Welcome! Browse the menu above to access resources that can help you build or enhance your youth department, such as free video presentations, publications, programming guides, fliers, and curricula for purchase. You can also network with other youth directors.
What Makes This Site Unique
Let us assume that most experiential educators in Jewish settings aim to create a culture of inclusivity and welcome from which to run programs that are organized, safe, fun and educational, and where empowered leaders help to foster a love for Israel, Torah, tefillah, Shabbat, and community. It's a mouthful, but probably not a very controversial one. The big question then is how to accomplish these lofty goals. There are many approaches for securing "numbers" and ensuring "success", but quantity (high rates of attendance) sans quality doesn’t mean much. To that end, this website focuses heavily on substantive approaches to experiential Jewish education.
You will find among these pages specific examples for creating personally meaningful tefillah experiences, articles discussing theories of experiential education, and downloadable ready-to-go Holiday programs with an emphasis on mitzvoth. I firmly believe that to foster a genuine lasting love of Torah and communal Jewish life, youth departments must give serious thoughts to their educational goals, before planning a program. Together let us pledge to respect our community’s children by providing them with substantive, thought provoking, moving Jewish experiences, in lieu of the glitzy Jewish-lite programming that has become standard fare.