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Voluntary work with sporting activities for Jewish children and teenagers: commitment to inclusiveness, Jewish identity, and a future Jewish life – an interview study

Författare och institution:
Elisabeth Punzi (Psykologiska institutionen); Josef Frischer (-)
Publicerad i:
Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 15 ( 3 ) s. 419-435
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Membership in Jewish congregations seems to be declining and modern society has been described as a challenge to Jewishness and to the future for Jews as a people with shared characteristics and traditions. Activities for children and teenagers have gained increasing attention, since such activities might be a reassurance of a future Jewish life. To arrange such activities is, however, demanding and individuals who commit themselves to voluntary work are essential. In this study, six members of a Swedish Conservative congregation, who were committed to voluntary work with sporting activities for children and teenagers, were interviewed about the way in which they perceived their voluntary work. A thematic analysis was conducted. The volunteers concluded that everyone should feel included in the activities. They had a nuanced view of Jewish identity and also welcomed those who were not considered halakhically Jewish. Moreover, they wanted to support a positive Jewish identity in the new generation. Their work was perceived as meaningful even though they said that congregants who felt that the activities should adhere to Halakhah had criticized them. It is proposed that congregations should support voluntary workers and facilitate their efforts, otherwise experiences of misrecognition might evolve, experiences that are counterproductive for a vital congregational life.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Filosofi, etik och religion
Voluntary work, children, sporting activities, inclusiveness, Jewish identity, community, congregational life
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Posten skapad:
2016-05-26 14:27
Posten ändrad:
2016-09-14 13:13

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