The Shmooze

Sex-Ed Lockdown

By Josh Tapper

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Remember your old Hebrew school curriculum: Jewish ethics, Jewish history, Jewish laws and customs, Talmud Studies, Jewish sex? …Jewish sex? Right, there was no Jewish sex.

But this past weekend, Houston-area high schoolers had the rare opportunity to talk shop — that is, talk sex — from a Jewish perspective. The overnight retreat, “There’s Only 1U,” which was billed as “the sexuality and Jewish crash course,” was created by Rabbi Amy Weiss as a way of applying Jewish values to basic sex education.

Held at the Houston Hillel, the event was lock-in style – guys on one floor, girls on another – and included off-beat educational tools, like a “South Park” sex-ed episode, to get the conversation flowing.

Jewish mothers have that “my kid doesn’t do that”-type of attitude, Weiss, the executive director of the Initiative for Jewish Women told Houston area blog Believe It Or Not, but such is not the case according to an Atlantic Monthly article, which cited a trend of kids having oral sex at bar mitzvahs.

Now that’s disturbing.


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