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<span><span>What </span><strong><em>is</em></strong><span> on the minds of today's Jewish teens? Without an understanding of why they are and what is on their minds, Jewish communities can not provide meaningful experiences to teens.   <br /><br />Through a "live time" survey of its students, <a href="http://naacchhs.org/" target="_blank">NAACCHHS</a> (the North American Association of Community and Congregational Hebrew High Schools) <span>provides us with an invaluable window into the motivations, thinking and actions of a group of teens enrolled in their programs.</span><span> </span><span>219 teens responded to a five-question online survey in May 2010.</span><span> </span><span>Directors of the NAACCHHS schools interpreted the findings and their implications at the annual NAACCHHS conference in June 2010.</span><span> </span><span>This issue of QuickBytes shares what JESNA and NAACC ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Articles
  • Research Reports and Studies

In the fall of 2007, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation commissioned BTW informing change (BTW) to assess the landscape of Jewish Service Learning. Joined by a shared interest to better understand the practice and potential of Jewish Service Learning, these foundations asked BTW to examine Jewish Service Learning, the current capacity among practitioners, the support required to further that capacity and the relevance of secular national service and other faith-based service traditions in defining the potential and evolution of Jewish Service Learning. The BTW team conducted 86 key informant interviews with donors, institutional funders, Jewish Service Learning practitioners, community professionals and Jewish thought leaders, as well as representatives of faith-based and secular service organizatio ...

Publication Date2008
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  • Research Reports and Studies

The first volume from the series <em>Israel in Our Lives</em>. <span>The goal of these guides is to: <ul> <li>help introduce the idea of Israel into the lives of your constituents in an interesting and accessible manner; and, to</li> <li>suggest ways to help promote the idea of a visit to Israel - the Israel Experience - as a critical Jewish experience for every young Jew.</li> </ul> <div>Download here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=738&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Teaching Israel: Basic Issues and Philosophical Guidelines (<span class="small">112.4 kB</span>)</a></div> </span> ...

Publication Date1999
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  • Handbooks and Guides

The George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom offers free online curricular resources based on primary historical documents, most notably George Washington's letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, RI in 1790. The educators kit and ancillary classroom materials cover topics from US civics and the constitution to religious freedom and the separation of church &amp; state. These curricular materials are appropriate for grades 7-12.

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  • Organizations - National and International Organizations
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Curriculum Banks

<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new Child Trends research brief tracking religiosity and spirituality among youth and young adults around the world finds wide variation in attitudes and beliefs that may be linked to historic, cultural, and economic differences. Using survey data, <strong><em>The Demographics of Spirituality and Religiosity Among Youth: International and U.S. Patterns</em></strong> also finds: </span><span> </span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span>There is a clear imprint of religion on beliefs in countries with a history of an influential dominant religion, such as Catholicism or Islam, so that young adults from these countries score relatively high on questions of spirituality and religiosity.</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal"><span> </span><span>As countries develop economically, there tends to be less emphasis on traditional r ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Research Reports and Studies

This interpretative essay presents the findings of the online 2006-2007 NFTY Survey. The goal of the NFTY Survey was to understand how NFTYites experience the relationships, activities, and community environment in their Temple Youth Groups. The NFTY Survey was designed to complement URJ’s 2007 Portraits of Learning Study. The NFTY Survey is a derivative of the  Learning and Development in Jewish Schools and Educational Programs surveys that were developed at the Yale Child Study Center (BenAvie, Kress, Brown, and Steinfeld, 2005). These surveys were designed to help Jewish educational programs  provide outcome data to funders, set goals and priorities for educational change, create  opportunities for informed dialogue and partnership among constituencies (educators, young people, parents, funders), enable educational programs to reflect on the impact of previous programs and initiatives ...

