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 

    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

    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

    Diversity Committee (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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