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NFTY SUNNY, Temple Sinai Youth Group

sinai teens nfty gesher kallahVision and Mission of the National Federation of Temple Youth-Central West Region (NFTY – CRW) of which our Temple’s chapter, SUNNY (Sinai United Northern Nevada Youth) is a part.

NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism. NFTY’s Central West Region includes northern and central California, Nevada, and Hawaii.

Sinai youth meet up with local Arab youth. Sinai United Northern Nevada Youth, or SUNNY, is Temple Sinai’s Youth Group (for 8th-12th grades). SUNNY provides a safe, healthy, welcoming and inspiring context for Jewish teens in Northern Nevada. By participating in local and regional programming throughout the school year in Reno and at our NFTY “Hub”, URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, our teens cultivate relationships with other Jewish teens from the Central West Region.

We exist to inspire a love of Judaism, nurture our teens’ Jewish identities, provide a context for enriching Jewish experiences, and offer opportunities to learn valuable leadership skills by planning, running, and publicizing events. If your child is in 8th-12th grade, click here to REQUEST MORE INFORMATION and send us your questions about participating in SUNNY. Click here to download the 2016 Fall Semester Event Calendar.


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SUNNY Youth Director

Sierra is excited to join the Temple Sinai community as the Youth Director for SUNNY! As she finishes up her final year at the University of Nevada, Reno, she looks forward to cultivating meaningful relationships in the community, and empowering the Jewish youth of Northern Nevada to continue to connect to their Jewish identity through leadership, service, and friendship. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sierra grew up at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, where she learned, through Tikkun Olam, the strength and resilience of the Jewish community. Upon graduating from the University, and with her passion for continuing education, Sierra hopes to continue in this new journey in Jewish leadership! You can reach Sierra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Welcome to NFTY CWR, Sierra Meszaros

All of us at Temple Sinai wish Sierra well, and we are very proud of her as she has just been promoted to NFTY Regional Adviser for the NFTY-Central West Region! Please join me and the Board in congratulating Sierra on her new position: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Please see HERE for the job posting for our next SUNNY (Sinai United Northern Nevada Youth) Director and send widely to college students and local Jewish professionals who may be interested.

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nfty central west logoGreetings,

We are thrilled to share with you that Sierra Meszaros will be assuming the role of NFTY Central West Regional Advisor. Sierra is currently the Youth Director at Temple Sinai of Reno, worked at Camp Newman this past summer, and grew up in the region. Thank you to the group of youth professionals, teens, and clergy who participated in the search process to interview Sierra.

We are confident that Sierra will be a huge asset to the Central West region. In her role as Regional Advisor for NFTY CWR, Sierra will work closely with the NFTY and Camp Newman team to continue the important work of collaborating with teens, youth professionals and congregations to organize NFTY events and explore additional avenues for engagement. In this role she will also focus on youth professional support, middle school engagement, partnership with other local organizations, and continuing the connection between NFTY and Camp Newman. Sierra will spend her summer at one of our URJ camps as well. Sierra will join our staff full time on September 11. She will be in touch after her official start date to share her contact information through NFTY. Please see below for some additional information about Sierra:

sierra meszarosSierra is excited to join the NFTY CWR and Camp Newman Family, as the NFTY CWR Regional Advisor. Sierra is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she grew up as a member of BATY at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, but in recent years has come to call the small Northern Nevada town of Genoa her new home town. Sierra is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, where she was recognized for her success in the social sciences.

Sierra has long had a passion for the Jewish community which has manifested itself in various ways over the years, beginning as a TYG member, later becoming a youth educator, and TYG advisor. She has been fortunate to see first-hand the power of the NFTY community, watching teens flourish in a community where they feel seen and heard, challenged yet inspired. She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to join a team of impassioned magic makers and educators to continue to motivate and inspire this incredible group of young people to be role models for their families, communities, and most importantly each other. She can't wait to begin this journey with you, and is wishing you nothing but light, love and magic!

Sierra will work with Samara on the planning for C-Dubb Smash, and they will both be on hand at the event. Please direct questions about C-Dubb Smash to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please join us in welcoming Sierra into her new role with NFTY CWR!


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Samara Leader
Director of Teen Engagement
URJ Camp Newman
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Beth Rodin
Managing Director


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