Our families and community invest huge resources into inspiring our teenagers to choose to lead a Torah lifestyle. However, the experiential educators in our yeshiva high schools, summer camp, youth groups and shuls have no opportunity to compare and share what's working with this generation (and what's not working) .
In 2010 and 2011, NCSY ran a conference called Youthcon, at which educators from schools, camps, shuls, and organizations shared innovative ideas and learned about trends in religious identity. Over 400 professionals participated in 2011.
TEN has approached NCSY and offered to take the lead in reviving this critical program. The world in general changing rapidly, and this is doubly true for teenagers.
An impressive Planning Committee has been formed and includes Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin and Rina Emerson (NCSY), Shira Englander, Rabbi Perry Tirschwell (TEN), Rabbi Ari Katz (Camp Mesorah), Jeremy Joszef (Camp Morasha), Jordana Wertheimer (YULA), Bini Dachs, Rabbi Dan Katz and Shlomo Stern (Bnei Akiva), Rabbi Natan Farber (DRS), Russi Shor (Yavneh Academy), Rabbi Eitan Lipstein (Moriah School), Rabbi Judah Mischel (HASC, NCSY), Leah Moskovich (Central), Rabbi David Block (Shalhevet), Rabbi Tzvi Sinensky (Kushner) and Shuki Taylor (M2). People who would like to join these efforts should email ShiraEnglander@yahoo.com.