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		                                    YFTI (9th-12th Grade)		                                </span>


YFTI is our fantastic high school youth group. Typical programming includes local, national and international trips, weekend retreats, social action opportunities, social events, and more – all designed BY and made FOR teens in 9th-12th grade.  While these activities are teen-driven, teens are guided and supervised by Rabbi Jen Lader and Rachel Kestenberg.

After a long and challenging year and a half, we can’t wait to get back to travel, adventures, and building meaningful connections.

Join us for monthly Monday programming after ROOTS, and get involved as a leader. For more info, contact Rachel Kestenberg at 248-661-5700.


Meet Your YFTI Leadership Executive Board

Presidents - Andrew Bertman & Sydney Butler


Andrew Bertman & Sydney Butler
Programming VP - Molly Weiner

Programming VP

Molly Weiner
Membership VP - Hayley Weiss

Membership VP

Hayley Weiss
Jewish Community VP - Jolie Oleshansky

Jewish COmmunity VP

Jolie Oleshansky
Social Action VPs - Jacob Bennett & Madison Kessler

Social Action VPs

Jacob Bennet & Madison Kessler
Fundraising VPs - Alexa Kessler & Max Melamed

Financial VPs

Alexa Kessler & Max Melamed
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Communications VPs

Arden hafron & Garrett kirshner


2022-23 Calendar

*all events are weather dependent.


8/29: The Spark : YFTI Board Leadership Retreat


9/5: Labor Day Picnic
9/12: Lounge Nights + Roots Begin


10/4: YFTI-led Yom Kippur Family Service 
10/16: YFTI Kickoff -Cedar Point
10/30: Mitzvah Day


11/13: November: 11/13 - Topgolf social night


12/3: Mystery Night
12/12: JARC Chanukkah Partys


1/16: ROOTS/YFTI Social Action Night
1/27-29: Ski Trip


2/9-13: L'Taken
2/25: YFTI Social Night



3/5: Purim Carnival



4/17: Yom HaShoah - Survivors’ Stories 
4/28-30: City Trip


5/7: YFTI End of Year Bash
5/19-21: 8th Grade Trip


Upcoming YFTI Events

MondayMon, 3 AprApril, 2023

Taste of YFTI : Zap Zone

Monday, Apr 3rd 5:00p to 7:00pAttention YFTI: Join us at Zap Zone for pizza and two hours of unlimited gaming!


FridayFri, 21 AprApril, 2023

YFTI in the City: Toronto Edition

Friday, Apr 21st (All day)YFTI is thrilled to announce that we are going on an exciting City Trip to Toronto this year! Get ready for a weekend filled with adventure, culture, and unforgettable experiences.




Jewish Youth Climate Movement

We are excited to announce the start of a very important kvutzah (group) at Temple Israel. The Jewish Youth Climate Movement Task Force is a program for teens who are passionate about climate change and the environment. The JYCM is dedicated to mitigating climate change by empowering young people, mobilizing our communities and taking action.Update this content.

The Jewish Youth Climate Movement Initiative has been created to:

We are a group of Jewish teens interested in positively impacting the Detroit Jewish community through activism around environmental issues. We are rooted in the famous Jewish story about an old man named Honi who planted trees in his old age. He explains: “I found a fruitful world because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise, I am planting it for my children.”

While we are a group of Jewish teenagers, the projects we will participate in and support are intended to move the needle for ALL ages, religions, and other diverse groups of people.

We have a mission to inform and influence our community so that our environmental future will be secure. It is important to make sure others are aware of the challenges so that we can share our world with future generations.

Our goal is to simply make a difference. While many of our projects might be time sensitive, our full intention is to better the world incrementally. Over the next year, we plan to engage more than 1000 people in our mission. In this way we participate in the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam -- Repairing the world over time.


Rabbi Josh, Rachel Kestenberg and your teen leaders: Claire Spektor, Max Barish, Dylan Wolf, Jaymie Miller, Nolen Kovan

Sponsor a Monday Night Dinner

Sponsor a Monday Night Dinner

Dear Temple Israel teens, parents, grandparents, friends, family and alumni!

We are so excited to welcome our teens home after an incredibly challenging year, to connect and learn, to process, and to grow into the incredible humans we know they are! To support our youth department in this year of rebuilding, and to celebrate our resilient and amazing teens, we are kicking off a BRAND NEW sponsorship program for Monday night dinners.

Each Monday up to 2 families or supporters can sponsor dinner with a donation of $180 each, in honor of a specific teen, alumni, or loved one. Both the sponsor and the honoree will be featured on the Temple Israel Instagram and Facebook pages.

You pick the day and the meal (does your teen have a favorite?!) and we do the rest! We appreciate your generosity and love as we work hard to give our teens a welcoming, safe, identity-building space to be themselves.


Have your teen help you with this! :) 


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