Community Programs and Resources for Teens

Teen Trips, summer programs, and semesters abroad all over the world.

Local Jewish youth groups which meet throughout the year: BBYO, NFTY, USY, Young Judaea

J-Teen Leadership is a community service leadership development initiative for Jewish high school students who want to make a difference in the world today. What makes us unique is that teens plan and lead projects. Based in Westchester, J-Teen welcomes teens from all backgrounds and affiliations.

No'ar Hadash North American Teen Kallah in the Spring--No'ar Hadash provides creative, innovative, and fun Jewish youth programming from a uniquely Reconstructionist perspective.

Fresh Ink for Teens (FIT) is a website whose content is written for—and by—Jewish students from high schools around the world. FIT covers high school, politics, Israel, sports, culture, college preparation, Judaism, family matters and more through original articles and insightful essays. Creative writing and poetry are also welcome.  Fresh Ink began more than 15 years ago and has won awards from the American Jewish Press Association.  To get involved contact Lily Weinberg  

Kol Isha NY Teen Feminist Fellowship: Translating to "voices of women," Kol Isha invites young Jewish feminists of all genders to explore and deepen their feminist knowledge, channel their voices to share their beliefs, and use their skills to create tangible change in their communities.

L'Taken Social Justice Seminars organized by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism: Every year nearly 2,000 high school students participate in this four-day Jewish public policy conference in Washington, D.C. 

Rising Voices of the Jewish Women's Archive provides a platform to amplify young Jewish women’s voices through the Rising Voices Fellowship, a leadership development program for female-identified teens who have a passion for writing, and a strong interest in feminism and Judaism—particularly as they relate to social justice.

LGBTQ Jewish Teens and Allies: Mosaic of Westchester Teen Group meets locally on Sunday afternoons and is co-led by BAS Education Director Abby Reiken.  In addition, Keshet is a national organization that offers weekend retreats and programs for LGBTQ Jewish teens and allies. 

Tzelem is Moving Traditions' national online groups for Jewish teens who identify as transgender, nonbinary, gender fluid, or gender questioning in partnership with Keshet. The groups, led by a trans or non-binary group leader, bring together teens from all over the country once a month for two hours via video conference.

Westchester Youth Alliance builds a bridge between our faith communities that fosters deep and lasting relationships among our high school students.  Our interfaith youth program provides a vehicle for teens to engage in dialogue and action based on common values.  Our activities include service projects and regular gatherings to connect, reflect and plan.

HaZamir Westchester is a chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, a Jewish musical youth movement for Jewish teens of all backgrounds in 8th-12th grades.

The Westchester Klezmer Program is an exciting music program with a focus on community service. Our performances take place at nursing homes, libraries and synagogues throughout Westchester. The program satisfies community service requirements for high school students.  There are three ensembles, two of which are for high-school/adult musicians and one of which is our youth band for musicians in 5th-8th grade.  

College Resources

Hillel College Guide provides information about Jewish life on college campuses.

Judaism on Campus--We share many resources, like this webpage, which may be useful to our BAS teens and their parents. This webpage gives guidance for Jewish teens in choosing a college, provides links for scholarships for Jewish teens, and explores issues about being Jewish in college.


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