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
Engaging 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
By Sara Allen Teens today are highly ambitious. Inspired to create positive change, when they choose to devote their time and energy to an organization or activity, they expect an experience that offers both a chance to learn, and a sense of meaning. Generation Now: Understanding and Engaging Jewish Teens Today notes that, “Teens expressed that ongoing Jewish programming should offer them recognizable value in their life ... that strengthen … [Read more...] about Filled with Meaning, Learning, and Personal Growth: Creating Impactful Jewish Internship Experiences
By Susan Holzman Wachsstock & Andi Meiseles, Ed.D.
When thinking about the Jewish community’s classic approach to engaging teens, there are traditionally three questions we focus on: “How can we make you more Jewish?” How can we make this Jewish institution stronger?” (i.e. get you to join.) and “How can we make the Jewish people stronger?” (i.e. make more Jews.) These are not bad questions. They simply miss the mark.
The teen years … [Read more...] about Generation Now Fellowship:
Calling Senior Teen Engagement Professionals