Identity In, Spirituality Out For Jewish Teens

May 11, 2016 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

And if synagogues haven’t awakened from their head-in-the-sand slumber this might be what finally does it. Not only are Jewish teens diverging from their slightly older YJA (young Jewish adult) contemporaries, the teen cohort is one that synagogues have had some (perceived) success, though I’ve argued that their success is for those teens who are already engaged.

The other troubling thing is Jewish identity is so tied to ethnic and cultural factors that are largely gone from American life. How will a Jewish teenager from Kansas connect with a culture she’s never known?

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Entry filed under: congregational studies, Judaism, Religion, Reposts, Synagogue Studies.

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