JTEAM Teen Philanthropy

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

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 this 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. 

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
  • Super Sunday



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.  

Earn community service hours!

Sunday, April 22, 2018



To learn more, contact Laura at 732.588.1804 or email.

Fresh Ink for Teens

Fresh Ink for Teens (FIT) is a website whose content is written for—and by—Jewish students from high schools around the world. FIT covers high school, politics, Israel, sports, culture, college preparation, Judaism, family matters and more through original articles and insightful essays. Creative writing and poetry are also welcome. Fresh Ink began more than 15 years ago and has won awards from the American Jewish Press Association. The website is edited by Lily Weinberg and hosted by The Jewish Week Media Group, New York, NY.


Write On for Israel

This elite education and advocacy training program enables high school students to better process and express complex ideas about Israel before entering college. Sponsored by The Jewish Week Media Group, the two-year program teaches students about Israel through the eyes of respected journalists with a wide range of views about Israel and its modern-day conflicts. Participants gain greater awareness of the pro- and anti-Israel environment, as well as enhanced confidence in speaking about Israel with professors, friends, and detractors. 


Scholarships for Teen Travel to Israel

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.



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.