web analytics
May 25, 2015 / 7 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Young People are Missing Out

Twenties-071213

At the American Jewish Historical Society, there was an excellent program about Jewish women in the Civil War. The audience learned about such colorful women as Phoebe Yates Pember who served as a nurse, with 15,000 patients coming under her direct care during the war and Clara Solomon, a teenager who chronicled the Civil War.

I learned that the South may have been racist in its oppression of African slaves, but it was far more welcoming to Jewish people than the North, where they were openly persecuted. In fact, some of the worst atrocities committed against Jews on American soil, including the vile General Orders #11 by Ulysses S. Grant, which expelled “Jews as a class” from the war zone, were perpetrated by the North. This gave a new twist the moral binary I had always associated with the War Between the States.

I learned a lot of really interesting information, so did the other people attending the program – only problem: I was one of the very few people under thirty. This was confirmed by many of the participants and one of the panelists. “We love our senior citizens attending, but what will happen to Jewish academia in the next generation?” one person lamented to me.

It is not just the future of a world without extensive Jewish programming that concerns me but the sense of incredible opportunity going to waste. Visiting Jewish lectures is not just a great way to spend an evening. It’s a great way to make your career and school experience better.

Places like the American Jewish Historical Society, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Metropolitan Museum of Art often have incredible and interesting speakers who shed light on entertaining topics. A quick Google search will tell you if it’s a style you will like. This is a great augmentation for any class, and a great way to find research topics for papers. Had I not attended history lectures with my parents, I would have never discovered my love for British Monarchy and its sordidly entertaining saga.

More importantly, they are crucial networking opportunities. The speakers are often renowned in their fields and are usually accessible before or after the program. If you are a history major, you can network with someone doing research in a field you love. Since many academics are doing research, they may need assistants. That is one golden opportunity for career growth, be it cash, work experience or college credits. Even if they don’t need your help personally, they may have colleagues who do need help. Even if they can’t help you now, that can always change.

More importantly, the audience around you can be an excellent networking source as well. If you are interested in archeology, attending a lecture on the Dead Sea scrolls will likely have you sitting next to people who share your interest and might have information on furthering your career. You are likely to find people who work in the field, and as they are in their element, it is it easier for you to approach them without sounding needy or pushy. There’s nothing like saying “What did you think of the lecture?” as an icebreaker for shy people. At one lecture I attended, I got to meet an incredible author in the same field who gave me a copy of his book on the spot, asking me to compare it to the lecturer’s.

It’s also a great place to meet friends. If more young Jewish people started attending events, it could be a place for people who didn’t go to school together, but share mutual interests to congregate in a safe environment. I met one of my dear friends at a journalism conference and now we meet once a week because we have so much to talk about.

Of course, the most important reason to attend lectures is because it’s important for the Jewish world to have informal education. May of us who study dutifully for the BJEs and for our university exams stop learning once it’s no longer being forced on us in exchange for grades. Learning Jewish studies shouldn’t stop once we’re free to make the choices on our own. Now is the time to stop going by a teacher’s curriculum and learn what you are truly interested in, in greater depth. And if many young people attend, many of the lectures will become more attuned to out interests.

Supporting these institutions is supporting the Jewish community. Now, it may sound like an expensive prospect, but many events have cheap student tickets, and quite a few are free to the public. You don’t have to go every single week, but once a month or so is more than enough to get the benefits, especially if they are topics you yourself are fascinated by.

There will be a lot more events in the near future, a quick look online or in this very newspaper can glean you lots of summer lectures. I’ll be going to a few and I hope I won’t be the only young person there.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Young People are Missing Out”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Former Israel Ambassador to the UN Dore Gold.
Bibi Seals Nationalist Policy with Dore Gold Heading Foreign Ministry
Latest Sections Stories
Schonfeld-logo1

To what extent is your child displaying defiance?

Respler-052215

This therapist kept focusing on how “I could do better,” never on how we could make the marriage work.

Mistrust that has lingered after the fiasco in Ferguson, Missouri, has edged the issue forward.

“The observance of a kosher diet is a key tenet of Judaism, and one which no state has the right to deny,” said Nathan Diament, executive director for public policy of the Orthodox Union.

Two weeks of intense learning in the classroom about Israel culminated with Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Students attended sessions with their teachers and learned about history, culture, military power, advocacy, slang, cooking, and more.

The nations of the world left the vessel to sit rotting in the water during one of the coldest winters in decades and with its starving and freezing passengers abandoned.

Rabbi Yisroel Edelman, the synagogue’s spiritual leader, declared, “The Young Israel of Deerfield Beach is looking forward to our partnership with the OU. The impact the OU has brought to Jewish communities throughout the country through its outreach and educational resources is enormous and we anticipate the same for our community in Deerfield Beach as well.”

Our goal here is to offer you recipes that you can make on Yom Tov with ingredients you might just have in the house. Enjoy and chag sameach!

Gardening can be a healthy, wholesome activity for the whole family.

Unfortunately, the probability is that he will not see a reason to change as he has been acting this way for a long time and clearly has some issues with respecting women.

All of these small changes work their way into the framework of the elephant and the rider because they are helping the elephant move forward.

More Articles from Elke Weiss
Twenties-071213

At the American Jewish Historical Society, there was an excellent program about Jewish women in the Civil War. The audience learned about such colorful women as Phoebe Yates Pember who served as a nurse, with 15,000 patients coming under her direct care during the war and Clara Solomon, a teenager who chronicled the Civil War.

The importance of death customs has been ingrained in me since birth. When I served as a shomeret for my grandmother, I was instructed not to eat, drink or perform a mitzvah in the same room. In the shock of death, it seemed rather inane to be told it would be considered mocking the dead. My grandmother was gone; she couldn’t do those things because she didn’t exist anymore, a fact that still makes me tear up.

At the end of 2012, I was in Israel and looking out at the Jerusalem night sky. I was filled to the brim with inspiration and decided to challenge myself to become a more educated young woman. Simply put, I was going to read as many books in a year as possible. I’m not sure if that would actually have made a difference in my level of education but it seemed like a fun goal at the time.

Many Jewish people, including myself, avoid Holocaust movies because it is far too painful to watch the dehumanization of those we love. Still, facing what is painful is an important part of life. “Lion of Judah” is not an easy film to watch, but for the next generation it will be a valuable resource for educating children in a world without survivors. More importantly, it is centered on the incredible, Leo Zisman, the Lion of Judah.

Whenever I got praised for an achievement, I feel like I should say that half the praise goes to my parents. Although they can get on my nerves, I am really blessed with a mother and father who have molded and shaped me (by any means necessary) to become a successful human being.

Growing up, I remember my father’s Rosh Hashana ritual. He read the story of Rabi Amnon of Mainz, who had his tongue, hands and legs cut off for refusing to convert to Christianity – for choosing to remain a Jews. I would run away from the table sobbing in terror. Even at the tender age of six, I knew that being Jewish made oneself a member of an endangered species.

Purim is my favorite holiday, and I love to share the joy. I have spent previous years wandering around my neighborhood in costume. This year, I fully intend to celebrate with full cheer, and I want everyone to know why I plan to spend the day in costume, singing Shoshanat Yaakov at the top of my lungs.

We are forgetting the lessons of the churban Beit HaMikdash, how we were not finished off by Rome, but destroyed ourselves through mindless hatred and zealotry. We bled each other dry through violence and bigotry until we were weak enough for Rome to come in and step all over our broken bodies. Rome did not defeat us – we defeated ourselves.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/teens-twenties/young-people-are-missing-out/2013/07/12/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: