Teens Are Making the Connection

Many adults in the Louisville Jewish community fondly recall growing up at the Jewish Community Center and hanging out with their friends. Today’s teens have access to many more activities, and finding time to hang out at the JCC can be a challenge. Yet many young people are choosing to do just that.

Teen Connection is a youth group for pre-high school students. Teens can enjoy social, athletic, cultural and Judaic activities regardless of synagogue affiliation or JCC membership. They can hang out in the Teen Lounge and play ping-pong, foosball, Wii on the big screen TV or use the computers.

Many middle schoolers have chosen to participate in Teen Connection programs this year. They help plan the activities and learn the leadership skills they will need when they get to high school.

For high schoolers, B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) programming means good friends, fun activities and the chance to live Jewishly in their own way. This youth-led group for Jewish high school students organizes many events around Kentuckiana, the Ohio River Valley Region, and Israel, connecting Jewish teens, not just in Louisville, but throughout the region, across the country, and even around the world. Teen leaders with the help of professional staff plan all programs.

For more information about the Teen Connection, contact David Siskin, 238-2701 or dsiskin@jewishlouisville.org. For more information about BBYO, contact Justin Sadle, 238-2778 or jsadle@jewishlouisville.org.

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