#NEXTwork Lunch & Learn: Jewish Megatrends

Rabbi Sid Schwarz, author of Jewish Megatrends, spoke to an audience of thirty young Jewish communal professionals at a Lunch Learn organized by NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation in partnership with Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership


  1. The session, held at Spertus' beautiful Lakeshore-adjacent building, attracted young professionals from across the Jewish community landscape.
  2. Rabbi Schwarz began by describing the challenges that 'legacy' Jewish organizations (national organizations that have been around for more than 30 years) face:
  3. He then discussed generational differences and highlighted events that kept Boomers engaged in Jewish collective identity, and why Millennials aren't following suit in the same way.
  4. He offered several different ideas, from his book, as to how the Jewish community can reconnect with our young adults:
  5. For a review of Jewish Megatrends, by Sid Schwarz, see below: