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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!  

Leadership Opportunities

Jewish Teen Philanthropy Initiative  10-12 Gr
Jewish Teen Philanthropy Initiative (JTPI) aims to inspire a diverse group of Jewish high school students to make a real difference in the greater Houston Jewish Community. Participants will raise and allocate $10,000 to address real community issues through a consensus building and project-based learning model. Teens will meet monthly to research and explore organizations and causes they wish to support, learn about the process of grant making, hear from local philanthropists, and explore their own Jewish values. Nomination and online application required.

Target Teen Leadership  10-11 Gr
Target Teen Leadership is a semester long experiential leadership training program for 20 existing and high potential 10th and 11th graders in the greater Houston Jewish community. Teens will receive exposure and awareness to a breadth of Jewish community executives and agencies, develop a network of peers across the community and provide tools and resources for a variety of leadership topics that are applicable to present day and in the future through a Jewish lens. Nomination and application required.

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.

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.

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.

J-Serve Houston
Sunday, April 7, 2019
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, charitable giving; and tikkun olam, repairing the world. Leadership opportunities available to design, plan and execute this teen day of service and advocacy.

J Teen Art Scene 

Sunday, February 24, 2019
Join us as we celebrate Jewish teen art from around the community with a month-long visual arts exhibit that includes a Grand Opening Showcase. Submit art and performance applications online at in January.

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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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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 Anita Bormaster at abormaster@erjcchouston.org or 713.595.8192.