Harry & Esther Elkin Teen Initiatives

Come and join a community of friends that will last a lifetime, along with sports, the arts,

educational and leadership opportunities 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.

For more information about the programs listed below, please contact Michelle Cicchitelli or Member Services.

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. 

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!

Fitness & Sports Opportunities
Teens can enjoy the fitness center, our heated indoor pool, basketball, and other fun activities. J-Fitness also has a team of dedicated Certified Personal Trainers that are eager to help you achieve all of your athletic goals.

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!

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.

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.

JCC Programs for Teens
Activities include after school, social, athletic, Hebrew, cultural, and leadership oriented programming.

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.

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. 

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

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