By Jennifer Anolik, eJewish Philanthropy
June 14, 2021
So, how can we as Jewish educators and adults—who may be overwhelmed ourselves—help teens in this moment? One important element in a supportive and compassionate conversation about Israel and antisemitism is the cultivation of a safe and brave space. Moving Traditions teen groups, Rosh Hodesh, Shevet, and Tzelem all prioritize this: an atmosphere in which teens are valued, respected, and encouraged to share a diversity of thoughts and feelings. When young people develop trust with one another, it allows them to feel comfortable sharing what they think and feel, even if—especially if—those thoughts and feelings are messy, complicated, and nuanced.
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