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Five new Jewish camps are launching across the United States this summer with seed money from the Specialty Camps Incubator run by the Foundation for Jewish Camp and funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation with a $10.1 million grant two years ago. The hope is that these new camps will fill niches and draw hundreds more young Jews to Jewish camps.
Updated: Apr. 18, 2010
Three young women have founded a Moishe House in a century-old building in the heart of the Budapest's downtown old Jewish quarter, bringing Jewish activity to the city's Jewish young adults. There are parties at Jewish holidays, movie nights, lectures on Jewish topics, social action meetings and a Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a potluck dinner that attracts dozens of people each Friday night.
Updated: Mar. 15, 2010
The mission of the Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN) is to provide Jewish teens with hands-on opportunities to engage in collective philanthropic giving with their peers, guided by Jewish values.The JTFN is an association of 82 Jewish teen philanthropy programs throughout North America. These programs are for both boys and girls, ages 13-18, are built around values clarification exercises, collective decision-making, philanthropic giving, and teen leadership.
Updated: Mar. 08, 2010
In this the first article in a series on people and places fostering commitment to Judaism and the Jewish people in the United States and elsewhere, Jack Wertheimer, professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York writes about experiential education, commitment to a clearly defined Jewish ideology and providing educating challenges that make Bnei Akiva's Camp Stone an excellent educational institution demonstratiing Torah and service in action.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2010
David Frank, photographer and educator, writes a beautiful blogpost about helping to create Jewish identity by digitally recording the important moments of the Jewish Life Cycle and cherishing them thus allowing us to 'translate our busy, sometimes chaotic lives into the illustrated narratives that, upon reflection, help us understand who we are, where we fit and what we mean.'
Updated: Feb. 18, 2010
About 105 Jewish college students will be utilizing their spring and summer breaks working on organic farms around the US for a week in six different sessions on the east and west coasts. At the same time, they will learn about food sustainability, Jewish agricultural laws, medicinal herbs, global food security and the growing food justice movement within the Jewish and secular worlds. This in a program, run by Jewish Farm School, with offices in New York and Philadelphia and co-sponsored by Hillel, which intends to give students a greater understanding of the complex issues involving sustainable food production.
Updated: Feb. 18, 2010
In an opinion piece in The Forward, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the rabbi-in-residence of Jewish Funds for Justice, outlines five principles that can guide Jewish educators toward more effective social justice education programs.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2010
The deadline is approaching for two Legacy Heritage Innovation Project grant opportunities for 2010-11 for synagogues seeking to (1) infuse music throughout congregational life or (2) strengthen congregants' connection to Israel by integrating Israel awareness throughout synagogue life.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
A new survey of US Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Jewish youth reveals sharp differences in their perception of Jewish identity. More than seven hundred youth attending Jewish summer camps around the United States were surveyed in a study conducted by Dr. Erik Cohen, of Bar-Ilan University's School of Education
Updated: Dec. 31, 2009
This summer a group of youths from the North American Russian Jewish community attended the two-week (July 19-Aug. 3, 2009) Havurah camping program at Camp Tel Yehudah at Barryville, N.Y. The 9th to 11th graders participated in various fun and educational activities in close contact with other campers at the Young Judea national senior leadership camp. Through a variety of innovative informal educational and recreational experiences, Havurah participants were provided an opportunity to explore and deepen their relationships with Israel, Jewish traditions, and Jewish culture and identity. The special educational curriculum tailored to the needs of Havurah’s teenage participants was developed by JAFI educators.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2009