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Peoplehood Papers 17: Engaging Millennials with Jewish Peoplehood

The Jewish establishment’s anxiety regarding the Jewish identity of millennials is not unfounded. The emergence of a new generation of Jews who were born and raised in open society with a freedom to choose their Judaism does not necessarily promise continuity. Furthermore, individualism, egocentrism and criticism of existing establishments, tendencies associated with Millennials, created room for additional concerns. These concerns…

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Professional Development Resource for Educators: Join our new seminar series!

The CJPE is proud to launch “A Deep Dive into Jewish Peoplehood Education“; a new seminar series for educators interested in understanding the principles and practices of excellent education for Jewish Peoplehood. Join a select number of your educational colleagues in this series of six webinars designed to help you do the following: ​achieve deeper…

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Engaging Teens in Jewish Peoplehood (and other things)

An enormous amount of energy and resources of the Jewish community go into working with teens – reaching out to them, encouraging them to stay connected to Jewish life and community after their bnei mitzvah, and ultimately providing them with a strong reservoir of Jewish commitment that they can draw on when they go on…

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Get Ready for Purim!

With the holiday of Purim just over a month away, don’t forget about the World Purim Album from Beit Hatfutsot. This project is the Jewish People’s family photograph album – full of photos of Jews around the world dressed up in their best Purim costumes. If you have a class or community that will be dressing…

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Encounters and Journeys: Cultivating Jewish Peoplehood?

One of the core educational questions related to Jewish Peoplehood is how to cultivate it. A recent blogcast convened by CASJE – the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education, raised this very question. The blogcast brought together several educators and policy-makers with an interest in the Peoplehood practice of Jewish educational travel. Over the course…

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Thanksgiving and Chanukah: Two Axes of Belonging

I love my nuclear family. I also love my extended family. And I particularly love the way they celebrate Thanksgiving. When I was living in New York, our family of five would go to our first-cousins home every year. It was just about as “Americana” as you could get, with the traditional Thanksgiving foods, the…

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Generation Me is Here to Stay!

Taken straight from the headlines: Website Offers Virtual Seder Dancing Bar Mitzvah Boy Donated his $36,000 gift money to Charity Virtual Judaism: Finding Second Life in Online Community Should Auschwitz be a Site for Selfies? When you read these headlines are you confused? concerned? angered? Or are you curious? hopeful? inspired? If you were one of…

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A Strategic Direction for Jewish Life, Through the Lens of Peoplehood

The recent policy piece published in eJewishPhilanthropy, “Strategic Directions for Jewish Life: A Call to Action” offers a credible roadmap for the next decade, at least, for the American Jewish community. And its signatories offer much food for thought for those of us engaged in Jewish education and leadership. And yet, as I read the…

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New Edition of the Peoplehood Papers Focuses on Teen Leadership

We are delighted to release the latest edition of the Peoplehood Papers, which focuses on developing teen leadership with a Peoplehood orientation. This edition is a partnership with the Diller Teen Fellows Program, and contains 11 articles by a wide variety of educators and Jewish professionals engaged in teen leadership and empowerment. As Adam Weisberg…

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Bubblehood vs. Peoplehood

The most overused and abused word in the Jewish world must surely be “community.” Here in Los Angeles, we’re often told that we’re all part of some grand “Jewish community,” but deep down, we know better. If by community we mean a group of like-minded people whose company we enjoy, then the only communities we…

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The Blasts of Jewish Peoplehood

Every High Holiday season a powerful sound momentarily causes we who experience it to pause. Tekiah. Shvarim. Truah. Tekiah Gedolah. Those sounds, stirring and dramatic, lead to personal reflection about how we missed the mark in the previous year and how we want to improve in the coming year. But shofar is about more than…

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Resources for the High Holiday Season

We have chosen some ready-to-use educational resources from the Peoplehood Education Toolkit that bring together themes of Jewish Peoplehood and the High Holiday season. Check them out: Collective Prayer – A text study and activity based on the Vidui (Confession) liturgy of the High Holidays. How do we understand the language of “we” in relation to our…

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POLIN – The Museum of the History of Polish Jews – Changing Conceptions of Jewish Past and Future

I recently visited the POLIN Museum for the History of Polish Jews and discovered an innovative new museum that I believe will change the ways we tell Jewish narratives and educate about the past and present. Let me begin with a confession. This was my first trip to Poland ever. The first because my late…

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New Media Resources in the Toolkit

Check out the new media resources in the CJPE Toolkit for Jewish Educators. We are curating and organizing selections of short video clips that educators can use to explore the themes of Jewish Peoplehood. With each video clip we also offer you suggestions for activities to use with those clips, and all part of our interconnected…

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Can Jewish Peoplehood Have a Future?

In a recent talk Noam Pianko, a contemporary scholar of Jewish Peoplehood, and professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, offers a stimulating and thoughtful challenge to those of us interested in the future of Jewish Peoplehood, both as a concept and as a way of building collective Jewish identity. See here for…

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Choosing Jewish Life – Fostering Jewish Peoplehood

Six months ago, I began teaching a premarital class to intrafaith and interfaith couples being married by clergy at my synagogue. The impetus for the class was the increasing disaffiliation and disconnection of Jewish young adults from Jewish life. Regardless of whether couples were endogamous or interfaith, we believed that marriage presented an opportunity to…

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Israel Elections and the Future of Jewish Peoplehood in and out of Israel

With the Israeli elections just days away, Israeli voters are making their final decisions about the party and candidates they will support. Or maybe they are just deciding what to do with an unexpected mid-week day off (Election Day is a public holiday, after all). What is pretty certain is that very few Israeli voters will…

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