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<p>UJA-Federation of New York presents the findings from the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011, a comprehensive study of the world's largest and most diverse Jewish community outside Israel. With 5,993 interviews — more than any other local or national Jewish community study — the findings and implications are vast. Users can download the whole report or select chapters.</p> <p>The New York Jewish community in 2011 is large, growing, and incredibly diverse. Children, boomers, and seniors. Poor and affluent Jews. Lifelong New Yorkers, and immigrants from such diverse national origins as Russia and Israel. LGBT Jews. Hispanic and biracial households. Chasidic, Conservative, Modern Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Yeshivish Jews. Jews who are nondenominational, have no religion or another religion, or who consider themselves partially Jewish. All these and more are strong th ...

Publication Date2012
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<p><span>The Journal of Jewish Communal Service was established in 1902 by the National Conference of Jewish Charities, forerunner of the <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=j5vrcxcab&amp;et=1108194051352&amp;s=2451&amp;e=0010ehRqdv4Llnz3xr-dnpRlaiTYvKc_BdyRNI_faSaUDuuv_E0OZOYxTrCJkwSuaGaBEnq2o8p-6DtbA_Fnl2QidDZCUkJIV1KUdXGAlijyDU=" target="_blank">Jewish Communal Service Association</a>. Over the years there have been various name changes for both the Journal and its publisher. <span>The Journal covers topics from all of the professional sectors of Jewish communal service. Particular issues focus on specialized fields or challenges, such as vocational services or innovation. The Journal covers topics from all of the professional sectors of Jewish communal service. Particular issues focus on specialized fields or challenges, such as vocational services or innovation. <br /><br />This ...

Publication Date2011
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  • Journals
  • Reference

<p>The National Jewish Students Survey (NJSS) provides a comprehensive portrait of Jewish student identity in England. Carried out in February and March 2011, the survey examines a wide range of issues including what and where Jewish students are studying, the nature of their Jewish beliefs and behaviors at university and at home, and the Jewish paths they have taken during their upbringing. It found that Jewish students are comfortable being openly Jewish at British universities, despite having concerns about attitudes to Israel on campus. Their commitment to Israel and the Jewish People is robust, but their appreciation of their personal social responsibility lacks muscle.</p>

Publication Date2011
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<span>This thesis examines four case studies of previously existing Jewish outdoor adventure programs: TorahTrek, Outdoor Jewish Adventures, Shalom Institute, and the Adventure Rabbi program. The founders of each of these programs were interviewed to ascertain their reasons for founding these organizations, their desired impacts for the populations served, and their vision of the broader Jewish community. Each program promotes Jewish outdoor adventures as a way to allow the individual to experience Judaism in a new way, strengthen his/her Jewish identity and participate in the Jewish community. Attesting to the success of these programs, a questionnaire of more than 50 participants of Jewish outdoor adventures from these four organizations showed a 30% increase in participation in Jewish communal and cultural activities and a heightened personal spirituality as a result of participation ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<span>A 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=737&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Israel in the Synagogue (<span class="small">196.05 kB</span>)</a></div> </span></span>

Publication Date1999
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  • Handbooks and Guides

<span>A 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=733&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Israel in Jewish Community Centers (<span class="small">192.72 kB</span>)</a></div> </span></span> ...

Publication Date1999
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  • Handbooks and Guides

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

<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

In 2010 Repair the World commissioned BTW informing change to conduct an exploratory study about the impacts of short-term immersive Jewish service-learning (IJSL) on the organizations and communities that host these groups. The short-term IJSL program model combines full-time direct service for one to two weeks in response to genuine and unmet community needs, with structured learning and time for reflection placed in a rich context of Jewish education and values. <br /><br />The study was designed to capture how a host community’s experience with short-term IJSL programs affected the community from the perspective of the leaders of the community based organizations/non-governmental organizations (CBO/NGO) in those communities. To date, relatively little research has examined the benefits and unintended consequences on a community from groups of youth and young adults visiting to condu ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<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

<p>The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation supports programs that ensure vibrant Jewish life by empowering young Jews to embrace the joy of Judaism, build inclusive Jewish communities, support the State of Israel and repair the world.</p> <p>Established in 1987 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Foundation also provides assistance to non-sectarian charitable organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our hometown, especially in the areas of education, child advocacy and youth development.<br /><br />The website includes program listings, studies and evaluations, multimedia resources, and a blog.</p>

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  • Organizations - Foundations
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<em>Sh’ma </em>invites some of the most thoughtful writers of contemporary Judaism to create a “conversation-in print” each month. Our topics raise critical questions about communal issues, Jewish education, synagogues, personal theology, philanthropy, Israel, community transformation, Jewish arts and culture, Judaism and the Diaspora, and much more. Regular features include book reviews, a practical Jewish ethics column, and <em>Nish’ma</em>, a simulated page of contemporary Jewish Talmud. <em>Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility </em>publishes ten issues a year, from September through June. In addition to posting articles from the print journal, the website also offers a blog and audio/video resources.

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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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  • Articles
  • Journals

In this article from Tikkun Magazine, author Daniel Brook asserts that "one of the ways to follow our rich tradition while putting Judaism's highest ideals into daily practice is to choose vegetarianism." Brook, a vegetarian since working on Kibbutz Sa'ar in Israel, is an author, speaker, and instructor of sociology at San Jose State University. <br />

Publication Date2009
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  • Articles
  • Magazines

The National Yiddish Book Center is a vibrant, non-profit organization working to rescue Yiddish and other modern Jewish books and celebrate the culture they contain. Supported by 30,000 members, it is now the largest and fastest-growing Jewish cultural organization in America. <br /><br />In the media gallery you'll find recordings from Book Center programs, as well as favorite stories from Yiddish and Jewish literature.

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  • Organizations - National and International Organizations
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<p>Zeek Media is a catalyst for conversations about the Jewish tomorrow in print, online, and in person. We publish an online magazine updated daily, a quarterly print journal, and hold events throughout the year.</p> <p>We believe that Judaism is undergoing a paradigm shift that we must not ignore if we want Judaism to be a vibrant religion and culture generations from now. Judaism will only thrive if we are willing to discuss and debate the most charged issues facing us. Zeek is unafraid to face those issues head on. Join us.</p>

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  • Journals

<em>Yugntruf</em> (“call to youth” in Yiddish) cultivates the active use of the Yiddish language among today’s youth locally and globally by creating opportunities for Yiddish learning and immersion, and by providing resources and support for Yiddish speakers and families within an expansive social network.

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  • Organizations
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A project of The Partnership for Jewish Life &amp; Learning, Hear &amp; Now is a series of podcasts on a variety of Jewish topics, including Art, History, Education, College Life, Holidays, Jewish Peoplehood, and more. <br />

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The remarkable success of the Birthright experience itself must be enhanced by a follow-up program which helps returnees find their space within the Jewish community. A well thought out follow-up program would not only serve the participants, but could impact Jewish communities in ways which make Peoplehood much more than just the buzz word of certain community leaders. The potential of having such an impact on bringing about change could certainly challenge young people of the Obama era.

Publication Date2009
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  • Articles
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A Wiki is a powerful online tool. In this paper, the authors describe a project they undertook in their school to use Wikis as a vehicle for curricular integration focused on Jewish identity.

Publication Date2009
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