Teen Program, Chaverim

Introduction to Chaverim 

Chaverim Registration Open for 2021-22

Chaverim meetings provide a safe space for social interaction and engaging discussions through a Jewish lens. Classes will be held both in person AND on Zoom, so everyone can participate. Give your children and grandchildren a gift.

The Chaverim Teen Program has provided a unique safe space for young people to engage in important conversations and learn about the world through a Jewish lens. Created by award-winning educator Rick Concoff, the program is open to everyone from 8th to 12th grade.

Although it has been a difficult year and a half, in 2020 and 2021, Chaverim didn’t miss a single class, having immediately switched to virtual, even adding summer meetings. Honoring inclusivity, though they will meet in-person this fall, they will still continue to offer a virtual option.


Are you wondering what your kids do there? "A Typical Day at Chaverim" 

See a video of the Class of 2016 talk about what the Chaverim Program meant to them, in their own words.

Click here for the Chaverim 2021-22 Registration Page!

JCC's Director Rick Concoff Receives the 2020
"Rick is a life line for so many of his teens. He not only creates a safe place for teens, but reaffirms who they are in the world." - Deb Massey, Jewish LearningWorks
Rick Concoff is an award-winning Jewish educator, a leader and role model in our community.
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 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 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.

Need more information?
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. 

Chaverim Video

See a video of the Class of 2016 talk about what the Chaverim Program meant to them, in their own words.


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