J Teens

The J offers programs for teens to connect with their community, make new friends, and explore philanthropy.

Are you a teen who’s interested in getting involved at the J or do you know a teen who’d love one of these programs? Contact Sr. Manager Youth + Recreation Jackie Kleinstein for more information.

Upcoming Teen Events

From volunteer opportunities to classes and get-togethers, we look forward to gathering in person again soon. See online opportunities below.

There are no upcoming events at this time.


Teen Programs

Giving Initiative for Teens

The Giving Initiative for Teens (GIFT) is part of a national program to teach teens about grant-making, non-profit management, fundraising, and Jewish values. The program encourages engagement in the community and empowers teens (9th to 12th grades) to be part of the grant-making process from start to finish, as they work together to raise and allocate funds to distribute to local non-profits. GIFT runs from roughly September to June, with applications for the upcoming school year opening each spring. Learn more >>

New Program: MyChai

We are excited to launch a new experiential education program, MyChai, for 6th-9th graders this fall. MyChai will use NYU’s 18×18 Framework, which highlights 18 Jewish things a young Jew should know, care about, and be able to do by age 18. Through a series of seminars, discussions, and activities we will improve a young person’s familiarity, understanding, literacy, and application of Jewish attitudes and practices. Learn more >>

Teen Peer Groups

These peer groups are safe spaces for 6th-9th graders to talk about how Jewish values and traditions help guide them during their teenage years. Teens can select into the group that fits their gender identity: Rosh Hodesh (girls), Shevet (boys), and Tzelem (non-binary, gender-fluid, gender-questioning). Through the guidance of a trained mentor, each group meets monthly to connect relevant teen issues with Jewish values — all while having a good time and fostering new friendships. Learn more  >>

Looking for a job?

The J is a great place for teens to work! We’re hiring counselors for summer J Camp and school-year programs, lifeguards, Welcome Desk staff, and more. Check out our current openings >>



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