Teenage Rebellion

Toby Klein

by Toby Klein for JUF News

"So who exactly is going to take you seriously," a neighbor laughs. "Don't underestimate us," I warned. "You'll soon see we're more than Jewish summer camp rejects..." Read More »

Making Mitzvot part of your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Bar Mitzvah Guide

See TOV's Guide to Making Mitzvot Part of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Israel Experience

Israel Experience

Redeem your Jewish Federation Israel Experience Funds 
(including SKIP, Gift of Israel, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Certificates and Walk with Israel Vouchers)


Youth Groups

Youth Groups

Become involved in one of Chicago's many Jewish youth groups today! Make lifelong friendships as you participate in recreational and educational activities, go on weekend retreats, and even travel to Israel with your youth group. Learn More »

Community Programs

Community Programs

A wise musician once sang, "Wherever you go, there's always someone Jewish." While those lyrics might be a slight exaggeration, Chicago's Jewish community offers so many different teen programs that you can be sure "you're never alone when you say you're a Jew" in the Windy City. From helping Jewish kids with special needs, to school night pizza parties, and everything in between, there is something for every teen in the Chicago Jewish community. Learn More »

JUF Programs

JUF Programs

Don't just sit there; do something! JUF's teen programming brings you face to face with real issues in our community and it is up to you to get your hands dirty and help. Learn what it takes to run a philanthropic organization, experience hands-on volunteering all around the city, and form meaningful friendships with teens from all around Chicago. Learn More »


Leadership Programs

Teens aren't the NEXT generation of Jewish leaders, they are ALREADY leaders! Meet this year's Teen Leadership Committee, read blog entries, and submit your own leadership story. Learn More »



Chicago boasts an array of vibrant Jewish education programs for both youth and adults, providing opportunities to study, learn, and feel more connected to the Jewish community. Learn more about formal education programs for high school students and K-8th grade students. Learn More »

Volunteering with J Serve


Join the Chicago Jewish Teen Leaders and hundreds of Jewish teens from Chicagoland for J-Serve 2013, the Official Day of Jewish Youth Service, where we will be collecting books for Bernie’s Book Bank to distribute to at-risk youth in the community. We are helping Bernie’s to reach their goal of distributing 1 Million books in 2013 by setting our own goal of collecting 6,500 books in honor of celebrating Israel@65! Learn More »