high school students in jewish teen foundation program

Jewish Teen Foundation

Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB)


jewish teen foundation of greater bostonJTFGB is now in its fourth year and proud to be a part of the Foundation Board Incubator, which is a project of the Jewish Teen Funders Network, generously funded by Laura Lauder and the Maimonides Fund. This is a 10-month program for Jewish high school students with all different denominational backgrounds from across the greater Boston area. Together, they develop strong leadership and communication skills, learn the ins and outs of professional philanthropy and grant-making through a Jewish lens, and allocate grants to effect real change in the causes they care about most.  


During the first three years of the programs, the teens raised about $150,000 and allocated those funds into 22 different grants to different nonprofits of their choice. While JTFGB may be based in Boston, it absolutely has a way to make a global impact.


With JTFGB, teens learn how to:

  • Assess community needs
  • Strengthen their teamwork and leadership skills
  • Work closely with real nonprofits to meet their needs
  • Debate issues that matter
  • Challenge their perspective

...all while meeting awesome Jewish teens from Greater Boston!


Who should apply to be part of JTFGB?


Jewish teens who will be in grades 9-12 who are interested in philanthropy, leadership and helping to transform the world around them. The 2018-19 application can be found HERE. This coming year will include two first-year boards and one second-year board--intended only for teens who have already participated in the program.

What is the commitment like?


Each teen board will meet monthly for three and a half hours. There will also be an all-day kick-off retreat in the fall and a grant presentation ceremony to close at the year in late spring. Full engagement in every session is a requirement of the program, and there may be minimal work required in between (about 1-2 hours a month). Teens must also commit to a fundraising minimum of $360. Upon acceptance to the program, teens will receive a calendar of events and meetings for the year.


Where will the programs be held?


All of the boards meet once a month for three and a half hours on Sundays either in the mornings or late afternoons at Hebrew College in Newton.



enabled me to make a palpable difference in an area I am passionate about,
while simultaneously strengthening my ties to the Jewish community and
reinforcing a Jewish rhetoric, which will be applicable throughout my life.
Through this program, I was able to make a positive change in the world and
renew my sense of Jewish identity using philanthropy and tzedakah, driven by
Jewish values and morals.”

-Asher Kaplan, 10th grade (2016-17



APLICATIONS are being accepted on a rolling basis through the end of September. Don't miss your chance to participate in this incredibly unique and rewarding experience with fellow Jewish teens from all across the greater Boston area and apply now!


Leah Goldstein
Director, JTFGB