Shabbat Youth Programming
Rodfei Sholom offers Shabbat programming for children from Pre-Kindergarten through high
school. Our philosophy is to make Shabbat enjoyable and educational. Each group has its own
age appropriate service, learns about the weekly Torah portion, and sings Shabbat songs.
Towards the end of the morning service the children are lead into the main sanctuary to participate in the adult services for a short while. There is always free time for the youngsters to enjoy the playground. Our teachers are experienced educators who love teaching and children.
We offer special classes and activities for children on all the Jewish holidays. When appropriate, we organize activities on a Sunday to do projects that involve activities not permitted on Shabbat or Yom Tov.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program
The Bar & Bat Mitzvah program is tailored to the needs of the individual students. Each student receives personalized instruction tailored to his or her specific skill level in learning the service, Torah portion, and Haftorah. The highlight of the program is the individual time each student has studying the Torah portion and Haftorah with one of the rabbis.
Jewish Education continues through our youth groups – NCSY and Rodfei Youth club.
Rodfei Sholom offers youth groups for students in 3rd through 12th grades. Senior NCSY serves those in 8th through 12th grades, Junior NCSY is for 6th and 7th grades and the Rodfei Youth Club is for those in 3rd through 5th grades.
Senior NCSY activities for the past year have included dinner in the Sukkah, an overnight Shabbaton, a pizza and movie night, a mother/daughter workshop, a workshop with Doron Kornbluth, community service, and a bowling party. Open to all Jewish teens in San Antonio, NCSY events typically attract about 50 young people. In addition to providing an opportunity for socializing, NCSY aims to strengthen Jewish identity, integrate teens into synagogue life and to provide leadership opportunities.
Karen Furman is the parent coordinator for the recently formed Rodfei Sholom Youth Club.
Activites for the past year have included planning and organizing booths for the annual Lag B’Omer picnic, a pizza and movie night, and an end of school year swimming party.