Eight one-of-a-kind experiences for Jewish teens are launching this summer. Getting college ready, developing a new passion, engaging in social action in the US or around the world, or simply having some fun... these programs have never been available before, and there's something new for just about every teenager.



New York area teens can choose from the following experiences in summer 2015:



Stay local and take advantage of all that New York City has to offer.

  • Summer Internships organized by the JCC in Manhattan.
    Teens will pursue their individual passions and get valuable work experience by interning throughout NYC's diverse industries.
  • Surf Camp in NYC organized by Temple Israel of Great Neck & Forest Hills Jewish Center.
    Teens will spend their days on the beach and in the waves while learning about surfing and mindfulness.
  • Volunteering with Seniors organized by DOROT.
    Teens will bring joy to the lives of seniors through intergenerational programming, such as documentary film-making and cultural field trips.
  • Theater and Social Justice organized by the URJ & Irondale Ensemble Project.
    Teens who are passionate about acting will write, produce, and perform an original work at Irondale's state-of-the-art theater in Brooklyn.


Explore Israel's people, culture, technology, art, and history.

  • Technology and Arts: Russian Teen Israel Trip organized by the Edith and Carl Marks JCH Bensonhurst & JCCA.
    While exploring Israel, teens from Russian-speaking families will discover Israel's contributions to the arts and technology.
  • Interfaith Israel Teen Fellowship sponsored by Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute & Interfaith Israel.
    Teens from interfaith families will explore the diversity of Israel from its different faiths to its many foods and cultures.


Participate in meaningful service learning experiences in the US and around the world.

  • Service Learning in Memphis  organized by AJSS.
    Teens who want to make a difference will travel to Memphis and spend their days working on issues around housing, food justice, or education, and their evenings exploring Memphis' rich culture.
  • Social Entrepreneurship in Panama organized by PresenTense & Think Impact.
    Teens will travel to Panama for ten days to explore global issues and social justice with local teens. 


Now's the time to sign up. Find out more about the individual programs, scholarship information, and how to enroll.    


Through a joint investment by UJA-Federation of NY and the Jim Joseph Foundation, The New York Teen Initiative is seeking to increase the number of teens participating in accessible, affordable, and inspiring Jewish summer experiences. The Jewish Education Project is the lead operator of this initiative. For more information, contact Susan Wachsstock at 

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