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Staying Present: Adult Mentors are Essential to Teens’ Lives and to Effective Jewish Teen Engagement

By Deborah Meyer, eJewishPhilanthropy, May 9, 2013.

I was lucky.

When I was 13 and trying to figure out the world around me, I had a camp counselor who really “got” me. She taught Israeli dance, which I learned I loved. In a circle under the willow trees, she inspired me with a discussion about the United Farm Workers’ grape boycott and rabbinical teachings on living wages. And she helped my friends and me figure out how to handle our disagreements. This madricha was truly a guide along my way to womanhood.

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