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Building a Thriving Teen Community


This hub is a series of 6 webinars, each one 1.5 hours long, together with JCC leaders from around the globe.

The Hubs are communities of practice that provide a platform for ongoing training, collaborative learning, sharing best practices, problem-solving, intellectual enrichment, and inspiration.


A series of 5 webinars, each one 1.5 hours long.

Tuesday’s at 11:00 a.m. NY time/ 6:00 p.m. Israel time.

Starting date: May 17, 2022

End date: June 14, 2022

Language: English, simultaneous translation to Russian and Spanish upon request


Target Audience: JCC Executive Directors, JCC youth workers, JCC lay leaders, and professionals involved in youth work



Since the outbreak of the pandemic, stay-at-home policies and social distancing measures have interrupted youth education and led to a crisis in youth behavior and an increase in mental health conditions. Yet, despite these troubling trends, young people have also been an energetic force at the forefront of developing creative solutions to an inclusive, sustainable pandemic recovery.

In this Hub, we will explore successful models of teen engagement from around the world and ways to build a stronger teen community as we move forward.  

As a resource for youth leaders, we partnered with Responcity- a cutting-edge world-known program- to bring to the JCC field an educational resource.


Cost:  $100 per person or $200 per JCC sending up to 3 participants

For communities in need, subsidies will be available upon request


  1. Create a safe space for JCC youth/teen leaders from around the world to collaborate and connect as a way to elevate the field.

  2. Understand the social and emotional influences of two years into a global pandemic and ways to embrace and heal.

  3. Explore the Responcity model as a successful tool to empower youth.


Outline of the virtual meetings:


1. Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 11:00 a.m. NY time/ 6:00 p.m. Israel time
Who are you, generation Z? And what is the role of the teen professional? 
An opening session with guest speaker, Dr. David Bryfman, CEO of the Jewish Education Project, NY

2. Tuesday, May 24, 202211:00 a.m. NY time/ 6:00 p.m. Israel time

The foundations of social-emotional skills and character development with Prof. Maurice Elias, Psychology Dept., Rutgers University, Livingston, NY, USA and Chief Officer of Social Emotional Learning at Responcity. Prof. Maurice Elias is head of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab, a globally recognized expert on SEL (social-emotional learning), and author of many books and articles.

3. Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 11:00 a.m. NY time/ 6:00 p.m. Israel time
The Responcity model for empowering youth for social action

An interactive session with the Responcity team- Yaron Jacobs, Founder and CEO of Responcity, former director general of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Government Companies Authority, and Jessica Setbon, Senior Content Director, responsible for SEL content and teacher training.
Responcity is an educational program, as well as a civic municipal engagement initiative designed to empower youth with 21st century social-emotional skills.

JCCs that would like to adopt the program will be mentored by the Responcity team in addition to the Hub sessions.

4. Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 11:00 a.m. NY time/ 6:00 p.m. Israel time

Responcity’s Toolbox for Life
Deep dive: Responcity Guide to Social Emotional Learning and Project Based Learning

5. Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 11:00 a.m. NY time/ 6:00 p.m. Israel time
Time for teen innovation- cutting edge teen engagement programs from around the world that address the recent changing reality.

Let’s join hands- what can a global network of Jewish youth/teen workers accomplish?

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