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In last October, a devoted group of local Las Vegas Birthrighters attended our first-ever Idea Slam, a space where young adults are empowered to not only generate ideas, but also to make them a reality. Over the course of the evening, participants schmoozed, ate dinner, and brainstormed new ways to engage with their peers, Judaism, and the local Las Vegas Jewish community. By evening’s end, they had generated over 100 ideas, voted on the top three that they wanted to see happen, and signed up to help actualize the ideas they liked best.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2014
Founded in 1935, Habonim Dror in North America – with its network of summer camps, local programming and Israel-based activities -- has directly touched on the order of 40,000 Jewish young people, but to date no social scientific survey has sought to understand the scope, depth and extent of its impact. This study, relying upon the responses of almost 2,000 Habonim Dror alumni, ages 18-83, represents a first attempt to assess the impact, and across a range of parameters.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2013
In 2012-13, as part of an investigation about the role that goals, indicators and outcomes play in Experiential Jewish Education(EJE), the Department of Experiential Jewish Education at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, created a research project to address three sets of questions: Goal Setting, Evaluation of Goals, : Content of Goals. The project was carried out by Dr. Beth Cousens.
Updated: Dec. 04, 2013
Over 2,400 Spanish-speaking Jewish children will be reading age-appropriate books in their native language this month, thanks to the expansion of the PJ Library program into Mexico. PJ Library is a free Jewish children's book program conceived and implemented by the Agawam, Mass.-based Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Through monthly mailings, it delivers the gift of free books and music to more than 100,000 children throughout North America.
Updated: Nov. 20, 2013
Overnight Jewish summer camps provide exceptional opportunities for Jewish identity-building: shared Jewish experiences with peers in a unique and immersive camp environment that allows campers and staff to live within a Jewish world 24/7. AVI CHAI focuses its funding in the field of overnight Jewish camps on programming that enables the camps to infuse the summer with positive and engaging Jewish and Israel experiences, as well as to help more children attend quality Jewish camps.
Updated: Nov. 13, 2013
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network (SPN) has launched #MakeItHappen, a new micro-grants initiative that invites individuals to submit ideas for creating Jewish experiences in their communities. Between October and December 2013, SPN will select up to 50 ideas from around the world to receive micro grants of up to $1,000. Five ideas could receive up to $5,000.
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013
J-LINC is an initiative to create inter-generational and developmentally appropriate Jewish education programming for NYC families with children ages five years and younger by partnering with educational organizations and community synagogues and Jewish Community Centers. The synagogues and JCC's participating in J-LINC will be exposed to new models of family engagement, and most importantly, families will have rich opportunities for deepening their connection to Judaism and to Jewish friends. After extensive professional development and training, the groups are now getting ready to host their first pilot events and they want you to join them!
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013
Sifriyat Pijama B’America (SP-BA) Jewish Bedtime Stories in Hebrew is a Hebrew and Jewish family engagement literacy program implemented throughout the United States which mails free, high-quality Hebrew Jewish children's literature and music on a monthly basis to children ages 2-8. These books are a gift for your family to keep forever!
Updated: Oct. 21, 2013
Registration is now open for URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, a new summer camp offering high-level programming in science and technology. This innovative new camp will open in July 2014 on the campus of The Governor’s Academy near Boston. The Governor’s Academy, 30 minutes north of Boston, features modern educational, recreational and dorm facilities combined with a rustic campus to give a “summer camp” feel and create a safe and warm environment for campers.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2013
Have great ideas to engage Jewish teens but never enough money to make it happen? The Department of Teen Engagement of the Jewish Education Project is pleased to announce the availability of micro-grants ranging from $500 - $1000 to support new initiatives for teen engagement in the Greater New York area.
Updated: Oct. 16, 2013