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The JGuy's Guide

The GPS for Jewish Teen Guys

By Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler, Dr. Shulamit Reinharz, Liz Suneby and Diane Heiman

6 x 9, 208 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-721-5

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Insights, Ideas and Activities for Discussing with Teen Guys What It Means to Become a Jewish Man

A step-by-step guide to creative use of The JGuy’s Guide: A GPS for Jewish Teen Guys in the classroom or at home. For each chapter in the book, this guide includes enough material for two or three hour-long lessons, each featuring: 

  • Clearly stated goals
  • A warm-up activity
  • Guidance on using portions of the book, along with engaging discussion questions
  • A text selection, in Hebrew and English, connected to the topic of the lesson

This comprehensive teaching tool will help you create a safe space for personal sharing and learning.

“What a cool book! Filled with ... the voices of teenage peers who talk with honesty about the challenges and joys in their lives. A great bar mitzvah or confirmation gift!”

Dr. Ron Wolfson, Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University

“Wise, witty and, in its own way, deeply powerful. I could have used it when I was growing up. My teen years would have been a whole lot easier.”

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, editor, Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens

“For his bar mitzvah, get the kid a new tallis and kippah ... and this book. The wisdom and warmth of The JGuy’s Guide will be a blessing as he grows into adulthood.... He’ll thank you for that.”

Rabbi Edward Feinstein, author, Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult’s Guide to Building a Jewish Life; rabbi, Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, California

“I often tell the story about how my life has been a journey and, had I turned left instead of right, who knows where I may have ended up. [This] book gives you that perspective about making choices in life.”

Andre Tippett, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

“Chock full of Jewish and peer wisdom on the things that teen boys think about. What a gift!”

Rabbi Sid Schwarz, senior fellow, Clal; founder, Panim Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values; author, Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Community

“A superb resource for working with adolescent boys. Raises timely questions, provides context for the big ideas in the book, and includes interesting material from popular culture that will engage boys.”

Matt King, head of Rashi School, Dedham, Massachusetts



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