B’Yachad Leadership Institute & Teen Clubs

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The Zehut Teen Center offers a wide variety of clubs and activities – Come and find the club that’s right for you:


    B’Yachad Leadership Institute (BLI)

    BLI was born out of Camp B’Yachad – a successful overnight camp for middle school and high school students that has engaged Russian-speaking Jewish Teenagers for the last 11 years!

    BLI offers year-round leadership and engagement opportunities for high school teens. Teens will have an opportunity to choose one of four tracks, each based on Jewish values of communal obligation – philanthropy, volunteerism and service (please see below for tracks.)


    BLI will bring together the teens of all four tracks in an immersive weekend retreat over Shabbat – allowing for in-depth group leaning and opportunities for activism and leadership!

    BLI 2018 retreat will be taking place in Washington D.C. – highlights include:

    -Exploration of Capitol Hill, Library of Congress, U.S., National Harbor Marina

    -Evening tour of D.C. monuments and memorials

    -Experiencing the vibrant Jewish offerings of the city from an interactive Shabbat program to learning at the U.S. Holocaust Museum

    -Participating in volunteer and social activism opportunities

    -Joining in on conversations with an array of inspirational Jewish leaders and thinkers based in D.C.

    BLI Retreat Dates: January 26-29, 2018

    BLI Retreat Tuition: $500 (No additional costs: all meals, accommodations, transportation, activities included)

    Upon registration you will receive an itinerary, FAQ’s, packing list, as well as additional forms required prior to BLI retreat attendance 

    For more information please reach Nina Faynberg at 718-943-6326 or [email protected]

    BLI Clubs 

    Madrichim-in-Training (MIT) (12th grade)

    Madrich or Madricha (male and female Hebrew for ‘guide’) is a term used for youth counselors in our summer camps. Stemming from the Hebrew word Derech or ‘path’, this leadership program provides high school students with the tools needed to become Russian-speaking Jewish leaders in the camping world! Teens will have the opportunity to plan activities for their community, travel to Washington D.C. for a leadership retreat, and take on a leadership position in our camps!

    Contact: Call Nina Faynberg at 718-943-6326

    Teen Philanthropy Board (11th grade)

    Teen Philanthropy Board Site: CLICK HERE

    Kick started at Camp B’Yachad to inspire and instill the values of Tzedekah and Tikkun Olam amongst the members and the community. This is the first teen giving circle created for Russian-speaking Jewish teenagers to encourage teens to become involved in causes which they are passionate about while educating the community.

    Contact: Call Nina Faynberg at 718-943-6326


    Tikkun Olam (10th grade)

    Teens part of the Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) club will be able to identify causes important to their community today in order participate in relevant hands-on volunteer experiences every month. Not only will teens be able to volunteer with their friends but they will be able to gain community service credit for their high schools.

    Contact: Call Nina Faynberg at 718-943-6326

    Dor L’ Dor (9th grade)

    Dor L’ Dor (Generation to Generation) engages our youngest high school students through the most important Jewish value; taking care of the eldest in our community. Teens will visit homebound Holocaust survivors in the neighborhood while completing a history preservation project. Recognizing that socialization is paramount to the health of our oldest community members, Dor L’ Dor ensures teens make the greatest community impact.

    Contact: Call Nina Faynberg at 718-943-6326

    This program is generously funded by the Genesis Philanthropy Group


    LGBTQ Teen Initative (8th-12th grade)

    This is the first Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) created for Russian-speaking Jewish teenagers to provide teens with support and resources unique to their needs. The GSA includes monthly meetings, guest speakers, mental health support, pride events, and leadership opportunities in our local schools.

    Join by October 8th to be part of the Planning Committee!

    Sample Topics:

    • Coming Out + Mental Health
    • LGBTQ Role Models and Role Modelling
    • Inclusion in the Jewish Community
    • Pride Celebrations!


    *Teens may join the initiative at any point throughout the school year.

    Contact: Call Nina Faynberg at 718-943-6326

    This program is funded by the UJA-Federation of New York.

    Teen Drama Lab

    This 10-week course taught by professional actors of the Lost & Found Project, will offer a chance to explore personal histories and through improve, theater games, and acting exercises.

    The workshop will culminate in a performance featuring monologues created by the students.

    This program is partially subsidized by Genesis Philanthropy Group.

    Important Dates: (Fall Semester: 7th-10th graders)

    • October 15th – First session
    • February 4th – Final Performance

    Important Dates: (Spring Semester: 10th-12th graders)

    • February 11th – First session
    • May 20th – Final Show

    Participation Fee: $50 per semester

    Register Here: https://marksjchb.wufoo.com/forms/teen-drama-workshop-marks-jch/

    Contact: Call Nina Faynberg at 718-943-6326

     FolksbieneRU is a partnership initiative of the Gensis Philanthropy Group and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.



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