Thanks to their recent study on New York area Jewish teens, Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies has joined others in calling attention to the fact that teens are “dropping out” of Jewish life following the bar/bat mitzvah experience.
Travel restrictions imposed by the FAA on U.S. airlines servicing Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport are now in their second day with no indication when they will be lifted. Of course, that is causing all kinds of trouble for people trying to get to Israel or fly back home.
During their high school years, most teenagers wrestle with what seems like endless questions, and very few answers. Questions that, as I now look back, allowed me to explore and connect with my heritage and culture, and to develop my Jewish identity.