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		                                    Temple Youth		                                </span>

Our youth programs encourage kids to be themselves, to develop as leaders, and to develop a strong sense of Jewish identity. We know how important it is for our youngest members to have engaging opportunities to explore the world around them through a Jewish lens. They’ll connect to each other, with their clergy and advisors, and grow in so many ways.

Meet Your Temple Youth Leaders

Rabbi Jen Lader

Rabbi Jen Lader

Rabbi Jen loved her time in youth group so much, she never left! There is something so incredible about guiding teens through this time in their lives, as they figure out who they are and what’s important to them. Rabbi Jen is honored to walk this path with our young leaders. The relationships she builds with teens is the most sacred part of her role at Temple Israel.

Rabbi Lader is the ‘youth guru’ at Temple Israel, running all teen-related endeavors and keeping up to date on the latest slang for the benefit of her colleagues. She also visions for young adults at the congregation, and serves as the liaison to Thread, NextGen, BBYO, and a variety of other community institutions.

Contact Rabbi Jen

Rachel Kestenberg - Youth Director

Rachel Kestenberg

Meet Rachel, your Youth Director! After growing up at Temple Israel and spending her high school years serving as YFTI leadership, Rachel has just decided to never, ever leave. Her experiences in youth group, at camp, teaching and programming for all ages has led her back to her home congregation.

Rachel is passionate about helping teens build lifelong meaningful, relationships and become independent, confident and change-making leaders in our world. She loves hiking, traveling, and her best friend, Lou, the cutest golden retriever puppy in the universe.

Contact Rachel Kestenberg

Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyar 5782