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)

Do Good

Research Training Internship

Research Training Internship

The Research Training Internship (RTI) is a selective 14-month program where high school-aged girls receive a stipend of $200 to design and carry out an original social research project about their peers, experiences, and communities. Interns will meet twice a month at the DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus. Learn More »

Diller Teen Fellows

Diller Teen Fellows

Diller Teen Fellows is a 15-month fellowship for high school students interested in exploring topics in leadership, social justice, Jewish identity, and Israel. The Diller program operates in 20 communities in North America and Israel with the goal of developing future generations of active, effective leaders with strong Jewish identities, commitment to the Jewish people, respect for pluralism, and love of Israel. Learn More »

Write On For Israel

Write On For Israel

Write On for Israel is a two-year program that focuses on Israel education and advocacy. After completing this rigorous program, Write On for Israel Fellows are prepared to take on leadership roles in pro-Israel activities and organizations on campus and beyond. Learn More »


Camp TOV

Offered during the summer, Camp TOV is a week-long service-oriented, interactive day program for teens entering grades 7-10. Each day brings a new volunteer project and service-learning experience, focused on daily themes including poverty, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly, leadership skills, and more. Participants volunteer for at least two hours during the day based on the day's theme, and also take part in team building/leadership activities and a Jewish service-learning curriculum. (entering grades 7-10) Learn More »



Throughout the year, ALL Jewish 6th-12th grade teens are invited to take part in exciting monthly volunteer opportunities around the Chicago area. Whether you want to help the environment, visit the elderly, fight hunger and poverty, or assist people with disabilities, there's bound to be something for you! Additionally, if you are active in a youth group or work as a youth group advisor, special TOV MTV programs can be coordinated for your youth group. (grades 6-12) Learn More »

Mini Camp TOV

Mini-Camp TOV

 Mini-Camp TOV is a volunteer program directed towards teens entering grades 7th through 12th that takes place in the beginning of the summer. Participate in two days of hands-on volunteering at non-profit agencies around the Chicago area! Learn More »



Connect with teens from around Chicagoland who want to make a difference in the world. Learn about philanthropy, grant making, and discuss issues of social justice at monthly meetings. Operating as a real foundation board, you will set your goals, develop grant guidelines, and request proposals from organizations around Chicago, the U.S., and the world. You will work together to allocate at least $25,000 toward the organizations of your choice. (grades 9-12) Learn More »

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah stories

Read how teens like you made a difference upon becoming Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Learn More »

Teens DAF

Make your Giving Last Longer

By opening a Donor Advised Fund at the Jewish Federation you can repair the world long after your mitzvah project is over. You can give to multiple organizations that work on issues you feel passionate about, such as hunger, homelessness, animal welfare, special needs, elderly, illness, the environment, poverty, Israel advocacy, and more! Learn More »