Jewish Teenagers and their Engagement with JCCs

By Steven M. Cohen, Lauren Blitzer

Florence G. Heller-JCC Association (JCCA) Research Center, October 2007

This study reports on a survey conducted in order to understand the behavior and patterns of Jewish teenagers associated with Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) on a frequent basis. JCCs engage this population from a variety of diverse points of involvement in the hopes of promoting the Jewish educational and identity development of these youth. The survey conducted identifies key interests, social engagement patterns and priorities of this cohort. The study concludes that Jewish teenagers who are involved in JCC programming have higher rates of Jewish engagement and are more socially engaged in society at large than their counterparts who do not frequent JCCs. The study is intended to promote policy implications for JCC teen programming.

Topic: Youth Engagement, Jewish Identification, Social Issues, Jewish Organizations

Funder: JCC Association. Merrin Center for Teen Services

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Information: Download for personal use, freely distribute link

Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Steven M. Blitzer, Lauren. Jewish Teenagers and their Engagement with JCCs. Florence G. Heller-JCC Association (JCCA) Research Center. October 2007:


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