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 have engaged Russian-speaking Jewish Teenagers for the last 14 years!

    BLI offers year-round leadership and engagement opportunities for tweens and high school teens. Monthly educational/social events for tweens. 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 Clubs 

    Tween Club (5-7th Grades)

    Creating space for tweens to learn about Jewish values, culture, history, to be able to celebrate Jewish holidays together as a community through socializing with peers and various hands-on activities.

    Contact: Call Nina Faynberg at 718-943-6326

    L.E.A.D (MIT) (12th grade)

    Through leadership development and skill training for real-life application, the group will help in the development of the Department social events, and agency-wide Jewish holiday celebration. 12th graders

    Contact: Call Nina Faynberg at 718-943-6326

    Philanthropy Board (11th grade)

    Philanthropy Board Site: CLICK HERE

    Through Philanthropy & fundraising, teens will develop causes, criteria, RFPs, and explore the benefits and uses of ‘Tzedekah’ (giving). 11th graders

    Contact: Call Nina Faynberg at 718-943-6326

    Generation Action (10th grade)

    Teens will focus on the election process, social action, social movements, and the criminal justice system through various trips, museum tours, and events!

    Contact: Call Nina Faynberg at 718-943-6326

    JHelp (8-9th grade)

    Caring for the elderly, learning about the MTA system, and the public education system and its funding are just some issues teens will explore through volunteering in parks, museums, and with families in need. 8th-9th graders

    Contact: Call Nina Faynberg at 718-943-6326

    This program is generously funded by the Genesis Philanthropy Group


    LGBTQ Teen Initiative (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.

    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.


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