Youth Groups/Teen Organizations


Alexander Muss
High School in Israel
Six-week sessions in summer; Eight-week or full semester sessions during the school year, as well as a combined March of the Living & AMHSI Combined Program. Fully accredited, academic and fun adventure in Israel for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who may qualify for college credits, in addition to keeping up with the school assignments provided by their home school, if attending during the academic year. AMHSI is the only non-denominational, co-educational English language study abroad program in Israel for high school students. Come see what you’re really made of!

BBYO Regional Office
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-468-6756
[email protected]
[email protected]
Program Directors: Debi Tozer (Northern Region East) and Rachael Pazornick (DC Council)
Providing identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for Jewish teens in grades 8-12. Opportunities for teens to connect with one another through participation in community service projects, athletics, brotherhood and sisterhood programs and social activities.

BBYO connect
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-468-6756
[email protected]
[email protected]
BBYO Connect is the BBYO experience made just for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students offering social and meaningful experiences that will serve as a gateway to continued involvement in Jewish life. Focused on service, social, and Judaic programming, BBYO Connect builds a network of teens across North America at a critical age when middle school students begin to strengthen their identities, form social circles and prepare for high school and beyond.

Behrend Builders
Shelter Repair and
Construction Program
Washington DCJCC Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service
1529 16th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Randy Bacon
[email protected]
Skilled and unskilled volunteers meet year-round to help repair, rebuild and renovate low-income housing, shelters, community centers and other nonprofit social service agencies. Ages 14 and older. Students can earn community service hours for graduation.

Boy Scout Troop 263
Meets at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Barry Sandler
[email protected]
Provides a complete Scouting experience in a Jewish context. Scouts represent the National Capital area, and the troop welcomes boys, aged 11-17, from all levels of Jewish observance.

Chai and Jr. Chai @ TI
Director: Eitan Gutin
[email protected]
The Jr. Chai (7th & 8th) and Chai (9th & 10th) programs at Tifereth Israel are for pre-teens and teens who are ready to continue their Jewish learning. In 7th and 8th grades the students study four topics in depth over four semesters: Zionism, Tzedakah, Life Cycle, and Holocaust. In the 9th and 10th grades the students learn from a rotation of fascinating teachers who cover topics including biblical archaeology, Judaism and modernity, and Jewish topics in media. The Jr. Chai and Chai schools are open to all.

Habonim Dror labor zionist youth movement
Founded in 1935, Habonim Dror (the Builders of Freedom) is a Progressive Labor Zionist Youth movement whose mission is: (1) To build a personal bond and commitment between North American Jewish youth and the state of Israel, and (2) To create Jewish leaders who will actualize the principles of social justice, equality, peace and coexistence in Israel and North America.
Habonim Dror runs 7 Machanot (summer camps) across Canada and the United States, a post-10th grade Israel summer program (MBI), a year-long post-high school Israel program (Workshop), and year-round activities in many areas of the country (called Eizorim/Kenim) based on the pillars of Progressive Labor Zionism, Judaism, Socialism, Social Justice, and Hagshama (actualization of values).

HaZamir: the International Jewish High School Choir
HaZamir Baltimore
HaZamir Greater Washington
[email protected]
Conductor: Erika Pardes Schon
HaZamir provides Jewish high school–age teens from all backgrounds with the opportunity to sing a sophisticated and diverse choral repertoire, build community and connect with Jewish cultural identity. There are 22 HaZamir chapters in North America and Israel, and all come together annually to sing in a gala performance at a major venue in New York City. HaZamir Baltimore and the potential HaZamir Greater Washington rehearse in both Baltimore (and possibly Chevy Chase if six or more teens from the D.C.-area are accepted), and perform locally several times a year. Auditions for the 2013-14 year are by appointment throughout the summer and early fall.

JCC Maccabi Youth Games
Caroline Cardullo, [email protected]
Sarah Catanzaro, [email protected]

Jewish Boy Scouts Troop 613
Scoutmaster: Jeffrey Cohen
Only Orthodox Boy Scout Troop in Montgomery County. Meets at Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring.

