By Briana Holtzman Passover is one of my favorite holidays. Each year, we are challenged anew to think about what we are willing to fight for; charged to make the changes we want to see in the world. Instead of simply marking an historical event on the calendar, we are instructed to retell the Exodus story as if we ourselves had experienced the miracle of liberation. Around the Passover seder table we sing verse after verse of “dayenu.” … [Read more...] about What’s Really Enough When it Comes to Jewish Teen Engagement?
By Jenn Director Knudsen Julia Weiss’ parents taught with words and by example the import of giving back. Both Julia and her big sister took their advice very seriously. “My older sister had asked for cans of food to donate instead of presents for her bat mitzvah project,” Julia, now 26, said. “I remember thinking I wanted to do something that lasted more than just one time.” And so she and her mom boarded a plane from Portland, Ore., to … [Read more...] about Jewish Teen Philanthropy Programs Hit Milestone and Keep Growing
By Stefanie Zelkind “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there,” warned the Cheshire Cat to Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Such obvious wisdom, and yet so often ignored - in our personal lives, in business, and, it seems, in our charitable giving. About 2 weeks ago, a new study reported that only 22% of donors have a mission statement or set of goals to guide their giving. A mission statement is a … [Read more...] about Teen Philanthropists More Focused than Adult Counterparts?
By Dafna Laskin [This is the final article in a four-part series about the long-term impact of Jewish teen philanthropy. Jewish teen foundations have successfully engaged a new generation of philanthropists, with thousands of teens giving away millions of grant dollars to nonprofit organizations while learning Jewish values. As part of this series, the Jewish Teen Funders Network releases “Jewish Teen Philanthropy: What is the Long-Term … [Read more...] about Lessons for a Lifetime of Judaism
By Rudy Brandt I just returned from living in Israel for four months on a high school semester study abroad program called NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. I was looking around my room at all of the things that made up who I was before I had left and found new parts of myself among the ruins and sand in the homeland of my people. As my eyes glanced over to my bed, my desk and then my shelves, something caught my attention. Sitting on the … [Read more...] about What a Paper Plate Says About My Jewish Identity