When I was growing up, all the young adult novels with Jews in them were about Important Jewish Issues. (The 1980s remain the golden age of teen movies; these days my daughter Josie tells me what to read, and I tell her what to watch.) Today’s books with teenage Jewish characters aren’t all full of trembling and intensity and doom and self-importance. And it’s not like I’ve figured out everything spiritually or whatever, but I do think it’s still okay to make resolutions.
Critics are calling this the golden age of young-adult literature.
“There is both the need and opportunity to build on that experience and investment made by the Jewish community to more effectively engage young adults in Jewish life throughout the country.
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It’s a Saturday night and I find myself underground in a dimly lit room at the Hawthorn, a cocktail lounge in San Francisco’s Financial District, holding a $12 whiskey in one hand and a pink neon glow stick in the other.
The event I’ve just walked into is Jewbilee, proclaimed the “hottest monthly party for Jews in their 20s and 30s.” Jeremy Doochin, one of the organizers, has set his beer on the table between us so he can snap the glow stick around my wrist, turning it into a bracelet.
It encompasses a lot of genres (realistic fiction, dystopian fantasy, sci-fi, noir, horror, suspense, graphic novel) and is often read voluntarily by actual discerning adult humans.
Today, though, YA is a humungous publishing category; even though book publishing is in shaky shape, YA is one of the few categories to show growth.
And I can’t remember the last time I’ve donned a neon wristband.
Despite all this, here I am, sipping an expensive cocktail amid a sea of young Jews schmoozing around a dance floor.
However, I come with questions: What is everyone doing here?
Is this how young people in the Bay Area are meeting each other? And what about “marrying Jewish” — does that still feel relevant? In short, the answer to all that is: Yes, no and maybe.
Jmingle will be your pipeline to all of the upcoming events and activities for connecting with others in our community.
Jmingle is an organization committed to creating and hosting events for young Jewish adults in Nashville and the surrounding areas.
So, it’s not always easy finding a date for dinner and a movie. The Network, the Under-40 Connection of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, can help you meet new people, and also link you to social opportunities for education, volunteering and leadership training.