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Jewish teens of all backgrounds, denominations, gender, sexual orientation, or those with disabilities can connect to Federation through various programs that Federation funds including BBYO, LEAP, travel experiences, exchange programs, Sinai schools, and volunteering. Create a meaningful experience that will inspire a lasting connection to Jewish living.


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LEAP is a leadership program for high school students designed to address core questions for Jewish students as they prepared for college and beyond.  Participants study Jewish values, identify their personal views and perspectives around Israel and Zionism and learn how to engage in civil discourse with individuals of differing opinions. Dustin Hausner, Manager, Community Outreach and Engagement or 201-820-3937


BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in meaningful Jewish experiences.  Federation funds BBYO in northern New Jersey to make sure teens have a vibrant platform for having fun, affordable, and meaningful experiences that inspire a lasting connection and lifelong friendships. For more information, please contact your local BBYO at

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IsraelNow is an educational program designed to give 8th graders an immersive, emotional and memorable taste of Israel and their Jewish heritage through a week-long, “hands-on” experience.
IsraelNow serves as a launchpad for Jewish 8th graders to establish a relationship with Israel, become more involved in the local Jewish community and engage in Jewish life throughout their high school years and beyond. The experience conisists of an eight day trip to Israel in addition to pre and post trip programming.
This transformational experience lays the groundwork for a young person to develop into an active member of the Jewish community and a lover of Israel. This experience leads to increased enrollment in both formal and informal Jewish education and programming during high school.

For more information, contact Linda Heller, Planning Associate, or 201-820-3904


The Volunteer Center offers individuals and families a meaningful way to participate in Tikkun Olam initiatives. Through needs-driven, impactful programs, volunteers serve the Jewish and broader communities —  ultimately strengthening a collective community. For more information please contact Shara Nadler, Director, Volunteer Center, or 201-820-3947

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Dustin Hausner
Manager, Community Outreach and Engagement  

Linda Heller
Planning Associate

Shara Nadler
Director, Volunteer Center

Sheryl Sarin
Director, Planning & Allocations