Jewish Teen Engagement Opportunities

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July 2019

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Springboard Summer Series: Music Man @ Millennium Park

Join the Springboard Summer Series Committee and Jewish teens from throughout Chicago and the suburbs at Music Man @ Millennium Park.

Participants will receive a text message letting them know the groups location at 5:30 PM. on the day of the event.


Grade Level: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time


Location:
201 E Randolph St.
Chicago IL, 60602


Contact:
Brittany Abramowicz
brittanyabramowicz@juf.org
312-357-4977


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Monday, July 29, 2019 - Friday, August 2, 2019

Camp Tov Session 1

Join us this summer for a week of giving back to our community. Camp TOV is a day camp “on wheels.” Each day brings a new hands-on volunteering project for them to participate in with campers earning about 20 volunteer hours in just one week. At Camp TOV, teens make a difference. They learn about a variety of issues facing our society -- poverty, hunger, environmental protection, care of the elderly and more. With an emphasis on Jewish values and the importance of gemilut chassidim -- acts of loving kindness and tikkun olam -- repairing the world -- teens use their time and energy to volunteer in a fun, engaging and hands-on way.


Contact:
Genna Kahn
gennakahn@juf.org
312-444-2895


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August 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Learn More: Tivnu Gap Year

As a Tivnu Gap Year participant, you’ll connect Jewish life and social justice through individualized internships, discover the Pacific Northwest, and create a home together in Portland, Oregon. Whether you spend your year teaching, advocating for immigrants’ rights, growing food with kids, building tiny houses or cooking for houseless Portlanders, you’ll know you made a difference. Tivnu: Tools to build a better world. Apply soon to receive priority consideration for internship placements and tuition assistance. Check out our website for a video, blogs written by parents and participants, a lsit of possible internships, and more! For questions, email Steve.

Grade Level: 12th Grade, Parents


Contact:
Steve Eisenback-Budner
steve@tivnu.org
503-232-1864


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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Learn More: Alexander Muss High School in Israel

Thanks to the Marc and Susan Sacks Fund for Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF), local students are eligible to receive funding towards tuition for our study abroad programs. With AMHSI-JNF your teen will:
• Stand out from the crowd on college applications
• Build life-long friendships
• Develop independence
• Earn college credit
Founded in 1972, Jewish National Fund’s Alexander Muss High School (AMHSI-JNF) in Israel is the only non-denominational fully accredited study abroad program for high school students in Israel. We have spent over 46 years delivering outstanding academics, and the most amazing adventures. Don’t just learn history. Live it! Let AMHSI-JNF become your classroom and Israel adventure be your guide.



Contact:
Effie Ostroff
eostroff@jnf.org
847-656-8880


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Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:00 PM - Friday, August 16, 2019 3:05 PM

Project Teen-Seed 613 Applications Open!

Are you a teenage girl excited about entrepreneurship and making a difference in your community? Check out Project Teen-Seed613 – a 7 month program where you will learn from entrepreneurs, work with your peers on a social impact project, and create positive change in your community! Contact Julie at Jminor@jccchicago.org for more information.

Location:
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
Julie Minor
jminor@jccchicago.org
847-763-3639


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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Application Open: Kol Koleinu, Moving Traditions' Feminist Fellowship for Jewish High School Student

Kol Koleinu, Moving Traditions' feminist fellowship for Jewish high school students, offered in collaboration with NFTY, is now accepting national applicants for our 2019-2020 program.
• Kol Koleinu (Hebrew for "All Our Voices") is a 10-month, national feminist fellowship for 10th-12th grade teens of all genders.
• Participants will explore and deepen their feminist knowledge, strengthen their voices, and build their leadership skills through teaching, learning, and activism in their communities and beyond.
• The program consists of two in-person weekend gatherings and meets monthly online as a supportive learning community.
• You'll have opportunities to teach other Jewish teens about feminism and social change.
• Participants will work in small teams on activist projects with support from adult mentors.



Contact:
Lisa Alter-Krule
samuelgrobart@juf.org
224-307-4282


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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Springboard Summer Series: Evanston Dessert Crawl

Join the Springboard Summer Series Committee and Jewish teens from throughout Chicago and the suburbs at for a fun night out in downtown Evanston to enjoy some of the city's best desserts.



