This worldwide Jewish youth organization for teens in grades nine to 12,
empowers teens to develop leadership potential, Jewish identity and individual
goals. Activities include dances, sports leagues, weekend conventions, service
projects and more.
Diller Baltimore is a 14-month teen leadership program that offers high
school juniors monthly leadership development seminars, an exchange with
Ashkelon teens in Baltimore, a summer Israel experience and hands-on community
service projects. The program is based on four pillars: leadership, Israel,
Judaism and community service.
High school teens volunteer throughout the community through volunteer
projects organized and run by Diller Baltimore Teen Fellows. A long-term
commitment is not required. Examples of past projects include: after-school
sports, arts and academic programs in Baltimore City, oral histories and spa
evenings with seniors, cooking and serving meals at homeless shelters and
interactive activities with Jewish children.
HaZamir provides teens the opportunity to gather together, sing Jewish choral
music, build community and connect culturally. The program fosters a lifelong
commitment to Jewish culture and music in young people, and builds a strong
foundation for future Jewish involvement among its participants. In addition to
local and regional performances, HaZamir sponsors regional retreats, a three-day
international Annual Festival (20 chapters including HaZamir Israel) and a
unique gala performance in New York City.
ifiknew is an interactive multi-media project of Jewish Community Services
providing information and resources on substance use/abuse, body image and
eating disorders, healthy relationships, HIV/AIDS, media literacy, dealing with
stress, and more. The website features blogs, FAQs, articles of interest, and
compelling videos with local families and friends speaking candidly about how
these issues have impacted their lives and the lives of those they love.
The JCC Maccabi Games are open to Jewish teens ages 13-16 who are JCC
members. Each year, our Baltimore delegation sends hundreds of athletes to the
various host cities for competition in sports including soccer, basketball,
volleyball, bowling, baseball, table tennis, tennis, swimming, softball, dance
and track and field.
JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® is an arts experience for
Jewish teens, taking place annually during the summer in selected communities
throughout North America. It features home hospitality, includes opening and
closing events, workshops, performances, exhibits, community service, and social
activities, while it strengthens bonds to Jewish heritage, community and Israel.
For teens in grades six to 12. The JCC offers observant teen boys and girls
the opportunity to hang out in the teen lounge with their friends on separate
Saturday nights between November and March to play Wii, watch movies, play table
tennis or pool and enjoy pizza and snacks. Teens may also swim in the indoor
pool or play in the gym.
JCS provides educational programs that increase knowledge and awareness about
substance use, abuse, addiction, the spread of HIV/AIDS and other risky
behaviors that can impact the well-being of children and teens. HIV/AIDS
prevention education is supported by The Steven Kaufman AIDS Outreach Project.
Programs are age-appropriate and tailored to the particular needs and
sensitivities of each audience.
Shinshinim is a program through the Jewish Agency for Israel that brings to
Baltimore two young high school graduates from Ashkelon who have deferred their
military service to volunteer. The Shinshinim offer informal educational
opportunities in schools and the community. They create a personal connection to
Israel and Ashkelon for our community.
The Louise D. and Morton J.
Macks Center for Jewish Education
STAC is a collaborative program of Jewish Volunteer Connection and the
Baltimore Jewish Council focusing on social justice and advocacy. Fellows
participate in a retreat, Advocacy Day in Annapolis and leadership development
seminars. STAC Fellows work with one another to develop advocacy initiatives in
the community. The program is open to high school sophomore and
Jewish Volunteer Connection, Baltimore Jewish
The Mitchell David Teen Center is a safe, supervised gathering space where
teens can interact with their peers and JOIN for Teens staff instead of hanging
out on street corners and at local hot spots. The center hosts many activities
and events just for teens, like band, DJ and dance events, drop-in hours,
community service opportunities and connections to community
Teen Connection is the BBYO experience made just for pre-high school students
who want to enjoy social, recreational, athletic, and Judaic activities with new
Get a jump start on making Teen Connection friends at b-linked.bbyo.org, the largest online
community exclusively for Jewish teens.
For more information: Amanda Max at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-559-3548.
Teen Giving Initiative (TGI)
TGI focuses on teaching leadership, fundraising, and grant-making skills. TGI
Fellows develop their own fundraising initiatives and choose focus areas for
allocating their funds. TGI is a nine-month program and includes a retreat, site
visits and monthly leadership development seminars. The program is open to high
school sophomores and juniors.
Teen Summer Service Experiences offers one-week intensive service experiences
for middle and high school students. The opportunities take place each summer
and encompass various themes ranging from the environment to