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.

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 >>