JCC Global Teen Fellows


A Leadership Program


JCC Global Teen Fellows is an international program for Jewish teens from our JCC community and our partner JCC (matnas) in Kfar Yona.

Each year we select a cohort of teens aged 14-17 years old to represent our community in this teen leadership program. For several months, teens participate in a preparatory training process at their home JCC and then come together for a leadership seminar and fun filled global social encounter.

The goal is for our teens to experience Jewish Peoplehood, expand their world through global connections and to develop a foundation for becoming community leaders, as well as having a ton of fun and adventures. 

Visit our 2019 fellows, their highlights/comments (blog)and photos as they tour Israel.  



How Can You Be a Part of JCC Global Teen Fellows?


8-10 grade Jewish teens (incoming 9-11 graders during summer 2020)


February – June 2020, monthly Sunday seminars
July 15-25, 2020, summer program in OC with our Kfar Yona, Israel peers

Info Session:

Parent and teen info meeting on January 5 at 5:30pm

More Info:

Please contact Mark Pattis or apply here



Toda rabah: thank you!

Supported by Doris Chasin and a grant from the Leon Ninburg Israel Legacy Fund of the Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County. 





Funding support provided by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation 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. Annually from 2015-2017, each partner gathered a cohort of teens to come together each summer for a social and cultural encounter that alternated host communities. The teens and their families studied their own Jewish family trees and shared and compared their findings. They experience home hospitality and made new friends and connections from across the Jewish world. Over the three years, 85 teen participants from Orange County joined 150 teens from Israel and Mexico for the program.

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 Mark Pattis, and chairs Adrienne Matros, Wendy Stark and Catie Chase.

Learn more about our partnership with Kfar Yona