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Youth Programs

The Indianapolis Jewish community supports a wide array of opportunities for teens and youth








YoPhI is a youth education program that aims to encourage Jewish youth in greater Indianapolis to do good through philanthropy and service, grounded in Jewish values and community connection. In Hebrew slang, yophi means "excellent" or "great job" - participants in the various YoPhI programs will be saying a big YOPHI! throughout their work.


  • YoPhI Service Learning

    YoPhI Service Learning brings youth together in age-based, cross-communal cohorts to participate in service projects that connect Jewish values to hands-on working in the local community.

  • YoPhI Teen Board

    High school students work as a philanthropic board focused on learning and making grants through a values-grounded, authentic, consensus-building process. Join to put your values into action and make a lasting impact on our community.

  • YoPhi Mitzvah Project

    The Mitzvah Project will provide a structure for families to learn about tzedakah and establish a fund with a portion of b'nai mitzvah gift money to be drawn from annually for philanthropic giving.

For the 2019-2020 school year, we will be exploring the Jewish practice of Mussar, a method of character development by living a more meaningful and ethical life through a hip-hop based curriculum.


Chai Mitzvah Teens is free and open to Jewish post-B'nai  Mitzvah teens (8th - 12th grade). Teens must commit to attending all seven sessions and two social action events. Sessions take place one Sunday per month from 1:00 - 2:15 pm. Questions? Contact David at or (317) 715-6974.



Israel Engagement Fellowship

In this 8-session intensive you will explore the many facets of Israel, Zionism, and antisemitism, both historically and today. Fellows graduate with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enter conversations about Israel thoughtfully and effectively.


Student to Student

Jewish teens are trained to give joint presentations about what it’s like to be Jewish today, providing an indispensable opportunity for non-Jewish students to learn directly from peers, and ask questions of Jewish teens in a safe environment.



Join other Jewish 6th – 12th graders from around Indy for our annual teen service mega-event: J-Serve! Band together with Jewish youth as they engage in community service and bring to life the values of gemilut chasidim (acts of loving kindness), tzedakah (just and charitable giving), and tikkun olam (repairing the world) as part of J-Serve in communities around the world.

Registration for J-Serve coming February 2020.

Interested in joining the J-Serve Teen Leadership committee and helping to plan the entire event? Contact David Heilbron at


A teen-led movement open to Jewish teens in grade 8 - 12.

Want to learn about upcoming local events? Sign up for each chapter's Remind! Text @indyaza (boys) or @byachad (girls) to 81010

Questions? Contact

IHC's senior youth group IFTY is associated with NFTY - Ohio Valley region. Open to Jewish 9th - 12th graders.

For more information, contact Matt Hastings at or  (317) 255-6647 x216


Upcoming Youth Events

  • This Month's Topic: Menuchat Ha-Nefesh (Equanimity)


    For the 2019-2020 school year, we will be exploring the Jewish practice of Mussar, a method for character development and living a more mea...

  • As 6th-12th graders join for J-Serve, do some good with a special 3rd - 5th grade session of YoPhI Service learning! Service projects are still TBD but it is sure to be a meaningful and fun day.

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    J-Serve 2020

    Join other 6th – 12th graders from around Indy for our annual teen service mega-event J-Serve