Teen Programs

While the CJE offers teen services and programs, teens are encouraged to investigate the diverse opportunities in Jewish Baltimore and to explore Jewish identity and find community. 

ASSOCIATED Agencies with Opportunities for Teens

Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Center (JCC)
The JCC offers several opportunities for teens including BBYO, the College Center, HaZamir Baltimore Jewish High School Choir, JCC Maccabi Experience, middle school dances, Teen Connections and a teen lounge.

Jewish Communal Services (JCS)
JCS provides several programs and services for teens including Career Services, ifIknew, Jewish Big Brother Big Sister, JOIN, Prevention Education Workshops and the Mitchell David Teen Center.

Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC)
JVC offers many opportunities specifically for teens including Diller Baltimore Teen Fellows, Diller volunteer opportunities, Students Taking Action for Change (STAC), Teen Giving Initiative (TGI) and Teen Summer Service Experiences.

Annotated and complete listing of all teen-focused programs and services through The ASSOCIATED>>

Additional Organizations with Teen Opportunities

BBYO encourages Jewish teens to find meaning in Judaism and to develop their own Jewish identities. Committed to a pluralistic experience, BBYO attempts to accommodate and provide a comfortable environment across the halachic (Jewish law) spectrum. BBYO’s international leadership model, AZA and BBG, prides itself on fun and meaningful teen-led programming, its responsibility to the global Jewish community, an unwavering commitment to the State of Israel and its dedication to tikkun olam – repairing the world.

National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) 
NCSY is a world-recognized organization that has played a pivotal role in the lives of Jewish teens across the globe. The Orthodox Union founded NCSY in 1954 to provide Jewish teens with an opportunity to build a strong connection to their Jewish roots through inspiration and leadership skills. Jewish Student Union (JSU), works with NCSY to provide Jewish programs in local public schools.

North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) 
NFTY has offered thousands of young people the opportunity to explore and live Reform Judaism. Whether functioning as an organization, program or youth movement, NFTY is a Reform Jewish community for high school students. “NFTYites” forge and build friendships, lifelong Reform Jewish identities, and leadership skills through community building, worship, social action and experiential youth-led Jewish educational programming. 

No'ar Hadash 
No’ar promotes and fosters creative, innovative and fun Jewish youth programming from a uniquely Reconstructionist perspective. As part of No'ar Hadash, Reconstructionist teens from across North America take part in innovative, exciting, creative, fun and engaging programs designed to meet their religious, intellectual, spiritual and social needs. In local congregations and chavurot, on the regional level, and across the continent, Reconstructionist teens create and participate in programs that are important to them and that speak to who they are as teens and as Jews. 

United Synagogue Youth (USY) 
USY is the youth movement of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. The goal of the movement is to bring Jewish teenagers closer to Judaism and Israel through learning and social interaction. 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.

Jewish Boy Scouts
National Jewish Council of Scouting promotes scouting for Jewish youth by securing new Jewish chartered organizations and by continuing to provide individual Scouts and units with quality programs and service.  In Baltimore, there are multiple Jewish Boy Scout Troops.
To find a Troop in your area, call 973-912-5222

Torah Youth Association (TYA)
TYA is an organization committed to creating positive experiences for yeshiva students. The programs we create enable our youth to experience the warmth of Torah, to play sports, do chesed and build lasting friendships within a positive, growth-oriented culture. We work together with others involved in youth activities to create fun structured opportunities for our children.

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! 
This is the first proactive, informal education program that uses Judaism to enrich the lives of girls. It draws on Jewish tradition to give girls a place to feel safe, articulate their questions and concerns, have fun and be ‘real’ with their peers.  Small groups of girls meet monthly with a carefully trained adult leader who uses our step-by-step manual. Through discussion, arts and crafts and drama, the girls integrate core Jewish values as they focus on the things they care about most, such as body image, friendship, relationships, competition, stress and family.

Teen Education Opportunities

The Baltimore Educational Initiative for Teens of Reform Judaism (BEIT RJ) is the post B'nai Mitzvah educational program for the Reform Jewish community in Baltimore. BEIT RJ strives to provide a quality, collaborative, supplementary, Reform Jewish educational and social experience. This school empowers students in grades eight to 12 to strengthen their Jewish identities and enhance their participation in the greater Baltimore Jewish community and beyond.

Netivon High School Program 
This is Chizuk Amuno Congregation’s supplementary program. The curriculum focuses on Hebrew language and culture, Bible, Rabbinics, history, culture, identity and theology and practice. Students take both core classes and electives designed to provide a comprehensive Jewish Education. Netivon is taught by top educators and clergy from the entire Baltimore area. The diverse faculty is able to offer engaging and exciting courses and the program also includes special programs and trips.

Organizations with Teen Volunteer Opportunities 

The Friendship Circle 
This is a non-profit organization that addresses the challenges facing the families of children with special needs in an innovative way. The program begins with the pairing of local teenagers with children for weekly “friends at home” visits, but hardly ends there. Through a full range of activities and events, the Circle creates its own special environment of friendship and love. The Friendship Circle is non-sectarian and non-denominational.

JEP Girls of MD 
JEP is a branch of the national Jewish Education Program. We feature a unique big sister-little sister program for Jewish girls in grades first through eighth. Each participant is paired with a fun, loving, and warm high school student. We hold monthly activities, weekly learning programs, and holiday events, all of which promote Jewish awareness and learning in a fun and exciting environment. By providing educational and recreational activities for Jewish girls, JEP instills Jewish pride and unity within the hearts of Jewish children. 

Comprehensive listing of ASSOCIATED volunteer programs>> 

This is an extensive, though not comprehensive list.  For additions to this list, please contact Terri Rosen at tnrosen@cjebaltimore.org.


CJE is an agency funded by THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. www.associated.org