UNPACKED, JEIC launch YouTube series to help Jews connect to their faith

Videos aim to help young Jews connect to their spirituality and heritage amid rising levels of anxiety and depression.

Credit: Courtesy of OpenDor Media.
Credit: Courtesy of OpenDor Media.

UNPACKED, a division of OpenDor Media, is excited to partner with the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC) in launching a new YouTube series about spirituality with generous support from the Mayberg Foundation, the Zalik Foundation Fund, and the Weisfeld Family Charitable Foundation.

The 10-part video series will feature on the YouTube channel Big Jewish Ideas and offer young Jews a way to connect with their spirituality and heritage with new episodes being released biweekly. JEIC and Unpacked for Educators (UED) will be working closely with selected schools to incorporate the series into their curriculum.

Levels of loneliness, anxiety, and depression among young people today have skyrocketed. Spirituality can serve as a powerful antidote by offering comfort and meaning when people feel lost and isolated. Unfortunately, many young people are struggling to access spirituality — at precisely the moment they need it most. This series hopes to bring inspiration and connection directly to them by offering a broad understanding of their heritage and its traditions through short, digestible videos.

This series explores Jewish tradition and teachings that can infuse viewers’ daily lives with understanding, personal connection and meaning. It provides a new perspective on the Jewish tradition, looking beyond the “dos and don’ts” to understand the “why,” the spiritual element that elevates, punctuates, and gives context to the “what” of Judaism. Topics include, “Why doesn’t God stop evil?” “Why does Judaism have so many rules?” and “How do I know I have a soul?”

“Jewish people of all ages need meaningful opportunities for connection,” said Sharon Freundel, managing director of JEIC. “Through this partnership with UNPACKED, we seek to both inspire and inform our young people: Inspiration draws them in; information will help them stay involved in the tradition.”

“With this series, our goal is to bring spirituality back into the conversation,” said Noam Weissman, executive vice president of OpenDor Media. “By exploring the big ‘whys’ of Judaism, we are hopeful that young Jews will understand their own identities in powerful ways.”

Watch Big Jewish Ideas: www.youtube.com/@BigJewishIdeas.

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