Mission Statement for Youth Engagement 

Woodlands Community Temple offers every temple child, teen and young adult the opportunity and resources to develop a comfortable and confident Jewish identity.

We create a vibrant, inclusive, and supportive environment intended to engage, empower and reengage youth through every stage of their development.

Woodlands’ Youth Engagement programming provides experiences rooted in Jewish culture, ritual and values, with an emphasis on atzmeyoot (individual identity), tzorkhay tzeebor (community involvement), and tikkun olam (repairing the world).


Under the leadership of our full-time Director of Youth Engagement, Woodlands runs youth programming for kids of all ages, specifically our temple tweens and teens.

The majority of our b’nai mitzvah students continue onto into our 8th-12th grade programs. These include our weekly Monday night Academy program, as well as our youth group (WoodSY), songleading troupe (Ruakh Neshama), madrikhim program (teen aides in the religious school), and other events.

Teens at Woodlands can look forward to family learning sessions with their parents and our temple rabbis, out of the building team building/social building activities like bowling and rock climbing, social actions in NYC and Westchester, gender-based programming, holiday programming (like running our Purim Carnival!) and much more.

Our teens maintain strong connections to NFTY, the Union for Reform Judaism's North American Federation of Temple Youth, with many participating in weekend retreats, yearly conferences, and social justice days.

Because we miss them so much, we stay in touch with our college kids through holiday gift packages and get-togethers over school breaks. Our clergy remain available to them and our whole community loves to see what they learn and how they grow while away from home.