An Endorsement from Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Ph.D
The leadership of the Orthodox Union is proud of the programs and personnel of our NCSY for their work with teenagers of a very wide variety of backgrounds. NCSY works with teenagers where they are at. Its advisors know the culture of the Jewish adolescent population firsthand, because of the climate of trust and openness that they inspire. I think it is fair to say that they know what is really happening among our teens at least as well, if not better, than many parents, rabbis and educators.
Our NCSY leadership has become painfully aware of the prevalence of sexual experimentation among Jewish teens. It has become convinced that the only effective response to this troubling state of affairs is a comprehensive educational program in the modality and language to which our teens best relate. Thus, NCSY has developed the program before you, aimed to encourage the practice of sexual abstinence among our children.
I personally am convinced that the problem justifies the program which is before you, in all of its candor and explicit detail. The sexual practices discussed here are hardly unknown to our youngsters. The consequences of these practices, however, and the persuasive reasons to abstain from them, are sadly not as well known.
Teenagers consulting this website will discover a range of reasons to refrain from sexual experimentation. They include clear scientific descriptions of the health dangers involved; the psychological consequences; the negative effects upon schooling, career, and social relationships; and the religious and spiritual hazards of such behavior.
I endorse this effort because it is necessary, and I am proud that NCSY, an Orthodox Jewish organization, has chosen to be among the pioneers in developing such programs. I am particularly proud of NCSY National Director Rabbi Steven Burg for courageously supporting this program, and of NCSY Director of Programs, Rabbi Jack Abramowitz for developing the entire presentation with his characteristic thoroughness, creativity, and sensitivity.
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Ph.D.
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