Youth/Teen Enrichment

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

BBYO *

Great Midwest Region
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (224) 406-9261
Fax: (224) 406-3272
Email: gmr@bbyo.org
Web: http://bbyo.org
Contact: Doug Winkelstein, Danny Bittker, and Bridget Rundquist

BBYO is a pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For more than 90 years, BBYO's leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, high school fraternity) and the B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG, high school sorority) have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Now, BBYO's network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists provide year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO's broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.

Bnei Akiva of Chicago

3740 W. Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 329-8682 x13
Email: chicagobneiakiva@gmail.com
Web: http://www.bneiakiva.org

Programs for Zionist Orthodox youth, including summer programs in Israel, to strengthen Jewish identity and commitment. Operates local Shabbat groups, leadership seminars, and educational programs.

CHUSY

United Synagogue Youth (USY)
601 Skokie Blvd.
Suite 402
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 714-9130
Fax: (847) 714-9133
Email: chusy@uscj.org
Web: http://www.chusy.org
Contact: Julile Marder

A Conservative movement group for high-school students; Israel Experience programs each summer plus college study. USY (grades 9-12) and KADIMA (grades 6-8) offer religious, educational and social programs.

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: Samuel Rodin

A 15-month 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 Fellows from around the world.

The Friendship Circle

The Stuart Raskas Friendship Circle of Illinois
2095 Landwehr Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 943-9770
Email: info@fcil.org
Web: http://www.FCIL.org
Contact: Rabbi Zelik Moscowitz

Empowering today's teens to bridge the gap between families of children with special needs and the community. Offering friendship, social, Judaic and educational experiences.

JCC Chi Town Connection *

3050 Woodridge Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-763-3551
Fax: 847-763-3680
Web: www.chitownconnection.com

Year-round teen program offers social, recreational and cultural activities, leadership development and volunteer opportunities.

JCC Maccabi Chicago *

Administrative Office
Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (224)-406-9224
Fax: (224) 406-9272
Email: Kconner@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/maccabi
Contact: Kirsten Conner

An annual, international Olympic-style sporting event held each summer in select cities for Jewish teens, 13-16 years of age. Competition includes basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, flag football, volleyball, track and field, swimming, tennis, golf, ice hockey and more. The largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world, the Games provide 6,000 Jewish youth with an unparalleled athletic and cultural experience and strengthens Jewish identity. A summer arts experience for creative Jewish teens ages 13-17 features workshops in a variety of specialties with some of the leading artists in each field and incorporates community service, social activities, and themes of Jewish heritage, community, and Israel.

Jewish Scouting-Jewish Committee on Scouting

Phone: 847-514-7087
Email: wilbenmad@yahoo.com
Web: www.jewishscouting.org
Contact: Michele Bauman

Promotes Boy Scouting among Jewish youth (ages 6-18) helps Jewish institutions provide Scouting opportunities and promotes Jewish values in Scouting.

Jewish Student Connection (JSC) *

P.O. Box 5674
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 675-7331, (312) 590-5613
Email: akaufman@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.myjsc.org
Contact: Andi Kaufman

Helps high school students explore what [Jewish] means to them, inspiring proud personal connections with our culture, with our people, and with each other. JSC is dedicated to establishing non-denominational Jewish clubs in public and private schools to explore issues of Jewish pride, identity and connection to Israel. Open to the entire student population of each school that's served, JSC has no fee for participation, which creates an easy and convenient way for teens to connect.

Jewish Student Union (JSU)

3200 W. Touhy Ave., Floor Two
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (847) 675-7331
Web: http://www.jsu.org

Runs more than 200 Jewish culture clubs on public high school campuses. The clubs provide Jewish teens with programs that strengthen their Jewish identity and connection to Israel.

Midwest NCSY

3200 W. Touhy Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 677-6279
Email: midwest@ncsy.org
Web: http://www.midwest.ncsy.org
Contact: Rabbi Donny Schwartz and Rabbi Moshe Isenberg

A multi-faceted Jewish Youth group which is open to all Jewish youth regardless of background and affiliation. Offering social and educational programming in hundreds of communities across the U.S. and Canada, NCSY is a leader in bringing unaffiliated youth an awareness of what Judaism is all about. For Jewish teenagers, NCSY is a relaxed, fun environment to learn about their own heritage.

