Teen Resources and Opportunities

 

This page has been created just for you, Jewish teens in the South Jersey area. We know how much you have on your plates, so we want to make things as easy as possible for you. Below, you’ll find a list of opportunities for Jewish teens locally, across the country, and across the world, no matter your interests or grade. 

 

Take a look and see how you can become involved! 

 

Leadership Opportinities

 

Katz JCC JLEAD Teen Leadership Program

The Katz JCC Teen Leadership Program, JLEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Design), for teens in 9th grade, inspires and involves Jewish teens in South Jersey, through leadership development and personal evolution.

 

Israel Education Task Force

Collaborate with teens across North America while learning, educating, mobilizing, and connecting around Israel! Through the Israel Engagement Task Force, you will create resources, learn from educators and professionals and grow your own relationship with Israel.

 

AJC Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT) Program

American Jewish Committee's education and advocacy program for teens, empowers young Jews to speak up for Israel and the Jewish people. LFT helps high school students develop a strong Jewish identity and trains them as advocates for Israel, and to be voices against antisemitism.

 

StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council

StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council participants will have the opportunity to further their knowledge, plan innovative Israel programs with their peers, and play a vital role in ensuring that teens in their community are connected to Israel.

 

ADL Never is Now - High School Programs

Join fellow high school students and educators for an empowering virtual series directed at young people about confronting hate and bigotry in today’s world. By registering for our high school student program, you’ll have access not only to exclusive panels for students ready to make a difference, but to every panel at the Summit.

 

Simon Wiesenthal Government Advocacy Internship

The Wiesenthal Government Advocacy Internship will expose students to public policy, legislation, and advocacy to combat antisemitism, fight bigotry and stereotyping and ensure proper legal and de-facto treatment of minority communities.

 

Diller Teen Fellows

Diller Teen Fellows program is an immersive leadership program inviting a select group of Jewish 10th and 11th graders from 6 continents and 32 communities to step up, lead their communities, and repair the world.

 

The Bronfman Fellowship

Every year, our pluralistic group of twenty-six Fellows embark on a transformative, deeply personal journey in which they learn to see the world through a lens broader than their own. Fellows explore the rich tapestry of Jewish texts and ideas, using them to spark conversations, engage with stimulating existential questions, and achieve a deeper understanding of themselves and one another. They also expand their perspectives through intensive encounters with a parallel group of Israeli peers.The Fellowship begins with a free, immersive summer program in Israel, and continues with monthly virtual experiences and a winter and spring seminar in the U.S.

 

Jewish Teen Leadership Institute - JTLI

JTLI is a one-year program for 9th-12th graders to explore leadership and what it means to be a leader in all fields and in all walks of life–all from a Jewish perspective. JTLI is a leadership program that inspires teens to lead through a global Jewish perspective–informed by the rich wisdom, insight, and motivation of Jewish thought, religion and culture.

 

Israeli American Council - IAC

The IAC has developed an activism module in which teens will learn about the vocabulary of Israel activism, practice how to respond to tough questions, learn about the current state of antisemitism, and the difference between what it means to be critical of Israel and anti-Zionism. These online sessions, taught by activism experts, delve into key subjects in building the future leaders of the Jewish community and preparing them for campus life.

Travel 

 

Alexander Muss High School in Israel (Summer Program)

The Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) provides a 6 week pluralistic, academic adventure in Israel during the summer.

 

Masa Israel Journey

Masa Israel Journey is the leader in immersive international experiences in Israel for young adults, ages 18-30. We offer authentic and life-changing journeys through Israeli society, culture, politics, and history.

 

Hevruta Gap-Year Program

Hevruta gap-year program invites Israelis and North Americans to establish a joint community founded on discourse and values in the heart of Jerusalem. The program is open to young men and women from all over Israel and North America, from religious and secular backgrounds, who represent a variety of worldviews.

 

Etgar 36

On an Etgar 36 Journey, you experience the sites, sounds, culture, food, and people of each city with Jewish teens from across the country. Learn about the American history that shapes us, the issues that confront us, and how the political process impacts us. The goal of the Journey is to empower teens to get involved politically and socially to create change in the world.

Advocate & Engage 

 

AIPAC

The mission of AIPAC—the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—is to strengthen and expand the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel.

 

JFNA

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) represents 146 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities. Our mission is to protect and enhance the well-being of Jews worldwide through meaningful contributions to community, Israel and civil society.

 

JCPA

JCPA is the national hub of the community relations network made up of 125 community relations councils and 17 national Jewish agencies.  Its mission is to inspire, support, coordinate, convene, build consensus and mobilize the network while serving as the national representative of the network’s public policy platform. JCPA’s mandate is to advance the interests of the Jewish people.

College Opportunites 

 

Hillel International

Be involved with Jewish campus life at your future college campus with the largest Jewish campus organization in the world. 

 

ISRAEL21c Digital Ambassadors

The Digital Ambassador Program cultivates the next generation of digital communication experts. ISRAEL21c selects North American college students who are passionate about Israel and social media. Each cohort plays an active role in engaging with and developing ISRAEL21c’s audience.

 

Campus Student Leadership Summit - Hartman Institute

An unique opportunity for North American college student leaders to address issues of Jewish power, vulnerability and to explore the landscape of what it means to be Jewish on college campuses.

 

Youth Groups 

 

BBYO

BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For 90 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens.

 

USY

USY empowers Jewish youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, a deep engagement with and love for Israel, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences based on the ideology of Conservative Judaism.

 

NFTY

NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism.

 

NCSY

NCSY provides Jewish teens with an opportunity to build a strong connection to their Jewish roots through inspiration, leadership skills, and encourage passionate Judaism through Torah and Tradition.

Jewish Federation of Southern NJ and Agency Resources, Grants, and Scholarships 

If you know of programs that should be added, please contact Aaron Sauer at asauer@jfedsnj.org