Adapting Podcast: The Secret to Teen Engagement


Connecting with Jewish teens has always been a challenge, but today it brings more questions than ever, as teens have exponentially more demands on their time and attention than in decades prior. The work of engaging Jewish teens is deeply personal, with youth-serving professionals being called upon to tap into the emotional as much as the practical in order to meaningfully and effectively work with young people at pivot points along their lifelong Jewish journeys. Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

On this week's episode of Adapting, David Bryfman interviews Ira Miller, who is recognized in the field of synagogue youth education, having worked in this space for decades. Ira shares personal stories from his experience with "adults waiting to happen," delving into his triumphs, challenges, and life lessons from tragedy. Through authenticity, communication, and compassion, educators still have the power to connect and engage with our young leaders of today.

This episode contains sensitive subject material (youth suicide) and may not be suitable for some listeners.

This episode was produced by Dina Nusnbaum and Miranda Lapides.

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.

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  • Teen Engagement