There’s data, and then there’s what I know
I regularly interact with a cohort of individuals that others write reports about these days.
I learn so much from the young adults I speak with about their Jewish education.
No research center or foundation will be interested in this data, because it’s anecdotal.
The information I’ve gotten is not from the stuff of research: not from surveys, phone polling, focus groups, or market research.
It’s gleaned from speaking with thousands of young adults about their Jewish education over many, many years.
I listen very closely to what they say, and have had conversations with young adults in multiple settings: camps, youth groups, schools, and even around a kitchen table.
The one comment I’ve never heard is that anyone ever, I mean ever, regretted obtaining more Jewish education.
So, what will we do with that information?