Grade Level: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Meeting Frequency: One time


Contact:
Brittany Abramowicz
brittanyabramowicz@juf.org
312-357-4977



Monday, August 12, 2019 - Friday, August 16, 2019

Camp Tov Session 2

Join us this summer for a week of giving back to our community. Camp TOV is a day camp “on wheels.” Each day brings a new hands-on volunteering project for them to participate in with campers earning about 20 volunteer hours in just one week. At Camp TOV, teens make a difference. They learn about a variety of issues facing our society -- poverty, hunger, environmental protection, care of the elderly and more. With an emphasis on Jewish values and the importance of gemilut chassidim -- acts of loving kindness and tikkun olam -- repairing the world -- teens use their time and energy to volunteer in a fun, engaging and hands-on way.

Grade Level: 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade


Contact:
Genna Kahn
gennakahn@juf.org
312-444-2895


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Sunday, August 25, 2019 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

RTI Opening Family Session

The Research Training Internship, ran in partnership with DePaul University, is a feminist research internship for teen girls and non-binary teens. This cohort program is closed for the year, but you can contact Beckee Birger (rebeccabirger@juf.org) for details for next year’s internship. You can see examples of our past research here: https://www.juf.org/teens/RTI_Research.aspx.


Contact:
Rebecca Birger
rebeccabirger@juf.org
312-444-2820


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September 2019

Monday, September 2, 2019 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

NFTY-CAR NFTYPalooza: Beach Bash

Slather on your sunblock and put on your best beach outfit! Join NFTY Chicago Area Region (CAR) for a great afternoon of music, team building, beach games, yummy snacks, and a fun afternoon with friends! NFTYPalooza is open to all Jewish 6th-12th graders in the entire Chicago area. Click on the link for more information!


Grade Level: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade


Location:
5959 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago IL, 60660


Contact:
Naomi Segal
nsegal@urj.org
847-239-6976


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Friday, September 6, 2019 - Sunday, September 8, 2019

Keshet LGBTQ and Ally Teen Leadership Intensive Shabbaton

Are you LGBTQ, Jewish, and in grades 8-12? Interested in spending Shabbat with other LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens from around the country? Join Keshet at their LGBTQ and Ally Teen Shabbatonim! Registration for our Women and Girls Shabbaton (May 31-June 2, Middleboro, MA), Leadership Intensive Shabbaton (Sept 6-8, Clayton, GA), and Trans Shabbaton (Nov 8-10, Saratoga, CA) are still open. Questions? Email youth@keshetonline.org.


Contact:
Keshet
youth@keshetonline.org
000-000-0000


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Monday, September 9, 2019 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

RTI: Retreat

The Research Training Internship, ran in partnership with DePaul University, is a feminist research internship for teen girls and non-binary teens. This cohort program is closed for the year, but you can contact Beckee Birger (rebeccabirger@juf.org) for details for next year’s internship. You can see examples of our past research here: https://www.juf.org/teens/RTI_Research.aspx.


Contact:
Rebecca Birger
rebeccabirger@juf.org
312-444-2820


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Sunday, September 15, 2019 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Diller Workshop and Parent Orientation: The Journey Begins

Diller Teen Fellows is a prestigious yearlong fellowship for high school students interested in exploring topics in leadership, Jewish identity, social justice, and Israel. The Diller program operates in 32 communities in North America, South Africa, Australia, South America, Europe, 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. Chicago launched its first cohort in 2013 in partnership with JUF's Partnership Together region in Israel: Kiryat Gat, Lachish, and Shafir.

Grade Level: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, Parents

Meeting Frequency: One time


Contact:
Shiran Posner
shiranposner@juf.org
312-357-6252


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Sunday, September 15, 2019 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

BBYO Fall Kickoff Yacht Party

Join over 500 Jewish teens for a night of cruising, schmoozing, and grooving! There will be a buffet dinner, dueling DJs, dancing, a photo booth, games, and more!

Transportation available from Buffalo Grove, Northbrook, Skokie, and Naperville


Grade Level: 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade


Location:
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago IL, 60611


Contact:
Brett Musick
bmusick@bbyo.org
828-548-0532


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