Jewish Teen Engagement Opportunities

Social distancing got you down? Check out these QuaranTEEN opportunities for virtual engagement and plan ahead for future opportunities to connect IRL.

The events below have been updated to reflect program adjustments as of March 13th, 2020. 

Teen leaders and youth professionals: If you have an event you would like publicized on the community calendar, fill out this easy form







  • May 2021

    Teen 2 Teen Mental Health Mentoring with Temple Jeremiah

    Sunday, May 16, 2021 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Young people facing a mental health crisis often go to friends first. Sometimes they only go to friends. Young people want to help, but it can be scary. This three part workshop helps young people help support their friends experiencing mental health challenges or crises. Participants examine the role stigma plays in their daily lives, better understand common mental health challenges, and practice responding to different situations that they might encounter.

    Contact

    Shira Brandhandler
    shira@templejeremiah.org


  • Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • Diller Virtual Open House

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade

    Diller Teen Fellows is a prestigious fellowship for 10th and 11th graders interested in exploring topics of leadership, Jewish identity, Israel and beyond. Learn more about this program by attending a session of our Virtual Open House on May 19th. Register at the link below!

    Contact

    Diller
    joewinner@juf.org


  • Escape Room Screening and Facilitated Discussion with Response for Teens

    Thursday, May 20, 2021 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Join us for a free screening of Escape Room, an original production filmed entirely on Zoom, based on true stories from the Beit T’Shuvah Jewish addiction recovery treatment community. While the cast members are all individiuals in recovery from substance use disorders, the film’s themes are universal and relevant to anyone seeking the balance between the light and dark in our lives. There will be separate breakout rooms for teens and parents after the film. Registration is required, register at the link below. Advisory: This film contains adult language, brief partial nudity, and conversations about drug use and loss of life.

    Contact

    Response for Teens
    LisaEhrlich@jcfs.org


  • CHUSY KadimaFest 2021

    Sunday, May 23, 2021 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Join us on May 23rd from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp in Lake Zurich, IL for an amazing afternoon. Choose your own adventure with tons of different activities! Register below. Free for all current members and $18 for first-timers!

    Contact

    CHUSY
    dwarshawsky@uscj.org

    Location

    23280 N Old McHenry Rd
    Lake Zurich, IL 60047
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  • Teen 2 Teen Mental Health Mentoring with Temple Jeremiah

    Sunday, May 23, 2021 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Young people facing a mental health crisis often go to friends first. Sometimes they only go to friends. Young people want to help, but it can be scary. This three part workshop helps young people help support their friends experiencing mental health challenges or crises. Participants examine the role stigma plays in their daily lives, better understand common mental health challenges, and practice responding to different situations that they might encounter.

    Contact

    Shira Brandhandler
    shira@templejeremiah.org


  • JSC & BBYO South Suburbs Event

    Sunday, May 23, 2021

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    All teens from the South Suburbs are invited to join JSC and BBYO on Sunday, May 23 at an in-person, outdoor end of year event! For more details and to RSVP email Emily at eherzog@jccchicago.org.

    Contact

    JSC and BBYO
    eherzog@jccchicago.org


  • Laughing Matter: Jewish Teens Tackle Mental Health

    Sunday, May 23, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Join The Blue Dove Foundation, Here.Now., and BBYO for an evening of stand-up comedy, storytelling, understanding and vulnerability that is sure to leave you laughing out loud. Together we will see that humor can be found everywhere. Come hear from teens and professional comedians about being a teen, mental health, and walk away with some resources and a great laugh. Learn more and register at the links below!

    Contact

    Beth Lipschutz
    herenowteenproject@gmail.com


  • A Mental Health Conversation with Former NFL Player Tony Simmons

    Sunday, May 23, 2021 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Tony De’Angelo Simmons, known as Touchdown Tony, played for the UW Badgers from 1993-1998, is a Rose Bowl Champion and multi-bowl winner. He played in the NFL for the Patriots with Tom Brady, the Browns, Colts, Texans, and Giants. Tony joined the Cast of American Grit, an American reality TV show and stars WWE wrestler John Cena. We will talk about Tony’s mental health journey, strength in reaching out, athletes and mental health, and more.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    Miriam@noshameonu.org


  • Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • Cteen Gala Garden Party

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    6th Grade  |   7th Grade  |   8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade  |   Parents

    Join us on May 25th for a special garden party event to celebrate teen honorees Ronen Lavi and Jesse Goldberg. The Cteen Gala will be an outdoor in person event in Skokie with lawn seating, refreshments and a program comprised of live and onscreen entertainment as well as a live auction. Reserve your spot at the link below!


  • June 2021

    Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • IsraelNow Chicago Virtual Information Session

    Wednesday, June 2, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    7th Grade  |   8th Grade  |   Parents

    IsraelNow Chicago, formerly Ta’am Yisrael, is an 8th grade experience in Israel designed to give participants a meaning, immersive, emotional, and focused taste of the land and their heritage through a week-long, "hands-on" experience in Israel. Join us on Wednesday evening, June 2nd at 7PM for a virtual information session. Currently two trips are being planned for 2022. Register at the link below.

    Contact

    IsraelNow Chicago
    IsraelNowChicago@juf.org


  • Environmental Justice

    Sunday, June 6, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    7th Grade  |   8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Tzedek America, the leader in immersive and experiential social justice education for Jewish teenagers, will provide ten 60-minute digital social justice workshops throughout the academic year. These powerful sessions, available to synagogues and day schools in North America, will inform, encourage, and inspire Jewish teenagers to face the social justice issues of North America and the world.

    Each motivational workshop elevates the voices of individuals and families impacted by social injustice and connects Jewish teenagers to Jewish texts, traditions, and values.

    Participants can expect each highly produced online experience to incorporate frontline speakers, engaging media, curated breakout groups, idea-sharing, and achievable action plans.

    Meet with an Engagement Specialist or visit "Springboard Access Grants" under our teens tab to learn more about Access Grants.

    Contact

    Tzedek America
    sandy@tzedekamerica.org


  • Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • July 2021

    Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, July 6, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • August 2021

    Camp TOV Session 1

    Monday, August 2, 2021 - Friday, August 6, 2021

    7th Grade  |   8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    At Camp TOV, teens make a difference. From supporting local neighbors in need to combating hunger, Camp TOV is a unique opportunity to make a difference all over Chicago this summer! As we continue to monitor COVID-19 developments through the State of Illinois and the CDC, the health and safety of our campers and staff remains our top priority. While we look forward to a fun, in-person camp experience, we are prepared to shift to a virtual camp setting if need be.

    Contact

    Genna Kahn
    gennakahn@juf.org


  • Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, August 3, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • Weekly Yoga with No Shame on U

    Tuesday, August 10, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 5/11/2021 - 8/31/2021)

    8th Grade  |   9th Grade  |   10th Grade  |   11th Grade  |   12th Grade

    Take a mental health break every Tuesday at 4PM and bring balance to your life with yoga. No Shame On U invites you to join Mara M. Zimmerman, CYT, CHS as she leads you in a 30 minute virtual yoga class with a special focus on mental well-being and mindfulness. Register below.

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com

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