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Teen Scene 12-9-16

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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 roundup of upcoming events for Valley teens.

B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program

The Tikkun Olam Community Service Bus Tour of the B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program is now scheduled for Feb. 5, 2017. Teens will board buses at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center at 10 a.m. and tour several valley nonprofits, perform five hours of community service and learn about work being done locally to address poverty in Arizona.  

Cost is $18 for B’nai Tzedek teens, $36 for nonmembers. To register, contact Andrea Cohen at  


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,


CTeen in Chandler recently renovated its CTeen lounge, which includes games and plenty of couches. Teens meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays in the lounge, at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler. The group will co-host Teens on Fire, a teen Hanukkah party, 5-7 p.m Thursday, Dec. 29, with Shevet Shemesh. The party will include an epic Latke War game. There is also a CTeen Junior club for seventh- and eighth-graders.

Hebrew High

There are just a few spaces remaining for ninth- to 12th-graders who want to help make a difference volunteering over winter break, Dec. 25-30. The Winter Care-a-van will spend six days in the greater Los Angeles area performing a variety of mitzvot during the day, and participating in fun evening activities.

Teens are invited to enroll for new second-semester classes at Hebrew High that begin Jan. 10. Six-week modules will offer Jewish cooking for ninth and 10th graders, while 11th and 12th graders can sign up for Teen JED Talks; featuring inspirational talks by Jewish young adults pursuing interesting and varied careers.

Israeli Scouts of Arizona

Jewish Student Union

The League

The Jewish Youth Group Sports League – known as “The League” – will be starting up again in February. Games are held 5-7 p.m. Sundays at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community 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 Foundation of Greater Phoenix.

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


A NFTY Phoenix Hanukkah Celebration will be held 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. There will be three parties under one roof, with separate parties for sixth grade, seventh and eighth grade, and high school. Siblings, friends and cousins are invited. Cost is $15 and bring a $5-$10 wrapped gift to exchange; dress in Hanukkah gear. Registration is required at

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