Events & Programs

 

"The Ken" Camp Shomria Year Round Programing

Camp Shomria - Hashomer Hatzair

September 2022 - May 2023

Join our year round programming at our Ken (which means nest in Hebrew) on Saturday afternoons for a chance to meet new friends and be part of a meaningful group, to celebrate Jewish holidays together and to learn and lead in a youth led environment.

For more information, contact Maydan Ben-Ami Cohen

Aleph Zadik Aleph & B’nai B’rith Girls

BBYO Ontario

September 2022-June 2023

The Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) are a high school fraternity and sorority. With over 700 chapters in 60 countries around the world, there’s a home for you in BBYO! Each member is part of a chapter; it’s where you have meetings, plan programs, and hang with your friends. Local chapters meet regularly at locations across Greater Toronto and Hamilton.

For more information, contact Kevin Goodman

BBYO Connect for Grades 6-8
BBYO Ontario

September 2022-June 2023

BBYO Connect provides pre-high school students (Grades 6-8) with safe, enriching programming, fun activities and meaningful involvement in the community. At this crucial age, our programs bridge the gap between Bar/Bat Mitzvah and high school, giving younger teens an early opportunity to enjoy fulfilling Jewish experiences that build character as they build bonds of friendship. Events take place about once a month at various locations around the community.

For more information, contact Kevin Goodman

JSU (Jewish Student Clubs) 
NCSY Canada

September 2022 - June 2023

JSU delivers amazing Jewish educational and social programs right in teens' homeschool. 

For more information, contact Leah Schlam

Learn and Earn
NCSY Canada

Tuesdays-7:30-8:30 PM: Thursdays 7:30-8:30 PM; Mondays: 7:30-8:30PM

Learn Jewish topics with friends and advisors and early a weekly cash stipend. 

For more information, contact Rabbi Mark Rose

JTEM - Jewish Experience Midtown
Holy Blossom Temple

September 12, 2022 – May 14, 2023

JTEM is Holy Blossom's 'Post B'nei Mitzvah' Program for all students in grades 8 and up.

JTEM focuses on identity and choices: asking big questions, looking at issues in society and our community and how we as Jews approach them.  JTEM is an opportunity to have a meaningful, social experience with peers, in a Jewish environment.  

For more information, contact Lisa Isen Baumal

JOLT Toronto

Canadian Young Judaea

Wednesdays, December 14 - June 2023 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM Bi-Weekly

Earn Community Service hours, make new friends, and have an impact on our community at large! Canadian Young Judaea is so excited to announce that JOLT (Jewish Outreach Leadership Training) is launching this year in person. In the span of all the sessions, participants will be introduced to JOLT’s mission, the value of Dugma Ishit, will learn about pressing social issues in and beyond the Jewish community, and engage with organizations in their city, all while building their identities as leaders in the Jewish community.

For more information, contact Shayli Liederman

Camp Shomria Winter Camp

Camp Shomria - Hashomer Hatzair

January 2nd-5th, 2023

Join us on our 4 day winter camp to enjoy fun adventures in the outdoors, warming up at the bonfire, drinking hot chocolate and making meaningful memories and connections with friends from Camp Shomria.

For more information, contact Maydan Ben-Ami Cohen

Rockstar Music: Guitar

Schwartz/Reisman Centre

Thursdays January 12- March 9

Shred your heart out in this immersive introduction to the most popular instrument on the planet: the guitar! Learn proper guitar-handling, basic theory, timing, strumming, reading music, traditional notation, tablature and chords.

Rockstar Music: Guitar

Prosserman JCC

Thursdays January 12- March 9, 2023

Shred your heart out in this immersive introduction to the most popular instrument on the planet: the guitar! Learn proper guitar-handling, basic theory, timing, strumming, reading music, traditional notation, tablature and chords.

