Our tradition teaches that, “You do not need to finish the work, but you are not free to desist from it” (Pirkei Avot 2:16). During this season of change, saying that we are navigating unprecedented times is an understatement. There is important work to be done, and we all have the opportunity to play our part and make a difference.
We must stretch ourselves to stand up for what we believe is just. We need to have the difficult conversations and listen to the wide spectrum of opinions and viewpoints. And it all needs to be done with compassion—for each other and for ourselves.
The following resources and opportunities have been compiled to help encourage connection and conversation amongst teens, parents and Jewish professionals.
Standing Up and Speaking Out
- Repair the Vote (Repair the World)
- Securing a Free and Fair Election (ADL)
- Voice Your Vote (BBYO)
Engaging in the Conversation…Even When It’s Difficult
- Civilly Speaking: A Curriculum on Civil Discourse (Covenant Foundation)
- Mahloket Matters (Pardes)
- Teaching Resources for the 2020 Election (Facing History and Ourselves)
- Teaching Tolerance (Southern Poverty Law Center)
- Webinar: Leaning into Difficult Conversations on Nov. 18 (ADL)
Connecting Advocacy to Judaism
- All Education Is Political. Jewish Education Should Be, Too. (The Forward)
- Civic Responsibility, Leadership & Civil Discourse (Jewish Education Project)
- Election 2020: Through Jewish Eyes (Jewish Education Center of Cleveland)
- Free and Fair (Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah)
- Jewish Texts on Civic Engagement (Religious Action Center and NFTY)
- Mitz.Vote (Hillel International)
- Social Justice Academy (Religious Action Center)
- Value Sparks (M2: Institute for Experiential Jewish Education)
Processing All the Things
- Reflection 2020: An Election Toolkit for Teens (Moving Traditions)
- Post-Election Events for LGBTQ and Ally Teens and Jewish Youth of Color (Keshet)
- Election Day Resources (Hadar)
We want to amplify your voice! Interested in sharing your thoughts or other resources? Join the conversation on Instagram or email Brett Lubarsky, director of the Jewish Teen Initiative at CJP, to learn more.
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