by Michelle Koplan Two years ago, I sat around a conference room table discussing with Board and community leaders about ways to integrate philanthropy into our B’nai B’rith Camp (BB Camp) summer overnight camping program. It was clear to us that our teens needed to learn more about the importance of philanthropy, and specifically through a Jewish lens. Although we had the vision, we struggled with the logistics - the how to’s, the … [Read more...] about Teens Living Philanthropy in the Bunks: B’nai B’rith Camp Teen Philanthropy Program
Engaging Jewish Teens
The School Twinning program also builds relationships beyond the parents and families. The program fosters relationships that involve the entire synagogue and school communities. by Ahuva Ron For the last eight years, I have directed the School Twinning program between Los Angeles and Tel Aviv for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. I am writing this in response to the Jim Joseph Foundation Report on "Effective Strategies for … [Read more...] about The School Twinning Program As A Way of Engaging Teens
by Ira Miller I was interested to read Billy Planer's blog post "I Have Met The Enemy of Jewish Teen Engagement and It Is US" and the conversation it has inspired. I've known Billy for years and have always been impressed with his work and the incredible programs he runs, including Etgar 36. Billy makes an excellent argument about appreciating new "non-traditional" programs and seeing them as worthy recipients of funding, scholarships, and … [Read more...] about Welcoming the Stranger, Just How Open Should Our Jewish Teen Programming Tent Be?
by Yaron Lipschitz As the director of JCC Association’s teen travel program JCC Maccabi Israel (JMI), I am acutely aware of the need to encourage Jewish teens to visit and spend time in Israel. I am happy to report that we are actually seeing a substantial increase in our JCC Maccabi Israel numbers in contrast to the gloomy picture depicted in the April 17 JTA article, “The Birthright Israel flip side: Fewer high school students traveling to … [Read more...] about If the Community Wants It, They Will Go
by Matthew Lazar At HaZamir, the International Jewish High School Choir, we have learned that when teens first walk in our door, they have one critical thing in common: a passion for musical expression. But we believe that what creates the lasting impact of the HaZamir experience is the fact that HaZamir programs build a vibrant Jewish community to which the teens are asked to make a deep personal commitment. This issue of community-building … [Read more...] about Teens, Community, and Artistic Passion: a Successful Formula for Ongoing Engagement