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
URL: 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) 674-9733
Email: ofice@bneiakivachicago.org
URL: http://www.bneiakivachicago.org
Contact: Yitzi Matanky, Executive Director

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.

Chicagoland NCSY *

Associated Talmud Torahs and NCSY
3200 West Touhy Ave, 2nd Floor
Skokie
IL
60076
Phone: 773-751-9025 , 847-677-6279
Fax: 847-745-0100
Email: zeffrenl@ncsy.org
URL: http://www.midwest.ncsy.org
Contact: Levi Zeffren

NCSY offers a diverse menu of social and educational programs for tweens and teens. Jr. NCSY (grades 6-8) runs monthly programming in Chicago and the North Shore, allowing participants to gain familiarity with the programs and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Additionally, Junior NCSYers can participate in quarterly weekend retreats around the Midwest. Senior NCSY offers regular programming four nights/week in Skokie and in Deerfield-providing meaningful and engaging Jewish learning experiences for teens, encouraging connection to the Jewish community; fostering identification with and understanding of Israel; strengthening positive Jewish identity; developing understanding and respect for the diversity of the Jewish community; and developing Jewish literacy. Additionally, Senior NCSYers have access to monthly social action activities and Shabbat activities around the Midwest along with four region-wide conventions/year. All of our programs are subsidized and many are free.

CHUSY

United Synagogue Youth (USY)
601 Skokie Blvd.
Suite 205
Northbrook
IL
60062
Phone: (847) 714-9130
Fax: (847) 714-9133
Email: marder@uscj.org
URL: http://www.chusy.org
Contact: Julie Marder, Continental Engagement Supervisor

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
URL: http://www.juf.org/diller
Contact: Shiran Posner

A yearlong 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 Teen Fellows from around the world.

JCC Chi Town Connection *

23280 N. Old McHenry Road
Lake Zurich
IL
60047
Phone: 847-763-3551
Fax: 847-763-3680
Email: kkolling@jccchicago.org
URL: www.chitownconnection.com
Contact: Kyle Kolling

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: 224-406-9200
Fax: (224) 406-9272
Email: jminor@jccchicago.org
URL: http://www.jccchicago.org/maccabi
Contact: Julie Minor

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
URL: 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) *

300 Revere Drive
Buffalo Grove
IL
60062
Phone: 847-763-3639
URL: https://www.jccchicago.org/programs/communities/teens/
Contact: Julie Minor

These inclusive high school clubs help teens find a deeper connection to Jewish values and their community. By becoming a part of the JSC experience, teens can participate in monthly club experiences as well as the following opportunities: Summer programming to continue engagement year-round and connect JSC teens across participating schools; scholarships to enable access to life-enriching Jewish programs such as the Maccabi Games, Diller, Write On, and others; new and strengthened partnerships, including opportunities for JSC teens to give back through volunteer efforts.

Jewish Student Union (JSU)

3200 W. Touhy Ave., Floor Two
Chicago
IL
60645
Phone: (847) 675-7331
URL: 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
URL: 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 heritage.

Moving Traditions

Phone: Email: lalterkrule@movingtraditions.org
URL: http://movingtraditions.org
Contact: Lisa Alter Krule

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

Phone: Email: info@noarhadash.org
URL: 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
URL: http://www.nfty.org/car
Contact: Logan Zinman

For high school students from Northwestern Indiana and Chicago suburbs and surrounding cities. Programs include learning, worship, community service, and fellowship to build lifetime ties

Or Tzedek: Teen Institute for Social Justice

610 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 400
Chicago
IL
60605
Phone: 312-663-0960
Email: hannaharwe@jcua.org
URL: 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: teens@juf.org
URL: http://www.juf.org/teens/rti_about.aspx
Contact: Rebecca Birger

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 for Teens *

JCFS Chicago
3033 W. Touhy Avenue
Chicago
IL
60645
Phone: 847-676-0078
Email: responsecounseling@jcfs.org
URL: http://www.jcfs.org/response

As part of the JCFS family of services, Response for Teens partners with community organizations to provide outreach, leadership skills development, sexual health education and therapeutic counseling that supports teens as they face challenges such as cyberbullying, depression, anxiety and addiction. 

Springboard *

30 S. Wells Street, Suite 5042
Chicago
IL
60606
Phone: (312) 357-4987
Email: sarinagerson@juf.org
URL: 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 highly subsidized school break trips and skill-building 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
URL: 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.

The Friendship Circle

The Stuart Raskas Friendship Circle of Illinois
2095 Landwehr Road
Northbrook
IL
60062
Phone: (847) 943-9770
Email: info@fcil.org
URL: 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.

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
URL: http://www.juf.org/teens/voices.aspx
Contact: Rebecca Birger

Provides monthly meetings for teens 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.

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