Israeli 9th-graders learn life lessons from disabled peers

Posted on April 15th, 2018
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Tikkun Olam exposes high school freshmen to kids with disabilities, instilling feelings of empathy, acceptance and inclusion.


Nearly 400 ninth-graders from the Interdisciplinary High School in Hadera accompanied students from the nearby Neve Etgar School for Children with Special Needs on a Tu B’Shvat tree-planting activity earlier this year. The Hadera students decided to organize a music and crafts activity for the special-needs kids a week later.

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Are You There, G-d? It’s Me, Tamar

Posted on April 8th, 2018
by: Tamar Cohen for Fresh Ink for Teens
Judy Blume’s books teach us real-lessons about growing up.


Bildungsroman: the German word for a coming-of-age novel. A prime example of this? Judy Blume's “Are You There, G-d? It's Me, Margaret.” Beloved by angsty teens and middle-aged women’s book clubs alike, Judy Blume seems to have completely mastered the art of coming-of-age in fiction.


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Teen Mental Health – Warning Signs

Posted on April 1st, 2018
From The Jewish News
When should parents be concerned? Experts share some warning signs.


We don’t often talk about teen mental health around the dinner table or on the phone with friends or colleagues. Maybe we fear being labeled “bad parents” if our teens are diagnosed with mental health issues. It’s something we must have done wrong. Maybe whatever our kids are going through is just a “phase,” something they’ll “get over” in time.

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Telling the Teen Story

Posted on March 25th, 2018
for ReformJudaism.org
A DOWNLOADABLE guide to share with teens at Pesach


The Passover Seder is the ultimate educational experience. It is an interactive method of story-telling, a learning (and re-learning) of our people's ancient memory, and navigating through text and time and tradition to make that story our own.

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Want more information on Passover? Check out Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.

Ingredients Of Identity

Posted on March 18th, 2018
by Sofia Gardenswartz for Fresh Ink for Teens
Just like a delicious meal, I am a combination of many different experiences and interactions—each new experience adds another layer of flavor.


“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”—Audre Lorde, “Learning from the 60s” (1982).


I love food. I don’t think—in fact, I really hope—that’s not a divisive statement. But I’m not only a proud foodie, I’m also an avid chef. As the president of Serving Spoons, a nonprofit that prepares and delivers healthy and home-cooked meals to families in need, I feel very comfortable in the kitchen. And as any experienced cook knows, flavor is built, not invented. It takes a precise combination of many different ingredients to make the perfect bite.


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