Brooklyn, New York (PRWEB) September 29, 2012
There’s an exciting venue that may just be the best kept secret in Brooklyn. It’s a Wednesday evening, and Jewish guys and girls, ages 20-34, are gathered together having a blast. Everyone present exudes a great energy and camaraderie. They come mainly from different parts of Brooklyn—Park Slope, DUMBO, Sheepshead Bay, Mill Basin, Flatbush, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Gravesend—some are even from Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. They are enjoying themselves and are absolutely riveted. They aren’t at a sports arena. Nor are they at a bar or club. So where exactly are they? What’s keeping them engaged and coming back week after week? They are attending BJX, the Brooklyn Jewish Xperience, an exciting and innovative program custom made for the Generation Y Jew.
Some participants come from totally secular backgrounds with no Jewish education. Others come from traditional but nonobservant backgrounds. Then there are those who come from religious homes like Albert or Sarah who had a Yeshiva education but, for whatever the reason, felt disconnected from G-d and abandoned their observance.
In an age of Facebook where personal interaction is few are far between, what brings these young adults together? It’s BJX—an educational program that really understands the needs and mindset of young and hip Jews. Studies show that most young Jews today have very little interest in Judaism. The rate of assimilation and Jewish apathy is staggering. Even traditional communities are suffering from intermarriage and assimilation. BJX is defying these statistics and performing miracles igniting young Jews’ interest in their heritage by empowering, inspiring and educating those who attend their various programs.
One new student, Ryan, hasn’t missed a single BJX program for several months. He pledged this week to raise a Jewish family. This is no small commitment. Ryan recently said, “BJX introduced me to a Judaism that is logical, happy, and fulfilling.”
Each and every week students gather for an extraordinary hot dinner buffet. They socialize, mingle and have the opportunity for professional networking. Then there’s the highlight of the evening. A lecture on the most fascinating topics by a most dedicated, brilliant, caring and dynamic educator, Rabbi Yitzchak Fingerer.
Rabbi Fingerer authored a very popular book on Jewish philosophy, Search Judaism and maintains a weekly morning radio program on Radio Hidabroot, 97.5FM. Fans enjoy his unique upbeat style and erudite presentations.
Brooklyn Jewish Xperience students know their Rabbi as someone who is eminently personable and someone who everyone can relate to. Many BJX students never had exposure to a Rabbi. Their perception of a Rabbi was an elderly person with a white beard; someone out of touch with society and daily life struggles. Other students, with more background, had negative experiences with their Rabbis. Their Rabbis at school may have been overly judgmental or did not have the answers to their burning questions. Rabbi Fingerer breaks all these stereotypes. He is a Generation Y Rabbi—ever contemporary, tolerant, accepting, and warm and the person qualified to answer all their probing and incisive questions.
BJX has also been privileged to be addressed and inspired by world-famous speakers such as Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, Mr. Malcolm Hoenlein, Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein, Rabbi Lazer Brody, Charlie Harary and other renowned educators.
Young Jewish professionals can easily register for the upcoming October 17th event by visiting BrooklynJewishEvents.com, or stay updated on future events and programs by liking them on Facebook (Brooklyn Jewish Xperience).
About Brooklyn Jewish Xperience
Brooklyn Jewish Xperience educates, empowers, and inspires Jewish college students and young professionals throughout Brooklyn to be the leaders of tomorrow. BJX’s innovative and exciting programs help students explore a rich and meaningful Judaism. To enable BJX to keep its programs free of charge, or sponsor an event call 646-397-1544, or donate here.