Connecting Masorti youth and young adults around the world
We all know that today's youth are tomorrow's leaders, but ...
"The Jewish community is losing youth who drop out of Jewish life after bar or bat mitzvah in unacceptably large numbers. Jewish institutions are struggling to keep teenagers and young adults engaged."
Moving Traditions, Engaging Jewish Boys - A Call to action
"Considerable anxiety about the Jewish identity of the current generation of young Jewish adults has emerged in recent conversations, with many believing that young Jews are abandoning the values, faith, and institutions of their parents and grandparents."
Young Jewish Adults Today, American Jewish Committee
The quotes above are not new to any of us. But the question of how to address this situation and create meaningful connections to Judaism in the hearts and minds of young Jewish people remains at the top of our agenda.
And for this reason Masorti Olami and MAROM Olami are investing in today's youth and young adults, connecting them to their Judaism and connecting them to each other. Studies have shown that building connections and communities based on common interests and experiences is the most powerful tool in significantly affecting Jewish identity.
Please click below to watch a 3 minute video of ways that we are connecting Jewish youth and young adults around the world.
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I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…