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?
UJA-Federation of New York has released important new research on Jewish Millennials. The report, Insights and Strategies for Engaging Jewish Millennials, looked at Jewish 20- and 30-somethings in New York City. One of the key findings - especially for all the doomsayers - is that 82% of those surveyed plan to raise their children Jewish! The report looked at who Jewish New York City millennials are, including their lifestyles, needs … [Read more...] about 82% of Surveyed Millennials Plan to Raise their Kids Jewishly!
By the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies [This post is part of series that takes a deeper look at some of the findings from the Millennial Children of Intermarriage report. The first installment looks at the relationship of children of intermarriage to their grandparents. We found that the relationship to Jewish grandparents can be extremely important for a child’s later Jewish identity.] Background: Our study draws on a sample of … [Read more...] about Grandparents and Jewish Identity
By Annette Koren, Leonard Saxe and Shira Fishman Rhetoric about Israel on college campuses has become increasingly strident with BDS, anti-Apartheid walls, and “die-ins” substituting for serious discourse. Despite large-scale efforts by the Jewish community to strengthen identification with Israel among Jewish students, many wish to avoid the rancor of these events and choose to walk away. Others feel they lack the knowledge to engage … [Read more...] about What do Jewish College Students Really Know about Israel?