The (Jewish) Pursuit of Happiness Through Positive Psychology

(GRADES: 6-12)
Jewish educators are constantly competing with a cadre of real-life responsibilities and digital distractions to connect with busy, stressed students. Positive psychology – the study of what makes life most rewarding and fulfilling – offers a compelling theory and concrete practices that can help Jewish educators design activities and programs that will invite Jewish teens to engage in compelling, meaningful ways. The principles of positive psychology align 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.

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of each course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the points of synergy between the principles of positive psychology and Jewish rituals, traditions, and practices.
  • Reflect on the importance of integrating positive psychology practices when it comes to Jewish teen engagement and social/emotional development.
  • Create and share resources for incorporating positive psychology ideologies and techniques in Jewish education and programming.

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Semester Information: 
Summer A: June 1