J-Teen Leadership

J-Teen Leadership empowers and inspires Jewish teens from all backgrounds with leadership training, core Jewish values, and community service.

J-Teen Leadership provides a platform for teens to develop a collective voice, address issues confronting society, connect to one another, and be change agents in repairing the world. 

J-Teen Leadership programming is teen-led, meaningful and fun. Based in Westchester, we welcome teens of all backgrounds and affiliations from the New York tristate region.

J-Teen Leadership Fall 2023




J-Teen Leadership has four pillars: Local Projects, Advocacy, Mentorship and Outreach, and Philanthropy (LAMP). Leadership Circle members are eligible to co-chair events, plan future meetings, lead committees, and sit on the executive board.

  • Local projects: Our teens plan, lead, and execute local projects such as holiday parties for children in need, craft projects at children’s hospitals, and midnight runs to help the homeless. 

  • Advocacy: Students learn to channel their leadership abilities to advocate for a better world and are empowered to be change agents in a creative, collaborative, and fun environment.

  • Mentorship: J-Teen Leaders are mentors to 8th graders and new J-Teen Leadership members. We engage teens all over Westchester by discussing the intricacies of our work, creating recruitment and social media strategies, promoting upcoming events, and finding guest speakers.

  • Philanthropy: J-Teen Leadership philanthropy has raised over $100,000 to help people in need. In addition, it has collected and distributed over 50,000 pounds of supplies to people throughout the United States, Cuba, and Haiti. 


Local projects are open to teens inside and outside of our Leadership Circle. Projects take place on Sundays and school holidays and participants receive community service certificates following their participation.


Service trips are open to teens inside and outside of the Leadership Circle. Immersive service trips allow us to mobilize resources and deliver supplies to those in need outside our local community. Service projects allow participants to forge new relationships within Jewish communities and with organizations across the United States and beyond.


J-Teen Leadership Service Trip to NOLA
November 11 - November 17
Join J-Teen Leadership on an educational journey to New Orleans. We’ll explore some of the city's most impactful areas, including the vibrant and historic French Quarter, the historic Lower Ninth Ward, and areas devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Ida.
Register here


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