‘Tweens and Teens

Whether you grew up at the JCC or not, the J is an awesome place for teens. From physical fitness to enrichment classes to job opportunities, there is something for all interests.

Looking for Sports and Athletics?

We offer:

If you are interested in taking a Group Exercise Class or working out in the Fitness Center:

  • 13-15 year olds must participate in an orientation with a trainer (some exceptions are made for 12 year olds, same rules apply)
  • If the trainer approves the minor (approves: maturity, understanding of equipment and fits on the equipment that the minor wants to use), then the minor can use the facility (or take a class), but must have an adult with them at all times
  • 16+ year olds can use the Fitness Center and take a Group Exercise Class without orientation or an adult present

Looking to Learn?

Check out Community Midrasha! The Community Midrasha teachers and 8th-12th grade teens are creative go-getters, perpetual learners, powerful allies, and totally Jew-is, in all senses of the word. This program strives to engage teens in Jewish culture, history, religion, inspiring them to foster their lifelong commitments to learning Jewishly. But this definitely isn’t your Bubbe’s Hebrew School!

Every body is welcome here, regardless of synagogue affiliation or prior religious education. All who want to live and learn Jewishly are welcome under the Community Midrasha tent.

To learn more or to register, please go here. Enrollment open now!

Want to do good in our community?

Check out Mitzvah Corps. Our Mitzvah Corps programs expand our annual Mitzvah Day concept while providing intergenerational projects for the community to do. All projects are open to adults, teens, and families (service hours available).

Recent projects have included park clean up, Sukkot soup making for Urban Ministries of Durham, preparing and donating materials to the Scrap Exchange, sorting and packaging diapers for the Diaper Bank in North Durham, and assisting Jewish Family Services assemble hygiene bags.

Looking for skills to get a job?

Red Cross Babysitting training: for ages 11-15, including week-long summer camps and teacher workday/weekend trainings.

Camp Shelanu’s Leader in Training (LIT) Program: Rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders can start to learn how to be counselors at Camp Shelanu. Successful graduates move up to Counselor in Training status during the summer session.

Staff positions with Camp Shelanu, Snack Bar, and Aquatics: Rising 11th grades and up can check out and apply for available positions during the summer.