Student to Student

Student to Student is a high school peer education program striving to reduce prejudice, and bigotry. The program brings together Jewish high school students from different backgrounds, trains them to talk about their lives as Jewish teens, and facilitates discussions in public and private schools in an effort to dismantle anti-Semitism and put a human face to Judaism.

Join us in sharing our lives as Jewish teens to break down stereotypes and foster increased understanding with other teens in our community:

The Student to Student Program is funded by a grant from United Jewish Endowment Fund of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Hear first-hand about the impact of the program from our teens, both current and graduates, and teachers who have utilized our presentations for their students.


The Student to Student program

  • Fights Prejudice within the community
  • Fosters Understanding 
  • Creates Leaders

Presentations

Each presentation is given by three or four students, representing members of each branch of Judaism; Conservative, Reform, Orthodox and Reconstructionist. Since this is a presentation by students for students, it is not perceived as "just another lecture" It resonates with the students and creates more of an informal discussion where questions are encouraged. 

Student to Student participants have made presentations in public schools for world history, speech, journalism, and literature classes; and in faith schools, in conjunction with world religion and Hebrew Scriptures classes.


Topics of Discussion

  • A description of the branches of Judaism
  • A description of a typical day in the presenters lives
  • The Jewish calendar, including holidays
  • The Sabbath
  • The Jewish life cycle from birth to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs to marriage to death
  • Jewish Dietary Practices
  • The Hebrew language
  • The Holocaust
  • Israel
  • Human rights concerns

“It is through programs such as this that our communities learn to understand each other better so that we…can live in mutual respect and peace.”  

—Student to Student Participating Teacher

Recent articles about the Student to Student program: 

‘Like Judaism 101’: To fight anti-Semitism, program sends Jewish teens into classrooms -The Washington Post
Student-to-student talks aim to increase understanding of Jews -Washington Jewish Week

Students Empowering Students - Washington Jewish Week
A Jewish Teen Outreach Program Goes National -Tablet Magazine
Students turned teachers: New program to the area encourages expansion of Jewish learning -JDS Newsletter


Contact

For more information on becoming a Student to Student participant, or to schedule a presentation, please call Sara Winkelman, Program Director, Student to Student Initiative at 301-770-0881 or email SWinkelman@jcouncil.org.