Youth Groups

Recognizing that informal education and social opportunities create memorable moments and deepen Jewish identity, The Temple has established three different youth groups.

MINI TEFTY – 4th & 5th Grade Youth Group

Through a variety of activities, our dynamic 4th and 5th graders become enthusiastic members of The Temple community. They are actively involved in fun, engaging and social activities and events.

JUNIOR TEFTY – 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Youth Group

This group of motivated 6th, 7th and 8th graders enjoy a variety of fun, social and community service events. They not only spend time with their friends from The Temple-Tifereth Israel but have the opportunity to meet teens from the five other Cleveland Reform Synagogues and participate in events sponsored by NFTY678.

TEFTY – Senior Youth Group (High School)

Our 9th through 12th grade students are active in regional events, community service, and social activities. Meeting with other Jewish high school students in Cleveland and throughout the region, they become committed and active members of the Jewish community. TEFTY is part of the Union for Reform Judaism, North America Federation of Temple Youth. We are part of the Northeast Lakes Region. Our youth group hosts Monday Madness the second Monday of each month at The Temple-Tifereth Israel from 6-7pm. During Monday Madness our 7th-12th graders get the opportunity to hang out and get to know each other, play fun games and eat dinner (something other than their usual pizza dinners!). TEFTY also started hosting Humpday Hangouts once a month on Wednesdays. This is a time for kids to come hangout in the Youth Lounge, catch up with Temple friends and relax, maybe even get some homework done!


Need some help paying for youth activities? We can help you if you complete a Financial Aid Application funded through The Temple-Tifereth Israel Teen Scholarship Fund & TWA Youth Endowment Fund. You may access this form in an ONLINE version.  If you need help, please fill this out as soon as possible so that we might be able to meet the early-bird discount dates.


TEFTY is back and better than ever this year with updates to our three Temple Youth Groups, new programs and more sub-regional Cleveland NFTY-NEL events. We recognize that informal education and social opportunities create memorable moments and deepen ones Jewish identity, our three youth groups off those experiences to our temple kids and teens.

This year, Mini TEFTY- for the first time ever- will be for our 4th & 5th graders. Junior TEFTY will now include 6th, 7th & 8th grade. During the year, we host a handful of events October through April. Our events range from Apple Picking to Skyzone and Hanukkah parities at temple. They offer wonderful opportunities to meet new friends at temple and continue relationships with old ones. Our temple members also have the opportunity to meet kids from other Cleveland Reform Synagogues as well as the North East Lakes NFTY Region.

Keep an eye out for emails and Temple calendar updates with event information. Please contact Jamie Collins, Director of Youth Engagement at to discuss getting your kids involved!

9th-12th graders
TEFTY events:
Wednesday, November 29th- Hump Day Hangouts
Saturday, December 16- Tefty event TBD
Friday, January 26- Family Shabbat Dinner
Friday, April 13- Tefty event TBD

CLErie (Cleveland + Erie) sub regional events:
Saturday, August 26- Shabboat Party
Saturday, January 20- Punderson Trip
(TBD-June) Cedar Point Trip

NFTY-NEL regional events:
October 20-22- L’dor Vador Kallah- Camp George, Seguin, CA
November 17-19- Fall Kallah- Thornhill, ON
December 6-10- URJ Biennial
February 2-4- Winter Kallah- Cleveland, OH
March 23-25- Spring Boards- Ottawa, ON
April27-29- Spring Kallah- Camp George, Seguin,CA

6th, 7th, & 8th graders
Junior TEFTY events:
Sunday, October 15- CLE NFTY678 Limousine Scavenger Hunt- lunch provided
Sunday, December 17- Junior TEFTY Hanukkah Party- lunch provided
Sunday, February 11- CLE NFTY678 PLAYarcade- lunch provided

4th & 5th graders
Mini TEFTY events:
Sunday, October 8- Patterson Farm Fall Fest
Sunday, January 21- Skyzone- lunch & transportation provided
Sunday, March 11- Bowling @ Solon Freeway Lanes- lunch & transportation provided

For more information about these groups please contact  Jamie Collins,

How can I support our Youth Groups?

We have regular fundraisers during the year by running a snack shop on Wednesdays as well as a Bagel Shop on Sunday mornings!

Link to Online Payment form to Sponsor the Bagel Shop

Link to informational flyer about Bagel Shop Sponsorship