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amother




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Post Wed, Oct 06 2021, 6:53 am
There is an element of inspired spiritual nostalgia when I think of Meir Schuster and the things he did for secular teens and twenties of past decades. So many of our great Torah personalities were secular teens of yore. I am wondering how things have changed given today's spiritual, political, psychological, and, of most interest to me, technological climate. Is Meir Schuster's kiruv still happening? What about campus kiruv? I am curious in particular about the American secular teens and twenties.
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amother




Babyblue
 

Post Wed, Oct 06 2021, 6:54 am
tons of outreach going on in these circles B"H
look at chabad
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PinkFridge




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Oct 06 2021, 6:59 am
Check out Olami. There's campus kiruv going on. But things are very different. Kids aren't taking off as readily, and they're much more connected to their technology.
There's also adult kiruv - Partners in Torah and much more.
And of course Chabad.
And more.
Be mechazek these endeavors, and daven for our brothers and sisters.
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icedcoffee




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Oct 06 2021, 8:21 am
Soo many programs. Chabad, both on campus and off - many Chabad centers around me are geared towards 'young professionals.' Meor is a big one as well. JLIC at colleges. There are a lot of Israel-trip-focused ones as well where you go and spend half the day either interning or touring the country and then half the day learning.
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amother




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Post Wed, Oct 06 2021, 8:49 am
Thank you for these responses. To clarify my question, I am aware of the programs that exist. My question is, are they being successful and how have things changed in terms of the reception by the students to what is being presented and how.
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amother




Babyblue
 

Post Wed, Oct 06 2021, 8:51 am
Yes they are successful B”H if you want more info you can contact them
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amother




Jade
 

Post Wed, Oct 06 2021, 9:30 am
We've been in campus kiruv many years.
Things have drastically changed, and not for the better.
Anything goes and everything needs to accepted, or you will be "canceled" and thrown under the bus. It makes it very difficult to bring my own kids into this world. While I was always very careful to monitor interactions with my kids and students, I now have to more than ever before. It's terrible.

It was revealed to me by one of my older kids during Sukkos how uncomfortable things have become while hosting and how she really worries how it's influencing the younger kids. For a time, it made her very confused about being where she fits into the frum community, and how she wants to "fit in" with the students. While I am happy she told me now, I only wish she had told me sooner. (Yes, the concerns are being dealt with and I'm reaching out to in the organization how to proceed for the sake of my family)

Covid did offer a nice break though. Although things are much worse than pre-Covid.
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amother




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Post Wed, Oct 06 2021, 9:59 am
There is a very big difference in what types of outreach are successful today from what worked back in the 1980's when Rabbi Meir Schuster brought people home from the Kosel. It's a different world now. Of course we still need kiruv but there are different rates of success and different ways kiruv is happening. Lifestyles and attitudes have changed drastically in the last thirty or forty years. What worked back then won't work now. In general I think certain groups involved in kiruv are not seeing the success they used to. Their work has become more challenging because people take it as a given they'll be accepting of societal norms they can't accept. I'll leave it to the professionals to elaborate.
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