 

Project Ten Info Session
Project Ten

January 15, 2023 | 11:00 AM

Project TEN runs a network of volunteer centers around the world which are immersed in the local communities. We offer volunteers aged 18-24 from around the world to be a a part of a program combining ethical volunteering, group living, and personal growth. You can volunteer in Ghana, South Africa, Cambodia, and Israel.

For more information contact Jenna

Charming, Creative and Confident in the Visual Arts
Schwartz/ Reisman Centre

Mondays January 16 - March 6, 2023 | 5:30- 6:45 PM

In this class, we will approach the visual arts as young individuals, who have a lot to share with the world. Guided by a professional Artist, you will acquire drawing, painting, observation, and thinking skills.

 

Charming, Creative and Confident in the Visual Arts

Prosserman JCC

Wednesdays January 18 - March 8 | 5:30- 6:45 PM
In this class, we will approach the visual arts as young individuals, who have a lot to share with the world. Guided by a professional Artist, you will acquire drawing, painting, observation, and thinking skills.

 

Wheel Throwing and Sculpturing

Prosserman JCC

Thursdays January 19th- March 30th from 6:00- 8:00 PM

Create original functional sculptural or decorative pieces with hand-building and wheel throwing techniques. Projects will be structured for learning but open for each child’s individual creativity.

 

Shabbat Afternoon Teen Basketball
Beth Tzedec Congregation
Saturday, Jan 21, Feb 25, Mar 25 | 1:00-3:00 PM

For teens in grades 7-12: Come play basketball with other Jewish teens in the community at Beth Tzedec's Kimel Family Gym. The gym will be open from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and light snacks and water or powerade will be provided.
Contact info - smoscovitz@beth-tzedec.org
Rsvp by email to smoscovitz@beth-tzedec.org

 

Teen & Parent Abstract Art

Prosserman JCC

Wednesdays January 26th- March 9th from 6:30- 8:30 PM

In this class teens and parents will enjoy and learn how to creatively express themselves through intuitive abstract painting. They will explore concepts of composition, colour mixing, and multiple brush strokes to learn how to make their own unique abstract art pieces.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Ken - Grades 2-9
Camp Shomria - Hashomer Hatzair

Saturday, January 28th 2-4pm

Earl Bales Community Centre

Join our year round programming at our Ken on Saturday afternoons for a chance to meet new friends and be part of a meaningful group, to celebrate Jewish holidays together and to learn and lead in a youth led environment.

Join our upcoming Ken to commemorate the Holocaust through learning, sharing and connecting.

For more information, contact Maydan Ben-Ami Cohen, Educational Director (Shlicha)

BTUSY Presents: Baking for Ve'Ahavta
Beth Tzedec Congregation
Sunday, Jan 29, 2023 | 2:00-3:00 PM

Calling all teens in grades 7 to 12: Join us for a ẖesed project where we make delicious baked goods for Ve'Aahvta, earn volunteer hours and hang out with other Jewish teens!
Contact info - smoscovitz@beth-tzedec.org
Register in advance at https://bethtzedectoronto.shulcloud.com/form/baking-january 

BTUSY Presents: Tu Bishvat Pickle Making and Celebration
Beth Tzedec Congregation
Sunday, Feb 5, 2023 | 2:30-3:30 PM

Teens and pre-teens in Grades 6-12 are invited a Tu Bishvat celebration featuring a celebration of the trees, fun, friends, and of course, pickle making! 
Contact info - smoscovitz@beth-tzedec.org
Register before the end of January at https://bethtzedectoronto.shulcloud.com/form/tu-bishvat-pickle 

Gesher on Ice
Camp Gesher

Sunday, January 29th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Come join the Camp Gesher Ken as we go skating and have a bonfire at Christie Pits!

For more information, contact ken@campgesher.com

Winter Seminar

Camp Gesher

Friday, February 10th, 4PM - Sunday, February 12th 3:00 PM

Come experience the magic of Camp Gesher in a fun filled weekend Shababton! Open to all participants in Grades 7-11, even if you don't currently go to Gesher in the summer!

