Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB)

The Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston is a year-long program for Jewish high school students from across the metro Boston area. Together they learn the ins and outs of professional philanthropy and grantmaking through a Jewish lens, and allocate grants to effect real change in the causes they care about most.

With the JTFGB, teens learn how to:

  • Assess community needs
  • Strengthen their teamwork and leadership skills
  • Work closely with REAL non-profits to meet their needs
  • Debate issues that matter
  • Challenge their perspective

All while meeting awesome Jewish teens from Greater Boston!

PAQs (Potentially Asked Questions)

Who should apply to be part of the JTFGB?

Jewish teens who will be in grades 9-12 in fall of 2017 who are interested in philanthropy, leadership, and helping to transform the world around them should apply!

What’s the commitment like?

Generally, each teen board will meet monthly for three and a half hours.There will also be a parent and teen orientation at the beginning of the year, an all-day kick-off retreat in the fall, and a grant presentation celebration at the end of the year in the spring. Board members are also expected to attend site visits at the semifinalist nonprofit organizations. These site visits take place on weekday afternoons in the spring. Full engagement in every session is a requirement of the program, and there may be minimal work required in between (1-2 hours a month). Upon acceptance to the program, teens will receive a calendar of events and meetings for the year.

Where will the programs be held?

JTFGB will meet in three locations: Newton at Hebrew College, Lexington, and the MetroWest area (specific locations TBA). All three of the teen boards will run parallel programs at their respective sites.

Have more questions? Read our FAQs!

Applications are currently being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Contact Us

Leah Goldstein, Director, Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston, Hebrew, 617-559-8803​