Third Space Conference

Suggested Reading

On Emerging Adulthood

1.  Sharon Daloz Parks, Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000. p. 1-33.
Big Questions, Worthy Dreams Chapter 1
Big Questions, Worthy Dreams Chapter 2
These two chapters are the theoretical foundation for much of Daloz Parks’ scholarship on mentoring emerging adults.

2.  David Brooks, “The Odyssey Years.” New York Times [New York] 10 Oct. 2007. Web.
Using the research of sociologist Robert Wuthnow and political theorist William Galston as a jumping off point, columnist and social commentator David Brooks summarizes some of the major themes of emerging adulthood in a short and readable essay.

3.  Christian Smith with Patricia Snell, Souls in Transition: the Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.  p. 33-87.
Souls in Transition Chapter 2
Souls in Transition Chapter 3
This is good introduction to religious identity in emerging adults.

4.  Steven Garber The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief & Behavior during the University Years. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1996.  p. 13-22.
Steven Garber Fabric of Faithfulness
Garber describes the need for emerging adults to have a worldview, a mentor and a community to make the transition into a healthy, mature adulthood.

On Jewish Education

5. Michael Rosenak,  “The Tasks of Jewish Religious Educational Philosophy,” Religious Education, 73:5 (1978:Sept./Oct.) p.513
Rosenak Aricle
One of the first major essays written by the preeminent philosopher of Jewish Education, Michael Rosenak.  Using academic language, he makes several significant points about the philosophical challenges for Jewish education in the contemporary era.  First among them for our purposes is his assertion that without clear consensus about what Judaism is it is very difficult to reach consensus about what should be taught.

Jewish Emerging Adulthood

6.  Beth Cousens, Hillel’s Journey
A monograph written about Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and its recent shift in focus on Jewish meaning-making among emerging adults.

7. Jennifer Zwilling, Emerging Adults: The Hillel Model for Jewish Engagement.
Zwilling Emerging Adults
A summary of Hillel’s most recent thinking on relationship-based Jewish engagement.