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







  • November 2020

    NFTY-CAR Chanukah Fundraiser

    Monday, November 23, 2020 - Sunday, December 6, 2020

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

    We are thrilled to announce our NFTY-CAR Chanukah fundraiser! This fundraiser is open from November 17th - December 6th. Half the proceeds will go to the Ark, a nonprofit local organization that cares for more than 4,000 people from the Chicagoland Jewish community every year, and half will go to NFTY-CAR programming. Those who donate $30 or more will be able to receive or gift a Chanukah box filled with dreidels, gelt, Chanukah mad libs, NFTY stickers, and more! Donate at the link below!

    Contact

    NFTY-CAR
    SBernstein@urj.org


  • Game Group

    Monday, November 23, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 11/2/2020 - 12/28/2020)

    Join Yachad on Demand Mondays for virtual Game Group

    Contact

    Yachad
    HarrisD@ou.org


  • Ralla Klepak Performing Arts Program

    Monday, November 23, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

    Featuring Jeff Awarded artist, for Best Costume Design, Rachel Sypniewski, and Broadway World Regional Award Nominee, for best Scenic Design, Nicholas Schwartz; Yachad Chicago brings you an opportunity to learn all about the performing arts and be a part of a professional theater production alongside incredibly talented artists. Sign up today to join the Ralla Klepak Performing Arts Program, sponsored by the Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing Arts!
    Register Below

    Contact

    Yachad
    MattoutL@ou.org


  • Family Trivia Night

    Sunday, November 29, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

    Join NFTY-CAR for a virtual family trivia night! Test your knowledge of the Jewish culture and more! This is open to all kids, families, and synagogue members from the Chicago area. Register at the link below. We hope to see you all there!

    Contact

    Stacy Bernstein
    SBernstein@urj.org


  • Game Group

    Monday, November 30, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 11/2/2020 - 12/28/2020)

    Join Yachad on Demand Mondays for virtual Game Group

    Contact

    Yachad
    HarrisD@ou.org


  • December 2020

    Game Group

    Monday, December 7, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 11/2/2020 - 12/28/2020)

    Join Yachad on Demand Mondays for virtual Game Group

    Contact

    Yachad
    HarrisD@ou.org


  • JSC-in-a-Box:Chanukah Edition Northbrook Pickup

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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

    Chanukah is just around the corner so sign up to get a FREE box with Chanukah treats and activities! Box pick-up will be from 4:30-5:30 PM at the Weinger JCC. Sign up at the link below!


  • JSC-in-a-Box:Chanukah Edition Chicago Pick Up

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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

    Chanukah is just around the corner so sign up to get a FREE box with Chanukah treats and activities! Box pick-up will be from 4:30-5:30 PM at Anshe Emet in Chicago. Sign up at the link below!


  • Shine Bright on the First Night with IsraelNow Chicago

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

    Join IsraelNow Chicago for the first night of Channukah to virtually celebrate the lighting of the Menorah!
    Registration information coming soon.

    Contact

    IsraelNow
    IsraelNowChicago@juf.org


  • BBYO Global Shabbat and Chanukah

    Friday, December 11, 2020

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

    Join teens from across the Midwest for a Chanukah celebration of epic proportions! Friday night there will be a Shabbat celebration and the Chanukah candle lighting for teens and their families. Saturday, teens are invited to join us for a variety of teen-led Chanukah themed programs, Havdalah, and social activities! Follow us on Instagram at @midwestgs or @gmrbbyo for program updates!

    Contact

    Brett Musick
    bmusick@bbyo.org


  • BBYO Global Shabbat and Chanukah

    Saturday, December 12, 2020

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

    Join teens from across the Midwest for a Chanukah celebration of epic proportions! Friday night there will be a Shabbat celebration and the Chanukah candle lighting for teens and their families. Saturday, teens are invited to join us for a variety of teen-led Chanukah themed programs, Havdalah, and social activities! Follow us on Instagram at @midwestgs or @gmrbbyo for program updates!

    Contact

    Brett Musick
    bmusick@bbyo.org


  • Social Enterprise

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 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


  • Chanukah Cooking Fun!

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    6th Grade  |   7th Grade  |   8th Grade

    All are welcome to join the Beber Camp community via Zoom for Chanukah recipes, delicious treats and lots of smiles! Ingredients and materials will be posted on our social media soon. Participants can join and get creative along side us, or hang out, watch and take notes for their own cooking experience another time.

    Contact

    Beber Camp
    stacy@bebercamp.com


  • Game Group

    Monday, December 14, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 11/2/2020 - 12/28/2020)

    Join Yachad on Demand Mondays for virtual Game Group

    Contact

    Yachad
    HarrisD@ou.org


  • Chanukah Chagigot

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

    At the chagiga we will light Chanukah candles and sing Chanukah songs together and have a dvar Torah from a peer and member.


  • JSC Virtual Chanukah Bingo

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

    Join JSC for VIRTUAL BINGO with prizes! Email Jessie at jmorris@jccchicago.org to get the zoom link and your bingo cards emailed to you.


  • Cooking Demo: S’mores Sufganiyot

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

    Join us for a yummy cooking demo using a recipe from Food Network Star and Camp Chi alum Molly Yeh

    Contact

    JCC Camp Chi
    kkolling@jccchicago.org


  • Game Group

    Monday, December 21, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 11/2/2020 - 12/28/2020)

    Join Yachad on Demand Mondays for virtual Game Group

    Contact

    Yachad
    HarrisD@ou.org


  • Game Group

    Monday, December 28, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 11/2/2020 - 12/28/2020)

    Join Yachad on Demand Mondays for virtual Game Group

    Contact

    Yachad
    HarrisD@ou.org


  • January 2021

    Understanding Homelessness

    Sunday, January 24, 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


  • February 2021

    IsraelNow Chicago February Trip

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 1:43 PM - Monday, February 22, 2021 1:44 PM

    IsraelNow Chicago will take both teens and staff to Israel for an educational and fun journey abroad!

    Contact

    Jami Goldberg
    jamigoldberg@juf.org
    312-357-4721

    Location

    Israel
    Israel, IL 60606
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