High school and young adult web resources

This is a work in progress. Please let me know if a site is missing or if there is a subject you would like to learn more about by sending me an e-mail to sglass@beth-torah.org

General Jewish Youth Resources

http://pdfs.voya.com/VO/YA2/VOYA200602Judaism.pdf - provides a list of books, resources, and websites for Jewish teens

http://www.ttt.org.il/ - Teen to Teen – website for Jewish teens – a good source for advice, resources, and the ability to meet other Jewish teens around the world

http://rjteen.org/ provides information about summer and year-round programs for Jewish teens in the Reform movement

http://www.jvibe.com/ - Jewish teen online community – teens’ views on a wide array of topics from social action to Israel

http://www.yaldahmagazine.com/hometemp.html - a magazine and online site for Jewish girls

www.myjewishlearning.com – This site provides learning materials on a wide array of contemporary Jewish topics.

http://www.aish.com/ - Be sure to check out the Western Wall cam!

Educational Opportunities (High School Youth)


Upcoming Workshops:
11/14-16 – Social Action Seminar: Going Green the Jewish Way
12/5 – 7 – America’s Next Top Jewish role Model
3/13-15 - High School Leadership Conference – Forging a Path

*** If you would like to register, please e-mail Jessica Shea at jshea@beth-torah.org


Tamarim – The Netzer Year is a ten-month leadership training program in Israel. For more information about applying for 2009, please visit their website.


Are you artistic? Do you enjoy creating or performing? Check out this camp for artists of all kinds! Combining workshops and courses in music, film, visual arts, writing, and theater, this four week Jewish summer experience, BIMA, takes place from July 6ththrough August 6th. Deadlines to apply are February 2nd and March 16th.


Another choice at Brandeis, Genesis is open to students who will be juniors or seniors in the fall 2009. This program offers study and workshops in areas such as Israel, journalism, law, and world religions this summer from July 6th through August 6th. Deadlines to apply are February 2nd and March 16th.


The Legacy Heritage Internship for Young Scientists is a year-long experience which commences with a six-week summer program. This program is for highs school juniors and seniors, and provides them with hands-on experience with Israeli scientists and Jewish learning. The tentative travel dates for 2009 are June 29th through August 10th. Please click on the link above for more information.

Jewish College Resources for High School Students

http://www.pjll.org/index.php?c=24&kat=College+Bound+and+Alternatives – helpful resource to assist you in choosing a college


Programs for Jewish Teens with Developmental Disabilities


Social Action

www.socialaction.com – a central resource on how to get involved in social action for all ages

http://www.jphilanthropy.com/ - social action site specifically for teens

http://www.nftymitzvahcorps.org/ - social action program specifically for NFTY teens

http://www.jewishservice.org/vol_highschool.html - social action opportunities both here and abroad

http://www.ortzedek.org//index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1 – Or Tzedek is a program that provides a week-long opportunity for high school students on a wide variety of social justice issues in Chicago.

Israel Trips

http://www.nftyisrael.org/ - Israel trips through NFTY

http://www.ramah.org.il/ - Israel trips through Camp Ramah

http://www.bronfman.org/ - Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel

http://passport2israel.org/article.php?id=25 – Israel trip with BBYO

Jewish Travel

http://www.tevaadventure.org/ta_main.shtml - provides Jewish travel opportunities with an environmental focus

http://www.motl.org/programs/highSchool.htm - March of the Living


Do you enjoy biking and nature? Come along on a bike trip around Lake Michigan! Open to tenth through twelfth graders, Tour La’Agam brings together nature and jewish learning. The trip will take place this summer from July 14th through August 9th. See the above link for more details.

Environmental Education

http://www.tevacenter.org/ - provides educational opportunities with an environmental focus

Summer Programs for 18-23 year olds


Have you ever wanted to go back to summer camp? Here is your opportunity! The Brandeis Collegiate Institute brings together all of the fun, fellowship, and activities that you enjoyed as a teen and combines them with activities and discussions for Jewish adults ages 18-26. The priority deadline for the application is March 20th and the final deadline is June 1st. Please check out the link above for more information.

