Why Teenage Brains Are So Hard to Understand

Posted on September 25th, 2017
By Alexandra Sifferlin for Time Magazine

The following story is excerpted from TIME's special edition, The Science of Childhood, which is available in stores, at the TIME Shop and at Amazon.

When Frances Jensen’s eldest son, Andrew, reached high school, he underwent a transformation. Frances’s calm, predictable child changed his hair color from brown to black and started wearing bolder clothing. It felt as if he turned into an angst-filled teenager overnight. Jensen, now the chair of the neurology department at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, wondered what happened and whether Andrew’s younger brother would undergo the same metamorphosis. So she decided to use her skills as a neuroscientist to explore what was happening under the hood. “I realized I had an experiment going on in my own home,” says Jensen, author of The Teenage Brain.

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What Jewish College Students Really Care About

Posted on September 18th, 2017
BY SARA WEISSMAN for The Jewish Week

Lesson 1: Jewish students don’t exist in a vacuum — or in a separate realm on campus comprised solely of Hillel BBQs and BDS protests.

"What do Jewish millennials want to read?”

“What’s going on in the minds of future Jewry?” 

As the editor of New Voices, a national online magazine written by and for Jewish college students, I field these questions constantly — at conferences, Shabbat tables, blind dates and board meetings.

Thankfully, New Voices has always had a simple answer. And per Jewish tradition, our answer is actually another question: “What do Jewish millennials want to write?” 

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Teaching Disability Inclusion One Shabbat at a Time

Posted on September 11th, 2017
Lily Coltoff for

My initial reaction after the fact was relief.

After months of planning, weeks of searching for the perfect readings, and a few crazy days of racing around like a chicken with its head cut off, I had finally crafted my first Friday night Shabbat service. And thankfully, it was a success.

Earlier this year, as part of Jewish Disability Advocacy and Inclusion Month, I helped create American University Hillel’s first ever Disability Inclusion Shabbat. The service and dinner were designed to teach students about the meaning of accessibility, acceptance, and inclusion, and to talk about what we have accomplished as an institution and what we still need to do.

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How the IDF helps Israeli teens reinvent themselves

Posted on September 4th, 2017
By Inbal Arieli for Israel21c

Every individual youth, regardless of background, has a chance to be selected for the most prestigious and elite Israel Defense Forces units.

While high school seniors in other countries are preoccupied with university-related decisions, Israeli seniors are preparing for mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) – approximately three years for men, two for women – and competing for elite units. In a way, their military service is a culmination of their childhood and youth experiences.

For some youth, the IDF serves as a restart, providing an opportunity to look within and unveil hidden abilities and qualities that haven’t had a chance to surface. This is especially true for those who continue into officer training, adding at least another year of service.

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An advertising executive taught me to always stand up for my religious beliefs.

Posted on August 28th, 2017
by: Judith Rosenbluth for Fresh Ink for Teens

Editor’s Note: Judith Rosenbluth was a finalist for The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing. Nearly 70 contestants from around the country answered the following question: “Choose a living or deceased Jewish-American woman and write about her legacy in any field such as law, medicine, sports, politics, entertainment, and more. Why are her accomplishments meaningful to you?” The contest was sponsored by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group.

According to published statistics, only 14.5 percent of business executives in the United States are women. Sarah Hofstetter is one of a very small group of women who has risen to the top of a male-dominated field. The 38-year-old Jewish mother of two is the CEO of 360i, an award-winning advertising agency. Hofstetter received the 2012 Stevie Award for “Female Advertising Executives of the Year,” has been named one of Ad Age’s “40 Under 40” marketing leaders and has landed some major clients such as Coca-Cola and OREO. What makes her amazing, though, is that throughout her career, she continues to observe the Sabbath every week, keep a kosher diet and proudly identifies as a Jew.

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