Youth in Search of Significance; The Illusions and Ideals of Belonging

By Graenum Berger

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Summer 1962

The teenager of the 1960s, like the teenager of ancient Sumeria, is drawn away from his family and socialized into a peer group whose opinions he values above those of his parents. The commercialized modern period targets these youth as a discrete group, a pattern which in turn is mimicked by public services. The basic fault with our educational, religious and social welfare services is that no one wants to work with the whole family unless it has fallen apart. The author argues that the family must be the orienting point for youth and that our society should reduce its emphasis on affluence, cautiously evaluate "daily changing" parenting techniques, be aware of and involved in the lives of teenagers, and reestablish multi-generational homes.

Topic: Youth, Generational Issues, Family, Values

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 38/No. 4

Page Number(s): 361-368

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Berger, Graenum. Youth in Search of Significance; The Illusions and Ideals of Belonging. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1962: 361-368.


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