Publication Date2007
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  • Research Reports and Studies

This project was initiated in the fall of 2009 by Rose Community Foundation to identify, evaluate and document recent research and study into Jewish teens and their involvement with Jewish and non-Jewish out-of-school activities.  The purpose was to identify trends and patterns in motivations of Jewish youth in choosing to participate (or not) in different out-of-school activities.  Declining participation rates in both formal and informal Jewish programming have been well documented nationally, and local programs have not been immune to this trend.  Developing an understanding of common motivations and interests of Jewish teens will help local organizations serving Jewish youth adapt both programmatic and marketing strategies to be more responsive to the interests of local teens.  The goal is that this research will guide philanthropists, Jewish institutions serving teens, program staff ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<div>An action research study from  The Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education (ACAJE).<br />The study started as a simple survey of a limited number of teens and expanded into a broader-based study which produced significantly more information which would have a greater potential for wider applicability.This report summarizes the findings of the study and concludes with</div> <div>recommendations.  <br /><br />Download the report here:<br /> <a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=685&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Engaging and Retaining Jewish Youth (<span class="small">126.82 kB</span>)</a></div>

Publication Date2002
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  • Research Reports and Studies

Research on the religious and spiritual lives of American youth can involve methodological issues and challenges different from those encountered when studying adults, or when not exploring religious factors in the lives of youth. This report provides an introductory overview of some of those issues and challenges. It is written for interested researchers who are less experienced in studying youth and religion, as well as for consumers of research who are interested in improving their ability to assess the value of research findings. This is not a comprehensive, technical manual or textbook in research methods, but rather a general survey of some of the more important problems, questions, and choices that arise in the study of American youth and religion.<br /><br />Download the report here:<br /> <a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=684&amp; ...

Publication Date2001
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  • Research Reports and Studies

This report demonstrates that religion among U.S. adolescents is positively related to participation in constructive youth activities. In addition, those who participate in religious activities seem to be less likely to participate in many delinquent and risk behaviors, as seen in the following areas: Substance Abuse, Safety and Danger, Crime and Violence, School Problems, and Constructive Activities and Supervision. A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion, Number 1.<br /><br />Download the report here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=683&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Religion and American Adolescent Delinquency, Risk Behaviors and Constructive Social Activities (<span class="small">1.17 MB</span>)</a> ...

Publication Date2002
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  • Research Reports and Studies

This report, based on nationally representative survey data, shows that religious U.S. 12th graders have significantly higher self-esteem and hold more positive attitudes about life in general than their less religious peers. Of the 13 attitudinal variables this report examines, only one was not significantly related to some dimension of religion when controlling for the effects of nine other variables such as age, race, sex and family structure. A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion, Number 2.<br /><br />Download the report here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=682&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="http://www.jesna.org/components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Religion and the Life Attitudes and Self-Images of American Adolescents (<span class="small">1.33 MB</span> ...

Publication Date2002
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  • Research Reports and Studies

Religiously involved families of early adolescents, those ages 12 to14, living in the United States appear more likely to have significantly stronger family relationships than do families that are not religiously active. This report examines associations between three dimensions of family religious involvement (the number of days per week the family does something religious, parental worship service attendance and parental prayer) and the quality of family relationships. A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion, Number 4.<br /><br />Download the report here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=680&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="http://www.jesna.org/components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Family Religious Involvement and the Quality of Family Relationships for Early Adol ...

Publication Date2003
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  • Research Reports and Studies

Religiously involved families of early adolescents, ages 12 to14, living in the United States appear to have significantly stronger relationships between mothers and fathers than families that are not religiously active. This report examines associations between three dimensions of family religious involvement (the number of days per week the family does something religious, parental worship service attendance and parental prayer) and the quality of the relationship between teens’ mothers and fathers. A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion, Number 5.<br /><br />Download the report here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=679&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Family Religious Involvement and the Quality of Parental Relationships for ...

