In this era of technology, busy schedules, and high stress levels, our teens might find it difficult to stay connected to our Reconstructionist Jewish Communities. What can we offer them as incentive to maintain their relationship to our congregations? Our first webinar will explore different congregational approaches to teen programming. Several teens will be presenting their views on why they choose to participate in teen programming at their congregations. Our second webinar will focus on our college students. How do they connect to their home Reconstructionist communities? Do they find Jewish connections on their campus? Hear from college students who attend schools both with and without a Reconstructionist presence and learn how we can help them succeed in maintaining their Jewish identities away from home.
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A 1976 graduate of RRC, Rabbi Jeffrey Eisenstat is JRF Director of Special Initiatives and Founding Director of Camp JRF and No'ar Hadash. He holds a bachelor of arts from Pennsylvania State University and a master's in education from Temple University. He has served as a congregational rabbi in State College, PA; Philadelphia; and Plantation, FL; and as Hillel director at Penn State, where he taught in the religion department. In the early 1990s, Eisenstat was congregational services director at the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation and also was an instructor in education at RRC. Over the past 30 years, he has been involved in directing numerous schools and camps. He helped create the first North American family camp, Israel family education trips and youth programs for the Reconstructionist movement. He is a recipient of the Rabbi Ira Eisenstein Lifetime Achievement Award and is the director of youth and camping for Noar Hadash and Camp JRF. His publications include Reconstructing Jewish Education: A Process Guide, The Reconstructionist Teaching Model and Family Davening, as well as several musical albums.
David Basior, in his second year of study at RRC, moved to Philadelphia from Seattle, WA where he lived for six years working for Jewish community organizations such as BBYO and Hillel as well as a secular independent elementary school and the local food co-op. In college, David was a founding father of a non-Jewish fraternity, a leader in the campus' Dance Marathon, in the marching band, and came into his Judaism at Hillel where he produced such programs as Sukkot Survivor. Raised in the Reform Movement, David is excited about being a part of the Reconstructionist Movement now and the possibilities for expansion and new projects. He currently is working with students at Brandeis University involved with the Brandeis Reconstructionist Organization (BRO.) David is also working to gather data about how our congregations connect with their students who have left for college. In addition, he has played alto and baritone saxophone in Disco Stu and the Fabulous Horn Kings, a ska band of the 1990s, and The Soul Pistols, a soul cover band.