Youth Programs

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








Lou & Sybil Mervis YoPhI Teen Board (Youth Philanthropy Indy)

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.


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.


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 x2211

CTeen is a place for Jewish teens to united and celebrate who we are, all while having plenty of fun along the way. Open to 8th - 12th graders. For more information contact Rabbi Dovid and Mrs. Chana Grossbaum here.


Upcoming Youth Events