Where Have All the Young Men Gone? : And Can We Get Them Back?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Jewish Funders Network invites you to:

A conversation about engaging Jewish teenage boys and young men in Jewish life.

Wednesday January 20, 2010, 12:00 - 4:30 PM at the UJA Federation of New York, 130 E. 59th, New York, NY 

Presenters include:
Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, Clark University, Expert on Emerging Adulthood
Dr. Steven M. Cohen, Professor of Jewish Social Policy, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Dr. Beth Cousens, Director, Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience, Hillel
Rabbi Josh Feigelson, Campus Rabbi at Northwestern Hillel
Deborah Meyer, Executive Director, Moving Traditions
Pastor JT Shupe, Pastor to Young Adults, Singles and Men, Grace Chapel, Lexington, MA

Recent studies and anecdotal evidence indicate that Jewish boys and men are increasingly absent from Jewish life.

What do we know about the interests and values of boys and young men?
What is the degree of Jewish identity and engagement among these groups? Do they differ substantially from those of their female peers?
Can we identify the elements of successful programs to leverage success more broadly?

Please come prepared to learn, think and brainstorm potential approaches to engaging Jewish boys and men.

Program begins promptly at 12:00 with a working lunch. 

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience.  Any questions? Please email Idana Goldberg at Idana@jfunders.org

Funders’ Planning Committee:
Rob Bildner and Elisa Spungen Bildner
Alisa Doctoroff
Lisa Eisen
Pamela and George Rohr
Ricky and AJ Shechtel
Dorothy Tananbaum


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu