Jewish Teen Engagement Opportunities

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February 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 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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Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Monday, February 19, 2018

Springboard Big Apple Adventure

Explore. Give. Connect.

Join Midwest NCSY for 5 days of fun and inspiration on its "Big Apple Adventure" for teens on President's Day Weekend 2018. Take in the sights and shopping that only the Big Apple has to offer. Discover Jewish New York by visiting Brooklyn's diverse Jewish community, and by volunteering at some of its most inspiring social services organizations. And celebrate Shabbat with new friends from across the Chicagoland area. Here's your chance to discover New York - and get inspired.

Program Highlights:

-Visit New York's top tourist attractions, including Times Square and the Statue of Liberty
-Tour Brooklyn's famous Jewish community
-Volunteer at some of New York's most inspiring social services organizations
-Celebrate Shabbat with new friends from across the Chicagoland area


Grade Level: 9th Grade, 10th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time


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


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Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Monday, February 19, 2018

Springboard Hollywood Adventure

Hanging with the Stars

Join Midwest NCSY for "Hollywood Adventure," a 5-day whirlwind trip to Los Angeles with teens from across the Midwest! This trip is more than a visit to L.A.'s coolest tourist attractions. You'll meet Jewish personalities who will share their stories - and their insider perspective on life in Hollywood. Plus, you'll celebrate an uplifting Shabbat with new friends from across the Midwest. Join us as we explore the "entertainment capital of the world" through a Jewish lens.

Program Highlights:

-Visit Hollywood's top tourist attractions, including Rodeo Drive and the famous Hollywood sign.
-Meet Jewish personalities, such as producers and cartoonists, who have made their mark on Hollywood and beyond
-Make new Jewish friends not just from Chicagoland, but throughout the Midwest.
-Celebrate a traditional Shabbat in the entertainment capital of the wo


Grade Level: 9th Grade, 10th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time


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


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Friday, February 16, 2018 - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Springboard SONGLEADER BOOT CAMP

Providing resources and strategies for becoming powerful, effective, and engaging Jewish leaders

Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) provides powerful Jewish leadership training for clergy, Jewish educators, family engagement specialists, veteran and new songleaders, teen leaders and Jewish camping staff. Led by nationally renowned Jewish leaders, educators and music artists, SLBC teaches participants specific skills and strategies to inspire transformative change in their Jewish lives and communities. At SLBC, education and inspiration are grounded in strategic planning with music woven throughout the experience. Participants do not need to be musical or a play an instrument! The SLBC National Conference takes place at the Jewish Community Center and Sheraton Chalet Hotel in St. Louis, MO.


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

Meeting Frequency: One time


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


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Sunday, February 18, 2018 8:00 AM - Monday, February 26, 2018 8:00 PM

Ta'am Yisrael: A Taste of Israel

8th grade educational experience in Israel designed to give the participants a meaningful, intense, emotional and focused taste of the land and their heritage through a week long, "hands-on" experience in Israel.

Grade Level: 8th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time


Location:
Jewish United Fund c/o CFJE
30 S Wells-216
Chicago IL, 60606


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


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Friday, February 23, 2018 - Sunday, February 25, 2018

NFTY-CAR JYG

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

Meeting Frequency: One time


Location:
URJ OSRUI
Oconomowoc WI, 53066


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


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March 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Springboard Launchpad: Jewish Civic Engagement

Policy. Leadership. Impact

Join a diverse cohort of Chicago-area Jewish teens as you explore the many levels of policymaking, advocacy, and lobbying that play a key role in shaping the society we live in. Through an intensive five-day experience that begins in Chicago and includes three days in Washington, DC, you will engage with issues, approaches, strategies, and a wide range of perspectives as you begin to build your own personal toolkit for effective engagement and impact.

Program Highlights:

-Participate in a two day training session in Chicago followed by a three-day trip to Washington, DC
-Visit iconic Washington, DC sites that are integral to our nation's history
-Engage with young adults who work and intern in an array of positions on Capitol Hill, on political campaigns, in think tanks, and in lobbying organizations
-Meet with members of the Illinois Congressional delegation


Grade Level: 9th Grade, 10th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time


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


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