JTEEN Conference 2021-2.png

There is so much excitement around the 2021 virtual JTEEN conference! With 65 Jewish teen professionals signed up already, and almost all of our speakers confirmed, we are now moving on to creating our networking and social programming! The great thing about the way we are designing the conference is that professionals can pop in and out of sessions as their interest and schedule allows. Programming will begin around noon EST each day and conclude into the evening with a social program. You can join for one session or all of the sessions offered each day!


Below is an overview of the incredible professionals and conversations already scheduled. This is truly a top notch group! Join us by CLICKING HERE today!


  • Drew Fidler & Ari Handel (Center for Adolescent Wellness, BBYO): Understanding and Supporting Our Teens: Building Wellness Practices for Healthy Futures​

  • Eve Berger and Alisha Pedowitz (Moving Traditions): Let's Talk About Sex, Baby: Helping Jewish Teens Make Meaning Out of Consent, Healthy Touch, & Sexuality

  • Leslie Rosen Stern (Meeting Your Mission): Building Rhythm and Resilience: Teen Wellness Is About More Than Mental Health

  • Dr. Betsy Stone (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion): Nurturing the Professional: How We Forge Ahead Successfully

  • Mike Friedman (PeopleFirst Coaching & Consulting): We Need to Talk: How to Approach Your Supervisor About Tough Topics

  • Theatre Dybbuk: Telling Your Personal Story



  • Rabbi Mike Moskowitz (Congregation Beit Simchat Torah): Educators as Allies: Grappling with What We Don’t Know; (and text study) Accessing Rabbinic Texts to Answer Questions of Competing Interests in Today's Society

  • Amram Altman (Keshet): Youth Empowerment with a Justice and Equity Lens

  • Beth Steinberg and Jennifer Saber (Shutaf) - Removing The Stumbling Block: Welcoming Participants of all Needs

  • Billy Planer (Etgar36): How To Be Comfortable Having Uncomfortable Conversations

  • Nina Woldin (Chai Mitzvah): Critical Conversations of Faith: Exploring Big Questions in Jewish or Multi-Faith Groups


  • Jordan Cotton (Cotton Tech Coach): Maximizing the Best Technologies In-person, Online, and in Hybrid Settings

  • Shani Sicherman and Hyim Brande (Lookstein Virtual): Digital Tools for Bloom's Taxonomy: Exploring Padlet & Flipgrid

  • Devra Aarons (Contra Costa Midrasha): The Power of Design Thinking/Innovation in Teen Spaces

  • Lisa Micley (VHS Learning): Content for Online Learning for Teens: Teaching Israel, Mussar, Jewish History and More

  • Susan Weis (Kulanu): The Future of Online Learning: Pandemic, Non-local Engagement, Winter Weather, etc.


  • Clare Goldwater (M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education): Vision and Purpose for Teen Engagement: A Discussion about Where We are Trying to Go​ (based on the 18x18 Framework developed by Drs. Ben Jacobs and Barry Chazan)

  • Micol Zimmerman Burkeman (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion): Creating Powerful Moments Using Principles from the Best-selling Book "The Power of Moments" by Chip and Dan Heath

  • Dr. Robin Faintich (JewishGPS): 'Tag Team Engagement' It's Not YOUR Job to Engage Them All: Empowering Teens to Engage Jewish Peers Through Home-based Programming

  • Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath (@Akiva; JEC Adolescents Initiative): 1:1 Engagement as a COVID Keeper​

  • Caroline Dorn and Ellie Goldman (Real Time Strategy): How to Improve our Work by Understanding the The What, Why, & How Behind Data Analytics

  • Models of Engagement Series

    • Liz Tsai and Adam Blue (StandWithUs): Teen Engagement Through the Challenge of Antisemitism 

    • Danielle Segal (Honeycomb): Teen Engagement Through Teen Philanthropy

    • Yitzhak Bronstein (Hadar-Maimonides Moot Court Competition): Two Jews, Three Opinions: Teen Engaging Teens Through Debate

    • ​Leslie-Anne Copes-Finke (The Mussar Institute): Teen Engagement Through Providing a Safe Space Grounded in Jewish Values

    • Brian Soileau (Lost Tribe Esports): Teen Engagement Through eSports, Virtual Worlds, Tiktok, Podcasts, and More!

    • Matt Rissien and Sarah Weiss-Poland (IsraelLink): Teen Engagement Through Israel Programming

    • Bess Adler (BetterTogether): Engaging Teens Through The National Better Together Movement: Making A Positive Difference in the Lives of Teens and the Elderly

    • Danny Corsun (Culinary Judaics Academy): Engaging Teens in Values Conversations Through Cooking

Social Programming:

  • Danny Corsun: Cooking and Conversation about Tzedakah and Food Justice

  • David Jaison: Mentalism Beyond Belief

  • Ayal Prouser: Time Flies Circus

CLICK HERE to register for the conference. Payment is not required at the time of registration!


If you aren't ready to sign up yet, but you'd like to be on the "Conference Updates List," CLICK HERE!

Testimonials from the 2019 JTEEN Annual Conference


"The JTEEN conference is the best place to learn from and share with your fellow Jewish Teen professionals!"


"JTEEN has kept the warm community feeling of NAACCHHS but grown by adding opportunities to learn and collaborate with teen professionals and partners."


"The conference was wonderful. Looking forward to the next one!"


"This was my first JTEEN event and I loved it! I felt very welcomed and supported as an educator. Thank you for a great weekend!"


"JTEEN and the conference has been a fantastic network of Jewish educators to learn from and with who are doing similar engagement with Jewish teens. I look forward to continuing to grow and have professional development opportunities with JTEEN."


"The conference was well organized, great presenters, great food and great location."