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Programs for Teens

Ages 13 to 17

Programs & Events Just for Teens

JCC Greater Boston is excited to launch a diverse array of teen programs! We understand the importance of teenage years and socializing with others post-COVID, which is why we are building an environment that’s not only fun and energetic but also supportive and meaningful.

With specialized fitness classes tailored to popular workout methods, unique trips to broaden the horizons of its participants, and coming soon an all-new teen lounge for relaxing, playing video games, or doing homework, the teen lounge will be home to those looking for a tightly-knit community that values everyone who walks through our doors.

Etgar 36 – Civil Rights Journey

Learn About History, Politics, and Activism

For Teens in Grades 9–12

This February, travel down south with teens and peers from the Greater Boston community on a Civil Rights trip led by Etgar 36!

Learn about the struggles of African Americans to gain equality in the 1950s & 60s as well as discover how Jews were involved in the Civil Rights struggle. The trip will include visits to Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham. We will visit the Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum and Memorial to the victims of lynching, Freedom Park, the site where Leo Frank was lynched, the Rosa Parks Museum, the Martin Luther King Center/Auburn Ave. districtEbenezer Baptist Church, walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and the 16th Street Baptist Church.

On this journey, the group will meet with educators, politicians, activists, artists, and musicians as well as community, business, and religious leaders to provide participants with the tools and inspiration to take the next step beyond social action.

Immerse yourself in the American history that shapes us, the issues that confront us, and how the political process impacts us all under the lens of the Civil Rights narrative.

Etgar 36 is an independent, pluralistic, nonpartisan, and nonprofit Jewish educational venture with the mission of empowering teens to get involved politically and socially in order to change the world.

Limited scholarships available, apply via: Etgar 36 Scholarship Application

Teen Fitness Classes

Level Up Your Fitness Routine

Our teen-only fitness classes are specifically curated to provide educational and effective instruction to fitness novices and experienced gymgoers alike. Learn proper technique and nutrition from our skilled personal trainers, who will guide you every step of the way to ensure your goals are met.

Not sure where to start? Email fitness@jccgb.org to learn more about our offerings and to help find the right class for you.

Community Spaces

Coming Soon: The Teen Lounge

JCC teen members will now have access to our new teen lounge! Designed to be a one-stop shop for all your needs, the teen lounge provides the perfect blend of relaxation, entertainment, and productivity.

Cool off and unwind after a long workout or school day, challenge your friends to a 2K tournament for bragging rights, or take some time to finish up those pressing assignments all with snacks on standby and in the comfort of your own space. There will also be special events held on certain nights to provide interesting and engaging activities for those who want a fun night out.

Our goal is to provide a central location for JCC teens to socialize and connect with each other, giving you the opportunity to make new friends and hang out with old ones. The Lounge is free for members, so get ready to enjoy the ultimate chill spot at JCC Greater Boston!


Regular Hours (subject to change): Bi-Weekly, Wednesdays | 4:30–6pm


Amenities in the Hub Lounge will include:

  • Couches
  • TVs
  • Gaming consoles
  • Snacks
  • Homework spaces
  • …and more to come!

Diller Teen Fellowship

Diller Teen Fellows is a selective, international leadership program for Jewish teens with a passion for improving the world. This year-long fellowship cultivates leadership skills, strengthens Jewish identity, and fosters a global network, empowering teens to make a positive world impact.

Our carefully chosen group of Boston-area 10th and 11th graders will experience enlightening workshops, hands-on community projects, and unforgettable retreat weekends. The highlight of this program is an immersive three-week seminar in Israel, travelling across the country with other Diller communities while learning about its history, political structure and more.

Interested in expanding your horizons as a Diller Teen Fellow? Check out more information on the Diller page to see how you can be part of this rewarding and motivated community.

Upcoming Events

Meet the Team

Zach Goldberger Headshot.

Zach Goldberger

Program Director, Diller Teen Fellowship

Introducing Zach! A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, he is committed to supporting and empowering teenagers and fostering a sense of community. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball; cooking; searching for the best diners, drive-ins, and dives; and rooting for his favorite sports teams. Zach is also a lifelong learner who values making connections with others.

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