This course, geared for Jewish educators working in supplementary schools, will be taught through Gratz College's NEXT program.
Teens today are busy, busy, busy. Competing with all of the real-life and virtual distractions that their lives and smartphones have to offer is no small challenge. To successfully connect with our teens and keep them Jewishly-connected; we implicitly need to convince them of the “value-add” of engaging with Judaism and Jewish community.
Positive psychology – the study of what makes life most rewarding and fulfilling – offers wonderful insights into designing activities and programs that will engage Jewish teens in compelling ways. The principles of positive psychology align well with core Jewish texts and values. By identifying the points of intersection, we will position ourselves to more consistently create gratifying opportunities for our teens.
At the end of the course, Jewish teen educators will have a foundational understanding of positive psychology and a series of tactics for applying its wisdom to the feat of successfully engaging Jewish teens.