No matter which Jewish summer camp children attend, they will likely come away with the message that Hebrew is a part of Jewish life. By Sharon Avni, Sarah Bunin Benor and Jonathan Krasner “Chanichim, follow your madrichim to the teatron for peulat erev.” For those not conversant in the language of many American Jewish overnight summer camps, that means “campers, follow your counselors to the theater for the evening activity.” Why do … [Read more...] about Hebrew at Camp is about Connection, Not Proficiency: Results of a New Survey
By David Eisner Across the country, organizations and leaders are looking for proven ways to engage the so-called “unaffiliated” Jewish young adults who don’t connect with the “organized” Jewish community. Finding these young adults is not as mysterious as you might hear: head to a multi-ethnic, urban neighborhood that’s grappling with gentrification; spend some time in a second-hand book store; or hang out at a boutique coffee shop. They’ll … [Read more...] about How Young Adults Serve with Others and Build New Jewish Community at the Same Time
The UK's Institute for Jewish Policy Research, in the first in-depth analysis published in 18 years, shows that 93% of British Jews sampled in its National Jewish Community Survey make at least one charitable donation per annum - a significantly higher proportion than that found in the UK population at large. Based on data gathered for JPR’s National Jewish Community Survey, it also demonstrates that almost four in five Jews consider … [Read more...] about British Jews “Remarkably Charitable” but new report identifies Upcoming Challenges
As communities around the country look to leverage the early childhood years to welcome families into Jewish life, a new report - Enhancing Jewish Learning & Engagement in Preschool Life - details how the Jewish Resource Specialist (JRS) Initiative in the Bay Area produced a growing, networked community of educators who have enhanced early childhood education experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since planning began in 2008, the Early … [Read more...] about New Model Documentation Details Successful Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative
PEJE, the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, has published Is it Really Possible to Grow Jewish Day School Enrollment? - new research with a focus on enrollment in non-Orthodox Chicago day schools. Chicago represented fertile ground for such research as the area has a rich array of choices of high-quality non-Orthodox day schools, a creative and highly supportive federation, and a cadre of foundations eager to explore promising … [Read more...] about Is it Really Possible to Grow Jewish Day School Enrollment?