WESteens Programs

For grades 8 -12:

  • Manhigut Teen Leadership Program and Religious Action Center Trip:
    This year we will be continuing an exciting teen program here at WES with our creative educator Rachel Oshrin. This includes classes in teen leadership twice per month. These classes are open for kids in 8th grade and up. With the great success of this pilot program last year, there will be a registration and fee going forward so that we can continue to sustain this excellent programming! Click HERE to register your teen! The dates for the teen program with Rachel Oshrin are in the calendar here - coded purple.

  • Our teen trip to The Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. is CONFIRMED for January 25-28, 2019! Our reservation has been made but all deposits of $100 should be sent to the WES office ASAP. Please contact ngold [at] westendsynagogue.org (H)aporzecanski [at] westendsynagogue.org (subject: My%20teen%20wants%20to%20know%20more%20about%20the%20RAC%20trip) (azzan Ayelet) if your teen wishes to attend. This trip is for teens in 9th grade and up. At the Religious Action Center, students learn about social justice issues and learn about lobbying. The students write speeches that they deliver Monday morning to their congress people on the Hill. Stay tuned for more information on these programs.
  • Madrichim Program: We invite all children of members ages 13 and up to become Madrichim, assistant teachers on either Tuesday evenings 4-6 pm or Saturdays during Kef Kids. Please e-mail aporzecanski [at] westendsynagogue.org (Hazzan Ayelet) if your teen is interested in becoming a Madrich.

Youth Groups And Volunteer Opportunities

We have two youth group programs here at WES.  Our Teen Senior Youth Group for 8th graders and up, and our Junior Youth Group for grades 4-7.

These groups are led by the JFLL Director various teachers in our JFLL/Kef Kids program. The goal of the youth program is to create community amongst our students. Friends of students who are not WES members may attend certain events. Approximately once a month we have fun and engaging events such as: bowling, Havdalah and a movie, or working at a soup kitchen.

Students in grades 6 and up may volunteer to work with the youth program during the High Holidays, Chanukkah, and Purim for community service credit.


For more information, please contact Hazzan Ayelet Porzecanski 212-579-0777 ext. 229 (aporzecanski [at] westendsynagogue.org (subject: tell%20me%20more%20about%20teen%20opportunities%20at%20WES) ).


190 Amsterdam Avenue (at 69th Street)
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 579-0777
Fax: (212) 579-2669
Email: admin [at] westendsynagogue.org
Affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist movement, Reconstructing Judaism

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