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Dynamic and innovative Jewish learning can happen anywhere, at any time. Whether through cultural interests or Torah study, there are multiple Jewish education entry points that tap into the varied interests and passions of Jewish youth. Designed to capitalize on these opportunities, the Manhattan JCC’s Jewish Journey Project (JJP) combines talented teachers and the excitement of New York City Jewish cultural and religious offerings to offer Jewish youth a new education experience. Founded by Rabbi Joy Levitt, JJP is a collaborative model ...More
The 500 attendees at the Park East Synagogue one mid-October afternoon celebrated their Judaism and Jewish community with singing, dancing, and stimulating discussion—creating a burst of joy for Jewish life and learning. They were all participating in the installation of Rav Asher Lopatin as the new President of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT), the open Orthodox rabbinical school. The occasion marked a profound achievement for YCT. Rav Avi Weiss founded the institution in 1999 to create an inclusive yeshiva where academic excellence is ...More
The ocean swelled, the wind howled, and rain pummeled the ground. Residents braced as Hurricane Sandy devastated the Atlantic coast. When the skies cleared, relief efforts began. This was in October. When American Jewish Society for Service (AJSS) volunteers arrived in Ventnor City, NJ, a small seaside community just south of Atlantic City, the group of Jewish teens helped residents clear debris from their yards and homes, ripped up rotted flooring and prepared homes for repairs. This was eleven months after the hurricane; with ...More
The Jewish Survey Question Bank (JSQB), launched by the Berman Jewish Policy Archive and Berman Jewish DataBank, is now available at http://jewishquestions.bjpa.org/. Take a look at the more than 16,000 Jewish social research survey questions and response options, covering studies on Jewish population, public opinion, program evaluations, and much more. The JSQB is designed to improve future Jewish social research and help academics, leaders of Jewish organizations, and Jewish educators craft their own surveys, enabling them to do ...More
Only two years ago, UC Berkeley students had limited opportunity to pursue Israel and Jewish studies in the classroom or to build a connection to the broader academic community on campus. Historically known as a campus that would be indifferent or even hostile toward Israel and with an academic program of Jewish studies in decline, the university needed leadership in order to provide Jewish students a more welcoming and academically rigorous experience. This environment – and the discourse around Israel and Jewish studies ...More
Organization to be Featured in Webinar Series on Educating and Engaging Jewish Teens Teenagers want to feel empowered. They want to feel in control of their future and their decisions. And Jewish teens are no exception, especially when it comes to their personal Jewish journeys during formative years of their lives. By establishing Jewish culture clubs in public and secular high schools, guided by full-time Jewish educator-advisors, Jewish Student Connection (JSC) is a catalyst for Jewish teens to take ownership of their Jewish future. JSC ...More