Resources for Teens


Meet Jewish teens like yourself through local youth groups, travel and social action projects. Here, you can find information about the amazing organizations that work with teens in our community. Check them out and see which one (or ones!) stand out to you, and reach out to them directly to learn more about their events, programs, and experiences.

Travel

Youth Groups and
Education

 

Social Action

Travel

Amazing experiences for Jewish teens are unlimited! Check out these different travel opportunities in North America, Israel, Europe, and countless other places around the world. Teen travel experiences give you the chance to see the world while connecting with other Jewish teens from across North America. Below, you’ll find just some of the travel options available to you. Contact them directly to learn more!

Israel QuestIsrael Quest is a Jewish teen identity project of the United Jewish Endowment Fund, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and local congregations and regional youth organizations. Israel Quest provides subsidies to teens in 9th–12th grades for qualifying Israel trips. Learn more about the program and funding guidelines. For more information, contact us at 301-230-7200 or IsraelQuest@shalomdc.org.

Alexander Muss High School in Israel (Summer Program)
The Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) provides a 6 week pluralistic, academic adventure in Israel during the summer. Follow in the footsteps of more than 20,000 alumni and discover Israel through an inspiring, life-changing experience. The whole country will become your classroom. You will be challenged to live outside of books and in the presence of history by studying at the actual sites where history took place!

American Jewish Society for Service
With AJSS, you’ll spend your summer volunteering for organizations that provide essential social services while living in and exploring a part of the U.S. that’s completely foreign to you. During the week, you’ll get your hands dirty – hammering, painting, shoveling, distributing food – whatever we can do to help people in need. On the weekends, you’ll either travel to nearby cities or enjoy a weekend at “home” to explore your local surroundings. Join AJSS and be part of our 60+ year history of helping communities across the nation. On AJSS you’ll change lives. Start with yours.

Aryeh
Aryeh offers a variety of summer travel programs for teens, including Aryeh America Western US/National Parks Summer Program, Aryeh Elite Israel Summer Program, and Aryeh United Northwest Integrated Trip for Special Needs and Mainstream Teens.

**Special needs inclusive options

BBYO Passport
BBYO Passport is the leader in travel for Jewish teens and their families. Journey with us to Israel or explore a world of meaningful travel opportunities on five continents. All of our programs embrace pluralistic Jewish values and provide opportunities for inspiration, connection, and community. Although every program is different, they all share the same core elements – active touring, cross-cultural interactions, and new friendships with fellow Jewish teens of all backgrounds and from around the world.

Big Idea – International Tech Summer Camp
BIG IDEA is an international summer camp in Israel focusing on technology, Israeli innovations and leadership. A community of kids and teens ages 7-18, from Israel and over 30 different countries meet every summer in a beautiful location on Mount Carmel. Over a 2 week session, campers have a hands-on experience in digital arts, web designing, computer programming, fashion design, game productions, robotics, app development and many more, while also exploring Israeli innovation. Mix it up with fun outdoor activities, swimming pool and wave surfing, martial arts and stage arts tracks!

Bnei Akiva
Bnei Akiva offers a range of summer programs, including Israel travel opportunities, travel camps that visit cities and national parks across the United States and Canada, and Yachad, an inclusion program at Camp Moshava.

**Special needs inclusive options

Brandeis
Spend your summer at Brandeis University, where you can choose between BIMA, a summer arts program where you can specialize in dance, music, visual arts, writing, or theater, and Genesis, an academic summer program where you’ll join students from around the world to study your choice of subjects, including Entrepreneurship, Gender and Sexuality, World Religions, and Science. Both programs give you the opportunity to connect with peers from around the world, and to build a Jewish environment in a university setting.

Eden Village Camp
Gain powerful skills for farm-to-table, back-to-the-land living, and leading a thriving community! We bring an innovative environmental program to the best of traditional camp. The experience includes organic farming, exceptional organic Kosher food, animal care, wilderness adventure, natural science, a zero-waste goal, pool & lake, music, creative arts, sports, service projects, amazing staff... all in a vibrant and diverse Jewish community!

