Posts tagged Jewish identity development
Why Jewish Identity? Doctorate FAQs

My degree will be an EdD in Educational Leadership, with a content area focus in Jewish education. My dissertation research is on Jewish teens, specifically high school students who have completed congregational b’nai mitzvah programs but have not continued with their formal Jewish engagement/education. My goal is to interview these teens about their Jewish identities, and what [if any] value add they see Judaism as bringing to their lives.

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What Teens Are Looking For

The years of adolescence can be many things - tear-filled, beautiful, dramatic, exhausting, hazy, defining. They are the time when individuals grow into who they’re going to be. When they can test out different facets of themselves, push their limits, and look both outward and inward to figure out where their authenticity lies. Of course, it can get messy. My own teen years were full of tears, of emotional toil that would make soap opera writers feel inferior, and massive amounts of awkwardness. But they were also the years that set me up for the life that I have today - they laid the foundation for my career as a Jewish educator, shaped the values that I seek in myself and others, and inspired me to prioritize teens in my professional practice and in my research. Which brings us to the question: what are Jewish teens looking for?

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