Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative

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. 

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

The Burt and Elaine Margulis Teen Scholarship Fund — This new scholarship fund reduces the cost of short-term immersive Jewish programs for L.A. teens in grades 7-12, enabling more kids to participate in activities like Jewish youth group Shabbatons and Jewish service learning trips.

Community Internship Program — A paid skill- and experience-building internship at one of L.A.’s highly regarded Jewish nonprofit organizations

Teen Wellness Parent Workshop Series — Free workshops focused on improving communication methods for parents and teens and overall teen health and wellness

Teen Innovation Awards — Incentive awards designed by teens to empower their peers to bring creative ideas to life.

For more information on the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative, please contact Zach Morrow, Assistant Director, LAJTI, at (323) 761-8345 or ZMorrow@JewishLA.org.


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.