North Peninsula teen hub launched

North Peninsula teens seeking to connect with Jewish life after their bar or bat mitzvahs have a new hub: the Teen Collective. Recently launched after securing three years of funding from the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, the organization will serve teens in San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, Hillsborough and Redwood City.

The Teen Collective came together through the efforts of four Peninsula synagogues: Congregation Beth Jacob, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Temple Beth El and Peninsula Temple Sholom, according to its director, Dani Mahrer.

“The rabbis are very close,” Mahrer said. “They wanted to create a more vibrant environment for teens.”

URJ Camp Newman, which offers year-round programs for teens in the Bay Area, is overseeing the project. Jewish Learning­Works is also a collaborator.

So far, the Teen Collective website — — functions as a hub, pulling together listings of Jewish programs for teens offered by other organizations. But at the end of February, the Teen Collective will launch its first independent project, the Marcus Social Justice Fellowship. The fellowship program will train teens in community organization and social justice approaches; each participant will choose a cause to work on.