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
  • Antisemitism

Interactive Elements:

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!

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Why Become a Student to Student Presenter?

This is an opportunity to join other Jewish 10th-12th graders from different branches of Judaism to collaborate together on presentations in groups of 3 to 4. 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.

About Stand Up! Speak Out!

Antisemitism often results from a lack of knowledge and familiarity. JCRC’s Stand Up! Speak Out! initiative involves several programs that inspire students, parents, and teachers to use their voices to widen the bridges of understanding, build respect for diversity, and effectively combat antisemitism. Stand Up! Speak Out! is comprised of our Student to Student, Israel Engagement Fellowship, and Israel Around the Table programs.