Moving Traditions

Email: grobinson@movingtraditions.org
Web: http://movingtraditions.org

Moving Traditions believes that when Judaism promotes self-discovery, challenges traditional gender roles, and celebrates a diversity of voices, it has the power to move our teens, our communities, and Judaism forward. Through the field-tested programs Rosh Hodesh and Shevet Achim, Moving Traditions creates experiences that inspire Jewish teens to openly explore fundamental questions of identity and society.

National Jewish Girl Scout Committee

1929 Fieldwood Drive
Northbook, IL 60062-5926
Phone: (847) 564-2231
Fax: (847) 564-2271
Email: jewishscouting@gmail.com
Contact: Edna Schrank

Works in cooperation with Girl Scouts of the USA to promote Girl Scouting in the Jewish community.

No'ar Hadash

Email: info@noarhadash.org
Web: http://www.noarhadash.org

Provides opportunities for congregational youth groups to gather together for regional and North American events (including a summer teen Israel trip), as well as local programming.

North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) *

Chicago Area Region
1121 Lake Cook Road, Suite D
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (212) 452-6703
Fax: (847) 509-0970
Email: nftycar@urj.org
Web: http://www.nfty.org/car
Contact: Logan Zinman

Brings high school students from suburbs and surrounding cities of Chicago, as well as northwestern Indiana. Programs include learning, worship, community service, and fellowship to build lifetime ties with each other.

Or Tzedek: Teen Institute for Social Justice

610 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-663-0960
Email: hannaharwe@jcua.org
Web: www.jcua.org/ortzedek
Contact: Hannah Arwe

Or Tzedek is JCUA's Teen Institute for Social Justice! A unique 12-day summer immersion program for teens across Illinois and the country who want to become agents of change. Learn about social justice and community organizing through a Jewish lens and participate in hands-on justice work with local organizations. Build Jewish community and bond with fellow teens interested in making a difference in their communities. Tour Chicago in the summer time and have a blast!

Research Training Internship (RTI) *

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

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.

Response *

Jewish Child & Family Services
3033 W. Touhy Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 855-275-5237 (855-ASK-JCFS),
Email: responsecounseling@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.responsecenter.org

Helps adolescents in the Jewish and general community develop skills in communication, decision-making and leadership necessary to deal with life's challenges. Response's community outreach and prevention  workshops provide experiential, prevention-based education to teens, professionals and parents, focusing on current topics impacting tweens, teens and those who work with or parent them. Counseling for teens and their families, parent and teen education and support groups are also available.

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 immersive school break 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: Stephanie Goldfarb

Have you always dreamed of making the world a better place? Now is your chance! JUF invites you to join Jewish teens from around Chicagoland as you meet monthly 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. Make a difference in the community…make your voice heard!

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Moishe House RSJ

Moishe House is a network of peer-based Jewish communities for young adults aged 22-30. Each house is comprised of three to five residents who host five to seven programs per month, covering a wide variety of topics and activities. Chicago is home to four Moishe Houses.

North Shore Compassionate Care

Description: North Shore Compassionate Care will provide quality home care services for our clients. In this spirit, we have created and maintained a strong caring organization. As a home care agency we closely monitor our employees and provide our patients with continuity of care according to their changing needs. At NSCC, we believe we have an obligation to the community as a provider of quality services. We assist our clients in maintaining dignity, comfort and peace of mind with the freedom and safety of staying at home where life is best.

Silverstein Base Hillel

The Silverstein Base Hillel is a home for Metro Chicago Hillel students and their friends and the actual home of a rabbinic family committed to pluralism and founded on three core values: hospitality, learning, and service. Rabbi Megan and her wife Paige GoldMarche invite all Metro Chicago Hillel students and other young adults, living in or visiting the Lincoln Park area, into their home to learn, volunteer, celebrate, and of course, eat with them. Metro Chicago Hillel is fortunate to have the first Base Hillel in the country integrated into a campus Hillel.

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