Teens at JUF

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Camp TOV *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5034
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2867
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: tovteen@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/teens/camp_tov.aspx
Contact: Genna Kahn

Week-long, interactive service-oriented summer program on wheels focusing on poverty, hunger, homelessness, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly, and leadership skills. Camp, which can serve as a bar/bat mitzvah service project, is for seventh- through 10th-graders from throughout Chicago and its suburbs.

Diller Teen Fellows *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5032
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-6252
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: diller@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/diller
Contact: Shiran Posner

A yearlong fellowship for high school students interested in exploring topics in leadership, social justice, Jewish identity, and Israel. Fellows participate in local workshops and retreats, host Diller teens from JUF's partnership region in Israel, and travel to Israel for a three-week seminar with Diller Teen Fellows from around the world.

Jewish Residential Summer Camp Scholarship Program *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street, Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: 312-444-2895, 312-357-4798
Email: jewishcamp@juf.org
Web: www.juf.org/teens/ict_grants.aspx

Supplemental funding, based on financial need, to help youngsters attend an eligible midwestern Jewish residential summer camp; applications available from camp offices.

JUF Bar Bat Mitzvah Israel Experience Certificates *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2895, (312) 357-4798
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/Israel_experience

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Israel Experience Certificate program is designed to encourage every bar/bat Mitzvah to pursue his or her Jewish education by traveling to Israel with an Israel Experience program. At participating synagogues, a $120 certificate toward an Israel Experience program (between the ages of 15-23) is presented as a gift from JUF at the bar/bat Mitzvah service.


Mini-Camp TOV *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5034
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2867
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: tovteen@juf.org
Web: https://www.juf.org/teens/TOV_MiniCamp.aspx
Contact: Genna Kahn

Mini-Camp TOV is the same great experience as Camp TOV, in a smaller package! Take part in a jam-packed two-day session of hands-on volunteering, taking place in early June after school ends and before overnight camp begins. To participate in Mini-Camp TOV, you must be a Jewish teen from the Chicago area entering grades seven through 12.

One Happy Camper *

Foundation for Jewish Camp
Jewish United Fund
Phone: (312) 357-4995
Email: rachelwhite@juf.org
Web: http://www.onehappycamper.org
Contact: Rachel White

The Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago offer opportunities to make sure that every child has access to an unforgettable Jewish summer experience. One Happy Camper offers incentive grants of up to $1,000 for children attending nonprofit, Jewish overnight camp for the first time for 19 days or longer.

Research Training Internship (RTI) *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5035
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2802
Email: teens@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/teens/rti_about.aspx
Contact: Rebecca Birger

A selective 10-month paid internship where high school-aged girls will learn University-level research skills as tools for social change. Interns will be paid a stipend for their work, and will have opportunities to present their findings to Jewish community leaders in a variety of settings.




Springboard *

30 S. Wells Street, Suite 5042
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4987
Email: sarinagerson@juf.org
Web: http://www.springboardchicago.org
Contact: Sarina Gerson

Created for Jewish teens of all backgrounds who are interested in having fun, making friends, and discovering new experiences. Teens and their families learn about exciting and meaningful ways to get involved in the Chicagoland Jewish community, including local programs and highly subsidized school break trips and skill-building experiences. Springboard also offers professional development opportunities for Jewish youth professionals, lay leaders, and volunteers.


Teens @ JUF *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street, Suite 5033
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2904
Email: Teens@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/teens
Contact: Hallie Shapiro Devir

Your central address for learning about programs for teens. Learn more about philanthropy programs, Israel advocacy and culture programs, camps and travel programs, youth movements, Israel Experience programs, volunteer opportunities and more.

Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5035
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2802
Email: voices@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/teens/voices.aspx
Contact: Rebecca Birger

Provides monthly meetings for teens to learn about philanthropy and grant-making, discuss issues of social justice, learn how to request and evaluate grant proposals, and ultimately allocate $25,000 to organizations working to repair the world.




Write On for Israel *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5061
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4849
Email: writeonforisrael@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/writeon
Contact: Emily Briskman

JUF’s Write On for Israel is a prestigious, competitive two-year education and advocacy program that will teach Chicago-area Jewish teens about Israel's history and current events. Write On Fellows will receive the training and skills needed to become a leader in the pro-Israel community in preparation for college and beyond.

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