Travel Programs for 18-23 year olds


March of the Living 2009 –The International Adult Delegation

April 20 - April 30, 2009

Social Justice Programs for 18- 23 year olds


Machon Kaplan is a unique summer work/study internship program for undergraduate students from college campuses across North America interested in Judaism and social justice.

Religious Action Center will also be hosting a conference, “Consultation on Conscience,” from April 19-21, 2009.

Educational Programs for 18-23 year olds


College Colloquium - March 27-March 29th - Deadline to apply March 6, 2009.

Ancient tradition, modern religion

What does Judaism say about the topics that matter to you? HUC-JIR's 2009 North American College Colloquium brings together college students from across North America to share their voices and opinions in the pursuit of personal and spiritual growth. Learn with HUC-JIR faculty and rabbinical students as we examine this most challenging topic through a Jewish lens.

Israel Programs for 18-23 year olds


Livnot is the premiere Israel experience geared towards Jews 21-30 with little or no background in Judaism. We're experts in offering soul-searching, physically-invigorating, and emotionally-elevating experiences in Israel. Participants learn, hike, volunteer, live and explore Judaism and themselves over a period of five months. For more information, please visit the link above.


If you didn’t take an Israel trip with a Jewish youth group in high school, click on this link to learn more.


The WUJS program offers a unique, post-college, combination of Jewish and Israel studies, professional work experience, Hebrew Ulpan, Jewish experiences, organized group tiyulim (hikes) and cultural events throughout Israel.


Teach and Study Program (TASP) interns are university graduates who wish to participate in a two year work study program during which they will teach English in the Israeli public school system and study for an MA degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). You will also experience the satisfaction of teaching Israeli children English while developing. leadership and communication skills.

Resources of Interest for 18-23 year olds

www.newvoices.org – Magazine written by Jewish college students



Young Adult Ages 18-23 Internships and Fellowships

www.projectotzma.org - OTZMA is a 10-month program that offers Jewish adults ages 20-26 (college graduates preferred) an opportunity to live and volunteer in Israel in a variety of settings.

http://www.ajc.org/site/c.ijITI2PHKoG/b.899201/k.E5B4/Students.htm - provides internships and other opportunities for both college and high school students

www.jsonlinve.com – Jewish Service Online Network

http://keshercollege.org/jobs/ - provides current job and internship opportunities across the country

www.coro.org – internship opportunities at local Jewish organizations including JFS and Village Shalom

www.israelcc.org/resources/internships.htm - internship opportunities from Israel on Campus Coalition

www.isabellafreedman.org/adamah - The Jewish Environmental Fellowship is a three month leadership training program for Jewish young adults — ages 20–29 —that integrates organic farming, sustainable living, Jewish learning, teaching, and contemplative spiritual practice.

http://keshercollege.org/gulfcoast/ - Alternative Spring Break

http://ajws.org/what_we_do/service_and_travel_opportunities/ - Opportunities abroad from the American Jewish World Service

www.careerisrael.com//career/about.asp - The Career Israel program is a five-month professional internship program open to college/university graduates from all over the world. The program provides internship placements in leading companies and organizations in the private and public sectors in Israel in every field including law, medicine, media, economics, politics, public relations, education, social work, engineering, computer science, advertising and business and more.

www.jdc.org - The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee provides an array of internship opportunities.

http://www.hillel.org/careers/fellowships/default - Hillel provides opportunities for internships and continued involvement after college graduation.


The Legacy Heritage Fellowship is a year-long program providing individuals interested in a career in public service. This is a PAID fellowship, and will start in September 2009. To learn more or to apply, please go to the link above.

Local Kansas City Opportunities for 18-23 year olds


YPI is an initiative for young Jewish adults 21-45 living in the greater Kansas City area. YPI is funded by two organizations: The Jewish Heritage Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City. This initiative is under the auspices of the CAJE Learning for Life Program. The mission of YPI is to facilitate networking opportunities between young Jewish adults with shared interests through affinity/interest groups.


The Ben Gurion Society is a National Young Leadership initiative acknowledging the passionate Jewish young adults that embody the legacy left by Israel's First Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion. For more information, please click on the link above.