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<p>Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is a Chicago-based non-profit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. IFYC works to foster what it calls a "critical mass" of interfaith leaders on college campuses that will later craft and drive this dialogue of interfaith cooperation. They offer a variety of programs, including Leadership Institutes and campus partnerships. Website also offers a variety of free resources for use on college campuses, that may also be adapted for high school or other young adult audiences.</p>

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The George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom offers free online curricular resources based on primary historical documents, most notably George Washington's letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, RI in 1790.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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<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

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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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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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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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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A reflection by Rabbinical student Rachel Barenblat on the first Retreat for Emerging Jewish and Muslim Religious Leaders, organized by the office of multifaith initiatives at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Publication Date2009
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This article, published by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, provides a roadmap of approaches, suggestions, and expectations offering a sincere concern for and encouragement of non-Jews to become part of Conservative Judaism.

Publication Date2005
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  • Articles

Editorial on the Goldstone Report from Al-Jazeera English, the only independant news network in the Arab Middle East. The editorial is written by rabbinical student Rachel Barenblat, who is also a student member of Rabbis for Human Rights North America.

Publication Date2009
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  • Articles

The Shalom Center is dedicated to inspiring the Jewish community to greater attention and action on questions of peace and justice for the planet and all who dwell on it; and as part of this effort, to making common cause with peace and justice advocates of all faiths.<br /><br />Website includes Torah Commentary, blog, videos, and other resources devoted to socially conscious Judaism.

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The Reform Movement has been at the forefront of efforts to address the needs of interfaith and conversionary families. The present study was conducted to understand how such families function as members of Reform congregations and how congregations welcome them. A team of researchers from the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University systematically selected and then visited six Reform congregations. Three of the congregations were located in the Northeast and three in the Southeast. Within each region, small, medium, and large congregations were visited. At each synagogue, interviews were conducted with rabbis, staff, and congregants. All synagogue staff or congregational leaders, whose work relates to the participation and integration of interfaith and conversionary families, were included. In addition, focus groups were conducted at each synagogue with groups of in ...

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<img style="float: left; margin: 5px;" src="images/stories/making_connections_thumb.png" alt="making_connections_thumb" width="100" height="128" />A working paper from JESNA's Lippman Kanfer Institute and The Berman Center for Research and Evaluation that presents a detailed portrait of one of the country's most innovative educational initiatives, the Los Angeles Bureau of Jewish Education's Concierge for Jewish Education program. The program is presented as an ambitious example of a range of activities that central agencies are undertaking to link educational silos in their communities.<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=488&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Making Connections: A Case Study in Linking Silos (<span class="small">3.13 MB</span>)</a><br /> ...

Publication Date2009
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  • Research Reports and Studies - Lippman Kanfer Institute Publications - Working Papers

<div>A report from The Samuel Bronfman Foundation designed to gain a more in-depth understanding of the field of outreach oriented programming on the local/community level. The goal of this project was to learn the best practices and leadership models that have been most successful in reaching and engaging intermarried families. In exploring a range of facets, including marketing, content, curriculum, folow-up, staff structure, and participant demographics, the foundation hoped to identify information and strategies that could best inform their grant making decisions as well as contribute to the success of the field at large.<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=377&amp;Itemid=411" target="_blank"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Community Outreach Scan (<span class="smal ...

Publication Date2008
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Started in 1984, Stepping Stones is the only agency in the Denver/Boulder area that is specifically dedicated to welcoming, supporting and educating unaffiliated interfaith couples and families. Our goal is to offer a fun, interactive and educational opportunity for intermarried families to explore the world of Jewish life. We present Judaism in a rich spectrum incorporating music, cooking, and dancing with history, theology, and ritual.<br />

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The Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation (along with several partners) sponsors various interfaith outreach programs.  These include "Mothers Circle", a free program for mothers of backgrounds other than Judaism who are raising Jewish children; <span class="bodycopy">a free 25-week course called "Introduction to Judaism," designed for individuals in interfaith relationships wishing to explore Judaism as well as those considering conversion to Judaism; a Community </span>Gift Basket for newly converted Jews, consisting of religious items of their choice, up to $150 in value; among others.<br /> <br /> The Lappin Foundation also provides grant money to agencies to be used for interfaith outreach programs.<br />

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The Robert I. Lappin Youth to Israel (Y2I) Adventure provides a free Community Trip to Israel offered in the summer of 2009. North Shore Jewish teenagers currently in their sophomore or junior year who live in the Foundation service area will have the opportunity to connect with their own Jewish identity and ignite the spark that helps keep them Jewish.<br /> <br /> Y2I Community Partnerships:<br /> The Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation is offering national matching grants for the fourth year in a row, for the summer of 2009, encouraging partnerships with communities across the U.S. to promote free summer Israel trips for Jewish teens. Jewish communities, which had 20 teens or less, who traveled to Israel in 2008, are invited to apply for matching grants for fully subsidized teen trips to Israel.<br /> <br />

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