Teens

A Hunger To Help

Jewish, Catholic teens team up on food-for-needy project.

02/11/2014
Westchester Correspondent
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Westchester teenagers have plenty of things to do on any given Sunday.

For about 50 Jewish and Catholic teens, sorting through bags and boxes of donated grocery items at the UJA-Federation of New York-Westchester building on Feb. 9 was the only place they wanted to be.

Alec Bader of Eastchester and Ben Goldberg of White Plains checking food for expiration dates. Dana Asher/UJA-Federation

Training Teens To Give

06/12/2012
Staff Writer

On Long Island, the b’nai mitzvah project has found an older sibling: philanthropy. Decades after community service became a standard part of the American bar and bat mitzvah experience, rabbis and educators are trying build on those earlier lessons in empathy by teaching Jewish teens how to make grants to nonprofits.

Teen philanthropists donated to the Joint Distribution Committee, which supports Jewish life in India. Richard Lord/JDC

Is Intermarriage On The Decline?

Google Alerts, you have failed me!

Last week, sociologist Bruce Phillips argued in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal’s “Demographic Duo” blog that intermarriage actually declined between 1990 and 2000, the period in which the Jewish establishment was in the midst of a continuity panic attack.

I only stumbled upon his interesting post today, after Google belatedly alerted me to a follow-up post from demographic researcher Pini Herman, the duo’s other half. 

According to Phillips, the National Jewish Population Surveys of 2000 and 1990 measured intermarriage in a “problematic” manner inconsistent with the way “the larger field of demography” measures interracial (and presumably inter-ethnic?) marriage. This, he says, made for misleadingly high intermarriage stats.

Facebook Depression is a Non-Existent Condition

There has been much talk about the increased depression among teens who use Facebook. However, Larry Magid, who is the co-director of the Internet safety organization ConnectSafely.org, says otherwise. The following is Magid's explanation in the Huffington Post:

The Medical Journal "Pediatrics" Got it Wrong about ‘Facebook Depression’

Bar Mitzvah Lessons in Cyberspace

Why shlepp your kid to the synagogue for her bat mitzvah lessons when she can dial in virtually?

A recent article in the New York Times shows how the tech savvy bar mitzvah tutors have taken to the Web to make the process more convenient for them and their students.

What will traditionalists make of Jewish kids getting their bar mitzvah lessons online?

Jewish Rock Gets Internet Radio Channel

We all know that Jews can rock. After all, you only need to listen to Bob Dylan or Gene Simmons of Kiss to know that. But there are also some Jewish singers who are rocking Jewish music... and I don't mean Jon Fishman leading Phish in "Avinu Malkeinu."

Yes, Jews Rock Too!

Email, May it Rest in Peace

Email is like a cat. I don't know if it has nine lives, but people still use this form of communication even though it's been pronounced dead many times in recent years.

The general consensus among experts in online communication is that social media is killing the medium of email. Just as companies and organizations are getting pretty good at making their email newsletters look professional, it seems that more people are rendering email as the means of communication from a bygone era (sorry ConstantContact.com!).

Is Social Media Killing Email?

Siddur It Yourself: BBYO's Build a Prayer Site

When it comes to Jewish prayer, there are two schools of thought: keva and kavannah. Keva means "rote" and refers to the fixed prayers that are set forth in the siddur (Jewish prayer book), while kavvanah is the free and spontaneous inner devotion of the individual.

Jewish Teens Defy The Norm

02/04/2009
It’s been said that sports doesn’t build character, it reveals it. Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV reported (Feb. 2) how a city celebrates a Super Bowl. There were more than 100 arrests; drunk driving and bonfires; an overturned car and a cart that hit a man; a couch was set on fire in the middle of a street; trees were set on fire; bottles were thrown through windows.
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