Jewish Experiences for Teens Banner

About JET
Get Involved in Jewish life
Events and On-going Programs for Teens
JET Events
Jewish Teen Arts Institute (JTAI)
Teen Mitzvah Corps
Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute (JYPI)
JCCGW Teen Center
JCC of Northern Virginia
BBYO Northern Region East
NFTY Midatlantic Region
USY Seaboard
Young Judaea G'lil Yam
Cultural Events
Connect to Israel
Israel Quest
Livnot Kesher



Events and On-going Programs for Teens : JCC of Northern Virginia

The JCC of Northern VA has tons for teens!  For more information on teen programs in NOVA, contact Jackie Wolfson, Director of Teen Services/BBYO

(703) 323-0880 x41

Scroll down to see
the JCC's college-prep, internshipsocial,
and community service programs and events.  


CollegeQuest Part II

“I’m in – So now what?”

Highlights include admissions information and financial aid information.  

Check out our vendor fair with information about what’s available for Jewish students on college campuses across the country!

Sunday, March 30  1:30-5pm
Cost: $10 in advance/$15 at the door
Code: 212/CQ/M30


For over 60 years, Kaplan has been helping students improve their SAT scores. 

The Kaplan SAT program gives students the tools and skills they need to perform

their best on test day.  College admissions is getting more and more

competitive every day and a great SAT score can dramatically improve the

chances of being accepted to your first choice school.  Getting a higher score

on the SAT requires reviewing key content and test-taking strategies and then

drilling with a multitude of practice material.  Your Kaplan course includes

three important elements to accomplish this goal: instruction, review

materials, and practice.  All of our courses are taught by test-taking experts

who have scored in the 90th percentile or better.  Your review books and

software include lesson books, a home study book, and SAT software with flash

cards and 5 full-length tests.  You will also take 4 practice tests during your

instruction to insure that you are able to apply the strategies and concepts in

a successful way.  Kaplan, building the future one success story at a time!


For the 4/5 Exam

Sundays January 19 – March 30 1:30-4:30pm

Cost: $599M/$649NM

Code: 212/SAT/KAP/J03


For the 5/3 Exam

Mondays February 17- April 28 6:30-9:30pm

Cost: $599M/$649 NM

Code:              212/SAT/KAP/F03


For the June 7 Exam

Tuesdays and Thursdays April 29- May 29 6:30-9:30pm & Sunday May 25

Cost: $599M/$649NM

Code:  212/SAT/KAP/A03



SAT Standard Course

The StudySmart SAT Standard Course is one of the most effective and affordable programs available.  We pair each individual student with a personal tutor to master the ins and outs of this difficult test. The course includes 15 hours of one-to-one, in-home tutoring, Math and Verbal workbooks, a 480 SAT vocabulary card set and 3 real practice SATs. In contrast to classroom courses, the StudySmart SAT Program is personalized to the student’s specific needs.  Additionally, our program provides individualized attention at rates that are 30-50% lower than most other prep courses.


Cost: $695M/$795NM

Code: 212/SAT/STAN03


Study Skills Course


This in-home course teaches students practical skills to gain control of their schoolwork and excel in the classroom. It entails individualized instruction in organizational and study skills with an emphasis on Goal Setting, Time Management, Organization, Active Reading, Test Preparation/Taking, Note Taking, and Paper Writing.  Student may enroll in either the Partial Course (5 lessons, 7.5 hours) or the Full Course (10 lessons, 15 hours). 


Cost:   Partial: $450M/$495NM

            Full: $795M/$895NM

Codes: Partial: 212/SAT/PART03

            Full: 212/SAT/FULL03


SAT Math or Verbal Only Course


The SAT Math or Verbal Only Course is offered to students who need to improve only their Math or Verbal score. It includes all of the benefits of the SAT Standard Course, but exactly half the material and prep time for a total of 7.5 hours. Students work one-to-one with the tutor for 5 lessons to learn either Math or Verbal content and strategy. 


Cost: $400M/$450NM

Code: 212/SAT/SSMATH



PSAT Prep Course


For Sophomores and Juniors taking the PSAT, this course includes 8 hours of individualized instruction. The course includes 4, two-hour lessons to prepare for the Math, Verbal, and Writing sections. 


Cost: $400M/$450NM

Code: 212/SAT/PSAT03


Practice SAT

Get ready for the SAT by taking a full-length practice exam.  


