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







  • April 2021

    NFTY CAR Kolbo

    Friday, April 16, 2021 - Sunday, April 18, 2021

    Join us April 16th-18th for a virtual weekend of engaging programming, big fun, and electing our next NFTY CAR regional board. This event is open to all Jewish 8th-12th grade teens. More info and registration coming soon!

    Location

    Virtual
    Virtual, IL 00000
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  • Immigration Justice

    Sunday, April 18, 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


  • Virtual Yoga with a Special Focus on Mental Well-being and Mindfulness

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 12/15/2020 - 4/27/2021)

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

    Every Tuesday at 4pm, please join No Shame On U and take the time to calm your mind and strengthen your body with this 30 minute free virtual yoga class. All are welcome. All levels. No equipment needed. Register at the link below!

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • Spring Convention 2021

    Friday, April 23, 2021 - Sunday, April 25, 2021

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

    Spring Convention is going to be an awesome weekend! Join teens from accross Illinois for a weekend full of connecting with new and old friends, building community, hearing from guest speakers, celebrating our graduating seniors, taking part in electing our next Regional Board, being a part of our first ever Spring Convention Track Programs, and SO MUCH MORE!

    Contact

    BBYO GMR
    bmusick@bbyo.org


  • Operation Snowball

    Friday, April 23, 2021 - Sunday, April 25, 2021

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

    We all want to find ways to connect. Take the first step by joining Operation Snowball: a weekend planned and led by teens, for teens. Balanced with activities that are thought-provoking and fun, high school students have the opportunity to make their voices heard about social issues important to them through workshops, dialogue, and artistic expression.

    Contact

    Response for Teens


  • 18 under 18 Community Celebration

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

    Join us at our drive-in event as we celebrate exceptional teen leaders, teen-serving organizations, educators, and the vibrant Chicagoland Jewish community.

    The event will feature live talent from Six on Friday, goody bags, and more. Register at the link below!

    Location

    LOFT21
    1501 N. Milwaukee Ave
    Lincolnshire, IL 60069
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  • Virtual Yoga with a Special Focus on Mental Well-being and Mindfulness

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    (Recurring Weekly on Tuesday, between 12/15/2020 - 4/27/2021)

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

    Every Tuesday at 4pm, please join No Shame On U and take the time to calm your mind and strengthen your body with this 30 minute free virtual yoga class. All are welcome. All levels. No equipment needed. Register at the link below!

    Contact

    No Shame on U
    miriam@noshameonu.com


  • Support Jewish Teen Led Charities (Service Project)

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

    Join us on zoom for a program that will give teens the opportunity to support less privileged communities, and teen founded and led organizations! We will be putting together personal hygiene product kits for We Got You and participating in another project that is to be confirmed. This event will take place Tuesday, April 27 from 7pm-8:30pm. The supplies will be dropped off at participants' houses during the week leading up to the event.
    Register below!

    Contact

    Sophia Schultz
    sophialou02@gmail.com


  • May 2021

    Teen 2 Teen Mental Health Mentoring

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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

    Young people facing a mental health crisis often go to friends first. Sometimes they only go to friends. Young people want to help, but it can be scary. This three part workshop helps young people help support their friends experiencing mental health challenges or crises. Participants examine the role stigma plays in their daily lives, better understand common mental health challenges, and practice responding to different situations that they might encounter.

    Contact

    Shira Brandhandler
    shira@templejeremiah.org


  • Social Justice in Israel

    Sunday, May 2, 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


  • Enhancing Facilitation Skills with Resetting the Table

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:00 AM - Wednesday, May 12, 2021 3:00 PM

    Resetting the Table's celebrated facilitation skills training will provide teen educators with tools to build a culture of productive dialogue on charged political issues, even in the face of strong differences. This 2-day facilitation training will introduce exercises and teach skills that support participants to engage in and lead direct, open conversations across charged divides.
    Part 1: May 5 from 10-3. Lunch provided by Springboard.
    Part 2: May 12 from 10-12.
    Participants MUST participate in the first workshop in order to participate in the second workshop; however if participants are unable to participate in the second workshop they may still attend the first workshop.

    Contact

    Katherine Pierce
    katherinepierce@juf.org
    312-357-4767

    Location

    Virtual Event
    Chicago, IL 60606
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  • Teen 2 Teen Mental Health Mentoring

    Sunday, May 16, 2021 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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

    Young people facing a mental health crisis often go to friends first. Sometimes they only go to friends. Young people want to help, but it can be scary. This three part workshop helps young people help support their friends experiencing mental health challenges or crises. Participants examine the role stigma plays in their daily lives, better understand common mental health challenges, and practice responding to different situations that they might encounter.

    Contact

    Shira Brandhandler
    shira@templejeremiah.org


  • Teen 2 Teen Mental Health Mentoring

    Sunday, May 23, 2021 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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

    Young people facing a mental health crisis often go to friends first. Sometimes they only go to friends. Young people want to help, but it can be scary. This three part workshop helps young people help support their friends experiencing mental health challenges or crises. Participants examine the role stigma plays in their daily lives, better understand common mental health challenges, and practice responding to different situations that they might encounter.

    Contact

    Shira Brandhandler
    shira@templejeremiah.org

    Location


    , IL
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  • June 2021

    Environmental Justice

    Sunday, June 6, 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

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