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Taught by Evi Rachelson
You don't need to be enrolled in religious school to participate in any of these events or programs. Please contact the synagogue office to get specific details about a program or activity.

Kids High Holy Day Programs

We are so excited to offer programming for our Kindergarten-6th Grade kids on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings! We will gather at 9:00am for singing, playing, creating, and learning all together. We hope to bring a sense of joy and uniqueness to these days for our youth, and nurture a love for our culture and our people. Lunch and snack will be provided.

Please register if you know you will be joining us so that we can prepare appropriately.

PJ PARTY LATE NIGHT for all TK-5th Graders!

Three or four events per year at Congregation Rodef Sholom. Come see your old friends, and meet new ones! Join us for an evening of dinner, tons of fun and games, Havdalah, and memories that last a lifetime!

Annual Family Camp

Experience Shabbat in a whole new way, hang with our clergy, relax in nature, make connections with other families of Rodef Sholom, participate in fun family programs and separate parent/child experiences, sing, dance, get a massage, and so much more!


  • Washington, D.C. Trip  to the RAC I 10th  and 11th grades

    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.

* It's often more fun if you know kids from your religious school class, but you don't need to be enrolled in religious school to participate in any of these events or programs.