In a not-so-quiet corner of Café Stella at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake, Jill Soloway and Ayana Morse look around and see a model for Jewish connection.
Few things in Jewish life get a rabbi more excited than the chance to help Jews marry other Jews. One reason is the difficulty factor: It’s always been a challenge to convince young Jews, especially the unaffiliated, to limit their marriage options to the 2 percent of the population that is Jewish.
Most young Jews do some kind of volunteer service, but few do it through Jewish agencies or connect it to Jewish values.
Avi’s a good-looking guy. He’s funny. He’s tall. He attracts women easily. We often write and act together in projects. He was raised in Southern California, and he likes to surf. He’s a talented photographer. He likes yoga. He likes to eat nuts and berries. I don’t like to do any of these things, so it would be really nice to find him someone else who can keep him company.
For the first time, young American Jews and German Catholics will formally debate the meaning of Germany's controversial Passion Play at Oberammergau.
Inspired by Israel’s response to the earthquake disaster in Haiti, Jews for Judaism Young Professionals and the Barak Raviv Foundation partnered for a Feb. 17 fundraiser at h,.wood in Hollywood. More than 200 people attended the event, which doubled as a birthday party for Barak Raviv and raised $3,600 to support Jewish relief efforts in Haiti through the Orthodox Union and the Joint Distribution Committee.
A new report lends muscle to certain aspects of the phenomenon, hinted at by Katznelson: Young Jews' desire to be with other young Jews and their interest in creating their own Jewish experiences rather than signing up for long-standing programs.
If the group of Gen Y-ers -- also known as Millenials or NextGens or iGens -- who gathered for a Jewish leadership conference in Santa Monica last week are any indication, it seems that parents who did everything to build their children's resumes and self esteem may have been on to something. This handpicked group of Jewish leaders in their 20s and early 30s have the self-confidence to think -- to actually believe -- that if the old people would just make some room for them, or maybe get out of the way altogether, they could fix this mess of a world. They are committed to social justice; they are willing to get their hands dirty; they have great ideas, time to volunteer, and they have the arrogance, self-centeredness and technological savvy to bring their ideas to fruition. The question is how to channel all that into the Jewish community.
Not long ago, Tali Pressman, 24, found herself sitting in a room full of civically minded young Jews in Los Angeles -- that elusive demographic of 20- to 30-somethings targeted by so many religious and political recruiters.
The goal: How to better collaborate and organize their diverse work for nonprofits and Jewish communal services in the city.