Tweens + Teens
Jewish Tween Extreme, BBYO, and Jewish High are great places for tweens and teens to stay connected to their friends all year long.
Jewish Tween Extreme (JTE)
For almost five years, JTE has brought together Jewish tweens around the Seattle area. JTE is a great way for tweens to meet new friends, see their camp friends during the year, and stay connected to Judaism. JTE hosts three main events during the year:
J-Serve: a national day of service.
Jewish Tween Extreme partners with the SJCC, BBYO, NCSY, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Temple Beth Am, Temple B’nai Torah, Herzl-Ner Tamid, and the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. Special thanks to the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle for funding.
Mercer Island Strength and Conditioning
On-ramp classes in September & December: Mondays and Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.
Regular session (starts in October or January): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.
SJCC members $240; guests $360 for eight sessions or $30 drop-in fee
This new program is designed for high school athletes between sports seasons. It focuses on ultimate athletic performance through improving flexibility, mobility, speed, agility, strength, and power, in a safe, effective way. Led by elite-level athletes with semi-professional backgrounds, the class encourages proper sports nutrition and wellness and helps athletes prevent common sports injuries.
SJCC members: free/guests $10
Tween Fitness is for kids who want to be active. Kids will learn to use bands, balls and their own body weight to work on cardiovascular and weight training as well as balance, stability, and stretching. This class is appropriate for all levels so preteens learn the skills to work out safer and more efficiently, empowering them to want to exercise on their own.
Involving more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences
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 Lauren Schwartz or call 206-388-0837.
Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
SJCC Mercer Island
Jewish High (formerly known as Hebrew High) is a dynamic, accredited, elective-based program for Jewish students in the 9th-12th grades. Students take classes in everything from Krav Maga to Jewish history to culinary arts, and everything in between. Plus, they can earn credits for their public schools. Jewish High will also offer Kaplan SAT prep and driver’s education classes. Other activities include group trips, Friday night dinners, and opportunities through J-Serve and Jewish Tween Extreme, among others.