Message from the Teen Director

The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center’s Teen Department hosts an array of enriching programming that brings together teens of diverse backgrounds from all over San Diego. It’s exciting to provide experiences for teens to develop into emotionally well-rounded leaders of the future!

The Teen Leadership Council began their term by growing substantially in size and scope! We now have 50 active teen leaders participating in the planning and implementation of meaningful teen programming! Led by President Marc Bielas, the talented and motivated teens continue to impress with their forward thinking ideas, thoughtful discussion, and overall enthusiasm for the upcoming year and future. We have so many established successful programs that will be offered, including Club J, Dodgeball Tournaments, Partners in Prevention, Teen and Parent Seminar Series, and the West Coast College Tour.

Our Girls Life program, funded by the Jewish Women’s Foundation provides a fabulous leadership opportunity for tween girls and our new Tween Programming offers awesome social events for middle school boys and girls!

JSERVE will be back again bringing together over 250 volunteers to participate in six community service sites and our new Social Action Leadership Institute funded by the Jewish Federation of San Diego County’s Innovation Grant, takes teen leaders to Washington D.C. to meet with political leaders and learn how to advocate for causes they believe are important.

We will also be offering a Boston College Tour for teens to travel to the east coast and check out all the amazing colleges in New England!

Finally, our JCC Maccabi Games and JCC Maccabi Artsfest will be an experience of a lifetime with the entire San Diego Delegation representing our community in this celebration of Jewish sports and community!

There is so much to look forward to this year! The Teen Department at the Lawrence Family JCC will continue to provide teens with opportunities to become well-rounded individuals through multi-faceted experiences that celebrate our Jewish community. We will continue the tradition of excellent and meaningful teen programming with a mission to unite even more San Diego teens in an environment that fosters self-esteem, Jewish identity, individuality, community service, and leadership.

Come by my office any time to chat or just say hi!


If you have questions or want to learn more about any of our programs, please contact Karen Flexer Friedenberg at 858.362.1331 or

To register for a teen program, fill out the Registration Form.

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Karen Flexer Friedenberg
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037