Jewish Cub Scouts pack 1818
Sponsored by Olam Tikvah Men’s Club
Serving Jewish youth in the Greater Northern Virginia Area.
To contact us, see:

Jewish Boy Scouts Troop 1818
Scoutmaster: Robert Book
[email protected]
Meets at Congregation Olam Tikvah in
Fairfax. Kosher and Shomer Shabbat Scouting.

Jewish Girl Scouts Troop 2359
Troop Leaders: Stefanie Schwartz and Helen Postelnek
Meets one Sunday a month at Congregation Olam Tikvah.
Shomer Shabbat, kosher.
Contact Stefanie Schwartz, 703-255-0730.

Jewish Girl Scouts Troop 3197
Troop Leaders: Helen Postelnek and Stefanie Schwartz
Meets every other Sunday at the leader’s house.
Shomer Shabbat, kosher.
Contact Stefanie Schwartz, 703-255-0730.

Jewish Girl Scouts Troop 4338
Cadettes and Seniors
Troop Leader: Hillary Rubin
Meets every other Sunday at Congregation Olam Tikvah.
Shomer Shabbat, kosher.
Contact Stefanie Schwartz, 703-255-0730.

Jewish Girl Scouts Troop 3997
Brownies and Juniors
Troop Leaders: Ali and Jim Myska
Meets every other Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and the leaders’ home.
Shomer Shabbat, kosher.
Contact Stefanie Schwartz, 703-255-0730.

Jewish Girl Scouts Troop 2467
Troop Leaders: Michelle Avda, Simone Bielsker
Meets every other Sunday at Congregation Olam Tikvah.
Shomer Shabbat, kosher.
Contact Stefanie Schwartz, 703-255-0730.

Jewish Girl Scouts
Coordinator: Terrie Ship
Orthodox Girl Scout troops for all levels of scouting, for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. Meets at Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy. Scouting experience within an Orthodox framework.

Jewish Community Center
of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-881-5512
Amy Fauber, 301-348-3889
Activities, enrichment classes and after-school programs for tweens. Teen center offering computers with Internet access, large-screen TV and other games. Partners with BBYO to provide additional tween and teen programming.

Jewish Community Center
of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Tnpk.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Fax: 703-323-1993
Dir of Teen Programming and Camp Achva Director: Nori White
Summer day camps and travel camps; Teen Scene; BBYO; mitzvah programs; dances; family workshops; college preparation classes; SAT classes and test site; JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest programs.

JYPI: Jewish Youth
Philanthropy Initiatives
Fax: 240-283-6201
[email protected]
Dedicated to helping Jewish teens experience responsible, effective philanthropy, JYPI empowers Jewish teens to become community activists, thoughtful citizens and generous and responsible Jewish adults. Participants explore the world of philanthropy and Jewish values, increase their awareness of diverse community needs and strengthen their commitment to tzedakah and civic engagement through the grant-making process. The Jewish Youth Philanthropy Initiatives (JYPI) offers young people real life experiences giving them the opportunity to learn how philanthropy and service is an integral part of our Jewish tradition and can be an expression of our Jewish values.

Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel
215-561-6900 (national)
[email protected]
Maccabi USA endeavors, through sports, to perpetuate and preserve the American Jewish community by encouraging Jewish pride, strengthening Jewish bonds and by creating a heightened awareness of Israel and Jewish identity. The volunteer organization seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish youth in the United States, Israel and the Diaspora through athletic, cultural and educational programs that develop, promote and support international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. We strive to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. We support programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish continuity, Zionism and excellence in sport.

National Conference of
Synagogue Youth (NCSY)
Union of Orthodox Congregations, offers social, cultural, educational and religious activities to all Jewish teens in order to inspire Jewish youth to assume leadership positions in the future. Programs include Shabbat retreats, summer camps and Israel experiences.
NFTYMAR – North American Federation of Temple Youth Mid-Atlantic Region
c/o Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
Regional Adviser: Alexa Broida
Teen organization under the auspices of the Reform movement: youth groups at local congregations host a variety of social, cultural, educational and religious activities; regional kallot, summer camp and Israel programs are offered.

