Gen Z is here. Those of us who are working to evolve Jewish life are working to get to know Gen Z—a generation that currently includes children as young as seven and young adults as old as 22.
We want to ensure that today’s young Jews feel empowered and excited to shape Jewish life for their generation and the ones that come next. After all, today’s Jewish teens are tomorrow’s Jewish communal and professional leaders.
While members of Gen Z take after Millennials in many ways, they also have their own unique qualities. They are digital natives. They speak branding fluently. They are as creative as they are savvy. They march to the beat of their own drum and are not afraid to question the status quo.
It is clear that this generation is poised to create remarkable change. We know, however, that Gen Z’s interest in Jewish life is not a given. As generations shift, we must continue to adapt our methods to engage young Jews according to their distinct needs, interests and mindsets.
We also know that our traditions and steadfast values are some of the best tools we have for building a meaningful life in a modern world. We know that our heritage is a gift—and that it is time to help the next generation discover this too.
To that end, we are excited to share six new resources that we hope will contribute to your organization’s conversations about this creative and fearless post-Millennial generation:
- “A Discussion on Welcoming & Engaging Gen Z” – Moishe House
- “GenZ Now: Jewish Teens Research Study” – The Jewish Education Project
- “Generation Now: Understanding and Engaging Jewish Teens Today” – The Jewish Education Project
- “Understanding Gen Z is more crucial than ever” – Hillel International
- “Understanding Generation Z” – Hillel International
- “Generation Z: Who They Are, in Their Own Words” – The New York Times