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Judaism is more than... 

...a practice or a locale. Our goal is to leapfrog geographical and cultural distances experienced by teenagers that fit the description a "Megan" (16) from Sacramento and a "Yehuda" (15) from Yeruham. 

JeSSI aims to disrupt the bogged-down narrative:

"Megan is a 16-year-old Jewish teenager, living in a small American Jewish community. Yehuda is a 15 year-old Jewish Israeli living in a southern Israeli ‘development town.’ Megan is not nearly as interested in Israel as her parents were at her age. Her parents volunteered on a kibbutz, her grandparents remember ’67 and ’73. Megan, cringes when her friends criticize Israel over a news item, hoping not to be asked again “Megan, you’re Jewish, right?” She just wishes it was all over so that she could feel normal.

 

Yehuda was taught that to be Jewish, one must follow Jewish traditions and reside in Israel. He wants to join the army, then have a large family in his only home – Israel. To Yehuda, World Jews are either not really Jewish or don’t care about Israel, unless they visit for a few weeks."

 

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