Teens

Make meaningful connections with other Jewish teens with these programs headquartered at the JCC in Maitland, but serving all of Central Florida.  With these programs, teens will make connections and develop skills which they’ll have for life.

Teens

JCC Maccabi Games

Join over 1,000 Jewish teens from around the world this summer at the JCC Maccabi Games®—an international sporting event for Jewish teens between 13–16 years old.  All athletes are home-housed and get to experience the massive nighttime social events.  Picture Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties with over 1,000 Jewish teens!  [ Learn more ]

Tayarim Connect

A program of the JCC in partnership with BBYO, Tayarim Connect brings teens in grades 6-8 together for social, Judaic and community service programs.  These programs offer teens a variety of experiences to help bridge the gap between pre- and post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah and high school.  The purpose is to provide middle school students with a positive experience in which they can get together with camp, school, and synagogue friends, as well as meet new friends! For more information, contact Lory Conte.

North Florida Region BBYO

BBYO is a pluralistic youth-led organization open to all Jewish teens in the 9th through 12th grade, and offers a BBYO Connection programs for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. BBYO provides opportunities for Jewish youth to develop their leadership potential, a positive Jewish identity and commitment to their personal development. North Florida Region (NFR) spans from Jacksonville to the North and Ft. Myers on the South West. NFR currently has several active chapters in Orlando (four active chapters in Maitland, South Orlando and East Orlando/Oviedo), Sarasota, Tampa and Naples and is made up of unique programming for boys Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), and B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG). For more information, contact Lory Conte in the BBYO office at 407-621-4032.

J-Serve

J-Serve, the National Day of Jewish Youth Service, is a program created by teens for teens. Community service and social action events are planned by teens and held locally every spring. [ Learn more ]

JCC Rebels Select Basketball

The JCC Select Basketball Team Program offers youths ages 6-18 the opportunity to represent the Roth JCC Rebels in a meaningful, competitive, and organized basketball experience.  For more information, contact Whitney Tossie.

Camp J: Maitland

Grades 6-9
Tayarim Teen Travel Camp includes exciting days at the JCC on Mondays and Fridays (including electives), local field trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and community service projects around the community on Wednesdays. Plus, teens will venture off on an overnight trip outside of our JCC once per two-week session. [ Learn more ]

Grade 10
Camp J’s Counselors-in-Training Program contains 3 core components: leadership training, hands-on counselor skills guidance, and fun, social programming.  Each two-week session will focus on a new topic and the opportunity to work with different age-groups at camp.  CITs will also have the opportunity to partake in special camp electives created just for them!  Full two-week registration required.  Upon successful completion of each 2-week CIT Program, participants will receive a minimum of 45 community service hours and automatic consideration for the highly competitive Assistant Counselor positions at Camp J the following summer.  For more information, contact camp director, Abby Paulson.

Grades 11-12
High school students entering grades 11 and 12 are eligible to apply to become Assistant Counselors at Camp J.  [ Apply now ]

Camp J: Southwest Orlando

Camp J’s CIT program helps our 9th and 10th grade campers develop leadership and child care skills in preparation to work at camp in future summers. CITs are not staff members, and are not independently responsible for the care of campers. Rather, the CITs are campers themselves who, under the supervision of qualified staff, have the opportunity to learn experientially the many nuances of working as part of a staff team. Most of our Sr. CITs are offered a junior counselor position to work at camp the following summer based on successful completion of the program, although participation does not guarantee future employment.

Junior CITs - 9th Grade
Our junior CIT program bridges the gap between the camper and staff experiences, helping our emerging leaders develop the skills they need to work with children in future summers. Jr. CITs participate in camp activities and regular camp field trips as a group, and attend a daily workshop to learn about child care and leadership. Jr. CITs work together to plan and execute a program for campers at the end of each week. For more information, contact Eric Lightman.

Senior CITs - 10th Grade

Our senior counselor-in-training program prepares teenagers to work with children in our fun, supportive summer camp environment. Sr. CITs spend most of their day embedded with a camper group, providing support to counselors and gaining experience working with campers under the close supervision of staff. Sr. CITs also participate in daily workshops to develop their childcare and leadership skills, and are eligible to attend a Sr. CIT field trip. For more information, contact Eric Lightman.

Beit Hamidrash / Hebrew High School

Powered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, Beit Hamidrash provides both formal and informal opportunities for Jewish teens to experience the diversity and depth of Jewish learning, culture, faith, and community.  Beit Hamidrash strives to promote Jewish identity by providing 8th-12th grade students a quality Jewish education and Jewish educational experiences in a positive academic and social environment.

Graduating Senior?

Let Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life know where you are going to college and receive information on free trips to Israel, alternative break programs to Israel and other exciting locations, and opening events at your future Hillel.

Volunteer Opportunities

The JCC is always looking for teenagers to help out—whether it be with in our preschool or at one of our major festivals in the community.  If you’re interested, simply complete the Volunteer Interest Form.

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