Youth/Teen Enrichment

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

BBYO *

Great Midwest Region
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (224) 406-9261
Fax: (224) 406-3272
Email: gmr@bbyo.org
Web: http://bbyo.org
Contact: Celia Livshin and Daniel Bittker

Transdenominational Jewish youth movement that is chapter-based. Events include weekend retreats, leadership skill building, Israel programs, and local events.

BeTween *

JCC Chicago
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/between

BeTween helps Jewish girls in grades 3 through 8, strengthen and support their bodies, minds, and spirits through fun programs with other Jewish girls. The adults in their lives -- parents, teachers, coaches -- access information and resources to help girls navigate the turbulent pre-teen years with confidence and understanding about their bodies, relationships, and roles in their communities. BeTween is administered by JCC Chicago; programs for parents are led by JCFS.

Bnei Akiva of Chicago

3740 W. Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 329-8682 x13
Email: chicagobneiakiva@gmail.com
Web: http://www.bneiakiva.org

Programs for Zionist Orthodox youth, including summer programs in Israel, to strengthen Jewish identity and commitment. Operates local Shabbat groups, leadership seminars, and educational programs.

CHUSY

United Synagogue Youth (USY)
601 Skokie Blvd.
Suite 402
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 714-9130
Fax: (847) 714-9133
Email: chusy@uscj.org
Web: http://www.chusy.org
Contact: Julile Marder

A Conservative movement group for high-school students; Israel Experience programs each summer plus college study. USY (grades 9-12) and KADIMA (grades 6-8) offer religious, educational and social programs.

Diller Teen Fellows *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5032
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-6252
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: diller@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/diller
Contact: Samuel Rodin

A 15-month fellowship for high school students interested in exploring topics in leadership, social justice, Jewish identity, and Israel. Fellows participate in local workshops and retreats, host Diller teens from JUF’s partnership region in Israel, and travel to Israel for a three-week seminar with Diller Fellows from around the world.

The Friendship Circle

The Stuart Raskas Friendship Circle of Illinois
2095 Landwehr Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 943-9770
Email: info@fcil.org
Web: http://www.FCIL.org
Contact: Rabbi Zelik Moscowitz

Empowering today's teens to bridge the gap between families of children with special needs and the community. Offering friendship, social, Judaic and educational experiences.

JCC Chi Town Connection *

Administrative Office
Mayer Kaplan JCC
5050 Church Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 763-3551
Fax: (847) 763-3680
Web: http://www.chitownconnection.com

Year-round teen program offers social, recreational and cultural activities, leadership development and volunteer opportunities.

JCC Maccabi Chicago *

Administrative Office
Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 763-3607
Fax: (224) 406-9272
Email: sjacobson@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.gomaccabi.org
Contact: Shelby Jacobson

An annual, international Olympic-style sporting event held each summer in select cities for Jewish teens, 13-16 years of age. Competition includes basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, flag football, volleyball, track and field, swimming, tennis, golf, ice hockey and more. The largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world, the Games provide 6,000 Jewish youth with an unparalleled athletic and cultural experience and strengthens Jewish identity. A summer arts experience for creative Jewish teens ages 13-17 features workshops in a variety of specialties with some of the leading artists in each field and incorporates community service, social activities, and themes of Jewish heritage, community, and Israel.

JCC Theater Program *

5050 Church Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 763-3514
Fax: (847) 675-4910
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/theater

Provides the opportunity for ages 7 to 99 to shine onstage and backstage in as many as four musical productions annually. Ensemble is process-oriented and committed to creating high quality theatre.

Jewish Student Connection (JSC) *

P.O. Box 5674
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 675-7331, (312) 590-5613
Email: akaufman@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.myjsc.org
Contact: Andi Kaufman

Helps high school students explore what [Jewish] means to them, inspiring proud personal connections with our culture, with our people, and with each other. JSC is dedicated to establishing non-denominational Jewish clubs in public and private schools to explore issues of Jewish pride, identity and connection to Israel. Open to the entire student population of each school that's served, JSC has no fee for participation, which creates an easy and convenient way for teens to connect.

Jewish Student Union (JSU)

3200 W. Touhy Ave., Floor Two
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (847) 675-7331
Web: http://www.jsu.org

Runs more than 200 Jewish culture clubs on public high school campuses. The clubs provide Jewish teens with programs that strengthen their Jewish identity and connection to Israel.

Midwest NCSY

3200 W. Touhy Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 677-6279
Email: midwest@ncsy.org
Web: http://www.midwest.ncsy.org
Contact: Rabbi Donny Schwartz and Rabbi Moshe Isenberg

The most effective and respected educational Jewish Youth movement in the world. NCSY is a multi-faceted Jewish Youth group which is open to all Jewish youth regardless of background and affiliation. Offering social and educational programming in hundreds of communities across the U.S. and Canada, NCSY is a leader in bringing unaffiliated youth an awareness of what Judaism is all about. For Jewish teenagers, NCSY is a relaxed, fun environment to learn about their own heritage.

