jewish student connection

The Jewish Student Connection provides programming opportunities throughout Chicagoland.

These inclusive high school clubs help teens find a deeper connection to Jewish values and their community. By becoming a part of the JSC experience, teens can participate in monthly club experiences as well as the following opportunities:

  • Summer programming to continue engagement year-round and connect JSC teens across participating schools
  • Scholarships to enable access to life-enriching Jewish programs such as the Maccabi Games, Diller, Write On and others
  • New and strengthened partnerships, including opportunities for JSC teens to give back through volunteer efforts

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Project Teen-Seed613

Committed to ending gender bias for the next generation, the Hadassah Foundation has provided generous support for the creation and implementation of the 3rd cohort of Project Teen-Seed613.

Join us for Cohort 3 Launch Night

May 2, 2019 | 6:30-8:00pm

Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062

Over the past 7 months, the Fellows of Project Teen-Seed613 have been working diligently, exploring entrepreneurship and social innovation through the creation of their own social impact projects. Join us on Thursday, May 2nd as the Fellows pitch their social impact projects to the community. Project Teen-Seed613 is a social innovation and entrepreneurship fellowship for teen girls. Throughout the program, teen fellows discuss pressing social issues and create positive change in their communities through entrepreneurial efforts. The Hadassah Foundation has provided generous support for the creation and implementation of JCC Chicago’s Project Teen-Seed613.

susan b noyes

Event Keynote Speaker: Susan B. Noyes

Susan is the Founder & Chief Visionary Officer of Make It Better Media Group, whose mission is to be the most trusted, easiest to use resource that helps our audience live, love, work and play with greater purpose in Chicago, the SF Bay Area and beyond. Susan practiced law for Sidley & Austin from 1983-1989, then focused her efforts as a philanthropist and uber volunteer while raising 6 children.

In 2007, Susan founded, a small, community website. It blossomed into a multi- platform publishing company that includes print magazines, events, and extensive social network in Chicago, Marin and San Francisco Bay Area. She launched the 501( c ) 3 Make It Better Foundation and Annual Philanthropy Awards in 2012. She occasionally appears on CNBC’s Closing Bell Investor Roundtable.

Susan’s motto: A clean house is a wasted life.


Applications for Cohort 4 Now Open!

Project Teen-Seed613 empowers Jewish teen girls to work together to identify challenges in the community and create solutions, whether big or small, that will make a meaningful difference. Fellows will practice innovative problem solving, critical thinking and human-centered design project design, discuss pressing social issues, learn business skills such as marketing, fundraising and budgeting tactics, and create community among peers.

Fellows work in small groups on their impact projects, and are partnered with a mentor – entrepreneurs, activists, and successful professionals – to guide them through the development of their project. Through innovative curriculum, supportive staff, and collaboration, Fellows will explore all aspects relating to business and entrepreneurial success throughout the program.

Fellows will participate in workshops related to issues such as breaking through the gender bias, risk-taking, and overcoming fears and self-doubt. Project Teen-Seed613 Fellows will complete the program having applied their skills learned to develop a socially responsible venture that will positively impact the community, and will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to the community at the program’s Launch Night in May.

Fellows will meet one to two times per month to work within the cohort, with their mentor, and with their small group on their impact projects. Time will also be spent on their projects outside of group sessions.

If you have any questions, contact Julie Minor at or 847.763.3639.

Application for Cohort 4

Deadline: August 16, 2019

Dates for Cohort 4

Times of seminars are TBD. They will take place in Northbrook, Evanston, and Chicago.

  • November 3
  • November 24
  • December 8
  • January 12
  • January 26
  • February 9
  • March 1
  • March 15
  • March 29
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • May 19 – Launch Night



JCC Chicago Teen-Seed613
A social innovation and entrepreneurship fellowship for teen girls. The Hadassah Foundation has provided generous support for the creation and implementation of Project Teen-Seed613.

Opportunity for Youth Leaders

Teens in 8th – 11th grades can join Chi Town Connection (CTC), a year-round youth group connected to JCC Camp Chi, known nationally as one of the leading overnight camps in the country. CTC offers tons of fun and camaraderie among young people as well as unique opportunities for hands-on leadership experiences.

Teens in CTC participate in social and recreational events, community service activities and leadership opportunities, including the leadership advisory board where teens plan, promote and implement events, participate in outreach work, and help influence the growth of both JCC Camp Chi and Chi Town Connection.

CTC is open to all.

For more information about upcoming events, call Kyle Kolling, Camp Chi Program Coordinator, at 847.763.3637.

Club J

6th-8th grade
Jewish girls can use the great facilities at Bernard Horwich JCC in Rogers Park for fun nights with friends. in 6th, 7th or 8th grade girls get together for Club J – a special club designed just for Jewish tweens. They can work out, play games, go swimming or just hang out and talk. Here’s a great chance to make new friends and get together with old friends at the “J”!

  • Hang out with friends
  • Play basketball, kickball, frisbee
  • Challenge friends to a game of ping pong or foosball
  • Exercise in the work-out room
  • Have a snack
  • Go swimming
  • Do homework
  • Just relaxing

Chicago-Rogers Park


  • March 27
  • April 10
  • May 8, 22

Time: 6:30–9:00pm

Cost: $5/person

Optional: $2 per slice of pizza/ $3 per french fries (from Chalavi)

For more info contact Wendy Singer at

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