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On Becoming a ‘Real’ Jew: An Ethnography of Adolescents’ Identity Formation in a Jewish Community in Germany
In the course of an ethnographic investigation in the youth group of a Jewish community that included participant observation, group discussions and problem-centred interviews, I gained insights into the contextualised construction of Jewish identities. Analysing identity formation as a holistic form of learning, I identify two trajectories of socially embedded identity formation: appropriating aspects of Judaism taught in the youth group and becoming a part of the Jewish collective. Within the latter trajectory, I differentiate three sub-processes: forming and evaluating social representations of the Jewish people, ascribing ‘Jewishness’ to oneself, and experiencing communality.
Updated: Jun. 15, 2020
United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) is committed to supporting the Jewish informal education and Israel engagement field at this challenging time. We want to, as far as we are able, support innovative informal educational activities in the time of COVID-19. We want you to ensure that there are creative, exciting, engaging things for young people and families to do this summer that connect them to their Jewish identity and to Israel. Therefore, we are launching the UJIA Summer Engagement Fund (UJIA SEF). We have committed £100,000 to the fund. It will provide grants of up to £10,000 per project.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2020
Earlier this year, our foundations worked for several months on releasing new research from Atlantic 57 about young adults’ engagement and connection to Jewish life and community. We were set to launch right as COVID-19 escalated. We put these plans on hold as organizations responded to this crisis and focused on supporting their staff, families, communities and those they serve. We now know that COVID-19 is going to have a longer lasting and more significant impact than any of us could have imagined. While there is no right time to release research amid a pandemic, we have decided to share it now because we hope the insights in this report will benefit the field and help our communities.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2020
Although summer camps are cancelled, ScaVentures Quarantine Quests will connect campers with each other providing content that is fun and meaningful. With 10 years of experience in educational tourism and more than 30 000 happy clients, we moved our games online to allow families and groups of all kinds to feel connected and have fun together, despite the quarantine. As quarantines open up our online games will continue, but not be restricted to the home enviroment.
Updated: May. 31, 2020
One of the most noticeable elements of the Covid-19 crisis is the nearly complete shutdown of international travel. All this affected basic Jewish activities: individual travel for family events and for business is impossible, educational travel programs to Israel and other Jewish sites were discontinued and all conferences, festivals and mass-gatherings were postposed or transferred to the internet. Jewish life has been dramatically disrupted and there is a threat that some forms of Jewish institutions will not be able to recover.
Updated: May. 11, 2020
On April 30th, after a difficult and thoughtful process, the URJ Camps, and a few other Jewish overnight camps announced their decisions not to open this summer. In total, as of April 30th, almost 20 Jewish overnight camps will not be opening for 2020. It is unprecedented and painful for everyone involved. There are an additional 144 Jewish overnight camps, sharing their pain and sorrow over this decision.
Updated: May. 11, 2020
Corona Connects - Matching volunteers to opportunities in just 60 seconds, because a global pandemic calls for a global reaction
Covid-19 spreads through droplets, but kindness can spread through connecting. Corona Connects is making it easy for volunteers to find and connect with organizations that need their help. Stuck at home, thousands of college students and other adults are finding themselves with extra time on their hands and they want to help – but aren’t sure how they can. This website enables them to seamlessly find an opportunity that fits their interest and schedule.
Updated: May. 06, 2020
Applications Open: Senior Educators Fifth Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education
M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Learning is launching its 5th Senior Educators Cohort (SEC). Designed for senior-level educators interested in delving deeply into a holistic approach toward the theory and practice of experiential Jewish education. Work closely with master faculty and staff and build relationships with an incredibly diverse cohort.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2020
Siblings of intellectually disabled children are more empathetic, better at teaching and enjoy better relationships with their siblings, according to a new Israeli study. Researchers from Tel Aviv University and the University of Haifa queried mothers and children about their sibling relationships using artwork and questionnaires. They studied “typically developed” children’s relationships with their disabled and non-disabled siblings.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2020
Improving Academic Accomplishments of Youth in Residential Education and Care in Israel: Implementing a Policy Change
Children and adolescents in residential-care facilities often have lower academic achievements that their counterparts who are raised at home. Traditionally, residential programs do not prioritize academic achievements, especially at the high-school level, a situation detrimental to their chances to enter institutes of higher education. The Israel Ministry of Education decided to implement a policy change to affect the overall ecology of youth villages (Israeli residential schools), aimed at emphasizing high school academic achievements as a key to future success. This attitudinal change led to the development of after-school study centers or evening classes within the village, applying non-formal teaching and learning methods in a relaxed atmosphere. Additionally, various support systems were developed in youth villages, all geared toward helping adolescents excel in meeting the challenges of high school.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2020