Tweens + Teens

The SixthirTEENS, BBYO, and Jewish High are great places for tweens and teens to stay connected to their friends all year long.

Tween and Teen Activities

SixthirTEENS

SixthirTEENS is a community service group for Jewish teens in the Seattle area. Their goal is to have fun while performing mitzvot (good deeds). Below are some upcoming volunteer opportunities. Email SJCC Community Connections Professional Ken Di Raimondo with questions or to register.

 

Northwest Harvest
Saturday, July 15 | noon-2 pm

Summer Project with Herzl-Ner Tamid
Fill a backpack for homeless elementary school kids
Herzl-Ner Tamid is launching a campaign to fill backpacks for 80 homeless elementary schoolers before the start of the next school year. Here’s how you can help:  
1. Create an email/social media post explaining the project, including a link to the wishlist (or, use this sample email). 
2. Send the email to friends and family.
3. Join us at the end of August to assemble the backpacks with everything an elementary schooler needs (details and date to follow).

Middle School Overnights

As part of SJCC Summer Camp, we’re offering three different overnight trips this summer for kids in 6th-8th grades. Each trip will be led by accredited outdoor professionals and will include a certified Wilderness First Responder. In addition to activities, kids will learn basic outdoor skills, including setting up campsites, fire safety, cooking, and “leave no trace” methods.

Join us for one or all!

  • Mountain biking Duthie Hill and camping on Bainbridge Island: August 3-4
  • Overnight at Camp Solomon Schechter: August 24-25

Curating Your Family Story

New session dates have not yet been set.

Curating Your Family Story is an international program designed to engage students (5th-8th grade) who are interested in a fun-filled, meaningful, personal, global, and multigenerational Jewish heritage journey. The students will be able to discover their family’s history and create a work of art that is submitted to an international panel of judges. The grand prize winner gets a family trip to Israel. No previous art experience necessary. Workshops facilitated by art instructor Ellen Hochberg and Eliyahu Krigel, Director of Education, Herzl-Ner Tamid.

Open to everyone. Scholarships are available, please contact SJCC Jewish Life and Learning Professional Danniell Nadiv to learn more. For general questions, contact Eliyahu Kriegl.

 

BBYO

Involving more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences

Meetings

Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m
Stroum Jewish Community Center Mercer Island location

For nearly 90 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for Jewish teens. Now more than ever, BBYO’s programs in 60 communities across North America provide innovative opportunities for teens to connect with one another, take part in community service projects, navigate the college admissions process, and travel the world. These experiences provide each participant a network of lifelong friends and a perspective which adds value and meaning to life.

The Evergreen region of BBYO has approximately 300 members in multiple chapters throughout the Northwest, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and Eugene; each chapter includes volunteer adult advisors to provide guidance and support. An additional 700 Jewish teens participate in BBYO-sponsored programs each year.

Jews in unaffiliated communities are encouraged to become members and to enjoy the benefits of a national Jewish youth program. These members are invited to attend all regional and international programs.

Regional program participants, including those from Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and non-affiliated backgrounds, join together in religious observance, sports, social events, leadership development, cultural activities, and community service projects.

Perhaps the most important lesson that one learns from BBYO is that “you get out of it what you put into it.” As in life, involvement in the development process, participation in the program, or taking on leadership roles is the best way to take advantage of BBYO.

If you’d like to join BBYO, contact Evergreen Region Program Director Rachel Heilbronner or call 206-388-0837.

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