Edited by Emma Mair In response to the Parkland school shooting on February 14, 2018, JWA’s Rising Voices Fellows decided to put their minds together and do what they do best: write. These are the stories of teenage girls from all over the United States, who have grown up after Columbine, after 9/11, and in the age of gun violence and terrorism. *** Tamar Cohen: “Another one?” “Ugh.” “Here we go again.” These aren’t the responses … [Read more...] about Rising Voices Fellows Respond to Parkland
Engaging Jewish Teens
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
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