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 Jewish Teen Education Grants available!


The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is excited to announce the fifth year of The Jewish Teen Education Grant Program. JFGO is now accepting grant requests for the 2018-19 academic year.

Jewish Teen Education Grants are intended to be for ongoing, academic Jewish teen educational programming for teens in middle school and high school grades.


1. Programs must consist of at least 8 classes, with 4 sessions occurring in the fall/winter semester (August through Dec. 31) and 4 classes in the spring semester (Jan. 1 through May 31).

2. Courses must cover at least one of the following areas of concentration: Hebrew, Jewish History, Israel, Text study, Holocaust, Jewish Values/Mitzvot, Jewish service learning with a Jewish education component.

3. Courses must be taught by qualified teachers who have a strong Judaic background, college degree, and are positive role models for teens.

4. Courses must be open to all middle school or high school students, regardless of affiliation, at the same cost for members and nonmembers.


DEADLINE: All proposals must be submitted in electronic format to jten@jfgo.org no later than Thursday, July 5, 2018. Applications will be reviewed by a Grant Committee of the Jewish Federation. Grants will be announced on or before August 1, 2018.

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




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 2017 JTEN Grant Recipients:

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s Jewish Teen Education Network (JTEN) has awarded more than $25,000 in grants to local synagogues for formal Jewish teen educational programming:


“DDD: Dinner, Daber & Dvar” (Congregation Ohev Shalom):

  • Now in its fourth year, teens meet twice a month. The program begins with dinner, followed by study and discussion of different topics relevant to teens through a Jewish lens. Each session is designed to stand alone, so if a teen unable to attend every session, they will still benefit from the class they do attend. For more information, contact Amy Geboff, Director of Youth and Family, at educator@ohevshalom.org.


“Adayin M'dabrim Ivrit” (Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation)

  • After the success of last year's JTEN program at SOJC entitled, "Kahn M'dabrim Ivrit," SOJC is continuing their Hebrew studies project with a slight change in title. The change takes students from "Here we speak Hebrew" to "We still speak Hebrew." The main goals and aims of the program remain the same as last year - increasing the Hebrew knowledge of high school students, helping them to identify more with Judaism and with the state of Israel, and increasing their Hebrew vocabulary.


“JGEN - Future Jewish Leaders” (Congregation Beth Am)

  • Once a month, teens will explore the Saturday morning shacharit service and discuss the components, the order, the whys and the meanings. The teens will get hands on experience leading the service with the congregants, increasing confidence to become a future Jewish leader and participant.


“Jewish Learning Institute for Teens: Debate, Discuss, Do Good!” (Chabad of Greater Orlando)

  • Teen JLI provides advanced Jewish involvement for high school students by challenging teenagers to incorporate Jewish thought into their everyday life. Each series incorporates ethics, philosophy, faith, history, community service, current events, and textual studies. Teens meet weekly during two six-week semesters.



Fall 2016 JTEN Grant Recipients: :


"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


  • JTEN in the news

    With the launch of its innovative JTEN program, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando successfully expanded the landscape of Jewish teen education, providing students with opportunities to learn about history, current events, culture and values from a Jewish perspective.

  • Find out more

    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.