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At this week’s Jewish Funders Network Conference, The Jewish Education Project unveiled what we believe to be the largest study of American Jewish teens ever conducted, with 17,576 teens participating. GenZ Now: Understanding and Connecting with Jewish Teens Today deepens our understanding of the complexities of being a Jewish teen in the United States today.
Updated: Mar. 28, 2019
A Virtual Safe Zone: Teachers Supporting Teenage Student Resilience Through Social Media in Times of War
We examine how teacher-student communication through social network technologies may support student resilience during an ongoing war (i.e., the 2014 Israel-Gaza war). Based on student responses from open-ended surveys (N = 68), five content categories of emotional support were identified: caring, reassuring, emotion sharing, belonging, and distracting. The mere existence of continuous online contact with teachers also contributed to resilience perceptions. Interviews with 11 secondary school teachers revealed three main purposes for this communication: (a) delivering emotional support to students, (b) monitoring their distress; and (c) maintaining civilized norms of discourse. Practical implications and theoretical contributions are discussed.
Updated: May. 16, 2018
A new national project will explore the learning and growth outcomes of teen experiences offered by the largest organizations that engage Jewish teens in North America. The study, led by The Jewish Education Project and Rosov Consulting, will seek to gather data from as many as 50,000 7th-12th graders across North America.
Updated: Oct. 25, 2017
jGirls is an online magazine written by and for teen girls across the Jewish spectrum. It is a safe space for girls to explore concerns and identities, cultivate self-expression, exchange ideas with girls from different backgrounds and perspectives, and build a Jewish community in their own image.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2017
Against this backdrop, the New York Jewish Teen Initiative was launched in 2014. This ambitious effort to create new models of summer programming for Jewish teens, and to increase the numbers participating in Jewish experiences, is a partnership between UJA Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation within the framework of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative, which includes national and local funders from ten communities. The Jewish Education Project serves as lead operator of the Initiative, which is being evaluated by a team from Rosov Consulting. Ahead of a third summer of programming, it is appropriate to take stock of what we’ve learned so far. A full report is available here.
Updated: Jun. 19, 2017
Sharing Early Insights: Lessons Learned from the Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative
Concurrent to the community-based education and engagement initiatives, the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative embarked on a process of enhanced research into teen Jewish engagement, learning and education. Outcomes for experiential and immersive Jewish education, as well as other research, informs our view of programming toward the whole teen. With a commitment to openness and transparency, the Funder Collaborative shares its hard-won lessons with others to increase knowledge and tools which may advance the entire field of Jewish teen education and engagement. Today marks the launch of a new website designed to become a vital resource for anyone seeking to benefit from these lessons, models and research: teenfundercollaborative.com. Here we will share highlights of the work in each of our communities, as well as the deep research and rigorous evaluation that helps shape our efforts. We will also house detailed model documentation on specific initiatives exploring the structures, partnerships, risks, and more that have led to successes and “fail forward” moments for learning.
Updated: Jun. 19, 2017
Making Decisions about Jewish Education Today and Tomorrow: Presentations at the Network for Research in Jewish Education
Over the last year, The Jewish Education Project, has embarked on several research studies that had their own rationales, objectives and discrete findings. Our presentation at the NRJE brings together four separate research projects commissioned and/or conducted by The Jewish Education Project spanning 3 often distinct age groups in Jewish education (0-5 yrs; youth; and teens).
Updated: Jun. 18, 2017
In the 20th century, Jewish education focused on strengthening Jewish identity and ensuring Jewish continuity. That approach to Jewish education no longer works for today's learners. They want to know how Jewish teachings and practices can make their lives better and the world better. They want Jewish life to help them flourish as human beings, to help them be 'happy' in the fullest Jewish sense of that term. Drawing on insights of world-renowned behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely, and bringing his findings into dialogue with Jewish teaching and practice, the 2016 Jewish Futures Conference (December 14, 2016 – Columbia University, NYC) will explore the elements of and conditions for human happiness and well-being, and how Jewish education can be redirected to answer the aspirations of 21st century learners.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2016
Next Step Internships is the best way for teens to work on their career goals while also exploring their heritage in the land of Israel. Next Step is a 4-week (July 12, 2017 - August 15, 2017) internship in Israel for teens who are goal-oriented, ambitious and hardworking. Teens will get to explore a field of their choice, spend time touring Israel and learning about its rich history and personally connect to the land. Next Step has two different tracks, one for yeshiva day school students and one for public school students that each have unique educational curriculum on Jewish thought topics. This program involves interning 4 days a week and spending the weekends traveling Israel. Teens will be set up in a field of their choice in small groups, spending their days at work and their evenings exploring areas near our beautiful campus. Weekends will involve travelling all over Israel to experience the diverse cultures that Israel has to offer.
Updated: Oct. 09, 2016
Spend three weeks (July 9 – 31, 2017) in Israel on a service learning adventure! Designed specifically for New York area teens, this trip will take you on a hands-on inspirational journey. Traveling through all parts of the country, you’ll explore issues of environmental consciousness along with the technology and resources at the forefront of agricultural advancements and social sustainability. Through the exploration of Jewish values in these tangible contexts, examining the issues driving global change, you’ll return home armed and ready to make improvements in your local community.
Updated: Oct. 09, 2016