JCC Global Teen Fellows

Summer 2017
June 25 - July 13

Travel to Israel with us!

Explore your heritage with teens from OC, Mexico and Israel
For teens ages 14-17

We are excited to embark on our third year of the JCC Global Teen Fellows program. This program is in partnership with our sister JCC in Kfar Yona, Israel and our global partner, the JCC in Mexico City, Mexico. This program offers teens in Orange County an opportunity to explore their family tree, engage in community service, enrich their Jewish identities, and discover their connections to Israel.  

Trip highlights

(subject to change)

Explore Jerusalem
Ride camels
Hike Masada
Float in the Dead Sea
Enjoy Ein Gedi
Dine in a Bedouin tent
Kayak the Jordan River
Bike Hula Valley
Rappel in the Keshet Caves
Dig archaeological sites

In addition our teens will meet with world renowned guest speakers and discover Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Tzfat, the Golan Heights, and Roman ruins at Caesarea; 

and tour and learn the histories of Sde Boker, Ammunition Hill, Mt. Herzl and Yad VaShem.

The Israel trip will be topped off with Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel and the Maccabiah opening ceremony.


Register interest with Melinda Weiss; 949-435-3400 ext. 275. 


Check out our teen journalists' insights from summer 2016 



Todah to the following for their generous support: 

Doris Chasin

Supported by an Impact Grant from Jewish Federation and Family Services 

Funded by the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County


How We Got Here

In 2014 the Merage JCC of Orange County launched a partnership, JCC Global Teen Fellows or Family Tree, with Jewish community centers in Mexico City, Mexico and Kfar Yona, Israel. Each summer we gather thirty teens from each of the three communities to come together to play sports and participate in cultural activities alternating host communities each year. The teens and their families study their own Jewish histories and explore the same from Mexico and Israel.

June 2015 Mexico City, Mexico
July 2016 Orange County, California
June 2017 Kfar Yona, Israel

The program grew out of a global initiative, Amitim, to strengthen international ties and Jewish peoplehood. The Merage JCC was selected as one of 10 North American JCCs alongside 10 from Israel and 10 from the rest of the world to be part of the Amitim program of JCC Global. JCC Global is the umbrella body of JCCs across the world. 

Our Amitim and JCC Teen Global Fellow programs are under the leadership of Samantha Cohen, Program Director, and chairs Adrienne Matros, Wendy Stark and Catie Chase.


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