KESTY & NFTY (8th-12th)

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View/Download our full 2017-2018 calendar here

KESTY 17-18 Committee Application is now available! 

2017-2018 KESTY Board:
President – Miriam L
PVP – Rebecca D
SAVP – Quinn S
RCVP – Lydia W
CMVP – Rina L

What is KESTY? 
Joining KESTY  
Scholarships/Financial Aid 
Other Programs/Ages




What is KESTY?
KESTY, Kensington Emanuel Senior Temple Youth, is our teen youth group here at Temple Emanuel. Through the leadership of a teen board and active members, we hold events about once per month with programming designed to bring teens together in our community and participate informally and experientially in exploring their values and beliefs. We are affiliated with the Mid-Atantic Region of the URJ’s national youth movement, NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) and proudly participate in NFTY-MAR regional events.

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As a member of KESTY you will be the first to know of upcoming social events, community social action projects, hangouts and get-togethers, and more. You will also receive a discount off of every paid KESTY event for the entire academic year!
Membership and participation in KESTY will provide you with opportunities to make and keep great life-long friendships with other Jewish teens at Temple Emanuel. If you choose to participate in programs from our parent organization, NFTY-MAR, you will also be able to meet with other Jewish teens in the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region or from all over North America!
For more information on year-round and summer programs offered by the North American Federation of Temple Youth, visit

Becoming a KESTY Member
Membership in KESTY (our 8th-12th grade youth group with monthly events) is $36* for the 2017-18 academic year.
Register online here – please contact Lillian with questions
A separate form must be filled out for each student registering as a member of our youth groups. Students participating in NFTY events must also fill out the NFTY forms provided upon enrollement for their NFTY event.

* To request a scholarship, please fill out this online form.

Our Temple Emanuel WRJ has graciously offered a generous FULL scholarship to all high school students looking to attend their first ever NFTY-MAR regional weekend program. These events typically attract 200-400 Reform Jewish teens from the Mid-Atlantic region and are full of wonderful and fun opportunities for connection and informal learning. To sign up for your first event and receive a full scholarship from WRJ, please click here. To double-check if you qualify or if you have any questions, contact Lillian, our Youth Engagement Coordinator at 

Other Temple Emauel Youth Groups 
Kesty J – 6th and 7th grade
kesty45 – 4th and 5th grade
kesty aleph-bet – k-3rd grade