First JTEN teen education day


When the Jewish Teen Education Network (JTEN) was created last spring by the Jewish Federation, one of the three main areas of concentration was community-wide Jewish learning for Central Florida teens. While the Hebrew High model was no longer working, the one thing many families expressed concern about was the ability for their teens to have time with other Jewish teens outside of their own synagogue. Having a day (or two) each year where all teens could come together and learn together was important to both the parents and teens. On Sunday, Nov. 9, the first of these programs will take place.

The program, “Justice: What Will You do Today?” will be a day of activism and a call to action. In Deuteronomy 16:20, it says “Justice, justice, you shall pursue.” But for many, the concept of justice seems like too much for one person to even strive for. And for teens, it can seem even more daunting. There are so many causes, so many questions, so few answers.

Working with renowned activist Naomi Ackerman, teens will have an opportunity to ask those questions. They will look at what Judaism teaches, and how to apply that to actions. Ackerman will provide teens with a chance to look at how to become an activist within their family, local community and global community. Through full group sessions and smaller breakout sessions, teens will enjoy time together delving into issues that are important to them and enabling them to find their voice when it comes to action. To register for the program, go to, or call Lisa Sholk 407-261-3175.


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