By Lisa Farber Miller and Jeff Tiell My participation in PresenTense Colorado has had a large impact on my Jewish identity. Before, I had little idea of any engagement for Jewish teens outside of my synagogue, and the only other Jewish kids I knew were from my B’nai Mitzvah class. PresenTense opened me up to a whole Jewish network I had never previously considered. This sentiment from Emily Winn of last year’s PresenTense Colorado - UpStart … [Read more...] about Sharing the Impact of PresenTense Colorado-UpStart
Engaging Jewish Teens
First cohort of teen engagement professionals will build skills around new outcome-driven approach
(NEW YORK) - The Jewish Education Project has announced the inaugural cohort of the Generation Now Fellowship, the first comprehensive fellowship to provide professional growth and leadership development for senior educators in the field of Jewish teen engagement.
Following a highly selective application process, the inaugural cohort of 20 … [Read more...] about Generation Now Fellowship:
Meet the First 20 Participants
By Tali Puterman Subbing a class of 8th graders is hard enough. Subbing a class of 8th graders the evening after “Stranger Things” Season 2 debuted on Netflix provided an added challenge I had not anticipated. How could I get this class to feel comfortable with me, respect me - their teacher for one evening - while their stress levels vacillated between theorizing Will Byer’s fate from the Demogorgon, fearing their classmates would spill … [Read more...] about “Stranger Things” and the Torah: Incorporating Netflix into Jewish Education
By Rabbi Jen Lader Two weeks ago, I was approached by several teens in my congregation asking us to take them to DC for the March for Our Lives. They felt called to be part of this movement - to support the young people calling for a revolution, proving themselves to be powerful change agents harnessing the momentum in the wake of the massacre in Parkland. And they were waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, having nightmares … [Read more...] about Praying With Our Feet
By Sara Allen
In the challenging world of heated political rhetoric, gun violence, and #MeToo, examples abound of teens finding and using their voices. For organizations devoted to Jewish teen engagement, empowering teens to authentically shape their own experiences is an important way to increase relevancy and meaning for teens seeking to create change for themselves, and in the world around them.
Communities participating in the Jewish … [Read more...] about Beyond a Seat at the Table:
Real World Models That Empower Teens