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When Jewish Learning Meets Social Networks: A 21st Century Approach to Education

By on November 21st, 2012

Over recent decades, demographic reports on Jewish life have indicated declining numbers of young Jews choosing to opt into Jewish life. This phenomenon is especially notable among teens, college students and twenty-somethings. In response to these concerning trends, Jewish innovators across the country have developed a wide array of new programs and initiatives targeting these age cohorts. For those funders interested in supporting efforts with the potential to reverse the demographic trends, a persistent challenge is to identify strategies that provide both breadth and depth. At the Jim Joseph Foundation, we are following the progress of a number of efforts designed to address this very issue. Three specific models – implemented by Hillel, Moishe House, and Jewish Student Connection (formerly Jewish ...More

Leveraging Networks for Jewish Engagement & Learning

By on September 5th, 2012

During the past six years, Jim Joseph Foundation grantees have demonstrated that peer relationships and the networks supporting those relationships create value.  This month, the release of a two-year evaluation summary report of Hillel’s Senior Jewish Educator and Campus Entrepreneurial Initiative (SJE-CEI) will further evidence the correlation between networks, educators, and effective Jewish engagement.  Funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation, the report points clearly “to the value of relationships -- with peers and authentic teachers -- as well as the power of Jewish learning that is contextual and relevant in the lives of young Jews today.” There is no question that relationship-based networks play an increasingly prominent role in the lives of Jewish youth and young adults, as they do ...More

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