JAM’s initial steps include hosting informal meetings every six weeks to generate program ideas from teens.The first occurred in July at Mosswood Park in Oakland, where teens had discussions during an afternoon picnic.Join this three-session course to consider traditional, liturgical & contemporary texts to ready ourselves for the High Holy Day experience, and lay the groundwork for new mistakes to learn from this time next year.
How do we talk about Teshuvah (Repentance) and Forgiveness with our children? In this class, we will practice mindfulness meditation through a Jewish lens with Jewish texts as our inspiration.
How do we make sure that this year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur help us and our families actually start a new and good year? Through guided meditations, sitting, walking, and chant, learn mindfulness techniques and discover Judaism’s rich history with this ancient practice.
JAM’s first flyer said the program will allow the teens “to chill, chat and smash systems of oppression.” “JYCA is a safe space where young people from any walk of life and affiliation with Judaism can come together and be led by adults who care about them,” said Jennifer Esteen, a board member at JYCA, which serves the East Bay and Peninsula from offices in Piedmont and Foster City.
“My youngest son likes JYCA, but traditionally he has felt like an outcast,” added Esteen, who is black.
He totally felt ostracized by the big group” of students at the religious school.