Teens at the JCC  

The Teen Department promotes a community where teens forge social and Jewish connections. Multiple programs designed to create opportunities for social action, creative arts, socialization and athletics give teens a place to find their strength and form positive relationships. One goal of the department is to serve as a link to existing organizations, including BBYO, USY, NFTY, different schools and communities. Come connect with your Jewish teen community! New programs are always being created to best serve this dynamic and growing group.

JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest for ages 13-16 years

Sunday-Friday | August 09, 2020 – August 14, 2020
Pace University, New York, New York
$1,800 JCC member | $1,900 non-member

Open to all Jewish children ages 13-16, the annual JCC Maccabi Games sports festival features delegations of Jewish teens from all over the world. The Games are an Olympic-style sports competition for baseball, girls and boys basketball, competitive dance, chess, ESports, ice hockey, girls and boys soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and girls volleyball. Travel, food, lodging, and Team Virginia Beach delegation gear and uniforms are all included. This year’s destination for the Games is Pace University in New York City, New York. Individual athletes are all welcome. If TeamVB has full sports teams, then organized practices will be held, otherwise individual players will join mixed teams comprising players from multiple cities. The deadline for the deposit of $150 is March 2, 2020. Contact delegation head Tom Edwards for schedules, deadlines, and information at tedwards@simonfamilyjcc.org or 757-321-2308.


For High School Students

B’nai B’rith Youth Organization  (BBYO)  

Sundays, 1-3pm, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO)is the largest Jewish teen organization in the Tidewater area.  Teens meet weekly at the JCC to program within the folds of BBYO.  Activities involve community service, socials, athletics, social action and Judaic. BBYO also has several conventions a year as well as summer leadership programs and trips to Israel.  Being a part of this organization not only allows your teen to be with other Jewish teens, but guides your teen into leadership positions for the future. BBYO is open to all Jewish 9-12 graders.


Year-Round Counselors In Training Volunteer Program (C.I.T)

Join other high school students in our counselors in training (C.I.T) volunteer program. The goal of the program is to teach teens about working with children in a positive and nurturing environment while also providing them leadership skills and hands-on experience. Students are required to commit to one day a week from 3:30-4:30 and Sunday meetings once a month.  CITs can earn community service hours for National Honor Society as well as other high school programs. Also, if a CIT completes the year-round program they may come and be CITs during camp on a weekly basis without needing to commit to two consecutive weeks.


For College Students

Hillel at Old Dominion University