JumpSpark is proud to be launching an inaugural cohort of 9th-grade boys to participate in monthly small group sessions using the Moving Traditions Shevet curriculum led by Zak Elfenbein. Our hope is that this will grow to be a multi-year leadership development program.
What is Shevet?
Shevet, launched in the Fall of 2011, empowers teen boys to navigate competition, aggression, social pressure, and other challenges in their lives, to challenge sexism, and to explore what it means to be a Jewish man and a mensch. This growing program has now been adopted by over a hundred Jewish institutions and close to three hundred men have been trained to serve as mentors for teen boys in their communities.
Meet our Group Leader
Zak Elfenbein is the Senior Director of Athletics and Fitness at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and is serving as the group leader of the first year cohort. Participating in transformative experiences like JCC Day Camps, JCC Maccabi Games and Maccabi USA led Zak to his current career in the Jewish community. Elfenbein also served on the coaching staff at the University of Florida, participating in multiple SEC championships and a Final Four showing.
All sessions are at 11:00am on the following dates:
- Sunday, December 6
- Sunday, January 10
- Sunday, February 21
- Sunday, March 21
- Sunday, April 18
Initial findings regarding the impact of Shevet are strong.
- 86% of teen boys reported that they “got to know myself better”
- 81% of teen boys reported that they “learned that Judaism can help me in my personal life.”
- 92% of teen boys reported that they “became more aware of gender stereotypes and inequality in society.”
- 69% of teen boys reported that they “learned skills to help me tackle problems/challenges when things get hard or stressful.”
- 81% of teen boys reported that they “learned to think critically about what society tells us to be a ‘real’ man.”
- 56% of teen boys reported that they have “taken action to confront sexism” or “plan to take action to confront sexism”
- 87% of teen boys reported that they “strengthened their connection to the Jewish community.”