Embracing Wholiness

Alisha Pedowitz, CA, USA

$5,133   raised
GOAL: $5,000

60

 Donors

This campaign is currently closed.

The Jewish Innovation

Embracing Wholiness is an experiential Jewish program that will be implemented in Jewish schools, camps, and other institutes, and explores issues of body and self image and identity formation in the context of community, examining how our interactions and relationships in our own communities impact one’s sense of self. Participants of Embracing Wholiness are empowered to build a community together that reflects and encourages wholiness–the idea that within our wholeness we are holy.

Embracing Wholiness is unique in that it fuses Jewish values and concepts with a communal education approach, utilizing the power of the community and the relationship of the individual to community to address issues of positive identity and relationships. It empowers youth to work with one another to build communities that support a whole, healthy self image. Youth will leave the program with a stronger sense of self, supportive relationships with their community of peers, and powerful community building skills that will serve them throughout their lives. This curriculum will be of particular importance to camp personnel, youth group advisors, teachers, and others who educate about positive identity, self-image, bullying, and relationships.

The Impact

At a time of life where body image issues, insecurity, bullying, and struggles with identity are becoming increasingly prevalent, programs are needed that help teens to receive and internalize healthier messages that help them to see and appreciate themselves as whole, complete people, and that empower them to build communities around themselves that support these messages.

By empowering our youth to build strong, connected, positive and support communities that are based on Jewish values, we strengthen not only individual Jewish youth, but the Jewish community as a whole.

What Will You Do with the Money?

In order to get my project off the ground, I need to develop a website. I will use a portion of the money to hire a web designer and launch a website for the program and the services it will provide.

The other major way I will use funds will be for program development. Currently, I have a foundation for the program–a sample curriculum that I piloted and evaluated at Camp Alonim. I would like to further develop the program and strengthen the program, which requires resources. Some of the resources will be books and research. However, I would also like to have money to pay a consulting fee to a therapist/counselor, and a couple other educators who have different strengths than I (such as art educators, for example) to help me flesh out the program beyond my own expertise.


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This campaign deals with:

Education & Youth | Health & Wellness

Embracing Wholiness

Alisha Pedowitz, CA, USA

$5,133   raised
GOAL: $5,000

60

 Donors

This campaign is currently closed.
  • Friend
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    “Thank You” mention on Facebook and Twitter (included in all rewards at this donation level and above)

  • Supporter
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    Embracing Wholiness sticker (included in all rewards at this donation level and above)

  • Benefactor
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    Recognition on the Embracing Wholiness website (included in all rewards at this donation level and above)

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    Copy of a sample Embracing Wholiness lesson, for yourself or the organization of your choice

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    30 minute Embracing Wholiness phone consultation, for yourself or the organization of your choice

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Campaign by
Alisha Pedowitz
CA, USA

Alisha Pedowitz is an experiential Jewish educator whose work revolves around building and fostering community, and utilizing community as a primary means to shape Jewish identity and inspire Jewish learning. Alisha has worked at Camp Alonim, New Community Jewish High School, and Milken Community High School, and currently works at Brawerman Elementary School East of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. She holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management and an MAEd with a concentration in Experiential Education.

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