Harry Elkin Midrasha Teen Engagement Programs

Teen Engagement

Where else can you find a community of friends that will last a lifetime, along with educational and leadership opportunities—did we mention sports, the arts, and lots of fun?

There are so many great programs for Jewish teens throughout the Greater Rhode Island community! Stay connected with opportunities offered by the Jewish Alliance, youth groups, schools and other organizations.


Community-Wide Events
A couple of times each year, all youth groups come together to collectively design and offer programs to all teens in the community. For more information, contact Seth Finkle at 401.421.4111 ext. 146 or sfinkle@jewishallianceri.org.

Counselors-In-Training (CITs)
Summer Camp & J-Cation Camp leadership opportunities are available for teens in grades 8 through 10. Teens receive specialized training in working with children and organizing events, all while engaging with their peers and having a great time! For more information, contact Seth Finkle at  401.421.4111 ext. 146 or sfinkle@jewishallianceri.org.

Gift of Israel
NOW is the time to begin to save for your child’s future Jewish travel. The Gift of Israel program allows families with children in 3rd – 6th grade an opportunity to begin to set aside a fixed amount every year for their child to participate in a future program in Israel (through age 26)… and get matching funds! Each annual $150 investment may earn a $250 matching grant—a 266% return on investment! Download Application. For more information, contact Jana Brenman at 401.421.4111 ext. 181 or jbrenman@jewishallianceri.org.

Grants & Scholarships
The Jewish Alliance offers grants and needs-based scholarships for educational trips to Israel and study experiences there. Funds are distributed in the Fall and Spring for programs that may take place any time of the year. For more information, contact Jana Brenman at 401.421.4111 ext. 181 or jbrenman@jewishallianceri.org.

HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir
HaZamir is a network of choral chapters across the United States and Israel which provides Jewish teens with a high level choral experience in a Jewish environment.  HaZamir transcends boundaries, giving teenagers a valuable and rare trans-denominational experience as an opportunity to forge close bonds and unite in a common goal: music! This program is a partnership with Temple Emanu-El and the Jewish Alliance. For more information, contact Jana Brenman at 401.421.4111 ext. 181 or jbrenman@jewishallianceri.org.

Israel Programs
Want to see the sun rise above the Dead Sea? Pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem? Explore Tel Aviv’s trendy shops and outdoor markets? Travel to Israel with teens from all over the US or study there! Let us help you find the perfect trip. Get in touch for a free consultation, scholarship information, and brochures. For more information, contact Jana Brenman at 401.421.4111 ext. 181 or jbrenman@jewishallianceri.org.

JCC Programs for Teens
Activities include after school, social, athletic, Hebrew, cultural, and leadership oriented programming.
For more information, contact Seth Finkle, at 401.421.4111 x 146 or  sfinkle@jewishallianceri.org.

Maccabi Games and ArtsFest
The JCC Maccabi Games® are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America. With 15 different sports to choose from, Jewish teens can compete individually or on a team. In the Arts Fest, every group works with an expert in who provides a unique Jewish perspective. Specialties include acting, culinary arts, dance, rock band, theater and visual arts. Jewish teens from around the world have the opportunity to  interact together while competing athletically or participating in ArtsFest, at this annual festival held in different global locations each year. The 2016 JCC Maccabi Games and Maccabi ArtsFest will be held in Stamford, CT August 7-12. For more information, contact Shannon Kochanek at 401.421.4111 ext. 147 or skochanek@jewishallianceri.org.

March of the Living: Remember the Past, Ensure the Future
Every spring, thousands of Jewish teens (grades 10 – 12) from all corners of the earth gather together in Poland and Israel for a two-week educational experience. This Holocaust/Israel program changes their lives and empowers them to stand up against all forms of social injustice. For more information contact Jana Brenman at 401.421.4111 ext. 181 or jbrenman@jewishallianceri.org, or visit March of the Living. A limited number of scholarships are available.The 2016 trip will be May 1-16.

Panim El Panim and Religious Action Center (RAC)
Move from the sidelines to the frontlines with either Panim el Panim or the Religious Action Center (RAC). Teens in grades 10-12 learn about public policy, community relations, social action and how to advocate on Capitol Hill. Visit members of our Congressional delegation in Washington, DC. For more information contact Michelle Cicchitelli at 401.421.4111 ext. 171 or mcicchitelli@jewishallianceri.org.

TigerSharks Swim Club
Now part of the RIMA Swim League, the TigerSharks Swim Club encourages teens to not only swim but grow and succeed in a fun, hardworking, and competitive environment while enhancing swimming stroke and technique. For more information, contact London Blake at  401.421.4111 ext. 153 or lblake@jewishallianceri.org.

Youth Groups
Explore other youth groups in Jewish Rhode Island for socializing, tikkun olam (repairing the world) opportunities, and more!

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