Moving Traditions

Email: grobinson@movingtraditions.org
Web: http://movingtraditions.org

Moving Traditions believes that when Judaism promotes self-discovery, challenges traditional gender roles, and celebrates a diversity of voices, it has the power to move our teens, our communities, and Judaism forward. Through the field-tested programs Rosh Hodesh and Shevet Achim, Moving Traditions creates experiences that inspire Jewish teens to openly explore fundamental questions of identity and society.

No'ar Hadash

Email: info@noarhadash.org
Web: http://www.noarhadash.org

Provides opportunities for congregational youth groups to gather together for regional and North American events (including a summer teen Israel trip), as well as local programming.

North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) *

Chicago Area Region
1121 Lake Cook Road, Suite D
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (212) 452-6703
Fax: (847) 509-0970
Email: nftycar@urj.org
Web: http://www.nfty.org/car
Contact: Logan Zinman

Brings high school students from suburbs and surrounding cities of Chicago, as well as northwestern Indiana. Programs include learning, worship, community service, and fellowship to build lifetime ties with each other.

Or Tzedek

JCUA
610 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 663-0960
Email: sarah@jcua.org
Web: http://www.jcua.org
Contact: Deborah Goldberg

 

Or Tzedek is JCUA's Teen Institute for Social Justice. Offering both year-round programs and immersive summer sessions, Or Tzedek reaches hundreds of teens every year. Teens build advocacy and community organizing skills, take action on meaningful social justice campaigns, and of course, have fun!

 

Research Training Internship (RTI) *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5035
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2802
Email: teens@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/teens/rti_about.aspx
Contact: Stephanie Goldfarb

A selective 10-month paid internship where high school-aged girls will advise JUF’s work from their unique perspectives. RTI is hosted by the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago in partnership with Ma'yan and the Beck Research Initiative for Women, Gender, and Community.

Response *

Jewish Child & Family Services
9304 N. Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 676-0078, (855) 275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS)
Fax: (847) 676-0574
Email: responsecounseling@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.responsecenter.org

Helps adolescents in the Jewish and general community develop skills in communication, decision-making and leadership necessary to deal with life's challenges. Response's community outreach and prevention  workshops provide experiential, prevention-based education to teens, professionals and parents, focusing on current topics impacting tweens, teens and those who work with or parent them. Counseling for teens and their families, parent and teen education and support groups are also available.

Springboard *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street, Suite 5042
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4987
Email: sarinagerson@juf.org
Web: http://www.springboardchicago.org
Contact: Sarina Gerson

Through Springboard, teens can participate in five-day, immersive spring break experiences that appeal to different passions, interests and backgrounds. Whether you are interested in social action or social media, travel or trailblazing, with Springboard you can discover yourself while discovering your connection with the larger Jewish community.

Teens @ JUF *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street, Suite 5033
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2904
Email: tovteen@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/teens
Contact: Hallie Shapiro Devir

Your central address for learning about programs for teens. Learn more about philanthropy programs, Israel advocacy and culture programs, camps and travel programs, youth movements, Israel Experience programs, volunteer opportunities and more.

Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5035
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2802
Email: voices@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/teens/voices.aspx
Contact: Stephanie Goldfarb

Have you always dreamed of making the world a better place? Now is your chance! JUF invites you to join Jewish teens from around Chicagoland as you meet monthly to learn about philanthropy and grant-making, discuss issues of social justice, learn how to request and evaluate grant proposals, and ultimately allocate $25,000 to organizations working to repair the world. Make a difference in the community…make your voice heard!

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Introduction to Judaism

An 18-week program designed for individuals and couples from Jewish and various other faith backgrounds who want to explore Jewish holidays and life cycle ceremonies, Jewish values, symbols and traditions, and Jewish liturgy and texts. Introduction to Judaism is ideal for those who are part of a Jewish family, are considering conversion, or simply want to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life. Co-sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism and the Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis. Classes are offered at several locations around Chicago and the suburbs in the fall, winter and spring.

A Taste of Judaism

Curious about Judaism? A Taste of Judaism is designed for those who are curious about Judaism. These free three weekly sessions focus on the modern Jewish take on spirituality, values, and community. Sessions are dynamic and interactive; the teachers are engaging and accessible and are open to all of your questions and concerns. Whether you are simply curious about Judaism or are looking to take your next steps on your Jewish journey you have come to the right place! All are welcome. Program offered at several locations across Chicago and suburbs in the fall, winter and spring. 

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