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Interfaith Teen Leaders Program

Thank you for your interest in the Interfaith Teen Leadership program, which aims to empower high school students to combat hate. As an Interfaith Teen Leader, you will:

  • Teach other teen leaders about your religion, faith and traditions, while learning about theirs through dialogue.
  • Discuss issues facing teens today, the rise in hate and antisemitism and ways to combat it.
  • Work together on service projects, events, and other programs to foster understanding and build community with other high school students of different faiths.


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Application Process

The group will be comprised of 9th – 12th graders who were recommended by the Committee or by leaders from the community. Interested students are required to submit an application and a short essay about why they want to be a part of this program and what they can bring to it. The application deadline is August 18.

What’s the Commitment?

Participation in the program will include several in-person meetings over the course of the school year, about every six weeks, with the goals of educating the students about each other’s religions and working towards planning an event they will bring to their school. Members of the teen interfaith cohort will be invited along with their families to attend the Interfaith Rosh Hashanah program in September and required to attend the December Lights Interfaith program. While the Rosh Hashanah program will be soon after the group is launched, the teens will be asked to help plan the December program.

What to Expect

Meetings will take place in the evenings over pizza dinner at the Aidekman Jewish Community Campus in Whippany. The first meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 15.

Questions? Contact Mara Gellman at

Please note the following regarding our events and programs:

  • Building an inclusive community is a priority. Please email to let us know if you require an accommodation to meaningfully participate in an event. One of our Federation professionals will reach out to you to learn more.
  • Pictures taken at Federation events and programs may appear on various channels, including social media and the Federation website. If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to the contact information in your confirmation email.