'Got Jewish wheels?' offered to boys ages 13-14
"Got Jewish Wheels? Discussions that will invigorate, inspire and educate your son on his journey through life" is the theme of a new six-part class offered by DATA of Plano for teenage boys ages 13-14. The program includes breakfast, basketball and intense discussion of topics that matter most to them.
"Teens have so many questions," said DATA's Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt who will lead the program. "This program will give them an opportunity to probe, challenge - and learn - and feel more connected to their heritage. The discussions will be focused on giving young adults 'Jewish traction' well before they leave home and go to University."
The six topics are: "Why be Jewish?"; "What to tell a Missionary about Judaism"; "Is there a God and does He know me?"; "The Secret of Tefillin"; "Hollywood or Bust: A discussion of self esteem," "What do You want to be Besides Rich and Happy?: A discussion of life goals."
The program runs Sundays, Feb. 23-March 30, 10:30 a..m. to 12:45 p.m. at the JCC Glencliff Campus, 2601 Glencliff Drive, Plano. Each session begins with bagels and doughnuts, followed by a discussion group, and ends after a basketball game at 12:45 pm.
"The program provides a good mix of fun and socializing in a Jewish atmosphere," said Stuart Rosenfield of Plano. "It provides an opportunity for teens to learn something about Judaism and, at the same time, about themselves."
Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt led a similar program at Congregation Ohev Shalom in the fall of 2002. He is currently Director of Education of DATA of Plano.
Cost of the program is $60. For more information or to register, call (214) 987-3282 (DATA) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This story was published in the DallasJewishWeek
on: Thursday, February 13, 2003