For more information, contact ken@campgesher.com

 

USY Canada Convention
ECRUSY
March 11-14, 2023 

Join USY Canada (ECRUSY and Pinwheel) for the second annual Canada Con, held this year in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia! Spend March Break exploring Vancouver, seeing the sights, celebrating Shabbat, and making and reuniting with Jewish friends from all across Canada. This trip is open to all Canadian Jewish teens in grades 8-12. Preregister at https://www.jewishtoronto.com/cje/march-break-experiences and learn more at ecrusy.org/cancon23.
Contact info - smoscovitz@uscj.org
Preregister at https://www.jewishtoronto.com/cje/march-break-experiences and learn more at ecrusy.org/cancon23.

Join the ECRUSY Regional General Board
ECRUSY
Apply by mid February

Are you a Jewish teen interested in getting more involved in leadership opportunities and ways to serve your local Jewish community in Eastern Canada and beyond? Join the ECRUSY regional general teen board and help plan programs and Shabbatonim, work on Israel and social action initiatives in the community, and more! Volunteer hours will be provided for any and all meetings and work that you do on Regional General Board.
Contact info - smoscovitz@uscj.org
Apply at tinyurl.com/rgbapplication 

Ma'agalim - March Break Camp - Grades 7-10

Camp Shomria - Hashomer Hatzair

March 14th-17th, 2023

Join Camp Shomria for four days of fun and exploration based in downtown Toronto! Play creative games, make art and eat delicious treats, all while discovering our city and all it has to offer. You will have the chance to meet inspiring Jewish activists and organizations, think about how we as youth can be leaders and changemakers, and connect with peers.

For more information, contact Maydan Ben-Ami Cohen, Educational Director (Shlicha)

Learning

 

Torah High
NCSY Canada

September 2022 - June 2023

Torah High is an Ontario Ministry of Education inspected private school. Torah High offers exceptional Jewish and general studies courses, for credit, to Jewish public high school teens.

For more information, contact Sharona Safran

A High School Credit for Jewish Learning!

ADRABA

October 24, 2022 – June 15, 2023

You don't have to choose between achieving your academic goals and growing as a Jew.  With ADRABA, earn uniquely enhanced high school credits in Jewish history and culture.

For more information, contact Dr. Dan Aviv

Torah High Philosophy in conjunction with March of the Living
Torah High

January to June 2023

Teens study philosophy and then travel to Poland as part of the March of the Living trip. For teens in Grade 11.            

For more information, contact Sharona Safran

ADRABA takes on ISRAEL-PALESTINE!
ADRABA
Fall 2023

Take an additional credit like no other in your timetable!⁠ 
Media Studies will provide the theory and critical thinking skills for taking on Israel-Palestine.  Register NOW!
For more information, contact Dr. Dan Aviv

Summer Programs

 

Diller Teen Fellows

Applications Open Spring 2023

Diller Teen Fellows is an exciting and prestigious leadership program offered to teens in Grades 10 and 11. Throughout this yearlong Fellowship, Jewish teens from 32 communities around the world will develop leadership skills, strengthen their Jewish identities, create ripples of good through local social action initiatives make lifelong friendships and connect with a global network of peers.

For more information contact, Adina Benia or visit the website for more details.

Camp Shalom is Hiring!

Camp Shalom

June 23 - August 18th

Camp Shalom, located in Gravenhurst, Ontario is looking for superstar staff to join our all star team! Check us out at www.campshalom.ca.

For more information, contact info@campshalom.ca 

 

Gesher Tzevet

Camp Gesher

Thursday, June 24 - Tuesday, August 22

Come join Camp Gesher's Tzevet (counselor) team this summer, as you get the opportunity to lead campers through programming with the goal of returning home as better people. In addition, there will be several communal learning opportunities for our Tzevet. This is only open to people currently in Grade 12 and older.

For more information, contact mazkirut@campgesher.com

Madatz Program 

Camp Gesher

June 30th  -August 20th

Come join Camp Gesher Madatz (CIT) Program this summer! This program will combine the traditional elements of a leadership development program with Israel education, a Tikkun Olam project and practical experience at machaneh. This program is open to campers currently in Grade 11.

