Jewish Teen Engagement Opportunities

Browse our community calendar below.

FROM DATE
TO DATE
INTERESTS

PROGRAM LOCATION
AUDIENCE
MEETING FREQUENCY

November 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

PJY Harvest + Prepare + Donate

At Pushing the Envelope Farm
Drop off and pick up at 
Continental Envelope, 1700 Averill Road, Geneva, IL 60134

Open to Jewish 5th - 12th graders.

GET UP AND DO A MITZVAH!
Join us for a fall harvest at the farm and prepare a healthy dish for donation in the Fox Valley area just in time for Thanksgiving!


Grade Level: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time

Program Location: West Suburbs


Location:
Continental Envelope
1700 Averill Road
Geneva IL, 60134


Contact:
Liza
prairiejewishyouth@gmail.com
847-662-8855


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

CHUSY Turkey Dance

Join teens from all over the Chicago area for an amazing night the day before Thanksgiving!

Location:
NSS Beth El
Highland PArk IL, 60035


Contact:
Tovah Goodman
tgoodman@nssbethel.org
847-432-8900


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December 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

(Recurring Monthly on the First Sunday of every month between 11/1/2017 - 5/9/2018)

Israeli American Council's Eitanim Program

"Eitanim", is a cutting edge leadership and entrepreneurship program
in Chicago for teenagers. Mentored by startup founders, Eitanim expands students’ creativity, self-learning abilities and team-work skills while connecting them to Israel, the "Start Up Nation". Through the program, the students will have a chance to work with experts, providing them with the knowledge, tools and opportunities to strengthen and enhance essential skills needed to succeed in high school, college, and their career. Expertise includes various topics such as entrepreneurship, film-making, virtual reality, startups, social media, sales, research and more.

An introduction: November 1st
"Building Bridges": November 12th, 29th, December 10th
"Tikon Olam": February 4th, 21st, March 4th
"Mini Hackathon"+ Escape Room: March 18th
"Israel Celebrate 70": April 11th, 29th
"Demo


Grade Level: 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Meeting Frequency: Once a month


Location:
Meets in the suburbs
Chicagoland IL, 00000


Contact:
Lital Hasak
lital@israeliamerican.org
818-836-6700


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Friday, December 8, 2017 - Sunday, December 10, 2017

CHUSY Kadima Convention and 8th Grade Shabbaton

CHUSY is the Chicago region of United Synagogue Youth (USY), the youth group of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. CHUSY covers Chicago as well as Madison, Milwaukee, and Northwest Indiana. CHUSY programs give Jewish teens a chance to learn and grow as a Jew and most of all to have fun with other Jews. Teens learn about Judaism and Israel, do social action projects, give tzedakah, and enjoy other social programming like bowling or just hanging out.
More information at www.chusy.org


Grade Level: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time


Contact:
Donni Aaron
daaron@uscj.org
847-715-9130


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Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

PJY-JSC Hanukkah Party

Open to 5th - 12th grades. Non-Jewish friends are invited.
Details to follow.


Grade Level: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time

Program Location: West Suburbs


Contact:
Janette Grosman
jdgrosman.slp@gmail.com
224-321-0428


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Sunday, December 10, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ta'am Yisrael Orientation

Participants of the 2018 Ta'am Yisrael Trip and their parents will learn about the trip and other participants and trip staff.

Grade Level: 8th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time


Location:
Congregation BJBE
1201 Lake Cook Rd.
Deerfield IL, 60015


Contact:
Ariel Lapson
taamyisrael@cfje.org
312-673-3485


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Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Thursday, December 28, 2017

USY International Convention Chicago

USY’s International Convention, commonly referred to as IC, is the largest gathering of Conservative Jewish teens.

Held annually the last full week in December, the convention moves to a different North American city each year and convenes hundreds of Jewish teens for five days of celebration, friendship, Jewish learning, and giving back to the local community.


Grade Level: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time


Location:
Grand Sheraton Chicago
301 East North Water Street
Chicago IL, 60611


Contact:
Donni Aaron
daaron@uscj.org
847-715-9130


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Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - Friday, December 29, 2017

Springboard Winter Breakaway

The most fun you can have over winter break!

Combine all the fun of camp with awesome winter activities! While in camp, choose the activities you want to do, including art, broomball, sledding, high ropes, cooking, sports and more. Teens will also venture out on awesome field trips where they can ski and snowboard, swim at an indoor water park and visit an ice castle. Participants stay in heated rooms in the Squirrel Hill area of Camp Chi.

Program Highlights:

-Skiing and Snowboarding
-Snow Tubing
-Sledding
-Field Trips


Grade Level: 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time


Contact:
Amanda Hammerman
amandahammerman@juf.org
312-357-4772


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January 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:00 AM - Monday, January 15, 2018 10:00 PM

Springboard MOBILIZE CHICAGO

Jewish Teens Advancing Justice

Are you ready to make a change in your community? Mobilize Chicago is a social justice immersion program focused on local Chicago issues. From a home base in the city, teens will have hands-on access to different urban social justice organizations and will spend MLK weekend actively pursuing the Jewish values of social justice and tikkun olam, repairing the world. While digging into the history of Chicago's unique social issues, teens will explore how both Chicagoans and Jews work to dismantle structural inequality. The program is designed to give space for Jewish teens to dive deep into complex issues and get a taste of working for social justice.


Location:
30 S. Wells
Chicago IL, 60606


Contact:
Amanda Hammerman
amandahammerman@juf.org
312-357-4772


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Friday, January 12, 2018 - Monday, January 15, 2018

NFTY Winter Kallah

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. NFTY’s Chicago Area Region (NFTY-CAR) comprises the city of Chicago, the surrounding urban and suburban areas, and northwestern Indiana. More at https://chicago.nfty.org/.

Grade Level: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time


Contact:
Logan Zinman
lzinman@urj.org
212-452-6703


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Monday, January 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Ta'am Yisrael Orientation

Participants of the 2018 Ta'am Yisrael Trip will learn about the trip and other participants and trip staff.

Grade Level: 8th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time


Location:
Bernard Wenger JCC
300 Revere Dr.
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
Ariel Lapson
taamyisrael@cfje.org
312-673-3485


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