Created to ignite teens’ passions, inspire teen educators, and support vibrant organizations serving the future of the Jewish community, the LA Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI) is our Federation’s community-wide effort to engage teens in compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences that support them in leading healthy and fulfilled lives. By engaging teens in Jewish life, we are ensuring our Jewish future for generations to come.

For more information on the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative, please contact:
(323) 761-8155

LAJTI is co-funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation, with seed funding provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

Check out examples of LAJTI’s impact on our teen community.

Community Internship Program

We coordinate paid summer internships that build skills and experience at highly-regarded Jewish nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles so teens gain real work experience and a paycheck.

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Teen Innovation Grants

We give teens the encouragement and space they need to express themselves through the creative process from conception all the way to implementation — plus cash prizes!

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The Julie Beren Platt Teen Innovation Grants

Our Federation’s Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative values how a teen’s passion, talent, and creativity can help shape a community.

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The Burt & Elaine Margulis Teen Scholarship Fund

Our new scholarship fund takes the financial burden off of L.A. families so their teens (grades 7-12) are able to participate — worry-free — in short-term immersive Jewish programs.

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Teen Wellness Parent Workshops

Knowing that parents sometimes need a little help, we offer free Parent Workshops that feature tips for communication in the context of the parent-teen connection.

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LAJTI Wellness Conference

On Sunday, April 29th, over 250 parents and educators from across Los Angeles attended Building Resilience in Teens, our Federation’s LA Jewish Teen Initiative’s first self-run conference.

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Teens for Tikkun

This June, we invite rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to join us virtually for Teens for Tikkun: A Summer Program to Learn/Advocate/Illuminate!

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LAJTI Teen Talk

The Jewish Federation’s Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI), in partnership with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA), is proud to present the LAJTI Teen Talk Virtual Training Program.

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Professional Learning Community

Professional Learning Community (PLC) is the largest network supporting Jewish teen educators on the front lines of teen engagement

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Upcoming Events

Teen Wellness Wednesdays w/Robin Wald

Hosted By The Jewish Federation


Wednesday, May 19, 2021


Join with other Jewish LA teens, grades 10-12, and yoga/meditation teacher/educator Robin Wald to de-stress and feel good in your body, mind and spirit. We