Student to Student
Why Schedule a Student to Student Presentation?
About the Presentations:
Each presentation is given by a group of three or four Jewish high school students, who are themselves members of various denominations of Judaism (Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox). Since this is a presentation by students for students, it’s not perceived as “just another lecture.” The style of presentation is informal: the presenters encourage their peers to ask questions, and the discussion that unfolds is candid and serves as a vital element of the program.
Student presenters discuss a range of topics, including:
- A typical day in the teens’ lives
- Jewish holidays & the sabbath
- Jewish food & dietary laws
- Life cycle events & traditions
- The Hebrew language
- The Holocaust
Presentations are enhanced by concrete demonstrations. Instead of just describing a shofar (ram’s horn), an actual shofar may be passed around and, when possible, blown by one of the presenters; instead of just describing challah, the Sabbath bread may be passed around for sampling!
About Student to Student
Antisemitism often results from a lack of knowledge and familiarity. JCRC’s Student to Student program helps reduce anti-Jewish prejudice through presentations given by a group of Jewish high school students. It is a powerful tool in classrooms that lack a strong Jewish presence. Young people who have had this experience can now put a “human face” to Judaism — the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance.
Why become a Student to Student Presenter?
This is an opportunity to meet and join other Jewish 10th-12th graders from different branches of Judaism to give collaborate together in groups of 3 to 4 on presentations. You will gain experience and confidence in speaking and answering questions about your identity. Ultimately, you will be taking an active role in reducing prejudice and break down stereotypes by putting a “human face” to members of the Jewish community.