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Teenage Boys and Girls: A Jewish World Apart

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Publication Date: May 2001

Publisher(s): JFL Media

Author(s): Leonard Saxe; Shaul Kelner

Series: Sh'ma, pp.12-13, May 2001.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Cultural heritage and preservation)
Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Identity Formation; Youth Engagement; Gender; Demography

Type: Brief


The authors explain that teenage Jewish boys are rapidly exiting the playing field of Jewish engagement, leaving Jewish adolescent girls to hold the ball. The authors examine some reasons for this shift, basing their conclusions on a study of 1,500 Jewish adolescents. Among the ways in which teenage Jewish boys and girls see the world differently, the authors note that girls tend more socially, and boys more individually.