Our mission is to create welcoming and vibrant Jewish communities for teens to learn and connect with each other, explore Jewish culture and history, and discover opportunities for deeper engagement.
JSU is a national network of 320+ clubs in high schools across North America, impacting 14,000 teens every year.
If you are a high school student who is looking for a welcoming, vibrant, and social community to connect with Jewish peers and fellow students, learn about Jewish culture and history, and discover fun and meaningful experiences, then JSU is the place for you.
With a host of programs and activities, JSU has something for everyone, and we are always excited to welcome in new teens.
When you come to JSU, you will:
JSU is your space to connect, explore, and discover.
JSU actively welcomes and accepts Jewish teens of all backgrounds and affiliations, fostering an inclusive and open community. We accept students regardless of their Jewish practice and equally encourage them to participate in our programming and activities, including leadership positions. JSU also promotes and encourages teens to actively partake in its Jewish activities and programming — whether “cultural” or “religious” — while being mindful and respectful of teens’ personal practice and expectations.
JSU is always creating new opportunities both in and out of school for teens to grow as leaders. Two of our popular leadership programs are the JSU Leadership Institute (JSU-LI) and our annual Presidents Conference.
JSU-LI is a fellowship that will empower you to develop and master leadership skills through hands-on experience and Jewish learning. By preparing and operating weekly Jewish educational opportunities that are immersive, accessible, and thought-provoking, this innovative group of teen leaders from across the globe learns to engage peers and promote Jewish values.
Our annual Presidents Conference gathers JSU club presidents and leaders from schools across America and Canada for two immersive days of transformative leadership training, critical skill building, and understanding serious Jewish issues. When it ends, teens return to their schools empowered with the tools, ideas, and projects necessary to lead their JSU clubs toward a year of success. You can learn more here.
You can find JSU clubs thriving across 26 states — search for yours here. If there isn’t one near you now, then you can start a JSU club of your own! To learn more about that, fill out the form here.
JSU is a program of NCSY, the youth movement of the Orthodox Union.