Peninsula Temple Sholom has two very active youth groups: Pre-PARTY and PARTY! Membership in these groups is free and is open to any appropriate-age member of the congregation.
Pre-PARTY is what we call our youth before they are of age to be in our high school age youth group, PARTY. We want our youth to grow up rooted in their Jewish culture and eager to be involved in their community. Pre-PARTY gives them the opportunity to do so through active and experiential learning and fun. Youth will also create friendships with peers and have a great time doing so.
PARTY, or Peninsula Area Reform Temple Youth, is PTS's youth group for high school age youth in association with NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth Group. The youth group is youth run and youth led by a board of peers, and supervised by Director of Youth Engagement, Max Ruzi. All high school age teens are welcome to come at any time! Please join in on the fun!
For more information about either of these groups, please contact:
Max Ruzi, Director of Youth Engagement
Max recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Family and Human Services, GO DUCKS! Congregants may know Max from URJ Camp Newman, where he grew up as a camper and has worked for the past four summers. In his spare time Max enjoys playing music, rock climbing, cooking, and trying new things. Max will be at PTS during the school years and will continue to work at URJ Camp Newman during summers. Max is thrilled to be a part of the PTS team!
Rabbi Molly Plotnik, Director of Education
Rabbi Plotnik received her M.A. in Jewish Education from the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion's Rhea Hirsch School of Education and was recently ordained by HUC-JIR in Los Angeles in 2015. During her time at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Plotnik authored her curriculum guide for adult education entitled "Intentional Living: Refining Your Beliefs and Realigning Your Actions," and her rabbinic thesis entitled "Implementing Green Theology in Reform Synagogues." While in Rabbinical school, Rabbi Plotnik further pursued her interest in the intersection of Judaism and the environment by spending several summers working for Adamah Adventures, a Jewish outdoor adventure camp based out of Atlanta.