Who We Are
"SHATY" is Temple Avodat Shalom's Youth Group for 8th-12th graders who want to explore their Jewish identity in a relaxed environment with their peers. Our activities and events are geared towards having fun while also cultivating their sense of community service and leadership skills.
Social Action/Tikkun Olam
Tikkun Olam is at the heart of SHATY. Each year we are responsible for several signature social action programs for which we raise funds, organize and execute amazing events.
Feed the Hungry – Five times throughout the year, we rally the entire Temple Avodat Shalom community to cook and serve meals at a local food pantry for over 100 people.
Midnight Run – Each winter, SHATY members collect warm clothing, toiletries and pack several hundred dinners for homeless people living in New York City. We then travel throughout the city on a school bus delivering these items to those who live on the streets.
Religious Action Center trip to Washington, DC – Sophomores and Juniors in our group travel to Washington, DC to interact with teens from all over the country, learning about various issues, creating position papers and lobbying their Congressional representatives on these issues. These annual trips have often been cited by our teens as eye opening and life changing.
Hackensack Riverkeeper Clean Up- SHATY members adorn hip boots and gloves, gathering with the local community at The Hackensack River to gather and dispose of debris that has collected and littered our waterways.
All of our members are given a variety of opportunities in leadership in many different ways. In addition to our executive board, members take on overseeing and planning many events throughout the year.
We lead standing room only youth services during the High Holy Days for Hebrew school students and their parents. Rabbi Jacobson turns over the responsibility of leading the 2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah services for the entire congregation. During the year we will lead a Friday night service
The Hebrew school is where we become role models for our youngest members. We volunteer each Sunday as madrichim, assisting in the classrooms and office. Each year we plan and run the Purim Carnival for the school.
To help support our programs, we run a variety of fundraisers. These include several bake sales, designing and selling t-shirts, and organizing dining out fundraisers at local establishments.