Camp Ramah in Northern California opened in 2016 and is one of several recipients of new S.F. Federation grants for teen engagement programs. (Courtesy/Camp Ramah)
Camp Ramah in Northern California opened in 2016 and is one of several recipients of new S.F. Federation grants for teen engagement programs. (Courtesy/Camp Ramah)

S.F. Federation grants $2 million for teen programs

The S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation is launching a five-year, $7.6 million program that officials envision will increase the number of kids engaged in Jewish experiences during their high school years.

The Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative, which includes significant funding from the Jim Joseph Foundation, is a response to national estimates that only 10 to 15 percent of Jewish teens are involved in any level of Jewish activity after having a bar or bat mitzvah.

The Federation’s board of directors approved $2 million in grants to community partners to be handed out over the next three years and hired Mike Friedman to lead the initiative.

The largest grant, $745,000, will go to S.F.-based Jewish LearningWorks. Other grantees include BBYO, Camp Tawonga, Camp Ramah, Congregation Emanu-El, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the San Francisco and Palo Alto JCCs, the Peninsula Jewish Youth for Community Action and NCSY’s Jewish Student Union.