Building Community Together
When your new roommates are mom and dad
by Kristin Hohenadel for FromtheGrapevine
Architects provide makeovers of childhood bedrooms for young adults who move back in with parents.
High unemployment for young people has been a worldwide problem in recent years, with many young adults being forced to move back in with their parents after job losses or while they look for self-sustaining work.
In Spain, where youth unemployment has reached epic levels at more than 50 percent, a group of architects at PKMN has created an innovative project aimed to help young adults feel more at home in their childhood bedrooms.
How to Transform Your High Holidays
“We Bonded Over Weird”: Yom Kippur in Rural Kentucky
BY SPENCER WELLS for newvoices.org
Being a Jewish student at Western Kentucky University (WKU) feels like attending college in a ghost town. There are no hallmarks of Jewish collegiate life here. No Hillel, no Jewish student group, not even a synagogue in Bowling Green, the town surrounding campus. It’s an experience of alienation, but ironically also the basis for connection.
Is Shabbat A Way To Combat Millennial Loneliness?
By Shira Feder for The Forward
Millennials, the media would have you believe, have both destroyed the nuclear family and the fabric softener industry. These unfortunate adult children are both addicted to social media and terribly, woefully lonely. They’re short on funds but long on anxiety. Is everyone born between between 1981 and 1996 just doomed? What could fix Generation X short of a total clean slate?
Could I Stay Orthodox in a Secular College?
By Andrew Goldstein for Jewcy.com
Despite warnings from friends and rabbis alike, I went to a school with little Orthodox presence.
On Lag B’Omer, the last Wednesday of the semester, I snuck past a challah baking event to say goodbye to the Stony Brook University Chabad Rabbi, Adam Stein. Rabbi Adam and I danced with his children to the music from a livestream of Meron in his backyard. At a pause, I tapped my kippa and tzitzit and said, “I wanted to rub it in. You were wrong; I did stay religious these four years.”
Rabbi Adam responded with a chuckle, “You cheated. You went home every Shabbos.”