Publication Date2003
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  • Research Reports and Studies

One of the most widespread and persistent stereotypes about U.S. teenagers is that they are alienated from “established” or “organized” religion and that this alienation is increasing. Much popular writing about adolescents assumes this view; however, empirical data suggest that this stereotype has little basis in fact. Correcting misinformed stereotypes about youth alienation toward religion might help to inform community and religious institutions how they might better serve young people.<br /><br /> <div></div> <div>About the Authors — Christian Smith is Stuart Chapin Distinguished Professor and Associate</div> <div>Chair of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Robert Faris and Melinda</div> <div>Lundquist Denton are Ph.D. graduate students in sociology at the University of North Carolina</div> at Chapel Hill.<br /><br />Download the report here:<br /> < ...

Publication Date2004
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<div>A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion, Number 8</div> <div>This publication was written by researchers and staff of The National Study of Youth</div> <div>and Religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Notre</div> <div>Dame, and Clemson University.  Findings and conclusions found in this report are those</div> <div>of the authors.</div> <div>Public Domain Notice:</div> <div>All material appearing in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or</div> <div>copied without permission from the authors.  Citation of the source is appreciated.<br /><br /> <div>About the Authors:</div> <div>Melinda Denton is an Assistant Professor at Clemson University and a Co-Investigator</div> <div>for the National Study of Youth and Religion.  Lisa D. Pearce is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of N ...

Publication Date2008
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  • Research Reports and Studies

The National Study of Youth and Religion, funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., is under the direction of Dr. Christian Smith, Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, and Dr. Lisa Pearce, Assistant Professor of Sociology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. <br /><br />The purpose of the project is to research the shape and influence of religion and spirituality in the lives of U.S. adolescents; to identify effective practices in the religious, moral, and social formation of the lives of youth; to describe the extent to which youth participate in and benefit from the programs and opportunities that religious communities are offering to their youth; and to foster an informed national discussion about the influence of religion in youth's lives, in order to encourage sustained reflection about and rethinking of our cultural and institutional practices with regard to ...

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  • Research Reports and Studies
  • Organizations - Academic Institutions
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Resource Centers

This webinar, facilitated by <a href="mailto:dsilverman@jesna.org">Devorah Silverman</a>, is a follow-up discussion to <a href="quick-bytes/item/941-quick-bytes-on-the-minds-of-teens">Quick Bytes newsletter</a> surveying teens enrolled in Hebrew High programs through <a href="http://naacchhs.org/" target="_blank">NAACCHHS</a>, the North American Association of Community &amp; Congregational Hebrew High Schools. <br /><br />You may wish to<a href="quick-bytes/item/941-quick-bytes-on-the-minds-of-teens"> review the Quick Bytes newsletter</a> before watching the video, available below. Due to file size restrictions, it is cut into several clips of 7-9 minutes each (total running time: 53 minutes). Simply click on each window to play the video in sequence. <br /> <br /> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="425" height="344" codebase="http://download.macromedi ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Interactive Resources - Webinars

<p>This portrait of American Jews emerges from the National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000-01, a representative survey of the Jewish population in the United States sponsored by United Jewish Communities and the Jewish federation system. This report presents findings on several demographic topics; Jewish connections and engagement; intermarriage; and three special topics, the elderly, immigrants and those living below the poverty line. In coming months, UJC will issue a series of specialized reports on these and other topics, such as synagogue affiliation and denominations, Jewish practice, philanthropy and volunteerism, Jewish college students, marriage and families, and regional differences among Jews.</p> <p>This report and other documents associated with NJPS 2000-01 are available on the UJC website, <a href="http://www.ujc.org/njps">www.ujc.org/njps</a>. The NJPS electronic d ...

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  • Research Reports and Studies - Statistics

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 ...

Publication Date2010
Resource Type
  • Research Reports and Studies

Media Midrash is an online platform linking multimedia content to innovative curricula, providing Jewish educators the ability to bring art, animation, film and music directly into their classrooms. Website includes a virtual tour &amp; tutorial on how best to use its resources, a blog for discussion topics, and a link to share your own students' videos.

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  • Interactive Resources - Blogs
  • Images
  • Audio
  • Video

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