Engaging Jewish Teenage Boys: A Call to Action

Moving Traditions, November 1, 2010

The Jewish community is losing boys who drop out of Jewish life after bar mitzvah in unacceptably large numbers. Jewish institutions are struggling to keep teenage boys engaged. Left unaddressed, the trend threatens to undermine the Jewish future and leave a generation of boys ignorant of the wisdom, core values, community, and spiritual nourishment Judaism provides. This report draws on knowledge distilled from three years of research, focus groups with Jewish boys, and program development, and grows out of the success of Moving Traditions' work with adolescent girls. It contains seven lessons and seven principles, supported by a marketing toolkit, a program curriculum sample, appendices describing the research, and a list of resources. Together they provide Jewish educators with the research, concepts, and resources needed to understand and meet the unique needs of Jewish boys. Moving Traditions calls on Jewish communal leaders and educators to join us in partnership to reverse the exodus of teenage boys from Jewish life through a connected set of actions which are described in this report.

Topic: Youth Engagement, Stereotypes, Programming, Curriculum, Gender, Youth, Jewish Identification, Communications/Marketing, Boys, Marketing/Communications, Identity Formation

Funder: Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Engaging Jewish Teenage Boys: A Call to Action. Moving Traditions. 1 November 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7466


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