Are Jewish Schools Failing Our Children?

Filling our teenagers' heads with Jewish law and simplistic answers to complex issues like homosexuality and slavery only serves to disconnect them from the faith. We need a new approach to Jewish education based on active listening and safe space.

Sam grew up in a family where both of his parents were hozrei b’teshuvah (those who assume a religious lifestyle). While Sam, whose real name is withheld for confidentiality, was still young, his family moved from a city with a small Jewish population to one with a strong Orthodox community, including an ultra-Orthodox school. As he grew up, in contradistinction to his surroundings, Sam identified as...