Teen Programs

Teen Programs

Get involved in fun programs with your friends and meet new people to begin lifelong friendships. Make a difference with ongoing service and volunteer opportunities and fulfill your school requirements for community service hours. 

At the J, teen programs are for teens, by teens, so define your own path and let us know how you want to start!  

Community Service

Join other teens and earn community service hours while doing fun activities!

Volunteer Opportunities
We have many ways for you to get involved Visit our Volunteer Opportunities web page to learn more.

Sunday, April 15, 2018
This International Day of Jewish Youth Service provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness; tzedakah, just and charitable giving; and Tikkun Olam, the responsibility to repair the world. Get involved in J-Serve and make a difference in Houston!

J-Serve Days
When school lets out early, come spend the afternoon at the J doing service! Help out with various community service hours at the J and around the community, and help fulfill your service hour requirements.

Teen Program: The Politics of National Security

Monday, Feb 12 | 5:00 PM
How can peaceful elections take place when the top concern is survival? Does this polarize society? Does it threaten democracy? How can Israeli democracy continue to function when its national security is at stake? 

JCC Maccabi Games® & ArtsFest®

The JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest is an amazing event where thousands of Jewish teens meet, compete and have a great time, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

It's much more than just a week of sports and the arts. The energy and excitement of the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest make this a unique and unforgettable experience for each athlete, artist, volunteer, coach, spectator, host family and sponsor. 

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J Teen Art Scene

Grand Opening Showcase | Sunday, Feb 25 | 4:00 PM
Whether through visual art, sculpture, culinary, fashion design, photography, or music and performing arts, we're excited to celebrate what makes Houston's Jewish teen community so unique! 

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Leadership Opportunities

Teen Leadership Council
The heart of J TEENS is our Teen Leadership Council (TLC). Every teen program at the J features the guidance and leadership of the TLC. The more than 20 teens who served on the TLC also serve their schools, their synagogues and youth groups, and their BBYO chapters and region. Members of the TLC represent a crucial voice for the greater Houston teen community, working on programs that engage Jewish teens in leadership, social, athletic, cultural, service-oriented, and intellectual experiences. 

From September through May, the TLC meets monthly, engaging in leadership activities, planning programs, developing marketing strategies, and meeting with community leaders and organizations. Through their hard work and dedication, members of the TLC earn a minimum of 50 community service hours.

Merfish Teen Center

The Merfish Teen Center is open! Come by after school to hang out and do homework in our seating lounge or café tables or play basketball in our covered courts. Wi-Fi accessible. The Merfish Teen Center is located at 9000 S. Rice Avenue.

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For questions, comments, or more information regarding teen programs or to volunteer, please complete our online form or contact Sarah Foster at or 832.408.3529.