Navigating and Nurturing Complicated Conversations with Teens

Given the minefield of tough topics faced by today’s teens, Jewish educators are faced with the challenge of and opportunity to reach teens in authentic, meaningful ways that highlight the relevance of Jewish tradition and foster Jewish community. This course will explore best practices for addressing issues of consent, gender identity, gun control, Israel, or any emotionally loaded or sensitive topic, preparing the educator to decide when to remain neutral and when to name a personal bias, and how to create a safe space around the conversation. Participants will be provided with broad content and context to frame their approaches and tangible takeaways to enhance their work with post b’nai mitzvah students and teens in both formal and informal settings.

Semester Information: 
Grades: 7-12

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