Lapid, the Coalition for High School Age Programs in Israel, will cease operations as of January 2018. *** There have been many initiatives to bring more young Jews to Israel during their pre-college years. In recent years Lapid has been the main force to do so. As a coalition of about 25 international programs, Lapid spans the spectrum of Jewish communities and brings 12,000 teens to Israel every year. Closing Lapid due to lack of … [Read more...] about Lapid, The Coalition of High School Age Programs in Israel, to Cease Operations
Engaging Jewish Teens
By Lenny Silberman “This is massive - what an opportunity to get in on the ground floor,” said David, as we watched thousands of enthusiastic young fans pack the Barclays Center this past September. David is David Bryfman, Chief Innovation Officer of The Jewish Education Project. And the opportunity? Esports. I had invited David, along with a dozen other Jewish communal and philanthropic leaders, to witness the esports phenomenon … [Read more...] about The Future of Engaging – and Re-engaging Jewish Youth
By Liat Cohen Raviv
About 20 years ago, I was asked to develop a leadership program for Jewish youth that included elements of encounters between Americans and Israelis. Back in those days, at the end of the 1990s, short-term programs of this type were quite popular. However, this request came from an exceptional visionary, Helen Diller (z’l), who was bold enough to dream up and make possible a groundbreaking, long-term program (one year); a … [Read more...] about (Jewish) Education:
What Is Needed in Order to Succeed?
By Bree Kessler Programs where Jewish teens learn the “Jewish response” to social issues like hunger or homelessness are far from new. In fact, I can remember clearly as a youth at Hillel Day School in suburban Detroit the multiple field trips I made to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger as a way for us students to understand the distinction between Jews helping Jews and Jews helping non-Jews - but in a Jewish way. This lesson was further … [Read more...] about Can you Teach a Teen to be a Jewish Social Innovator?
By Noah Lee “How good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity!” Brotherhood and sisterhood is a really special gift. There’s something beautiful about sharing your upbringing with another person or people, growing and developing alongside them, and perhaps knowing them better than anyone else in the word. While I certainly am blessed to have the siblings that I do, my first experience at USY … [Read more...] about How good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity!