Netivot Shalom is starting a new social justice program for teens this fall. Teens will build their Jewish social justice toolkit by learning to analyze power, systems of oppression, privilege, marginalization, and modes of social change. In a fun and supportive environment, we will seek to answer the questions: What does Judaism teach us about the pursuit of social justice, and how does it help us get there? What is power, systemic oppression, privilege, and justice, and what are the relationships between these concepts? What is each of our roles in fighting the varied forms of oppression that cause suffering in this world? 

In the winter and spring, as a group, teens will design a meaningful project addressing the root causes of an injustice that is important to them. Our plan is to meet in-person, according to Netivot’s evolving COVID-19 guidelines. Meetings will take place every other week, with one core content workshop and one experiential session or guest speaker each month.

Learn more here. Contact Yael Platt if you have any questions: yael@netivotshalom.org. Please indicate your interest by filling out this form.


Post-COVID-19, we look forward to rebooting our Madrichim program where teens have opportunities to work staffing youth programs at Netivot Shalom. This includes our after-school programs, Shabbat and holiday childcare. 

If you are interested in more information, contact Rebecca Goodman, Youth and Family Education Director at yfed@netivotshalom.org. 

USY Regional Events and links

While we are not officially a USY chapter, we are affiliated with the New Frontier Region, and our teens are welcome to participate in regional events. 

Reach out to USY directly for more information: New Frontier USY | 408-892-2732 | https://www.newfrousy.org

*The Teen Social Justice Leadership Program is part of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative, with support provided by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Jim Joseph Foundation, and additional local funders

Jewish Community Federation
Jim Joseph Foundation