Become A Member

Rising 8th through 12 graders are invited to apply for Club Z by recommendation. Each year, members of the Club Z Community – as well as organizational partners are able to recommend a candidate to join the First Year Cohort. The candidate is then invited to apply, interview and, if accepted, joins the program.
Teens are able to reapply each Spring. Upon the graduation from the Institute, exceptional teens are invited to apply for the highly selective Club Z Fellowship Program.


  1. Members are Jewish (any way you define it) teens ages of 13 to 18.
  2. Members express an interest in Israel Advocacy and Zionism.
  3. Members participate in the program fully, including opening retreat at the beginning of the program and the educational sessions per school year.
  4. Members in 9-12 grades participate in the Club Z National Conference.
  5. Upon graduation from the first year program selected members are encouraged to apply for the second and third years of the Institute.
  6. Upon the completion the second year, selected members are invited to join the Teen Board.
  7. Upon graduation from the three year Institute, selected members are invited to apply for the one year Club Z Fellowship.

Membership is only $250 annually!

The membership fee includes all of the Institute official meetings, workshops, lectures, movie nights and field trips.


Opening Retreat: Labor Day Weekend
The Annual retreat is filled with informal activities and engaging discussions that will inspire and motivate teens to be proud Jews and Zionists.

Workshop Sessions
Focus on Jewish connection to the Land of Israel, provides historical context to modern day headlines, and serves as a welcoming place for Jewish teens. Meets are 1-2/months during school year

National Conference: MLK Weekend
The conference brings together teens from across the United States for a weekend of learning, debate, discovery, skill building and fun.

Hands On Leadership Development
Club Z has a Teen Board so the participants shape their own experiences and learning.
College level Fellowships are offered in diverse areas of interest.


Partner organizations, community members and existing Club Z members nominate teens for the first year of the Institute, who enter into a rigorous selection process.

The preference is given to the teens who are motivated to explore their Jewish identity, are interested in Israel and Zionism and have leadership potential.


After reviewing the nomination form, Club Z staff, together with Teen Board, invite selected nominees to apply for the First Year Cohort of the Institute. In-person interview is required and the applicant will be notified of their status within two weeks of the interview.

If you would like to apply to CZI directly, please feel out the Application.



After completing 2 years of Club Z institue, select teens that demonstrate commitment to learning and leadership, are invited to apply to serve on the Club Z Teen Board.

Teen Board members receive special training on Board Governance, Fundraising, Public Speaking, Group Facilitation, Coalition Building and Event Planning.

Under mentorship of the Club Z staff, Teen Board members will create and organize social events for Club Z members as well as Community events, and serve on the membership admissions committee.


Upon the completion of the 3 year program outstanding members are invited to apply for the Club Z Fellowship Program. Club Z is establishing partnerships with premier organizations that offers Fellowships for college students. Club Z Fellows will join the college Fellowship programs and be able to gain invaluable skills and experience before starting college, as well as have an enhanced resume for college admissions.