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.

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).

The Latest

Anti-Bullying Video released by Springboard StudioChi Teens

Through Springboard , a new initiative to increase the number of Chicagoland teens engaged in Jewish life, teens spent their spring break at JCC Camp Chi learning about film making, Jewish values and social media. Filmmaker Kobi Swissa taught the participants everything that goes into creating a film and the teens decided to create an anti-cyberbullying piece. You can view the film here .

Teen of The Month

Teens @ JUF is now accepting nominations for the Teen of the Month. Jewish teens ages 13-18 who reside in the Chicago-land area are eligible to be nominated. Winners will be announced on the Teens at JUF Facebook page at the end of each month. For more information or to submit a nomination visit .