Every Jewish journey is unique, and teenage years can be the most self-reflective and influential to shape a youth’s future. Pluralistic peer-to-peer and mentoring experiences can tremendously impact their Jewish identity.
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Community teen high school program: Annually, teens from The Temple, Congregation Micah, West End Synagogue and Music City Chabad , gather for a common program of interest. Topics have included Israel advocacy and always include a speaker, an action and a service component.
Gordon Jewish Community Center Teen Programs provides social, athletic, and recreational programming for Nashville Jewish teens ages 13-18 by creating an umbrella of programs which include BBYO and BBYO Connect, Sports programs and Maccabi Games, as well as new quarterly programs open to all community Teens.
Gordon Jewish Community Center Maccabi Games® is a unique, week long experience for Jewish teens, ages 12-16. Maccabi Games® include a full range of events, including Olympic-style opening and closing ceremonies and a community service day. Each night ends with a fun, interactive social event, that allows teens to unwind form the competition and just hang out with friends. These events each aim to bring the larger teen Jewish Community together for a week of spirit, friendship, and celebration.
Jewish Federation Get Connected is an experiential and educational program offered at a highly subsidized rate to Jewish high school students in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area. The program consists of class time, a two-week trip to Israel, and then hosting Israeli students. The purpose is for the participants to create lifelong connections to each other, the State of Israel and with Israeli high school students from our partnership region of Hadera-Eiron.
The Temple and Congregation Micah’s Kulanu program aims to create community among high school students for four sessions throughout the year, with parallel learning opportunities and community building among parents.
The Jewish Federation Camp Scholarship program is designed to assist families in need so that their children can attend Jewish summer overnight camp. The program has been in existence since 2012 and has allocated $111,585 over that time to 107 children, for an average of $1,042 per scholarship request.
Jewish Federation One Happy Camper program is designed to encourage families to send their children, for the first time, to a Jewish overnight camp. The reason for this is that overnight camping is seen as one of the key driving forces behind lifetime engagement in Jewish communal activities and, for some people, there is a stigma to what Jewish camping is about, and may not, for this reason, send their child to such a camp. OHC is designed to encourage this audience to experience Jewish camping, and to see what a fun and positive experience it could (and usually is) for their child.