In America I haven't succeeded to give my children the Jewish life and education I was given in South Africa. My son will have his bar mitzvah this year, and he seems detached from Jewish life. I find reading your articles helpful to me. Can you suggest something online regarding the Jewish faith that would be helpful and age appropriate for my son?
Below are some quality Jewish sites for your son and for all Jewish teens who want to learn about and connect to their heritage.
BabagaNewz is an educational classroom magazine, web site, book club and teachers' guide for Jewish middle school students in
congregational schools and Hebrew day schools, featuring news, stories, articles, activities, puzzles, games, contests and lesson plans.
JVibe aims to bring together teens from across the globe to bridge the gap of language barriers, geographical boundaries, and religious backgrounds. The site's goal is to use technology to unite Jewish youth from around the world. It offers new avenues for Jewish expression and a new perspective to explore Jewish culture and opportunities.
Teen-To-Teen is a virtual magazine written for and by Jewish teens. The articles, features and bulletin board deal with teen issues, moving to a new country, Israel, aliya, high-school, bar mitzva, bat-mitzva, fun, chat, penpal, bulletin board
This site was created by rabbis who felt discouraged from asking questions when they were teens attending Yeshiva. They created the site so Jewish teens would have a safe place to ask questions and express their beliefs.
Israel HighWay aims to provide high school students with factual information and historical context on modern Israel, including current events, politics, society, science and culture. The Israel HighWay hopes to add to students' knowledge about Israel, enhance identification with Israel and provide tools and resources to enable readers to be effective advocates for Israel in high school, college and beyond.
As the Gateway to long term programs in Israel, MASA enables thousands of Jewish young adults to spend a semester or a year in Israel in one of over 100 approved programs by providing information, scholarships and more. MASA's aim is to help young Jews from around the world to build a life-long relationship with Israel and a firm commitment to Jewish life. MASA is dedicated to developing new and exciting, quality programs which express the multi-faceted experience of Israel.
Birthright Israel provides the gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. The program aims to send thousands of young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift in order to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry; and to strengthen participants' personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people.
This Orthodox site offers rich and fun content for young adults: Comical Top Ten Lists of Everything Jewish, Yossi & Co. cartoons, Chopped Liver cartoons, Concerning the Jews cartoons, Torah Portion fun stories, and Jewish Trivia Tests.
Learn about and find links to a variety of Jewish youth groups worldwide: Betar, B'nai Akiva, National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY), North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), United Synagogue Youth (USY), Young Judaea and more.
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life provides opportunities for Jewish students at more than 500 colleges and universities to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity through its global network of regional centers, campus Foundations and Hillel student organizations. Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.