Our JTEN Educators (from left): Amy Geboff, Rabbi Joshua Neely, Cantor Kim Singer, Rabbi Hillel Skolnik, Dr. Sheryl Sacharoff, and Cantor Nina Fine (not pictured).

 

2018-19 Israel Travel Scholarships available!

 

Applications are now being accepted for Ronald Colman Israel Travel Scholarships. 

 

The Ronald Colman Israel Scholarship Fund was made possible by a generous endowment established by the Colman family to encourage Jewish teens in the Greater Orlando area to participate in educational experiences in Israel. The Jewish Federation administers the program and awards the scholarships each spring. The program is open to all Jewish teens in grades 9 to 12 who are permanent residents of Central Florida. Gap-year programs are not eligible.

 

Additional application criteria:

 

  • Teens who apply must be traveling on an organized educational youth/peer Israel program, including adventure travel, community service, volunteer work or academic programming.
  • Family trips are not eligible. Scholarship funds are for programs in summer 2018 and program during the 2018-19 school year (such as the Alexander Muss High School in Israel).  Funds will be distributed directly to the sponsoring organization of the selected trip. 

 

DEADLINE:  Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 30. A review committee will select the scholarship recipients, who will be notified no later than April 30, 2018.

 

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Cohen, the Federation’s JTEN coordinator, at jcohen@jfgo.org or 407-645-5933, ext. 239.

 

Click here to start your application!

 

 


 

JTEN: Our Commitment to Jewish Teen Education

JTEN offers grants to synagogues and community agencies that provide Jewish educational opportunities for teens, Communitywide Teen Education Days, resources and networking opportunities for Jewish educators, and grants for organized teen Israel trips made possible by the Ronald Colman Israel Scholarship Fund. 

Fall 2016 Grant Recipients

In its third year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s Jewish Teen Education Network (JTEN) has awarded more than $18,000 in grants to eight synagogues for formal Jewish teen educational programming:

 

"B’Yachad: A Collaborative Program of Jewish Arts, Learning and Service.” (Temple Shir Shalom and Temple Israel)

  • Each month, B’Yachad participants will explore a Jewish value over two sessions. One session will focus on the arts; the second will take teens out into the community to participate in social action projects. Both sessions will be grounded in Jewish text study.

 

"Religion, Music, Technology and YOU!" (Congregation Beth Am)

  • Popular music and media can be a useful educational tool, tapping student enthusiasm while reinforcing Jewish teachings in both a formal and informal manner.  This course of study will mix Torah-based interactive programs with music, lyrics, videos, technology, and media as triggers for discussions and activities.

 

"Planting Trees and Drawing Circles: Building a Jewish Future and Changing the World" (Congregation of Reform Judaism)

  • This project will engage teens in Project Based Learning using text study and student cooperative learning. Teens will work together to design a learning project of their interest, which will benefit the community in a significant way.

 

"Dinner, Daber & Dvar" (Congregation Ohev Shalom)

  • The program begins with dinner, followed by Hebrew through song, and then discussion of a different Judaic topic each semester. Now in its third year, DDD’s overall theme this year is Ahava (Love) Wins, The program provides participants with a foundation grounded in Jewish text and law, why we answer the call to action, and opportunities to act on this knowledge.
     

"Judaism and Self Expression through Art" (Temple Israel)

  • Judaism has a long history of expression through many artistic mediums. This has captured and inspired the yearning of our spirits. Over four months, teens will be exposed to examples of Jewish expression, and then asked to create their own. They will work with four different types of art.

 

Shir Shalom Mitzvah Mavens (Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo)

  • Helps teen deepen their understanding of the Jewish commitment to social justice and social action. Each session will have a study component and an action component.

 

"Khan M'dabrim Ivrit" (Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation)

  • This program will focus on teaching our students to speak Hebrew using a program called Ulpan-OR, which combines in-class and learning at home in a way that allows each student to progress at his/her own pace.

     

Our JTEN Educators

The engine that keeps the Jewish Teen Education Network running is the JTEN Educators Committee:

 

Amy Geboff

Rabbi Joshua Neely

Cantor Kim Singer

Rabbi Hillel Skolnik

Dr. Sheryl Sacharoff

 

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    For more information on JTEN programming and the 2nd Annual Communitywide Teen Education Day, contact Jennifer Cohen, JFGO’s Director of Outreach and Engagement, at 407-621-4039 or jcohen@jfgo.org.

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