For more information, contact info@campgesher.com

Camp Shomria Summer Camp

Camp Shomria - Hashomer Hatzair

July 2nd - July 30st, 2023 

Come join us at summer camp for adventures outside, away from the city, on the shore of a beautiful lake! At camp you’ll get to be part of a vibrant community, meet other teens your age from Canada and Israel, build a second family, and learn about important topics and values from inspiring leaders.  

For more information, contact Maydan Ben-Ami Cohen

Camp Gesher Summer 2023

Camp Gesher

Choice of July 2nd - July 28th, July 30th - August 20th or both

Come join us this summer on Lake Pringle, where campers will have the opportunity to build friendships as they participate in our many specialties as they strive to work together to make the world a better place. 

For more information, contact info@campgesher.com

BBYO Summer Experiences

BBYO

Summer 2023

Experience the best of BBYO in the summer with leadership opportunities, fun with friends, discovering new interests, community building and service, exploration and adventure, and meaningful Jewish connections. Each year, we have options for teens of all ages and experiences that range from eight days to six weeks. Whether at camp, on a leadership program, or traveling through Israel, Europe, or the Americas, a BBYO summer is an experience to remember with friends you’ll never forget.

For more information, contact Kevin Goodman

Spend your summer with USY!
ECRUSY
Summer 2023

USY has a variety of amazing teen tours for current grades 7-12 across North America, summer trips to Israel and Europe, and volunteer trips across North and Central America!
Scholarship money for all of the trips is available for Canadian participants - if you are interested in funding opportunities please reach out to Sylvie at smoscovitz@uscj.org
Additional funding through UJA Toronto is available for teens in participating synagogues for the 3 week USY Epic Israel Trip - learn more about this opportunity at ecrusy.org/torontoisrael
Contact info - smoscovitz@uscj.org
 

NCSY Summer Trips
NCSY Canada

Summer 2023

NCSY Summer offers meaningful and memorable experiences during the summer. NCSY Summer runs 20+ unique summer programs in the US, Israel, and Europe that cater to teens with different interests and backgrounds.

For more information, contact Hagit Mikanovsky

NOW HIRING!

Centre Camp

Summer 2023

Get ready for the BEST summer of your life! Located at the Prosserman JCC in Toronto and the Schwartz/Reisman Centre in Vaughan, campers and staff get to participate in a wide of variety of exciting activities, including sports, arts, media, swim and much more! We are looking for outgoing, fun, creative people who want to have the time of their life while helping to create an incredibly positive and memorable experience for our campers.

For more information, contact 416.636.2267 | toronto@centrecamp.ca | vaughan@centrecamp.ca

 

Israel Experiences

 

 

Torah High Philosophy in conjunction with TJJ AP (The Jerusalem Journey Ambassadors Poland)
Torah High

Philosophy: February 1-June 28, Mondays, 5:00-7:30 PM

Travel Component: TJJ AP- Poland and Israel: June 30-August 2, 2023

Philosophy: August 16-30, 2023, Mondays, 5:00-7:30 PM

Teens study philosophy and then travel to Poland and Israel for 4 weeks as part of NCSY’s TJJ AP (The Jerusalem Journey Ambassadors Poland) program. For teens in grades 11 and 12.       

For more information, contact Sharona Safran

Arevim Masa Info Session

Jewish Service

February 12, 2023 | 10:00 AM

Arevim Masa Info Session enables young Jewish adults (17–22-year-old) to spend 10 months in Tel Aviv, Israel where you can make an impact, strengthen your connection to Israel and Judaism, and live independently in Tel Aviv.

To learn more, contact Jenna Potash

HBTeen March Break Israel Experience: Exploring the land through People and Places

March 11-19, 2023

Eligibility: all students in grades 9-12

Registration deadline: December 22.  After December 22 as space permits.

