Adapting Podcast: Get out of their way- The best way to engage Jewish teens today?

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Michelle Shapiro Abraham, an award-winning Jewish educator with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), reflects on major changes in the field of Jewish teen engagement and her personal and professional path as a Jewish educator. 

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Michelle Shapiro Abraham

What has changed and what needs to stay the same in Jewish teen engagement? Michelle Shapiro Abraham, an award-winning Jewish educator with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), spends her days pondering these questions. Michelle reflects on how her educational and professional journey - starting as a full-scholarship camper at Camp Swig in the 1980s - has impacted the way she strives to empower Jewish teens participating in camp, Israel, and immersive educational programs.




Above: Teens participants in a URJ summer program in Israel. Photo courtesy of URJ Marketing and Communications.

Below: Michelle Shapiro Abraham, circled on the third row in a pink shirt, as a camper at Camp Swig in Saratoga, California in 1985. Photo courtesy of Michelle Shapiro Abraham. 

Michelle Shapiro Abraham at Camp Swig


This episode was produced by Dina Nusnbaum and Gabriel Weinstein.  The show’s executive producers are David Bryfman, Karen Cummins, and Nessa Liben. This episode was engineered and edited by Nathan J. Vaughan of NJV Media.  If you enjoyed the show please leave us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts or even better, share it with a friend. Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and be the first to know when new episodes are released.

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