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Every Jewish journey is unique, and the 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. 


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 from 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. *Rollover funding from prior years was used for this program.

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 Middle School Athletics and P.E. are founded on teamwork and community. As such, athletics are accessible to students regardless of their age or ability. There are opportunities for both elite performers and new learners. Each child has a place to belong in our JMS athletics program.