Program

Thursday, February 12, 2015

12:00 p.m. #StrongerTogether #FalafelofCourse

The Coalition of Jewish Teens, a group of teen leaders from the BBYO, NCSY, NFTY, USY, and Young Judaea youth movements will be meeting simultaneously to the Summit. Those teens and others will join the Summit for an informal discussion over lunch.
1:30 p.m. #FindYourself #Networking

The Hyatt Regency has been transformed into a “teen space” in preparation for BBYO International Convention. An optional tour of this space (helpful for getting around over the next 24 hours) will be available. This is also a great time for networking.
1:45 p.m. #Selfie

A central purpose of the Summit on Jewish Teens is to gain an understanding of how teens think as they make sense of the role that Judaism plays in their lives. This session will be the first in a series of three dialogues where teens will be engaged in sharing their thoughts.
2:15 p.m. #NotHebrewSchool?

The type of Jewish education (often referred to as experiential education) that takes place in settings such as youth groups and summer camps has been a central part of the Jewish teen experience for hundreds of thousands of Jews for decades. Teens will be asked to share the impact of these experiences and offer new ideas that can reach and inspire them. Teen panelists will be joined by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Dr. Chip Edelsberg, and other educators as this topic is explored.
3:15 p.m. #StudyHall #Freetime
4:00 p.m. #Homeland

Israel education and travel have proven to be remarkable opportunities for educators and families to help young Jews form a powerful connection to Israel and their Jewish identities. In this session, teens will be asked to share their personal encounters with Israel, the feelings generated by those encounters and ways in which Israel might play more of a factor in the lives of young Jews. David Makovsky, Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, will facilitate this dialogue.
5:00 p.m. #Study Hall #Freetime
6:00 p.m. #SalmonwithVeggieOption

Creating a continuity of connection for young Jews as they navigate the social resets of high school, campus life and young adulthood has long been a goal of the Jewish community. These vignettes will share ways in which this plays out in two very different settings.
7:00 p.m. #SixDegreesOfLeadership

Summit participants will be joined by leaders of the Atlanta Jewish community to explore the common practices and connections between great leaders across generations. Trying to keep pace with the teens will be Michael Steinhardt, co-founder of Taglit-Birthright Israel, and Karen Katz, Chief Executive Officer and President of Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC.
8:30 p.m. #InsertEarplugs

Join more than 2,200 teens for the Opening Ceremonies of BBYO International Convention.
11:15 p.m. Ma’ariv/Prayer Services

Friday, February 13, 2015

7:45 a.m. Shacharit/Prayer Services
8:00 a.m. #EggsandStuff
8:30 a.m. #JewishPride #Briefings

You have the option of joining 2,200 teens for BBYO’s Leadership Plenary which will include powerful speakers, videos and messages aimed at engendering a sense of Jewish pride and commitment in the teen participants. Alternatively, several organizations will be sponsoring briefings. A list of these briefings will be available shortly.
9:30 a.m. #FriendshipCircle

Last chance for networking!
10:00 a.m. #PlaylistOne

It is rare that Jewish communal leaders and teens get to sit together to discuss their feelings about topics that frame the landscape of programming offered to Jewish young people. Based on your interest, you will be able to select two topics that you would like to discuss with like-minded adults and potentially like-minded teens.
10:45 a.m. #PlaylistTwo

We know you have a lot of interests; you will be able to choose another topic.
11:30 a.m. #StrongerTogether #Action

Teen leaders from the Coalition of Jewish Teens will share their progress after 24 hours of meeting and Summit participants will review key learnings and potential action items. Additionally, key points from the Summit will be reviewed and framed in the context of a call to action for the greater Jewish community.

Optional extension available for Shabbat.


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