Welcome to the new TEENS@JUF, a new, multi-media, interactive experience for Jewish teens. We have a whole new website designed especially for YOU, to be your gateway to the information about the Chicago Jewish community that matters to you—including volunteer opportunities, trips to Israel, blogs by other Jewish teens, games, and Jewish celebrities.
Start with ways to volunteer, get involved, and give back in the Do Good section. Learn about Camp TOV, TOV MTV, A.C.T. Now, and Voices, which will show you how to make a difference in your community… while making new friends, learning new skills, and having fun!
You can also read dozens of stories about tikkun olam projects that teens just like you did for their bar and bat mitzvahs, and learn about how to add mitzvah projects to your own special day.
Visit the I♥Israel section to find out how to visit Israel through JUF, with trips and tours from 10 days to a full year. You can also learn about scholarships and things like SKIP, Gift of Israel, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Certificates, and vouchers that help get you there. You can also join Write On for Israel and learn how to hold your own in debates about Israel while sharpening your writing skills.
Got plans for the summer? Now you do! Click on Camp and Summer Fun to see which summer camp or program is best for you. Each camp name is followed by a description of what they do and how to get in touch with them.
But you can be involved all year long. Click the Community button and find out about youth movements, learning opportunities, community programs, and even programs that teach you how to be a leader yourself. Find out about everything from pizza parties to weekend retreats through dozens of programs.
We just think being Jewish is cool. And we know a bunch of people—whose names you also know—who agree. In the Celebrities area, we introduce you to hundreds of Jewish stars! Actors, directors, writers, producers… even Jewish superheroes and cartoon characters!
Looking for even more fun stuff? We put that in the area we called Fun Stuff! That's where you'll find our favorite movies with Jewish stars and stories… Jewish-themed Mad Libs—and easy, delicious recipes. Test your knowledge of your favorite sports with our quizzes on Jewish sports stars, and learn more about yourself with our personality quizzes.
Soon, we'll have a page with music, including news and interviews with some of today's hottest, chart-busting Jewish stars, from The Maccabeats to Matisyahu! And there's always room for YOU on TEENS@JUF. E-mail us your blog entry, recipe, bar/bat mitzvah story, favorite celeb, photo, poem, or book review at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And be sure to keep checking back, because there's always something new at TEENS@JUF!
Paul Wieder is public relations manager at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation.