Youth Development and Well-being Conference

Conversation. Connection. Collaboration.

@ The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
March 3–4, 2024

Join professionals supporting youth, adolescents, and emerging adults from across the Jewish community to understand the impact of how these developmental periods are evolving. Learn skills for centering mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health across youth work from experts and peers.

Registration for this event is now closed.

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This conference is produced by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yedid Nefesh initiative. All youth-facing professionals are invited to attend, including, but not limited to, those working in camping, campus life, education, mental health, schools, synagogues, and more.



Creative and interactive sessions
Tangible skill development
Networking with colleagues
Exploration of theories and trends
Exchanging ideas and proven practices
Celebrating youth
And more…


Optional Brunch for Camp Professionals
Opening Program: Setting the Stage & Workshop Block #1
Panel: New Paradigms in Adolescent + Young Adult Development

As the developmental stages of adolescence and young adulthood shift, join experts in the field to build an understanding of the current status of these stages and ways to effectively support youth, families, and youth-facing staff along the journey.

Camp Professionals Only: Dinner Program
Evening Experience
Registration & Breakfast
Morning Wellness Options
Opening Program & Keynote Speaker
Dr. Lisa Miller is a psychologist and founder of the Spirituality, Mind, Body Institute at Columbia University. Join as she shares insights from, and expands upon, her newest book, The Awakened Brain – a groundbreak exploration of the neuroscience of spirituality and a bold new paradigm for health and resilience.
From Theory to Practice
Facilitated time with colleagues by affinity group, digging into tangible applications from our keynote session for your own work.
Workshop Block #2
Workshop Block #3
Closing Program: The Gift of Gratitude

The closing program will end on Monday March 4th at 4:30pm

Sessions Schedule (Draft)


Frequently Asked Questions

Details for Yedid Nefesh Camps

Read more about what is covered for Yedid Nefesh camps in terms of registration fees, travel policy, and hotel accommodations. Click here to download the full Yedid Nefesh 2024 CoP Conference Travel and Info


For those attending the full program, Sunday will include snacks and Monday will include a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks. All food will be catered by kosher providers within New York City.


The program will take place both days at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th Street in New York City. The closest subway lines are the 1, 2, or 3 trains.

We encourage using public transit whenever possible, accessible from Port Authority Bus Terminal and New York Penn Station for Amtrak and LIRR (a quick transfer from MetroNorth at Grand Central Terminal).

For those organizing their own flights – we suggest EWR, LGA, or JFK airports.


Joining from out of town? Some participants will be staying at the Belleclaire Hotel on Broadway at West 77th Street in Manhattan, NYC.

For general participants, there is currently no negotiated room block. For Yedid Nefesh grantee camp representatives, please see the Travel Policy you received via email or within the registration form.

Registration Pricing

Full Registration $115

Sunday Only $50

Monday Only $75

Sunday Evening $25

*For camps who receive the Yedid Nefesh grant, registration fees are covered for one representative as part of the Community of Practice (ideally your mental health professional).


We encourage participants to use the restroom that best fits their gender identity or expression. Single stall, all-gender restrooms are available within the building.

We encourage participants to use the restroom that best fits their gender identity or expression. Single stall, all-gender restrooms are available within the building.

Elevators and stairs are planned to be available for the duration of the program which will take place across multiple floors. If you have a specific request in regards to inclusion, accessibility, or other accommodation that you’d like to discuss before registration – please contact

Conference Sponsorship + Partnership Opportunities

As a sponsor or partner, your organization will be listed on the conference website and receive verbal and written recognition on-site during the conference.

Sponsors can contribute a session (limited – pending space and content approval) and/or distribute organizational materials.

Partners are integral in helping spread the word and promote this learning and networking opportunity to a wide cross-section of professionals serving youth in the Jewish community. You’ll regularly share and include information about the conference to your community or through your organization’s communication channels (email newsletters, social media, online calendar, etc.) once signed on until the event.

Contact Naomi Skop Richter and Jill Goldstein Smith.

Presenter Information

Are you presenting at the conference? Here’s where to submit your information:

*At this time, we are not soliciting presenters or session ideas. If you or your organization is interested in sharing materials on-site, please see the section above on “Sponsorship + Partnership” opportunities.

Continuing Education Hours
Over the course of the conference, social workers may be eligible for up to 5 hours of Continuing Education via the New York State Education Department, Office of Professions through the approved provider United Jewish Appeal -Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc. (SW-0289).
To obtain the maximum amount, participants must attend 3 eligible workshop sessions, the Sunday panel, and the Monday keynote speaker and complete both the attendance form during the event and post-event CE survey after the event.

Contact Information

Camp Professionals & Yedid Nefesh grantees:

Jill Goldstein Smith, Senior Program Manager, Foundation for Jewish Camp


Prospective conference attendees who don’t work at camp:

Naomi Skop Richter, Senior Director Teen + Young Adult Mental Health Initiative, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan


Questions about Accessibility:

Maryn Gordon Mucasey, Program Manager – Community Care, Foundation for Jewish Camp


Conference Sponsors




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