high school students in jewish teen foundation program

Jewish Teen Foundation

Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB)


jewish teen foundation of greater bostonThe Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston is a year-long program for Jewish high school students from across the metro Boston area. Together, they 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.  


In the past year, 50 teens in two philanthropy boards, one based at Prozdor of Hebrew College and one at Gann Academy, raised over $46,000 from over 500 different donors. The Hebrew College board allocated four grants to organizations working to combat domestic violence and the Gann Academy board allocated three grants to non-profits seeking to create awareness and support people dealing with mental illness.


With the 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 the JTFGB?


Jewish teens who will be in grades 9-12 in fall 2017, and who are interested in philanthropy, leadership and helping to transform the world around them. Applications for 2017-18 are currently closed.



What’s 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 October, and a closing celebratory dinner in June. Full engagement in every session is a requirement of the program, and there may be minimal work required in between (1-2 hours a month). Upon acceptance to the program, teens will receive a calendar of events and meetings for the year. Teens must also commit to a fundraising minimum of $360.


Where will the programs be held?


This coming year, the program will be expanding to three teen boards and will meet once a month for three and a half hours either on Sundays in the mornings or late afternoons at Hebrew College in Newton.


2017-18 JTFGB Program Calendar



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.”

 - 2016-17
participant, 10th grade



Applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis through the beginning 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!


Leah Goldstein
Director, JTFGB