By Arielle Handel and Dan Alpert Throughout the month of February, communities around the world recognized and participated in JDAIM, Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, with the goal of raising awareness and championing the rights of those with differing abilities, as well as creating more inclusive Jewish communities where everyone feels valued and dignified, no matter their identification. As a leading pluralistic Jewish … [Read more...] about When Big Feels Small: Creating Inclusive Communities at Large-Scale Events
Engaging Jewish Teens
By Sam Aboudara February 14th was one of those typically busy days at work where I barely had a second to think. It wasn’t until I got home and hung up the phone that I even learned about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. My wife shared with me the news and my reaction was surprising. I didn’t rush to turn on the news, or ask questions, or even recommence the ongoing conversation we often have about this subject and the changes needed. … [Read more...] about Will the Rising Voices of Teens Spur Change?
By Larisa Klebe If you work with teens in any number of settings (religious school, day school, youth group, Rosh Hodesh groups, etc…), you know that for many of them, the #MeToo movement is at the forefront of their minds. While teens haven’t yet reached adulthood, these issues affect them, and are important to them. Although it’s not our primary role as educators to provide counseling for teens who may be struggling with their own #MeToo … [Read more...] about Addressing #MeToo with Jewish Teens
By Karen Schwartz Some 2,500 young delegates will converge in New York this weekend for the CTeen International Shabbaton. The summit, now in its 10th year, will bring together teens from around the world for camaraderie and fun, and this year especially, for inspiration and unity. Rabbi Shaya Denburg, director of CTeen in Coral Springs, Fla., will bring a group to the convention for the first time this year. While he knew it was an … [Read more...] about Parkland Survivors Join CTeen New York Shabbaton
In order to strengthen BBYO’s ability to deliver meaningful Jewish experiences to Jewish teens, the Maimonides Fund has awarded the organization a grant of $3.9 million. This is the fourth multi-year, multi-million-dollar grant BBYO has received toward a capacity building plan designed to expand the organization’s reach and impact across the globe. A primary focus of this new grant will be felt at the more than 100 teen-led weekend retreats … [Read more...] about With New Multi-million Grant, BBYO will Expand Jewish Learning at Events and Experiences