Community Programs

Chi-Town Connection

Chi Town Connection is the JCC's year round program for high school aged teens and 8th graders. Chi Town Connection is run by the Camp Chi staff and a teen advisory board made up of 25 males and females ranging in age from 14-16. While Chi Town Connection is run by Camp Chi, you do not have to be a Camp Chi Camper to get involved. Throughout the year CTC offers teens the chance to get involved in exciting programs, excellent leadership opportunities, and important community service projects.

Jewish Student Connection (JSC)

Jewish Student Connection exists to help high school students explore what [Jewish] means to them, inspiring proud personal connections with our culture, with our People, with Israel - with each other. We do this through fun, innovative programs that are run in school-sponsored clubs, open to all students.

JSU Chicago

Jewish Student Union helps students at public high schools create and run Jewish culture clubs after school. JSU clubs offer free pizza, innovative informal Jewish educational programming, and a sense of community for teens in Chicago's public school system. In addition, we present teens with information on a wide-array of programming in the Jewish community that is available to them.

Moving Traditions

Moving Traditions emboldens teens by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning. Over 400 Moving Traditions’ groups, Rosh Hodesh for girls, Shevet Achim for boys, and the pilot Transgender/Nonbinary group, meet nationwide and 35 groups meet in Chicago. Moving Traditions partners with synagogues, community centers, and other institutions for teens to gather once a month for two hours in a safe space where they can articulate their deepest concerns, consider the impact of gender on their daily lives, have fun, and be “real” with their peers, with the guidance of a trained adult mentor.

Or Tzedek: A Teen Institute for Social Justice

Or Tzedek is Jewish Council on Urban Affairs's year-round teen institute for social justice. Through hands-on service, teen-led social action projects and education about Jewish values and social justice, teens learn about challenges facing Chicago's diverse communities and take action to combat them.

Shorashim Club Israel

Shorashim's Club Israel was created to provide junior high and high school students in the Chicagoland area the best in Israel education and cultural programming. Since its inception in 2004, Club Israel has reached thousands of teenagers and continues to lead the way in dynamic and engaging Israel activities. From high school Hebrew classes to Israeli rock concerts, to Israeli fims, and conferences...Club Israel makes it happen!


Serving Jewish kids with special needs providing social, recreational, and educational programming. Age groups: Junior Yachad (8-15) and Senior Yachad (15-25).