In an effort to build a Jewish teen community across the Valley, Jewish News and The League present Teen Scene, featuring monthly content devoted to teen programming. Here is a recap of recent events and a roundup of events to come.


In Scottsdale, BBYO chapters will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at the VOSJCC. Email

In the East Valley, BBYO chapters meet at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Contact: Aaron Wiener, East Valley supervisor,

B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy

The 2017 Tikkun Olam Bus Tour of local nonprofit organizations serving the homeless is 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. Teens have the opportunity to not only perform five hours of community service, but learn about the vital needs these different agencies are meeting. Cost is $18 for members, $36 nonmembers. Includes kosher lunch and snacks. Register by Feb. 1:


CTeen meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler. High school teens are invited to a game of broomball with disco lights and booming music. 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Bring a broom. Cost: $5. rabbi.t@chabadcenter. com.

The Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle pairs teens with children with special needs for shared social experiences. Visit fcaz. org. The organization’s major annual event, Jonathan’s Walk4Friendship, will be held 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Chaparral Park in Scottsdale. The event is a one-mile walk followed by entertainment, X-pogo Stunt team and other activities. Register at

Hebrew High

Registration is open for Hebrew High Care-a-van Summer 2017, July 2-6. Teens will do community service projects as they travel to different cities. Visit

Israeli Scouts of Arizona

Shevet Shemesh, the Arizona chapter of the Israeli Scouts, had its first winter camp adventure, an overnight stay on Mount Lemmon in Tucson with snow, games and skill-learning activities. On Jan. 22, the group will hold a cooking competition between the different age groups and their parents, preparing a variety of Israeli dishes.

Jewish Student Union

Jewish Student Union (JSU) will hold an information session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at a private home in Scottsdale. Elliot Tanzman, director of NCSY summer recruitment, will lead a session of NCSY summer programs for teens, focusing on TJJ, The Jerusalem Journey, a monthlong Israel experience. A discount for the trip will be offered for those who attend this session.

JSU teens attended a winter regional Shabbaton in La Jolla, California.

Call (201) 362-2074 or email

The League

The Jewish Youth Group Sports League known as “The League” will start up again in February.

Games are held 5-7 p.m. Sundays at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Commu- nity Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The League is facilitated by the VOSJCC for members of Jewish youth groups (BBYO, NCSY, NFTY and USY). All teens are welcome. The League is funded, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Community Founda- tion of Greater Phoenix.

For more information on the upcoming season, contact Alexa Wollach, or 480-483-7121.

Maccabi Games

Team Phoenix is forming for the 2017 Birmingham JCC Maccabi Games, to be held July 30-Aug 4. Teens will compete in the largest annual Jewish teen event in the country, competing, collaborating and growing with other Jewish teens in this Olympic-style event. Available sports are Boys Baseball & Flag Football, Girls Volleyball, Boys & Girls Basketball, Golf, Tennis, Table Tennis, Swimming, Dance, Soccer, Star Reporter and Track & Field.

For more information on the Maccabi Games, contact Alexa Wollach, alexaw@ or 480-483-7121.


Temple Chai’s youth group, TCTY, has several events planned for January. Sixth- and seventh-graders will go to As You Wish at Desert Ridge 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Teens in grades 8-12 are invited to TCTY’s fifth annual “Football Watching, Board Games and Hanging Out” event 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 at a private home.

“TCTY on the Town: AZ Airtime, CrackerJax and Pizza Cookies” will take place 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Cost is $15 for TCTY members and Temple Chai eighth-graders and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited.

Students in grades 7-12 will attend one of the films of the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, along with their families. The film is “Once in a Lifetime” and will be shown at 10:45 a.m.-noon at Harkins Shea 14.

For film tickets and reservations for all the events, email ewynn@templechai. com.


Beth El USY will host a bowling event at Let it Roll in Phoenix on Feb. 5. To attend, contact Nanci, 602-944- 3359, ext. 123, or nsiegelmanson@ by Feb. 1.

The group will hold its Cafe Kehilla, preparing and selling breakfast, 8:45- 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Beth El.

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