J-TEAM Teen Philanthropy

What if someone gave you $5,000 and said, "Take this money and use it to make our world a better place?"

If you are entering grades 9 through 12 in the fall of 2017 and want to make a real difference, you can help decide.

J-Teamers pool their dollars together and spend the year learning about philanthropy in monthly, hands-on meetings. You will explore how to make an impact in the world, respond to important problems, and develop leadership skills by putting Jewish values into action. 

At the end of the year, J-Team members will collectively grant at least $5,000 to both Jewish and secular charities.

J-Team is a very real demonstration of not only tzedakah and tikkun olam (repairing the world), but of the tremendous impact that tomorrow's grant makers can have upon the world today.

Join us to making the world a better place! For more information and to get involved, contact Laura Safran at 732.588.1804 or email. To participate during the 2017-18 season, APPLY.

Building a Strong Jewish Future

Leadership development, social action, and educational programs inspire teens to strengthen their Jewish identity, values, and connections. By conducting and supporting teen programs, the Federation invests in tomorrow's leaders for a bright Jewish future.


Hands On Learning: 

  • What is a Non-Profit Agency? 
  • What is a Mission Statement?
  • What are my values? 
  • Maimonides’ Ladder of Charity
  • Allocations Game 
  • Teen Allocations Presentations 
  • Organization Allocations Presentations
  • Teen Allocations Decision-Making Meeting 
  • Graduation and Presentation of Checks

Hands On Social Action: 

  • JSERVE, National Day of Jewish Youth Service
  • St. Bernard's Project for Hurricane Sandy Recovery
  • Super Sunday

JServe 2017


J-Serve is the international day of Jewish teen service, when more than 10,000 teens from across the globe come together to fulfill the value of repairing the world.  


Check out photos from JSERVE 2017 here.


To learn more, contact Laura at 732.588.1804 or email.

Scholarships for Teen Travel to Israel
Application Process Now Closed!


Young people who participate in immersive Jewish experiences tend to have stronger Jewish identity and communal involvement as adults. That is why the Federation invests in Israel travel for teens.


Those traveling during the summer may apply for the Federation's Anne and Herbert Goldstein Fund $1,000 competitive scholarship. Through this fund, the Goldsteins' legacy of love for Israel continues to provide teens with the opportunity to further connect with their heritage, deepen pride in their Jewish identity, and strengthen bonds with Israel. For details contact Laura Safran at 732.588.1804 or email. Apply here: TEEN SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION.



IMPACT DC Advocacy Scholarship


The Jewish Federation's Senator Laurence and Edith Weiss Jewish Activism Grant provides a full scholarship for one rising 10th grader to attend IMPACT DC, a summer program that educates, inspires, and empowers Jewish teens to a lifetime of activism, leadership, and service. For details contact Laura Safran at 732.588.1804 or email.