Open Hearts Open Homes

Open Hearts Open Homes invites Israeli teens whose lives have been forever changed due to terrorism – the loss of a loved one, living in constant fear of the next attack, not knowing life without sirens – to spend three weeks during the summer enjoying respite, home hospitality, travel camp activities, and fun with American peers.

Impact in Israel

Open Hearts Open Homes has changed the lives of families who are challenged by a traumatic past or who have suffered the impact of terrorism. By all accounts, its therapeutic value is extraordinary and helps many begin the process of psychological healing.

Impact in Northern NJ

To extend this lifeline of support and respite, Open Hearts Open Homes relies on the support of you and the entire Bergen County Jewish community.

  • Hosting is a rewarding, life transforming experience. By welcoming a teen into your home, not only do you provide comforting and comfortable surroundings for them, you gain new insight into their experiences and everyday life half a world away.
  • Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated. A gift of $6,500 provides a full scholarship for one teen to participate.

Stay up to date on Summer 2021 plans!

Exciting News from Open Hearts Open Homes

Erica Danziger | THU, JUL 01, 2021

Israeli teen program pivots for Summer 2021 This has been a very difficult year for us all and we wanted to update you on the Open Hearts Open Homes program…

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Sponsorship Opportunities for Summer of 2021

Make a difference in an Israeli teen’s life by sponsoring an Open Hearts Open Homes student or activity.

Teen Hero:


Sponsor at teen and cover all costs for one Israeli teen’s round trip travel and participation in our spectacular program.

Shabbat Benefactor:


Treat our teens and community to a catered Friday night dinner and Shabbat service.

Shalom Promoter:


Provide a fabulous three-day, two-night stay at a JCC-affiliated sleep away camp.

Day Trip Dynamo:


Sponsor one of the deluxe day trips that makes this program so exciting, such as Six Flags Great Adventure, a trip to the Jersey Shore and Aquarium or an Off-Broadway show in NYC.

Staycation Friend:


Sponsor a local fun day for our teens, such as Tree Top Rope Course, Escape Room, White Water Rafting or Ninja Warrior Course and a group meal out.

OHOH Sparkler:


Treat our teens to a fabulous American-style 4th of July party – complete with games, grilled goodies and festive seasonal decor.

T-Shirt Sponsor:


Gift a souvenir t-shirt, OHOH insulated lunch box and reusable water bottle to each of our teens to have as a keepsake.

Pizza Party Champion:


Treat the teens to a pizza party — always delicious!

Ice Cream Party Booster:


Sweeten their day with a treat at a local creamery.

Friends of OHOH:


Contribute to the program’s overall experience. All gifts are appreciated.

Or send check payable to JCCNNJ/OHOH.

Mail to:
Elana Prezant, OHOH
JCC of Northern New Jersey
50 Eisenhower Drive
Paramus, NJ 07652

cell: 201-805-2004

The advance warning systems failed.

No alarms sounded.

A bomb landed in Orel’s backyard!

These are the stories we hear from the teenagers living in Israel at the border of Gaza.

We know you share with us the feelings of dread and helplessness as we hear stories of ongoing violence and terror in Israel. We visit Israel and meet young people similar in every way to our own children. These teens lives have been devastated by hatred and violence and it breaks our hearts.

But there is a way for you to make a difference. Open Hearts Open Homes is a program through the JCC of Northern NJ to help bring comfort to Israeli teens affected by terrorism to our community for the summer. Twenty teens are selected to experience hope and healing during three weeks each summer.

Please help us make this 19th summer an outstanding one for these Israeli teens, like Orel, and our community.

If you have any questions about Open Hearts Open Homes or are interested in hosting an Israeli teen this summer, please contact Elana Prezant at (201) 805-2004 or [email protected]

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