The Levite JCC has a wide range of programs geared specifically for teens. The J is a great place to create meaningful connections with peers and participate in activities designed for personal enrichment in a safe, welcoming space.
Community Youth Group
Community Youth Group, CYG, provides a platform for all of Birmingham’s Jewish teens to engage in centralized teen programming. While teens may choose to participate in one or more local youth group, all teens are welcome to participate in City Wide Programming. Both City Wide Programs and local youth movements offer teens an opportunity to get involved not just socially, but culturally, communally, and intellectually through programming focused on Jewish values, traditions, holidays, and Israel. Programming also includes social components to allow Jewish teens to get to know one another outside of a formal school, or religious school setting. CYG works throughout the community to coordinate between NFTY, USY, and BBYO calendars both locally and regionally.
NFTY – National Federation of Temple Youth
BIRTY, Birmingham’s local NFTY chapter is housed at Temple Emanu-El and is part of Southern Region NFTY.
USY – United Synagogue Youth
SHUSY, Birmingham’s local USY chapter is housed at Temple Beth El and is part of Hanagev Region, and Ein Gedi Sub-Region. SHUSY hosts multiple chapter programs each semester, and sends delegations to all regional events. For more information on USY contact Sarah Metzger with Temple Beth El. (email@example.com)
Birmingham is the home to two BBYO Chapters, Magic City BBG and Rabbi Abraham Mesch AZA. Both chapters are active on both a chapter and regional level and invite 8th graders to join in January of each year. Magic City, and Mesch are part of CSR BBYO. For more information on joining BBYO contact CSR Regional Director, Erika Eskenazi. (Eeskenazi@bbyo.org)
JCC Maccabi Games
The JCC Maccabi Games are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America and is the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. The JCC Maccabi Games were first hosted in Memphis, TN in 1982 with 300 athletes. The movement quickly grew, and due to overwhelming interest multiple sets of Games are now hosted each summer.
Today, about 6,000 teen athletes ranging from 12 to 16 years of age, participate in the JCC Maccabi Games each summer. Teen athletes participate in Olympic-style opening ceremonies, home hospitality, sports competitions against other delegations, a day of Tikun Olam with JCC Cares, as well as social activities each night. Participants have the chance to meet teens from Israel and around the world and experience an action-packed week beyond anything they could imagine.
CONNECT with Jewish teens from all over the world
COMPETE in friendly athletic competition
RACHMANUS, practice compassionate sportsmanship
TIKUN OLAM, repair the world with JCC Cares service Project
AMIUT YEHUDIT, Learn about your Jewish identity from unique experiences that strengthen your connection to your friends, you community, and Israel.
Team Birmingham Delegation Head: Katie Hausman, Khausman@bhamjcc.org.
Counselor in Training (CIT)
The Camp LJCC Counselor in Training Program is open to all rising 9th and 10th graders and selection is through an interview process. Please check out or Camp Staff page for more information.