Cost: $6600 (includes airfare, all land costs and all meals) *some subsidies are available

Led by Lisa Isen Baumal and Rabbi Samuel Kaye, The Holy Blossom Teen Israel trip will be a unique and exciting opportunity for teens to engage with Israel and the people who live there.  Not only will we be touring and experiencing different sights and places, teens will also learn about the country directly from Israelis and engage in meaningful activities that have direct impact on individuals.
This trip is a great first taste of Israel, and equally meaningful as a return trip!  

Join us for an information session, Monday, November 28th at 8:30pm (in person at HBT) to learn more, hear a sample itinerary, and ask questions.  

March of the Living
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

April 15 – May 1, 2023

Calling all Grade 11 and 12 students! Join the journey of a lifetime to Poland and Israel to learn about the Jewish communities of pre-war Europe, the Holocaust, and the establishment of the State of Israel.

Registration opens October 3rd!

Yedid Leadership Program - Grade 10
Camp Shomria - Hashomer Hatzair

Camp Program: June 29th - July 16th, 2023

Israel Trip: July 16th - August 15th, 2023

Join Camp Shomria for a special leadership training program! The Yedid year is the transition from camper to staff and is an incredible experience for campers in Grade 10. The program has two parts - the first at camp and the second in Israel, registration to one or both parts is available. 

For more information, contact Maydan Ben-Ami Cohen, Educational Director (Shlicha)

Next Step Summer Internship Program in Israel
NCSY Canada

July 02, 2023 - August 03, 2023

On Next Step Israel Internships, teens learn critical work skills that help them prepare for tomorrow’s workforce all while having the best summer discovering themselves and the land of Israel.                

For more information, contact Hagit Mikanovsky 

The Jerusalem Journey (TJJ)
NCSY Canada

July 4-August 1, 2023

TJJ is a four- week touring experience in Israel for public school students. TJJ is an exhilarating, action-packed, transformative journey that allows participants to learn more about their Jewish heritage and culture by interfacing with the history, people, and Land of Israel.             

For more information, contact Hagit Mikanovsky 

The Jerusalem Journey Ambassadors Poland (TJJ AP)
NCSY Canada

July 05, 2023 - August 02, 2023

TJJ Ambassadors Poland (TJJ AP) is a four-week program where teens spend a week in Poland for one week reflecting on Jewish history in Europe and the role of the Holocaust in the creation of Jewish identity. Afterward, teens travel to Israel and tour the land through the lens of Jewish thought, history, and leadership.

For more information, contact Hagit Mikanovsky 

Arevim Masa Year of Service
UJA's Jewish Service

September 2023

Arevim enables young Jewish adults (18-22 years old) to enlist in a long-term volunteer program, strengthening their connection to Israel, reflecting on their Jewish identity, and living independently in Tel Aviv. Participants will be able to choose their volunteering placement within the areas of health, education, and welfare.

To learn more, contact Jenna Potash

Reverse ShinShinim Year of Service
UJA's Jewish Service

September 2023

The Reverse ShinShinim Year of Service in Eilat is available to a select group of high school graduates from the GTA. ShinShinim will have the unique and exciting opportunity to spend a gap year in the community of Eilat-Eilot, volunteering in social welfare, traveling Israel, and connecting with other Year of Service participants around Israel for meaningful programming

To learn more, contact Jenna Potash

Hevruta Gap year Program
Shalom Hartman Institute

September 2023 - May 2024

Hevruta Gap-Year Program is a pluralistic program in the heart of Jerusalem. The program is open to high school graduates (applicants must be in their final year of high school) from all over Israel and North America, from religious and secular backgrounds, who represent a variety of worldviews. Hevruta’s goal is to demonstrate how a community that celebrates learning and social engagement can promote tolerant dialogue in the Jewish world by generating a positive identity discourse based on shared aims and beliefs. Hevruta operates according to three guiding principles – learning, social engagement, and community life.

For more information, contact HevrutaGapYear@shalomhartman.or

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