JTI Peer Leadership Fellows are…

JTI Peer Leadership Fellows are…

Connecting the Community

Meet the remarkable teens who make up our signature Peer Leadership Fellows program! Fellows are trained and empowered  to be communal connectors, reimagining how they can develop meaningful connections with their peers in order to share the vast menu of opportunities available to them in their community and beyond.

Get to know the North Shore Cohort 2: 2017 – 2018 or the Metrowest Cohort 1: 2017 – 2018.

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North Shore Teens cook meals for Soup-er Sunday

Superheroes don’t always wear capes. Sometimes, they wear aprons.

That was the case when 120 North Shore teens spent last Sunday whipping up more than 50 lasagnas, 40 apple pies, four giant vats of white bean and kale soup and brownies. The food was delivered to families at the Lynn Shelter Association and My Brother’s Table.

The annual Soup-er Sunday event is organized by Jewish Teen Initiative Boston, a nonprofit based in Marblehead, connecting kids to community service and social justice programs and trips.

“I’m always amazed at the number of teens who are willing to give so generously of their time and energy on a Sunday afternoon in November,” said JTI Boston Director Adam Smith. “This event reminds us to think about people in our extended circles and broader community who are in need.”

JTI launched its first Soup-er Sunday in 2009 with just 24 volunteers. This year’s event was its biggest ever. In fact, organizers had to split volunteers between two Marblehead sites; third-seventh graders worked at Temple Emanu-El while eighth-12th graders cooked at the JCC of the North Shore.

“It feels amazing knowing that I was able to help others by providing meals to hungry and needy families in our community,” said Maya Goldman, a Marblehead High School senior. “I love the feeling of helping others while connecting with Jewish teens in our community.”

Rebecca Dunn, of Peabody, has volunteered at Soup-er Sunday for three years.

“I enjoy it more every time I go. Giving back to the community is always a rewarding experience.”

The kids’ efforts make a deep impact, according to Samantha Wheeler of the Lynn Shelter Association.

“Our families are connecting with each other over homemade lasagna and delicious apple pie,” Wheeler said. “The teens are helping to foster that and create community for the people we serve. Without the support of the Jewish Teen Initiative, we wouldn’t be able to do it. We really appreciate their support and dedication.”

Soup-er Sunday isn’t a one-time good deed for JTI, but part of a year-round focus on community service and social justice. In February, teens will head to North Carolina to build homes with Habitat for Humanity and in June, they’ll travel to New Orleans to help rebuild hurricane-ravaged neighborhoods.

Teens can also meet weekly to volunteer with inner-city kids at elementary schools and homeless shelters. In the spring, JTI sponsors J-Serve, a day when teens volunteer cleaning, painting, and gardening at sites in Lynn.

Social justice is also a key component at JTI. In March, teens travel to Washington D.C., where they lobby lawmakers on important and timely issues.

“They’re able to turn their passions into action, roll up their sleeves and help make our world a better place,” said Brett Lubarsky, JTI associate director.

To learn more about JTI Boston, all its programming and recent expansion into Metrowest, visit JewishTeenInitiative.org.

Habitat Countdown

Habitat Countdown

Go from hitting the books 📓 to hitting nails 🔨 through our alternative spring break adventure to ✈️ North Carolina that’s been called “the BEST ❤️ February vacation of my life!” Check out this life-changing trip…and register on TODAY!

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JTI ❤️’s NYC

JTI ❤️’s NYC

Traveling to New York with other Jewish teens was an amazing experience. I loved spending time with old friends and meeting new ones. I was able to truly embrace my heritage when traveling to Ellis Island, and finding my great grandmother’s name on a stone outside the building. From experiencing Shabbat at NYU’s Hillel to eating at Katz’s Deli, to exploring Times Square, then seeing a Broadway show, it really made our group feel like a community. JTI provided me with an adventure I will never forget!”

– Gillian Pergament, Gann Academy, Class of 2020

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Soup-er Sunday 2017

Soup-er Sunday 2017

Not all heroes wear capes (some wear aprons!) Help “repair the world” with 100 other volunteers as we prepare food for families who live in homeless shelters in Lynn the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

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5TH-8TH @ BLUE MAN GROUP!

5TH-8TH @ BLUE MAN GROUP!

This Sunday, join your friends for a euphoric exploration of art, technology, and music. Blue Man Group is the world-famous show that will “BLOW YOUR MIND!”

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Blue Men?

As if they landed on earth from another planet (we’re not betting against it), the Blue Men don’t speak, yet are infinitely curious about the human race and our world. They delve wholeheartedly into exploring technology and our uniquely human eccentricities through a glorious mash-up of dance, music and performance. Dare to Live in Full Color!

Like nothing you’ve ever seen, the performance art troupe the Blue Man Group emerged in the early 90s with their thrillingly inventive concoction of vaudeville, live music, slapstick and cutting edge technology, and have since conquered the world.

The show is constantly changing, so describing exactly what to expect is tricky – in the past, one of the group’s signature set-pieces for this Boston production has been a drumming sequence involving gallons of luminous paint. Also expect plenty of audience participation!

New Year, New Name, New Look!

New Year, New Name, New Look!

We have A LOT to celebrate! 🎉

Fresh content on our website, along with a new URL and email addresses, and a new logo! As JTI Boston connects our community and engages more teens in Jewish life, our new logo reflects many aspects of who we are and what we do.

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Todah rabah – many thanks to CJP – Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Jim Joseph Foundation and our partner synagogues and communal organizations for their support – we’re excited for 5778