Chicago industrialist/philanthropist Ted Perlman and his wife Harriette have pledged $25 million to accelerate BBYO’s initiatives for young Jewish women and teens. The gift, one of the largest single commitments to a youth-serving organization in modern history, provides immediate resources for BBYO to launch and expand new programs and provides endowment funding that will support such activities in perpetuity. The Perlman's gift will … [Read more...] about BBYO receives historic $25 million Pledge to Support Women’s Leadership and Empowerment
Engaging Jewish Teens
By Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Elana Nemitoff Teens today speak of being stressed and anxious, feeling tensions that seems to transcend levels reported by previous generations. School pressures and what might be called the “psychosis of the social media facade” now merge with a seemingly endless series of mass shootings, contentious mean-spirited national dialogue, an obstructionist political culture, and natural disasters like fires, floods, … [Read more...] about Creating an Escape for Teens After the SoCal Fires and Shooting
(JWeekly) - San Francisco-based Jewish LearningWorks is organizing a five-day conference for those who work Jewish teens that will emphasize themes of wellness and mental health. The Bay Area Teens Thrive Un-Conference is scheduled to take place at five locations over five days starting Monday, Feb. 4. Each location will cover a different theme or topic, with the daily sessions running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on the final day, Feb. … [Read more...] about Work with Jewish Teens? This ‘Un-Conference’ is For You.
By Cantor Katie Oringel “I chose to be a peer mentor because I think that the Bar/Bat Mitzvah is one of the most significant parts of a Jewish person’s life. To be a part of someone’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a very special experience and a great opportunity to practice leadership. I have grown significantly as a leader. Being a peer mentor is one of the few opportunities for kids to share experience, knowledge, and communication. These skills are … [Read more...] about Kehillah Leads to Community
By Rabbi Shaul Feldman
Great thinkers have often pondered:
Can one really change a world view that is deeply rooted in one’s heart?
When someone has seen the world through a certain lens for so long, is it feasible to alter that vision?
My experience on the recent Generation Now Fellowship Israel Seminar convinced me the answer is yes. I hope my recounting of this experience will give you pause to think about these important … [Read more...] about Who is Wise?
One Who Learns from All