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This Sunday: Don’t Miss a Presentation on Nesiya!

This Sunday, learn about Nesiya’s summer journey through Israel for high school students, including information about generous fellowship funding available for young people from Northern California:

Sunday, March 18, 2012, 5:00-7:00 pm

Berkeley, CA

The presentation will feature the participation of Northern Californian Nesiya alumni.

Prospective participants, parents, alumni and other friends of Nesiya are all welcome.

Please RSVP to as soon as possible.

Click here for more information.



Apply now for Teen Art Connect Internship

Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2012

Get paid to work and learn at the CJM as part of a year-long internship program for high school students of all backgrounds. Those entering 10-12 grades in fall 2012 are invited to apply online (

175 Participants, One Amazing Day!

Here is the poem JCHS student Talia Young performed at “Parenting Your Teen:”

When we started to plan Parenting Your Teen, we knew two basic things:

Parents were eager for insightful wisdom to help them parent their teens, specifically around setting healthy boundaries, communication and relationships; and BJE’s Jewish Teen Alliance knew experts who could help our parents.

Last Sunday we brought the two groups together at Parenting Your Teen. Thank you for attending and for contributing.  We hope that you returned home with some learning that will resonate with you and your family.

This is just the beginning of our teen-focused parenting events. If you enjoyed yesterday’s event, please consider signing up for additional workshops.

First up: Rabbi Howard Ruben and Rick Concoff, MA, two of yesterday’s presenters, are offering a four-part series of Parenting Classes. to be held in San Francisco at Jewish Community High School of the Bay.

Learn more and register here:

See You Sunday!

We are counting down the minutes until our “Parenting Your Teen” Event THIS Sunday!

We still have a few tickets available, so register today!


Only 12 More Days Left…To Register for “Parenting Your Teen”

How can BJE help you, and your child, navigate the teen years? Parenting Your Teen workshops include in depth conversations and parenting tools on bullying, sex and sexuality, stress, drug use and abuse, and more, all presented within Jewish framework.  Led by some of the top experts in their fields, our workshops focus on healthy boundaries, healthy relationships and communication.

You will also hear from a diverse group of teens directly, through spoken word presentations and in teen panel workshops.

Featuring Keynote Speaker Denise Pope, Ph.D.

Co-founder, Challenge Success · Senior Lecturer, Stanford University School of Education

Workshop Presenters include Denise Pope Ph.D., Marsha Rosenbaum Ph.D., Rachel Brodie MA, Rabbi Howard Ruben, Naomi Tucker, Zephira Derblich-Milea, Rick Concoff MA, Lisa Cohen-Bennett Ph.D., Holly Pederson, Ph.D., MFT; Jamie Simon, Geoff Smith, Elana Reinin, MPH, Co-Active Coach and Sheva Feld, Ph.D.

Click here for the workshop descriptions.

Click here for the schedule of the day.

JCCSF is Accepting Applicants for the 2012 JCC Maccabi Experience

For Jewish Teens Ages 13 – 16 (as of 7/31/12)

August 3 – 10, 2012, Houston, TX

JCC Maccabi Games ®  – 30 th  Anniversary Year!

Join nearly 5,000 Jewish teen athletes competing in the summer of 2012 at the annual JCC Maccabi Games. The Games provide a unique experience for teens to compete from all around the world.

JCC Maccabi ArtsFest ® 

Be a part of the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest designed to inspire Jewish teens to develop their individuality through the medium of artistic expression and to celebrate their cultural identity.


For registration and further information, please contact Jackie Lewis at 415.292.1241 or, or visit for information about tryouts, auditions and registration.

For news and updates, visit

Space is filling up fast! Register today for our Parenting Your Teen event


How can BJE help you, and your child, navigate the teen years? We’ve assembled educators, rabbis, therapists, coaches and other experts whose focus is on healthy boundaries, healthy relationships and communication.  Our experts will teach, lead workshops, offer take-home tools and answer questions, all framed within the context of Jewish learning and Jewish values.

Check out a clip from our keynote speaker (and workshop presenter) Denise Pope, Ph.D :

Denise Pope Talks To Parents About Over-Programmed Teens
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Denise Pope, Ph.D.
Co-founder, Challenge Success · Senior Lecturer, Stanford University School of Education

Click here for more information about the presenters and workshop topics.

Click here for the event schedule.

Event Co-Sponsors:

Brandeis Hillel Day School

Camp Tawonga

Congregation Sherith Israel

The Curriculum Initiative

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay

Moving Traditions

Event Supporters:

The Center for Jewish Living and Learning

Congregation Emanu-EL

>Contemporary Jewish Museum

East Bay Midrashot

The Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School

BJE’s Jewish Teen Alliance (JTA) is supported by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Joan and Robert Sinton Philanthropic Fund, Barbara and Christopher Wilson, the Robbins Family Philanthropic Fund, The Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation, The Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation and other individuals.