Teens

NEW J-Lead Teen Leadership Program

THE SHIMON AND SARA BIRNBAUM TEEN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM, J-LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Design) open to teens in 9th grade, inspires and involves Jewish teens in Central New Jersey through leadership development and personal evolution.

The J-LEAD participants will develop a connection of Jewish values and an understanding of needs in our community. The program includes eight sessions over the course of several months which include meetings with local community leaders, advocacy leaders, and developing specific skills set meetings (Budgeting, Public Speaking, etc.).

This program starts at 9th grade and will continue through 12th grade. Every year new 9th graders will join the cohort and the 10th graders will continue the program.  A graduation will take place after the fourth year.

All teens interested in participating in should contact Eli Goldstein by August 31.
eligoldstein@ssbjcc.org or 908-443-9028.

J-LEAD will meet from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM on the following dates:

September 27
October 23
November 27
December 18
January 22
February 26
March 19
April 16

All teens interested in participating in should contact Eli Goldstein by August 31.
eligoldstein@ssbjcc.org or 908-443-9028.

To the Little Polish Boy: Developing Empathy through Ecphrastic Poetry
Sunday, November 18 • 1:30-2:30 PM
Teens Grades 7-12 and Adult Family Members
Free to all

Parents and teenagers will view an historic work of Holocaust photo-journalism, read a poem by Holocaust survivor Peter Fischl, “To the Little Polish Boy,” in response to that photo-journalism, and then produce their own responses using the tool of ecphrastic poetry, the poetry of empathy. Suggestions for further empathetic responses to other historic works of photo-journalism will be encouraged. This intergenerational workshop is based on the teachings of Holocaust educator, Nancy Gorrell. Poetry produced from this workshop will be displayed at the JCC throughout the month of April 2019 with permission of the authors. No poetry writing ability required. Pre-Registration requested. Contact the Welcome Center at 908-443-9018.


Light from the Yellow Star: An Introduction to the Holocaust through Testimony and Art
Sunday, December 9 • 1:30-3:30 PM
Teens Grades 7-12 and Adult Family Members
Free to all

Parents and teenagers will view Dr. Robert Fisch’s artwork from his survivor story, Light from the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust. After discussing his artistic illustrations and text, parents and teenagers will develop, collaboratively or individually, their own artistic responses inspired or suggested by the work. This intergenerational workshop is based on the noted work of Holocaust educator, Nancy Gorrell. The workshop will be co-taught by Nancy Gorrell and Evelyn Rauch, artist and designer of the JCC Holocaust Memorial. Artwork produced from this workshop will be displayed at the JCC throughout the month of April, 2019, with permission of the artists. No artistic level of expertise required. All materials provided by the Holocaust Center. Pre-Registration requested. Contact the Welcome Center at 908-443-9018