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Ideas in Jewish Education and Engagement

2017-09-27T04:22:19+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Training the Educators We'll Always Remember September 13, 2017 Developmentally, teens are in the midst of a significant process of becoming. In the teen years, we begin to move from our parents’ ideas and habits to our own. And at the same time, we are too young to truly be independent — we are deeply influenced [...]

Sababa Surf Camp Connects Kids with Surfing, Sand and Judaism

2017-09-27T04:13:54+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

By Ryan Torok September 6, 2017 Danny Mishkin had just one question for the 14 teens and tweens in his Sababa Surf Camp in Malibu over Labor Day weekend: “What’s your sababa level?” Sababa is Hebrew slang for “cool,” “all good,” “no worries.” At Sababa Surf Camp, a New York-based camp for tweens and teens combining surfing with [...]

Testing the Waters: New Summer Teen Experiences

2017-09-27T04:14:22+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|

There was something fishy about the Sci-Tech Israel program.Just ask Robert, a rising junior at a Westchester high school, who joined 28 other teens from the New York area and around the country for three weeks on this Israel adventure. The teens met Israeli science and technology experts while exploring the country from Sinai to Eilat [...]

From Grant Funding to Sustainability, Life After “Start-Up”

2017-08-27T19:11:17+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

By Adam Smith In 2009, Jewish Teen Initiative – Boston (JTI), then known as the North Shore Teen Initiative (NSTI), launched in the 23 cities and towns just north of Boston as an innovative, first-of-its-kind program aimed at addressing the alarming trend of teens disconnecting from their Jewish faith and community after Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Now, a little more than [...]

When Experiments Go Well: How a New Investment from the Jim Joseph Foundation Will Help Moving Traditions’ National Expansion

2017-07-18T21:46:57+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

By Deborah Meyer and Jeff Tiell The teen years have always been a challenge. Figuring out who you are; navigating complex social systems; being pressed to succeed academically; a body that changes from day to day – almost no adult would willingly return to adolescence. In our intense modern world, with a 24/7 fishbowl of social [...]

Jewish Teens: Finding Activities After Bar/ Bat Mitzvah

2017-07-18T22:22:01+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

By Darren Schwartz Darren Schwartz NEW YORK — In my last column I identified a major challenge in Jewish teen engagement the stems from a disconnect in the values and traditions associated with bar/bat mitzvah. The ceremony that symbolizes a child’s commitment to live a Jewish life relies on an implicit notion that he or she [...]

“That was the most myself I’ve ever been” – Teens reflecting on new models of summer programming

2017-07-18T21:27:13+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

By Alex Pomson and Melanie Schneider Some of the most powerful memories from childhood are associated with summer: the riotous sound of crickets at night; a first sighting of the Milky Way; the hot sensation of a campfire on one’s face; or for those not able to get out of town, the intrigue of long hours [...]

Putting Teens at the Center

2017-05-19T18:12:06+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

by Reuben Posner Professor Eleanor Duckworth, a cognitive psychologist and educator, suggests that the purpose of all education is to encourage the “having of wonderful ideas.” She writes that these ideas “need not necessarily look wonderful to the outside world… The more we help children to have their wonderful ideas and to feel good about themselves [...]

In This Together: A Team Approach to Teen Engagement

2017-05-07T04:49:43+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog|

By Malka Levitansky and Hallie Shapiro, March 21, 2017 We’re all looking for that magic formula. That unique program, experience or methodology that will somehow not only engage Jewish teens in the present, but also keep them Jewishly involved on college campus and beyond. Foundations, Jewish federations and individuals invest millions of dollars a year in [...]