Date: Sunday, February 9, 9am-12pm

Cost: $10M/$12NM

Code: 212/SAT/PTF09


Kickoff to the Superbowl Dance

Saturday, January 25th the JCCNV will hold its first ever community wide dance for all local Jewish teens in grades 8-12 with HOT 99.5’s Deejay company playing the hottest songs.  The dance will be from 8:00-11pm and will cost $5 a person.  

Saturday, January 25, 8-11pm
Cost: $5


j0155152(p)Martin Luther King Parade and Lock – in at the JCC in Owing Mills

The Northern Virginia teen community will join with the Baltimore teens as well as the suburban Maryland BBYOers to take a stand and march in the MLK parade in Baltimore.  The teens will leave on Sunday evening and have a speaker that night.  They will then enjoy everything the Owing Mills JCC has to offer – Teen Lounge and a Gym!  Monday morning the teens will march in a parade against racism.   There is no charge for this program!  Contact Jackie for more information.


CIT/Teen Camp Reunion

Come to the JCCNV on Sunday, February 2 to see your camp friends and get excited for the summer.  We’ll watch a movie and have ice cream sundaes in the Adult Lounge here at the JCCNV.  Feel free to bring and new camp friends as well!

Sunday, February 2  2-5pm|
Cost:  $5 a person
Code: 212/CR/F02


j0089905(p)Peer Counseling

High school students learn how to help their friends.

JSSA interview required for participation. Co sponsored by JSSA. 

Sunday, January 12, 10:30 - 2:30;
Wednesdays, Jan. 15 – Feb 12, 7:00 - 8:30
Code: 212/PC/J03

Teen Mitzvah Day

We will have a day dedicated for teens in grades 7-12 to give back to the community.  This will include a variety of projects and activities.  Teen Mitzvah Days are a great way to earn community service and meet other local teens!  Activities will include helping out at a community swim meet, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a shelter, and creating thanksgiving decorations for a nursing home.

Spring Teen Mitzvah Date:
Sunday, April 6
1:30pm – 4:30pm

j0158323(t)Internship Opportunities

Teen Department Intern

Have you always wanted to be a teen director and know how the inner workings of the JCCNV’s Teen Department function?  Do you need community service hours for school and want a fun place to earn them?  If either of these pertains to you then you should apply to be a teen department intern!  Responsibilities and hours vary from person to person.   

Call Jackie Wolfson at (703) 323-0880 x41 or email her at


Membership Department Intern

The Membership Department would love to train an intern to help out and know that he/she is willing and able to perform certain clerical functions on a regular basis.  There are lots of organizational skills to be learned here and the clerical jobs can be done at a table in the lobby where they can also have some social interaction. Someone interested in “business” can see a small business in action.

Needed: good organizational skills and attention to detailsJ 

Call Barbara Kaplowitz at (703) 323-0880 x17 or email her at


Youth Groups in the Northern Virginia Jewish Community

For more information about these groups contact the regional numbers listed.


Multicolored_BBYOB’nai B’rith Youth Organization 

BBYO is the oldest and largest youth group in the world.  This youth led organization has programs in all areas ranging from athletics to community service to purely social!  These programs do not require pre-registration through the JCC.  Membership is open to all second semester 8th graders through high school seniors!  To become a member of BBYO please call Jackie Wolfson at (703) 323-0880 x41 or email at

BBYO Spring Calendar of Events:

January 9 – Copy Night

January 19-20 – MLK Program in Baltimore

January 25 – Teen Dance at the JCCNV

January 26 – Chapter Meetings; Superbowl Party

January 30 – Copy Night


February 9 – Council Meeting

February 22 – Sweet Heart Heart Throb

February 23 – Chapter Meetings

February 27 – Copy Night


March 7-9 – Regional Kallah

March 16 – Council Meeting

March 23 – Chapter Meetings


April 3 – Copy Night

April 13 – Council Meeting

April 27 – Chapter Meetings


May 1 – Copy Night

May 2-4 – Council Convention

May 18 – Chapter Meetings

May 22 – Copy Night


Teen Connection 

Teen Connection is a Jewish youth group for second semester 6th  and 7th graders who want to enjoy social and community service activities with their peers.  This program is part of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, whose 30,000 members make it the world’s largest Jewish youth group. 

