Youth Services

Our Youth Resources

JFEC’s youth associations are designed to bring Jewish youth together in age-appropriate groups to build on existing friendships, to create new and enduring friendships in relaxed social settings either in-person or via zoom where being Jewish is celebrated in a variety of inviting ways.

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PJ Library® provides a free gift of a high-quality, age-appropriate Jewish book or CD mailed to the home every month.

We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children, and when families can gather together to learn and celebrate together. PJ Library gives the gift of Jewish stories and engagement programs that help families talk together about the Jewish values and traditions that are important to them.

The Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut, in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, supports young families in our community as they enjoy these opportunities to make memories that are meaningfully, uniquely Jewish. Sign up for PJ Library Now.

The Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut is proud to present PJ Library in New London County and surrounding areas for families with children ages 6 months to 8 years.

For more information please reach out to Barbara.

2. Junior Youth Group

The Junior Youth Group connects Jewish youth in grades 5-8 to maintain friendships and make new Jewish friends. Meeting monthly at a fun location, they now make weekly zoom calls that allow the group to interact, play games, and hang out. Junior Youth Group is a progression into the Senior Youth Group/Yachad BBYO Chapter and Jewish Community High School.

For more information please reach out to Marcia.

3. YACHAD BBYO

Yachad is the eastern Connecticut chapter of BBYO, an international, teen-led Jewish youth movement. We run monthly social events to encourage bonding and Jewish identity in local 8th through 12th graders.  All of our events are planned and run by an elected board of local teens under the supervision of BBYO advisors.

The mission of Yachad BBYO is to help all Jewish youth develop their Jewish identity and leadership skills through meaningful Jewish learning and an inclusive social environment.  We are sponsored by and partnered with the Jewish Federation of Eastern CT.

For more information please reach out to Marcia.

4. JEWISH COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

Jewish Community High School (JCHS) provides education for students in grades 9-12 following their bar/bat mitzvahs and allows teens in Eastern CT the opportunity to socialize with one another while furthering their commitment to Judaism and their Jewish education.

Activities bring students together once a week to socialize, enjoy a meal together, and extend their Jewish knowledge through a variety of courses offered by the congregational rabbis and occasional guest speakers. Meetings are now virtual.

For more information please speak with Marcia.

5. Hillel

For nearly a century, Hillel’s network of dedicated student leaders, professionals and volunteers have encouraged generations of young adults to celebrate Jewish learning and living, pursue social justice and connect to their peers and the global Jewish people. Hillel engages with and inspires the leadership of more Jewish college students than all other endeavors combined.

Our Hillel Centers: