We are thrilled to let you know about many opportunities for teens to engage in virtual and in-person programming at the J this fall! Many of our award-winning and popular teen programs have been re-imaged with health and safety in mind.
Our Houston Connect 68 (HC68) in-person social program for middle schoolers kicked off in September with a “Saturday Night Dive” pool party. In October, we offered an improv comedy program and a tennis sports theme night. We plan to continue monthly HC68 events for middle schoolers on Saturday evenings. Upcoming dates include November 14, December 12 and January 9. These events tend to sell out due to limited space, since we are offering activities in small groups of 10-20.
For now, our high school leadership and service programs have been moved to a virtual format. We have just kicked off the third year of our successful Jewish Teen Philanthropy Initiative bringing together a diverse group of over 25 high school students to make a real difference in the Greater Houston Jewish Community. Participants raise and allocate over $10,000 to local charities through a consensus building and project-based learning model. Our award winning Target Teen Leadership Program is also underway, and is being delivered to over 30 10th and 11th graders who receive experiential training across an array of leadership topics presented through a Jewish lens.
Additional teen programs include:
- Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival Teen Program: Blue Dove Foundation Wednesday November 11
- Teen theatre program with fall productions of She Kills Monsters (performances: November 21, 22) and Game of Myths (performances: Dec 3, 5, 6)
- After school classes in art, dance, gymnastics, and tennis
Unfortunately, a nation-wide JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest will not be held in 2021 due to the pandemic but we are currently exploring options for local or regional Maccabi sports tournaments. We are also considering additional options for new sports and recreation leagues and a teen arts programs at the J. Please stay updated at erjcchouston.org/children-and-camping/teen-programs.