Not Just for the Pizza: Jewish Student Union's Impact on its Current Members and Alumni

By Benjamin E. Bloom

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service, April 2009

The Jewish Student Union (JSU) aims to establish student organized clubs with the purpose to attract, program, educate and engage unaffiliated Jewish teens in public high schools. Evaluation research was conducted with the alumni of the JSU and with current members using surveys, focus meetings and, observations of club meetings. Findings indicate that the JSU has made a positive impact on the Jewish lives of almost all who have participated. Though the JSU is successful in its efforts to create Jewish leaders and cultivate Jewish engagement through education, discussions and Jewish experiences, the research found that it is not attracting its target audience: the unaffiliated Jewish teen. This project offers recommendations for the JSU as it continues to work toward its goal of engaging Jewish students in Jewish life.

Topic: Programming, Youth, Jewish Identification, Engagement, Students, Community Building

Name of Publication: HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses

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Genre: Thesis

Coverage: Los Angeles, California , United States

Language: English

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Bloom, Benjamin E. Not Just for the Pizza: Jewish Student Union's Impact on its Current Members and Alumni. HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses. Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service. April 2009: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5125


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