Etgar 36
Etgar 36 is not your typical summer Jewish teen tour; it is a journey in every sense of the word. Travel across America to stand where history happened and meet with people who made it. Discuss, debate, learn about, and get involved in issues and politics. Become inspired and empowered to DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. See the sights, hear the sounds, eat the food and talk with the people that make each city unique. Make lifelong friends with the other Jewish teens from all over America.

NCSY
NCSY offers incredible summer options to fit every need. From hiking and volunteering in Israel to sports camps in the United States and journeys to the heart of Eastern Europe, everyone, no matter what your Jewish background is, can find an NCSY summer experience that will change their lives.

NFTY
NFTY summer programs give you the opportunity to see the world, while meeting and connecting with Jewish peers from across North America. Experience Israel from top to bottom, seeing Jewish history, modern life, and natural wonders. You can also choose to add a week in Europe to your Israel experience. NFTY offers a diverse, meaningful summer experience for teens who are looking to have fun and connect with the Jewish people.

Ramah Outdoors
Ramah Outdoor Adventure is one of the only Kosher/ Shomer Shabbat Jewish outdoor adventure camps in the United States. Campers split their time between living at our rustic base camp at 8,000 feet as part of a larger camp community and on adventure trips in the surrounding national forest on multi-day excursions. Activities at camp include rock climbing, biking, wilderness survival, orienteering, horseback riding, wilderness arts and crafts, whitewater rafting, and field sports.

URJ Mitzvah Corps
URJ Mitzvah Corps provides teens with the opportunity explore Israel, North America, or Central America, while participating in meaningful service projects. You will have the opportunity to volunteer wherever you go, making a direct impact on countless people. Choose between Israel, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the Pacific Northwest, and other exciting locations where you’ll make a difference while making amazing memories with your new friends.

USY
USY summer programs give you the chance to choose your own adventure. Options include Eastern Europe, Israel adventures, meaningful and transformative explorations of Poland, social action trips, and North American road trips that give you the chance to see the East Coast and Pacific Northwest. Each program provides a unique experience, giving you the chance to grow and change while having the time of your life!

Yiddish Book Center
The Great Jewish Books Summer Program invites rising high school juniors and seniors for an exciting week of intensive literary discussion. Students will read, argue about, and fall in love with enduring works of modern Jewish literature, and consider how the ideas they encounter affect the opportunities and challenges they face today. Participants study with respected literary scholars, meet prominent contemporary authors, and connect with other teens from across the country.

Young Judaea
Young Judaea offers summer trips to Israel that allow you to see Israel up-close and personal. From social entrepreneurship and volunteer opportunities to chances to see the natural and man-made beauty of Israel, you’ll develop a personal connection to the country and people, as well as to your peers.

Youth Groups and Education

BBYO
BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For 90 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens.

Bnei Akiva
Bnei Akiva is the world’s largest religious Zionist youth movement, active across the globe, with over 100,000 members. Bnei Akiva promotes aliyah, love of the Jewish people and commitment to the State of Israel, based on the principles of Torah v’Avodah.

Habonim Dror
Founded in 1935, Habonim Dror (the Builders of Freedom) is a Progressive Labor Zionist Youth movement whose mission is to build a personal bond and commitment between North American Jewish youth and the State of Israel, and to create Jewish leaders who will actualize the principles of social justice, equality, peace and coexistence in Israel and North America.

NCSY
NCSY is the premier organization dedicated to connect, inspire, and empower Jewish teens and encourage passionate Judaism through Torah and tradition.

NFTY
NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism.

Tzofim
Tzofim is the Israeli scouts youth movement, a unique opportunity to take part in an all-Hebrew teen movement. Shevet Gilad is here to unite the large Israeli and Jewish community in the Greater Washington area. Our mission is to strengthen the Jewish and Israeli identity of the kids in the program. We do our best to give them a sense of belonging to the community here in America, and back in Israel.

USY
USY inspires Jewish youth to explore, celebrate, and practice ethical values, Jewish Living, Zionism and community responsibility based on the ideology of the Conservative Movement.

Shoresh Hebrew High School
Shoresh Hebrew High School is a unique Jewish studies program for post-Bnai Mitzvah students attending secular schools in the Greater Washington area. Shoresh meets at the JCCGW on Sunday 6-9pm. 

Social Action

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