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This study reports on an assessment of the landscape of Jewish Service Learning of young people aged 18-24. The assessment included the current capacity among practitioners, the support required to further that capacity and the relevance of secular national service and other faith-based service traditions in defining the potential and evolution of Jewish Service Learning. The report results help better understand and maximize the value that Jewish service learning offers.
Updated: Jan. 22, 2009
Nextbook, a non-profit institution devoted to promoting Jewish cultural literacy, has announced the 'Big Jewish Read' — a call to synagogues across the US to harness the power of Jewish literature and create spirited discussions for their congregation around a Jewish-themed book from Nextbook's Jewish Encounters series.
Updated: Dec. 28, 2008
eCamp – The international technology summer camp, to take place both in Israel and the US this summer, is entering its second season. eCamp, a pluralistic Jewish community, is designed to bring enterprising young people aged 8-18 from around the world together for a unique interactive Israeli – Jewish hi-tech experience. eCamp is designed to encourage campers to express their creativity and discover their connections with the Jewish world and Israel.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2008
Celebrating its 5th year, Limmud NY is a 4-day getaway to Ellenville, NY in the Catskills with 1,000 Jews of all ages and backgrounds. Participants will be able to choose from 300+ sessions – up to 15 concurrently – including lectures, hands-on workshops, text study, crafts, music, film, yoga, nature walks, a wide variety of Shabbat services, and more.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2008
Areyvut enables Jewish youth to infuse their lives with the core Jewish values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (social action). A non profit organization established in 2002, Areyvut offers Jewish day schools, educators, synagogues and community centers unique opportunities to empower and enrich youth by creating innovative and meaningful programs that make these core Jewish values a reality.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2008
Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! is the first proactive, informal education program that uses Judaism to enrich the lives of girls. It draws on Jewish tradition to give girls a place to feel safe, articulate their questions and concerns, have fun, and be ‘real’ with their peers. Small groups of girls meet monthly with a carefully trained adult leader who uses a step-by-step manual. Through discussion, arts & crafts and drama, the girls integrate core Jewish values as they focus on the things they care about most, such as body image, friendship, relationships, competition, stress and family.
Updated: Sep. 25, 2008
The PJ Library reaches out to Jewish families with young children to help create stronger Jewish homes. In participating communities, each subscribed child receives a free gift of a high-quality, age appropriate Jewish book or CD that is mailed to the home every month. The PJ Library offers books to children from age six months to six years.
Updated: Sep. 24, 2008
Aimed at teens, Sulam provides a wide range of quality volunteer opportunities and helps deepen connections to Jewish tradition through service to others. With the three-part Service Learning model (community service, related study and personal reflection), Sulam provides resources that enhance the service teens do as an integral component of their personal and Jewish identity. Sulam consists of a web-site, a resource library and consultative services, sponsored by The Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles.
Updated: Sep. 10, 2008
A response to Joseph Reimer's article, 'Beyond More Jews Doing Jewish: Clarifying the Goals of Informal Jewish Education.' The author notes Reimer's pioneering efforts to clarify the concept “informal Jewish education” by adding and/or emphasizing four important points and calls for a continuation of the discourse while contributing to a further clarification of terms.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2008
A JTA Central European correspondent and his family join 80 Hungarian Jewish families for five days of Jewish retreat and activity at the famed Szarvas camp in southeastern Hungary. There, they strengthen their ties to the Jewish people and build their Jewish identity.
Updated: Jul. 22, 2008