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Welcome to Temple Israel's Youth Group pages. We hope you will take the time to get to know us. TI offers an exciting array of programs that offers kids of all ages the opportunity to participate in activities that both formally and informally connect them with their Jewish identities. From pickup basketball games at the temple to hanging out with a pizza in our fully furnished (and stocked) youth lounge to an all-night movie or mystery trip, we know how to have fun! But we’re also here to guide and nurture. Our fearless staff are always available to have a conversation about anything from what it means to be a Jewish teenager these days to what new movie just came out this week!


Today's young people face so much pressure everywhere they turn; here at Temple Israel we provide an opportunity for our Jewish kids and teens to find a home away from home. They can grow into themselves through experiential learning, exploration and just having fun with their Jewish peers. We promise exciting events, a room of their own and a place they can decompress and be themselves.

We invite any interested kids to come check us out. You can get a full calendar of upcoming events by clicking below.


Youth Programming

Grades 2-7



Grades 8-12





URJ Youth and College Programs
Our family of programs for ages 8 to 26 include NFTY teen programming, URJ Camps, Israel travel experiences and social justice programming at the Religious Action Center.

It's never too early to start thinking about next summer at Camp or in Israel!
Ready to start planning the best Jewish summer experience for your child? The URJ Camps and Israel Programs are already planning for the summer! With high-caliber facilities, engaging programming, and a thoughtful and caring staff, we've been a vital part of the lives of tens of thousands of children for nearly six decades. Learn about session dates, program offerings, and request more information at our website.

Youth Programming provides Temple Israel children grades 2-7 with the opportunity to have fun while fostering the growth of their Jewish identity. With exciting activities such as cupcake wars, science mysteries, game nights and dinner outings, participating in TI Youth Programming is a great way for students to get to know each other and build a sense of community. For more information contact, Jordyn Kay, Director of Youth Engagement at

Upcoming Events


Rock & Bowl

Saturday, April 21  from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

(For 1-3 Graders)


 Join Temple Israel and rock the night away. TI Youth will come together at Bowlmor in Norwalk for a fun evening of bowling, dinner, arcade games and laser tag. This event is packed with fun, so don't miss it! Drop off and pick up will be Bowlmor, 701 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk. Early bird registration deadline is April 6. Register here.


Sakura Celebration
Sunday, April 22 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm
Pick up and drop off at Sakura, 680 Post Rd. East, Westport

Join Temple Israel for a night out at Sakura! All of our 4-6th graders are invited to join us for a yummy meal and lots of fun. Registration for this program is FULL. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, contact Director of Youth Engagement Jordyn Kay at






 We're excited to announce the 2018 trip is to ....


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Keep up with our 8-12 graders during their annual social justice service trip, which this year will be to Houston. They will be spending spring break with great people in an amazing city, while helping repair the world.


 2017 trip to New Orleans

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2016 trip to Austin, TX 

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TISY Austin Trip 2016


2014 trip to San Francisco

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TISY California 2014


2013 trip to New Orleans

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TISY New Orleans Trip 2013


We are thrilled to announce that our 8-12 grade youth program will be transitioning to become a part of BBYO.

BBYO is an international Jewish teen youth movement focused on engaging more Jewish teens in a meaningful way. BBYO provides students in grades 8-12 with fun, meaningful and affordable experiences that inspire inclusivity, Jewish identity, active leadership and tradition. 

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Click here to view the PDF.

Sign up  now to become a BBYO member.


 Upcoming Events

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 For more information contact, Jordyn Kay, Director of Youth Engagement at 203-227-1656 or



Temple Israel’s Elaine Gastwirt College Outreach Fund was established in 1991 by the Gastwirt family in loving memory of Elaine Gastwirt. The purpose of the fund, then and now, was to enable the Temple to stay connected with its college students by reaching out to them throughout the school year with special mailings and care packages. It is intended as a way for the Temple to communicate to our college children that the Temple has not forgotten them, and continues to consider them a part of the Temple Israel community. Packages are sent by the Temple’s Youth Committee at Chanukah, Purim, and Passover, depending upon when the holidays fall in the secular calendar. Packages and participation are free. This year we have over 70 students participating!

Elaine Gastwirt (1938-1990) was an active member of the Temple Israel community. She was deeply concerned with Jewish youth, and put much energy into planning and sustaining the activities of the Temple Israel Youth Group. Her three children Leslie, Richard and Allison, each served as presidents of the Temple Youth Group in the mid-1980s, with Elaine’s encouragement and support. Continuing the tradition, Elaine’s grandson Oren, 16, Leslie’s son, is president of the United Synagogue Youth chapter in Framingham, MA. The Elaine Gastwirt College Outreach Fund stands as an especially fitting memorial to Elaine’s caring nature and strong interest in strengthening the Jewish consciousness of our young people.

We’ve learned from our college students over the years that the packages mean a lot to them. Here are excerpts from an email received by the Gastwirt family from one recipient:

"Hag Sameach! Thank you so much for the beautiful care packages I've received this year as a senior at Smith College, in addition to the packages I received my first year. Being a senior, I have been in the process of reflection.....not only regarding my Jewish identity, but also regarding impending adulthood. These packages have been doubly special, because they represent the future as well as the now."

"These packages bring a little more optimism into my life….. I wish you the best, and sincerely express my gratitude for these great packages. I share the candy with all my friends!"

If you are interested in signing your college student up to receive a college box, please contact Director of Youth Engagement, Jordyn Kay at

Please also remember the Elaine Gastwirt College Outreach Fund when making tribute contributions to the Temple. Your support of this activity would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Pictured: Bryan Bierman, Program Director, Larry Gastwirt, husband of Elaine Gastwirt, and Karen Kleine, Youth Committee Chair posing with items from a care package.


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