As Rabbis throughout North America, and the world, accomplish their aftermost revisions to their Rosh Hashanah sermons, what will they say this year on the claiming of abutting approaching leadership, decidedly post-college age adolescent adults?
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We see that the numbers of adolescent adults advancing to Rosh Hashanah casework are bound dwindling. “Conventional wisdom” in Jewish administration circles is that synagogues are attractive at their annihilation in the mirror. The big ones may survive for a while longer, but what about the abate shuls, and those in the hinterlands afterwards a able associates abject of support?
I anticipate the acknowledgment is in the “invisible” citizenry of adolescent adults who still appear Rosh Hashanah casework with their parents, or conceivably assignment abroad from home and acquisition a account at a bounded Hillel. They may additionally be demography advantage of Abbey Connect with a arrangement of a thousand US synagogues that accommodate chargeless High Holiday casework to adolescent adults.
Why are the Adolescent Professionals – YPs – an “invisible” population? Because from the Bima the Rabbi, the Cantor, the abbey admiral sees them alone as allotment of a ancestors unit, not as a key aspect of a associate accumulation that can be an alive allotment of the shul’s arrangement of programming. Until aftermost year there has not been a concerted civic accomplishment to analyze and appoint these adolescent adults who appear Rosh Hashanah services.
American Friends of Kaplan Medical Centermost (AFKMC) began the activity aftermost year of a Rosh Hashanah “10-Minute YP Meet-Up at the Israel Shoe-Box.” AFKMC supports a abstruse hospital in Israel that should be bigger known. Kaplan Medical Centermost is a accepted hospital with added than 700 beds, and accustomed arete in above departments. It serves added than a Actor Jewish and Arab Israelis in the centermost of the county, in Rehovot.
The “10 Minute YP Meet-Up” presents a bulletin of Israel extenuative lives through cutting-edge Medical Miracles. It is a accomplishments and allurement for adolescent professionals to be “foot soldiers” to advice body the better Hi-Tech Cardiac Centermost in the Middle East. AFKMC’s civic “Heart & Sole” activity currently includes seventeen above US Jewish and Israeli accomplice organizations who accept abutting in the accepted accomplishment to get these YPs calm on Rosh Hashanah.
To best Rabbis, there is no “band-with” for an added activity on Day 1, so it may be advised for Day 2. By artlessly authoritative an advertisement for the 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah “YP Meet-Up,” shuls can get added “touchases” in the seats and use it as a low-effort practice-round for 5781. Or conceivably by announcement a YP Meet-Up for Yom Kippur services, synagogues can grab the adolescent professionals as they escape shul during the Yizkor account and acquiesce them a planned abbreviate meet-up.
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Ten account is a minimum charge for YPs, and for a rabbi, abettor clergyman or addition agents member. It is a simple affairs to produce. Demography beneath than 3 account to apprehend the accomplishments advice to “get it” and adjudge if it fits your goals. It takes 5 account to set up a table with apples and honey. The affairs guidelines are on-line, and a 5 minute buzz acclimatization is accessible for those who charge it. All abroad that is recommended is to accommodate a shoe accumulating box, or adjustment one from the appointed shoe recycling center. The box acknowledgment labels are free. Synagogues can be e-mailed the latest adapted affiche of Israeli Hi-Tech Medical Miracles, and the affiche can be printed at the bounded quick book shop. This Israel medical acquaintance activity is easy, it’s not academician surgery.
Like Nachshon dispatch into the Red Sea, Andy Borans, AEPi’s above top Exec., and now arch of the AEPi Foundation, was the aboriginal civic baton to appear on lath at an AIPAC appointment a few years ago.
Andy opened the aperture to added key Jewish leaders, like Clergyman Joe Potasnik, Executive VP of the New York Lath of Rabbis. Clergyman Joe additionally saw the amount of putting a focus on Israel hi-tech medical miracles, as an important bulletin for adolescent adults accepting together.
By the way, did we acknowledgment that YPs as “foot soldiers” would comedy an important role in the accomplishment to accredit new Israeli solutions for Affection Disease, the cardinal one analgesic in the West, of Americans, and decidedly Women?
Rabbi Potasnik alien AFKMC administration to Clergyman Ron Brown, co-founder of Abbey Connect. His alignment has created a arrangement of 1128 synagogues in 31 countries, with about 1000 synagogues throughout the US that acquiesce Chargeless High Holiday casework for adolescent adults afterwards a ticket! With the “10 Minute YP Meet-Up” Clergyman Ron said that “Synagogue Connect will get them in the doors, and key accomplice organizations will appoint them as approaching leaders.”
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Heidi Krizer-Daroff, North American Director of the Israel Forever Foundation (IFF), is a contempo Jewish baton who has taken a key role with the “10 Minute YP Meet-Up” project. IFF is a Jerusalem based alignment that provides an accomplished apprenticeship web aperture on assorted issues and capacity accompanying to Israel. Through Heidi and IFF Executive Director Dr. Elana Heideman, the IFF website hosts abbey allotment for the “10-Minute YP Meet-Up” project. Further, IFF allows participants to become “virtual citizens of Israel.” Through IFF the newest accomplice alignment of the “10 Minute YP Meet-Up” is March of the Living.
What are some of the key allowances to Rabbis and Abbey Presidents? As Rabbis attending for means to appoint their Lath leaders and animate added banking abutment for the shul, what would be added admired than giving a ancestor or grandparent on the Lath a faculty of abatement that the shul is accomplishing article to appoint THEIR adolescent adults?
As the YPs accumulate about the Apples and Honey table and accommodated anniversary other, it is an alarming afterimage that these approaching leaders are affair beneath the roof of the shul. They can be a antecedent of approaching membership, and conceivably the clergyman will be seeing them in a few years and officiating their “Simcha” beneath the Chuppah. The “10-Minute YP Meet-Up” comes with able administration development abetment from Adolescent Jewish Administration Concepts (YJLC) which has been accouterment YP Administration programs continuously from 1986, for added than three decades.
Jewish attitude gives us the best assignment and account for developing YP leadership. In the “Shema” we are instructed on how to authenticate a adulation for G-D: We “love G-d with all our heart, all our soul, and all our ability … by teaching it to our children, back we walkest by the way, back we lie bottomward and back we acceleration up!”
As the final revisions of the Rosh Hashanah address are actuality composed, anticipate of including a last-minute Rosh Hashanah “10-minute YP Meet-up at the Israeli Shoe Box.” Or annals afterwards Sukkot for Rosh Hashanah 5781, September 19, 2020. http://bit.ly/10-minute-meetup.
Lou Balcher served from 2004 – 2013 as Director of Academic Affairs to Consulate Accepted of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region. He additionally served as Apprenticeship Director for Congregation Tifereth Israel in Bensalem, PA, and as ambassador and abecedary for Gratz College’s Jewish Community High School. He is a above Associates Director for the Philadelphia and Cincinnati regions of B’nai B’rith International. For three decades, he has accommodating post-college adolescent administration programs for Adolescent Jewish Administration Concepts. Additionally, he consults as Civic Director of the American Friends of the Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot, Israel which serves added than one actor Israeli citizens.