5 Tips for Engaging Jewish Millenials

Posted on February 19, 2015

After a great Birthright trip to Israel, and feeling connected to their Jewish roots, what’s next for the Jewish life of the millenials?  You can read 5 tips for connecting 20 to 30 somethings to their Judaism here.

Jewish Camps: How is the Magic Made?

Posted on February 18, 2015

The Foundation for Jewish Camps (FJC) along with the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education brought together researchers and funders to help solve the mystery that is the “magic” of Jewish camps and the Jewish identity that they instill in their participants.  With the answers to some of their questions, we can hope to Continue Reading »

How PJ Library Helped One Congregation Engage Families With Young Children

Posted on February 17, 2015

A small shul in Georgia, Congregation Children of Israel, has utilized the PJ Library program as a way to bring families with young children together, and for some unaffiliated to try out what a congregation is like.  Making use of PJ library as a way for the children to learn as well as for parents Continue Reading »

When Giving Tzedakah, Think Like a Philanthropist

Posted on February 16, 2015

Rachel Cyrulnik, in her article at, writes how we who give tzedakah should see ourselves as philanthropists and follow some guidelines for giving in the best ways that we can.  We truly believe in this message and are excited to be back at Yeshivat Noam for our teen philanthropy program!  Find out more about Continue Reading »

The Third Stage of Jewish Education

Posted on February 13, 2015

Aryeh Ben David, the Founder and Director of Ayeka; Center for Soulful Education, writes about the 3 stages of Jewish Education in this article.  Stage 1 was “educating for content,” stage 2 was “educating for the sake of Jewish connection,” and stage 3 is now “educating for life / educating to make us better people.” Continue Reading »

H.O.P.E. is Back Again!

Posted on February 12, 2015

Areyvut is thrilled for the start tomorrow of the 6th year of the H.O.P.E. (Helping Organizations Provide Essentials) Jewish Teen Philanthropy Program at Yeshivat Noam! It is our goal that by the conclusion of the program, H.O.P.E. participants will have a better understanding of philanthropy, the role of non-profits and the importance of being actively Continue Reading »

Avoiding “Excellent Sheep” in Jewish Day Schools

Posted on February 11, 2015

This article relates that our great Biblical leaders were shepherds and how it prepared them for leadership.  It continues with ideas to help students become their own leaders and encourage them to think deeply about their current and future paths.

Give Better. Give Together. A 7-Part Series on Launching and Sustaining a Successful Giving Circle

Posted on February 10, 2015

Getting together with friends and colleagues can be a great way to pool funds and give to causes you all agree on.  This article is part 1 in a 7 part series with details laid out on how to run the most successful giving circle you can.

A Primer on Making the Jewish Community Inclusive

Posted on February 5, 2015

This article, written by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Meagan Buren from RespectAbilityUSA, goes into detail on ways in which we can make the Jewish community a more friendly and inclusive cohesive group.  The 15 tips to follow are below.  Click the above link for more detail on each point. 1. Leadership at the top needs to Continue Reading »

Transforming a Temple through the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution

Posted on February 4, 2015

This article emphasizes the importance of b’nai mitzvah projects and the involvement in young teens with their Jewish community and identity.  The congregation also transformed their hebrew school into JQuest, programming that inspires children and teens with Judaism via arts, sports, etc.  Making Judaism meaningful to children and teens is crucial for their Jewish identity Continue Reading »