Explore Jewish philanthropy through our flagship JTFGB (Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston), interreligious leadership through our new Dignity Project or COVID Youth Commission in partnership with the Miller Center for Interreligious Leadership & Learning at Hebrew College, or take an academic gap-year program in Israel for high school students through the Kivunim program.
Want to learn more?
Contact Rabbi Laura Bellows`18, Director of Hebrew College Prozdor and Teen Learning.
NEW! Prozdor Circles (8th-11th grades)
Prozdor Circles are the next generation of our Prozdor program: learning cohorts of 8-15 students, driven by the interests of teens, and paired with excellent faculty and dynamic rabbinical student educators. Teens can form a Prozdor circle with friends from their congregation, youth group, school, or day school and can choose a 5-9 week class series from a menu of engaging topics, including Jewish history, religion, sports, social justice, identity, Israel, and the arts. Teens who do not wish to form their own circle may independently join one of the Prozdor circles offered on Sundays for 9 weeks during the fall and spring semesters.
A vibrant learning community for Jewish teens in 8th-12th grades
Teens in the Jewish community of Boston and southern New England have been studying Judaic and Hebrew studies together at Prozdor since the 1920s graduating more than 5000 students. Today, Prozdor remains a central hub for teen learning and engagement in the Greater Boston area. LEARN MORE
Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston
Teaching philanthropy to teens in 9th-12th grades
Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) is proud to be a part of the Foundation Board Incubator. This is a year-long program for Jewish high school students with all different denominational backgrounds from across the greater Boston area to develop strong leadership and communication skills, learn the ins and outs of professional philanthropy and grant-making through a Jewish lens, and allocate grants to effect real change in the causes they care about most. LEARN MORE
Teen Beit Midrash
A vibrant, diverse, and serious learning community for Jewish teens in 8th-12th grades
Hebrew College’s newest youth program Teen Beit Midrash is an intimate and challenging program for those who are looking for a pluralistic and inclusive place to explore their identity as a Jewish teen and deepen their knowledge. LEARN MORE
COVID Youth Commission
Hebrew College and the Center for Teen Empowerment have partnered to launch a COVID-19 Youth Commission. Members, ages 14-18 years old living in the greater Boston area who are dedicated to confronting one of the most challenging issues of our times, will assess the needs of their peers, families and community members and advocate for best policies and practices to address these needs. (By application only)Learn more
Hebrew College Dignity Project: Interreligious Teen Leadership
The Dignity Project will train 14-16 outstanding 10th and 11th graders annually from the Greater Boston region to serve as interreligious and cross-cultural leaders for our times.Learn more
Gesher Israel Seminar: A Boston-Haifa Partnership
This discussion-driven seminar, launched in partnership with The Tent at Temple Israel and in conversation with teens and educators in Haifa, meets every few weeks to explore Israeli culture, history, identity, social issues, and current events and to develop the skills and knowledge to engage in nuanced discussion about Israel. This online seminar is open to 15 motivated 10th-12th graders ready to learn from dynamic educators, visiting scholars, virtual tours, and each other throughout the year.
An academic gap-year program in Israel for high school students
Kivunim offers an academic gap year program for North American High School graduates based in Jerusalem, Israel with programmed field trip visits to 11 countries and over 50 cities and villages significant to the historical and contemporary Jewish global world.Learn more