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JED 526 - Educating Jewish Adolescents

Adolescence is a critical period in an individual's identity development, and Jewish adolescents, like their counterparts from all faith traditions, can find themselves questioning everything from who they are to how they fit into the world. At the same time, it is understood that meaningful Jewish engagement during the teen years results in an increased likelihood of individuals choosing to lead active Jewish lives in the future. This course will provide an overview on the best practices for teaching Jewish adolescents. It explores an array of topics including adolescent identity development, educational best practices for connecting with teens, and the unique issues of Jewish education for post-b'nai mitzvah students. By actively engaging with the latest research from the field, as well as hands-on assignments, students will be encouraged to share their insights and experiences as practitioners as well as from their own lives.