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YOUth and teens

Temple Sinai strives to provide quality, Jewishly-rich social opportunities for our young congregants. As a congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, we are also affiliated with the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY).

We are committed to the following:

  • To help strengthen Jewish identity and connections,

  • To create an environment that is accepting and open,

  • To build strong relationships among our youth and teens, and

  • To provide opportunities for leadership development.

JOOSY (Junior Organization of Sinai Youth)

Sixth through 8th graders get together for social, cultural and community service events. Participants may attend Hatikvah Kallah, a junior NFTY convention. JOOSY and SAFETY have synagogue events together.

SAFETY (Sarasota Area Federation of exemplary Temple Youth)

High school students meet once a month for student-organized and student-led programs. SAFETY members may participate in NFTY-STR events called Kallahs, attend Camp Jenny, and have opportunities to run for board positions and take on leadership roles. Download the SAFETY Constitution here

Youth group members always join in and help with synagogue and community-wide events. Whether it is Temple Sinai’s Annual Food Festival or Temple Sinai’s Annual Mitzvah Day, youth group members pitch in – but ALWAYS have fun!

Whether it is other gatherings, such as Escape Rooms or going bowling with just JOOSY, Temple Sinai’s SAFETY and JOOSY youth groups welcome all Jewish teens in grades 6 – 12. Come check us out!


President - Lucy Thomas

Communications VP - Ella Collier

Membership VP - Logan Weitzner

Programming VP - Phoebe Winters

Religious & Cultural VP - Alix Leinweber

Social Action VP - Marty Gomien

Song Leader - Jack Fletcher

8th Grade Representative - Madeline Gersh



Joshua Leinweber has years of experience with all aspects of education. He has taught 4th grade at Temple Sinai’s Religious School and confirmation class. Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami and a Master of Educational Leadership degree from Nova Southeastern located in Davie, Florida. Joshua has served as the Assistant Principal at Booker High School. His three children, Noah, Sage and Alix, have gone through Temple Sinai’s religious school and are active in the youth group. His wife, Bethany, serves as Director of Youth Education, Outreach & Engagement at Temple Sinai.


Sun, February 5 2023 14 Sh'vat 5783