Teen Programs | Shalom Austin



Join these programs throughout the year for Jewish teenagers to connect, grow, learn and explore together.

A JCamps staff member wearing a purple shirt plays the guitar for kids during Song Session.


The JCamps experience is unlike any other that Central Texas has to offer. We welcome campers of all backgrounds and interests, and work hard to make sure there are ways for each camper to learn, grow and have a great time throughout the entire summer! 

Teens at Maccabi wearing orange shirts with hands together as a team

JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest

Join Team Austin at the JCC Maccabi Games!  Jewish teens, ages 12 -16 as of July 21, 2024 are eligible to participate.

ZACH Theatre

ZACH offers classes in acting, singing, and musical theatre that teach life skills through theatre training. Each class is a fun opportunity for students to learn how to express themselves creatively, build confidence, and celebrate collaboration.

Partner Programs for Teens


As a part of Shalom Austin’s Israel initiative, ShinShinim, young emissaries from Israel through the Jewish Agency, have the opportunity to come to Austin. ShinShinim creatively bring Israel to the community through providing programming that involve people of all ages to create a meaningful relationship and connection with them. They will grow as individuals as well as impart such knowledge, stewardship and excitement about bringing Israel to our community.

Click here to read more about the 2023 ShinShinim.


Austin welcomes Tzofim, the Israeli Scouts. Led by a group of passionate Israeli Austinites, their mission is to foster a deep connection to Israeli heritage among young adults and cultivate a sense of belonging within the local Jewish community.

The Tzofim organization in North America was founded in 1995 and serves as a link between the Tzofim movement in Israel and Jewish communities across North America. Their aim is to strengthen the bonds between Israel and North American Jewry, showcase the beauty of Israel, promote unity and respect among diverse faiths, and forge lasting friendships between Israeli and American youth. With over 20 Tzofim chapters throughout North America, impacting more than 4,500 children, their influence continues to grow.

Click here to read more about the 2023 Tzofim in Austin.


A worldwide Jewish teen movement for grades 8-12, BBYO reaches over 70,000 teens annually in more than 60 countries around the world. From weekend events, to conventions, to multi-week summer programs, BBYO provides Jewish teens with opportunities to develop leadership skills and a strong Jewish identity.

Austin Chapters:

Capital AZA #2548 (Instagram: @capitalaza)
Ra’naan BBG #2534 (Instagram: @ranaanbbg)
Litzor BBG #433 (Instagram: @litzorbbg)
Tibor Rubin AZA #875 (Instagram: @tibor_rubin875)


J-Serve is the International Day of Youth Service, a program of BBYO. Every year, Jewish teens worldwide join each other on this special day and throughout the spring to make their community and the world a better place.

Congregational Youth Groups


USY at Congregation Agudas Achim

NFTY at Congregation Beth Israel

Congregation Shir Ami Youth Activities

NCSY at Congregation Tiferet Israel

Temple Beth Shalom Youth Groups

Jessica Ochs

Jessica Ochs

Senior Youth & Teen Director