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The Hebrew month of Heshvan – October 19-November 17, 2009 – has been declared Jewish Social Action Month. Whether you call it Tikkun Olam, social action, chesed, join thousands of Jewish organizations and individuals around the world of all backgrounds and affiliations for a month of unity through social action. Volunteer with children, rally for Darfur, clean up a river, feed the homeless, raise money for Sderot, paint a mural – or do whatever you are passionate about.
Updated: Nov. 05, 2009
In this article, Alvin Mars reflects on what must be done to fully realize the potential of Jewish day camps to foster Jewish identity and provide truly significant informal Jewish education experiences.
Updated: Oct. 13, 2009
During the last week of August, 2009, 170 men, women and youngsters gathered at the Berkshire Hills Emanuel Adult Vacation Center in upstate NY, for a week of Yiddish camping. The Yidish-Vokh (Yiddish Week), sponsored by the Yugntruf – Youth for Yiddish organization for more than thirty years, continues to attract Yiddish lovers looking for true Yiddish immersion experience. The heterogeneous group of campers enjoyed lectures, sports, folk dancing, discussions, singing around the campfire, reading groups, an amateur talent show, concerts, films, and special events all in Yiddish. Some participated in the Yiddish classes for advanced beginners.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2009
The third annual “Day of Discovery — Explore the Joy of Jewish Learning” was held at the Kansas City Jewish Community Campus on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009. Jews from all over the area came for a day of learning and spiritual engagement, getting to know about all types of Jewish learning classes that are available locally.
Updated: Sep. 06, 2009
The author explores the meaning of informal Jewish education and examines its significance for contemporary Jewish life. He argues that informal Jewish education is not confined to a place or a methodology but rather is a well-defined philosophy of how people should be educated, what the goals of Jewish education are, and what its contents should be. He urges a recognition of the seminal contribution informal Jewish education can make.
Updated: Aug. 05, 2009
Tel Aviv’s Museum of the Jewish Diaspora has announced that it will completely overhaul its exhibitions in an effort to update them to state-of-the-art museum technology with interactive displays and to put Diaspora Jews on an equal footing with those in Israel. The state-funded museum, which opened in 1978, will soon begin a $25 million project to expand its footprint, redevelop the exhibitions and reopen in 2012 with what essentially will be a new museum, including a new name: the Museum of the Jewish People.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2009
The New Jewish Filmmaking Project (NJFP), a program of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, produces documentary films that reflect the perspectives of the generation of Jews coming of age in America today. Since 2002, 48 teens have participated in the NJFP under the tutelage of the noted film professionals at San Francisco's Citizen Film documentary production company.
Updated: Aug. 02, 2009
Moishe House, a network of 25 homes throughout the world that serve as grassroots community centers for the young adult Jewish community ages 21-30, announced yesterday that they have received a four-year $1.25 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation (JJF). This funding, along with a grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (CLSFF) made in September, 2008 will be used to enhance Moishe House’s core operations, expand its reach to a total of 34 cities over the next four years, and hire a full-time Jewish educator to support house residents.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2009
In this article, the authors investigate the paradox of fundamentalists who are the ones to embrace a highly modern narrative and that it is the modernists who oppose it by portraying the educational efforts of the Chabad Movement to introduce young Israeli trekkers in Southeast Asia, from secular, Zionist backgrounds, into a religious lifestyle.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2009
Tourists, Travelers, and Citizens: Jewish Engagement of Young Adults in Four Centers of North American Jewish Life
This study aims to understand how post-college-age Taglit alumni relate to the programs, activities, and organizations geared toward Jewish young adults and identify strategies for better meeting their needs and aspirations for Jewish involvement. Drawing on survey, focus group, and interview data, the report develops a portrait of post-college Jewish young adult life in four of the largest Jewish communities in North America: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2009