Teen Program, Chaverim


The JCC’s Teen program, called Chaverim by most, is in its 23rd year.

10 reasons to go to 2016-2017 registration and sign up for Fall 2016 Chaverim


Rick Concoff says students who join Chaverim:

1-Stay connected with their Jewish life and Jewish friends.

2-Enjoy a relaxing mid-week "break" twice monthly.

3-Are more likely to stay Jewishly connected in college and later.

4-Enjoy great dinners and lively, compelling and social discussion sessions.

5-Are always glad they attended.


Alumni who attended Chaverim when they were teens:

1-Say even if they only came once and a while it was still worth it.

2-Have great memories.

3-Stayed in contact with their Jewish friends into adulthood.

4-Feel the values discussions helped them to make better life decisions.

5-Say they would love to go back and do it again!


Chaverim continues to serve teens entering 8th grade through 12th from all five Sonoma County synagogues and the Jewish community at large. Our program provides a unique venue that inspires involvement in Jewish life. Students meet by grade level for weeknight dinner discussions, and are also encouraged to participate in other Jewish teen activities here and in the Bay area. Meetings provide the opportunity to experience social interaction and engaging discussions dealing with relevant emerging young adult issues as well as ethical topics - all through a Jewish lens.

Whether you can make all the sessions or just a few, membership in this program is sets the stage to make a place for Judaism in your current life and in the future.

As one parent of a student recently said “We appreciate our kid’s sports and extracurricular activities. But really, most of them will only spend a few years in their young lives being in soccer or baseball or dancing or whatever it is that occupies their thoughts at the moment. They will spend their lives being Jewish, so let’s help them make Jewish engagement in life a habit.” 

Newcomers are always welcome regardless of prior Jewish knowledge or experience.

Want to sign up, but not ready to register?

Call Rick at (707) 477-9196 rick@jccsoco.org or (707) 823-3916

Rick Concoff, Director of Youth and Teen Programs

Rick Concoff, M.A., has been an educator and mentor for children of all ages including grade school, pre-teen and teen for over 35 years. 

Click here for 2016-2017 Registration

Click here for 2016-2017 Schedule


The Sonoma County Jewish Teen Program is a program of the Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County and is supported by Congregation Beth Ami and Congregation Shomrei Torah. The Teen Program and the JCC, Sonoma County are beneficiaries of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties