Journal of Youth Engagement

Journal of Youth Engagement

A woman came to my office. She was about to cry. "What's wrong?" I enquired. She blurted out, "Rabbi, my daughter just doesn't have time to study for a Bat Mitzvah. We decided we aren't doing one." I was bewildered. Her daughter had been in our religious school for many years. I asked the only question that came to mind, "What is filling her time?"

"She, both of us...and tutors...are up until midnight every night doing homework. We can't handle anything more." She went on to share with me the level of stress that fills her daughter's life, and by extension, her own. Her unhappiness...

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In 2010, a documentary was released entitled The Race to Nowhere, revealing the pressures our teens experience in their everyday lives. The film argues that we focus so much on teens’ production and performance that often the most important skills, like critical and conceptual thinking, problem solving, and creativity, are pushed aside.

When I first started at Temple Israel here in Memphis in September 2014, I immediately began reaching out to teens and parents to build relationships. To my surprise, it was harder to schedule time with the teens than it was with the adults. It wasn...

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Teens today are coming of age at a time of intense competition. The pressures they feel to be successful at school, in sports, in pursuit of their passions, in their social lives and in romantic relationships, as daughters and sons, and as leaders – are at an all-time high.

Moving Traditions is an organization that addresses the social-emotional needs of Jewish adolescents on their journey of self-discovery. We believe it is our responsibility as a Jewish community to offer our teens guidance in developing stress management skills as they grow into young women and men. Recently, we...

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For this edition of the Journal of Youth Engagement, we asked 8 authors to respond to a question that’s been on our minds. Read their responses below, and let us know what you think.

The concept of home and homeland has been central to Judaism from our very beginnings as a people and as a religion. As a people we are known as Israel, and we also maintain a sacred connection to the place known as Israel. Our relationship with Israel has a long history in our texts, traditions, rituals, calendars and experiences. We want our youth to develop a strong understanding and connection to...

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The Journal of Youth Engagement asked 8 authors to respond to a question that’s been on our minds. Read their responses, and let us know what you think.

The concept of home and homeland has been central to Judaism from our very beginnings as a people and as a religion. As a people we are known as Israel, and we also maintain a sacred connection to the place known as Israel. Our relationship with Israel has a long history in our texts, traditions, rituals, calendars and experiences. We want our youth to develop a strong understanding and connection to the land and people of Israel,...

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