Operation Understanding DC
3000 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 335
Washington, DC 20008
Fax: 202-234-6669
Director: Rachael Feldman
Nonprofit that develops leadership, dispels stereotypes and promotes mutual respect, understanding and cooperation and dialogue between African American and Jewish youth. Yearlong educational program cultivates the personal strengths of its participants, enhances their leadership abilities and provides the foundation for a lifelong commitment to social justice and equality.

Partnership for Jewish
Life & Learning
Fax: 240-283-6201
[email protected]
Utilizing research, program initiatives, resources and professional development, the Partnership collaborates with communal institutions, agencies and individuals to design, implement and evaluate educational approaches that engage people across the lifespan. Offers and/or collaborates on the following programs: JYPI and Regional Youth Group Directors Network.

Rockville Open House (ROH)
JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Rabbi Sarah Meytin
[email protected]
Supervised, safe gathering place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI) Jewish teens, ages 13-18, and their friends and allies.

Shoresh Fidler Teen Torah Center
2428 Pleasant View Rd.
Adamstown, MD 21710
Fax: 410-358-7193
Regional Director: Rabbi David
Mailing Address:
2704 Bartol Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21209
Provides ongoing social, recreational, religious and educational opportunities through year-round activities and monthly gatherings.

Teen Mitzvah Corps Summer Program
JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Fara Gold, 301-348-3883
Mitzvah Corps offers a program based on service learning and advocacy. Explores issues relevant to today’s world, learning advocacy training skills, and making a difference through community service experiences. Learn from advocacy experts working in D.C.’s lobbying organizations and commit to tikkun olam.

Teens Can Identify (TCI) – a Program of Baltimore’s Center for Jewish Education
Supports Jewish culture and identity at non-Jewish independent schools, partnering with students and faculty to develop meaningful Jewish opportunities that are integrated elements of school life. Activities include clubs, assemblies, classroom presentations, retreats, field trips and service-learning projects.

Tzofim-Israeli Scouts
Itzik Raviv
[email protected]
Shevet (troop) Gilad is one of the Israeli scouts troops in the United States for 3-12 graders. Mirrors the ideals, ideas and activities of the scouts (Tzofim) in Israel in every aspect. Based in Rockville and serving the Greater Washington and Northern Virginia areas. Most activities take place at the Rockville JCC. All activities are conducted in Hebrew.

United Synagogue Youth Seaboard Region (USY)
6010 Executive Blvd., Suite #705
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-816-2931
Regional Director: Shira Kaplan
Teen organization under the auspices of the Conservative movement; chapters at synagogues. Chapters and regions hold a variety of social, cultural, educational and religious activities, summer cross-country bus tours and Israel tours, weeklong encampment (end of August). Large regional conventions in fall and spring.

Washington DCJCC
Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service
1529 16th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: 202-518-9420
Director: Erica Steen
[email protected]
Seventh through 12th graders, college students and families with younger children can all volunteer to help some of Washington’s most needy residents. Students can choose to construct and repair shelters and other community agencies, create art for the homeless, seniors and the blind, glean and/or prepare food, perform environmental beautification and clean-up, and work with younger children. Also, intern in one of the DCJCC’s several departments. One-time projects for groups and ongoing individual opportunities. Earn school community service credit. Community service projects for 6th-12th graders.

Young Judaea
Year Round Program
[email protected]
Young Judaea, the oldest U.S. Zionist youth movement, operates summer camps throughout the country, numerous programs to Israel (including Year Course, the largest gap year program for recent high school graduates), and peer-led, local youth groups. Our local chapter is very active and organizes social programs and fun activities for youth throughout the year. Contact Jennifer Putterman (240-601-0738, [email protected]) regarding our Israel programs; visit regarding our camps; and contact parent advisor Kevin Solonsky ([email protected]) regarding our local youth group. Young Judaea welcomes Jewish youth from all denominations.

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