Heidi Polak is the advisor for Teen Connection.  She can be reached at (703) 969-0806 or

To Register for Teen Connection:

Dues last for the 2002-2003 school year

Cost: $38 (These dues will last through June of 2004!)

Code: 212/TC/S02


Teen Connection Calendar Events - Save the Dates:

Monday, January 20 – Washington Wizards vs  Denver Nuggets, 1pm game

Sunday, February 23 – Scavenger Hunt at Tyson’s Corner

Saturday, March 22 – Treasure Hunt at the JCCNV

Sunday, April 13 – Hemlock Overlook

May – Baseball Game

Sunday, June 8 – 6 Flags of America


The Midrasha of Northern Virginia:  Hebrew High School

Now entering its third year, the Midrasha program of Jewish Studies for Junior and Senior High School students is enrolling new students. Meeting Sundays from 6pm to 9pm at the Chabad campus in Fairfax Virginia, students study Torah, Talmud and its commentaries, Mitzvot, Maimonides, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish literature, Hebrew language, Code of Jewish Law, Jewish history, and how to get along Jewishly in a non-Jewish world.  Students socialize during the dinner each week and on day and overnight field trips that integrate fun and learning.  There are currently 16 students in this coed program. 

Rabbi Sholom Deitsch, Rabbi Levi Deitsch, and Rebetzin Miriam Deitsch will be the regular instructors.  Guest lecturers will also be brought in.

A dinner is served each week. The family of each child is requested to sponsor and prepare one or two of these meals per semester for the class.

The cost is $500 per student per semester, including study materials.  There will be additional costs for trips.


Contact Rabbi Sholom Deitsch for further information and registration materials at (703) 426-1980

The Midrasha of Northern Virginia receives funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) 

Teen organization under the auspices of the Reform movement; groups at local temples hold a variety of fun social, cultural, social action, and religious activities.  There are also large regional events several times a year, summer camps, and a variety of Israel trips.

Phone: 202-232-4242

January 31-February 2            NFTY Mitzvah Corp

February 14-17                       NFTY Convention

March 21-23                            NFTY TH Event

April 24-27                               NFTY Spring Kallah


United Synagogue Youth (USY)

Teen organization under the auspices of the Conservative movement with chapters at all synagogues. Chapters and regions hold diverse Jewish and social activities, such as summer cross country bus tours, Israel tours, and even a week-long encampment (end of August). Large regional conventions take place in the Fall and Spring.

Phone: 301-230-0801
URL: http:www//

Seaboard USY and Kadima Regional Calendar

January 25                              Regional Kadima Program

February 28-March 2              USY 8th Grade Shabbaton

March 8                                   USY Formal

March 21-23                            Kadima Kallah

April 25-27                               USY Spring Convention

June 1                                     USY Regional Kings Dominion


Young Judaea
3rd-12th grade Zionist youth movement sponsored by Hadassah.  The youth group holds club meetings, cool conventions, special activities, summer camps, and Israel programs.

Phone: 301-589-4889


January 30- February 2            Bogrim (9-12grade) Ski Weekend

April 11-12                              Ofarim and Tsofim (3-8th grade) Southern Shabbaton

May 1-4                                   Bogrim Merchov (3 regions) Convention at Camp Judaea, NC


Young Judaea Year Course 

Are you looking for the experience of a lifetime?  Young Judaea’s Year Course is a dynamic year-long study and volunteer program in Israel for recent high school graduates. There is no better way for Jewish youth to experience Israel and explore their Jewish identity than through a long-term program that offers first-hand involvement in Israeli society and Judaic studies. You can also earn up to a year’s worth of college credit on Year Course!  

 Young Judaea also offers an Orthodox/observant track of Year Course called Shalem.  For more information about Year Course and Shalem, please visit

If you have questions regarding any of the teen programs, please contact: Jackie Wolfson, Director of Teen Services/BBYO

(703) 323-0880 x41

Northern Virginia Teen Mitzvah Day (Apr-6)

Israel, World, and Local News
- CLICK HERE to update yourself on news in Israel, America, and more.
- Read about Middle School Blues
- Check out what NCSY teens are doing to help STAMP OUT TERROR in Israel


Jewish Experiences for Teens
6101 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-230-7245
Fax: 301-230-7232
JET is a Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Privacy Statement