What better way to trumpet our commitment to youth engagement than to have teens lead the congregation through the final moments of the High Holy Days. by Paul Kipnes In the midst of inspiring and emotionally charged Yamim Noraim, an utterly unexpected yet totally welcome … [Read more...] about Successful Models of Teen Engagement: When Teens Take Over High Holy Day Services
Engaging Jewish Teens
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 … [Read more...] about Teens Living Philanthropy in the Bunks: B’nai B’rith Camp Teen Philanthropy Program
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 … [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, … [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 M … [Read more...] about If the Community Wants It, They Will Go