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Resolution on Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders

Posted on 08/13/2010 @ 03:30 PM

You may remember that the Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders began last year and is a unified alliance consisting of the international presidents of BBYO, NCSY, NFTY, and USY. It started together to connect our teen movements and to establish natural communication between our leaders. Please read the following resolution below which continues to strengthen the Coalition:

Overview:

Many teens in today’s generation belong to a youth movement. Youth movements are seen as a social outlet and each has its own identity, history and story. For teens heavily involved in a youth movement, a sense of pride is associated with membership. Each teen wants to see the movement they belong to flourish, succeed and grow. In Jewish youth movements, this is no different. These movements include, but are not limited to: BBYO, United Synagogue Youth (USY), North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY), Young Judaea and Jewish Student Union (JSU). In recent years, tension between some Jewish youth movements has impeded partnership opportunities and a chance to make an even greater difference in the world.

The Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders is a unified alliance consisting of the international presidents of BBYO, NCSY, NFTY, and USY. We have joined together to connect our teen movements and to establish natural communication between our leaders. United as one force, we will stand behind causes we care about, voice our opinions about world issues, and leave an impact that no other Jewish teen movement has done so far. Our purpose in joining together is to unify an even greater teen movement in order to accomplish the one goal we truly have in common: tikkun olam, repairing the world.

The majority of programs and initiatives are done independently of one another, which is perfectly fine. However, for some areas, a greater impact can be achieved when working together. While each movement has it’s own rich identity and history, the work done by each movement would be more powerful and recognizable if the aforementioned movements worked closer together.

We are aiming to communicate through bi-monthly conference calls, face to face meetings, and when necessary, emergency conference calls.

Events such as the Haitian earthquake (January 2010) have illuminated the eyes of the current Presidents of major Jewish youth movements and inspired collaborative efforts to make a difference. Relief efforts are powerful in numbers and each Jewish youth movement can offer something.

The Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders will be the premier unifying force among Jewish teens around the world.

Our Goals:

  • Work together to plan and promote J-Serve to all Jewish teens
  • Pass pieces of legislation on matters that all Jewish teens care about
  • Jointly support and fundraise for causes/issues that matter the members of every movement
  • Work together to support Israel through advocacy and education

Next Steps:

  • Spread the word to your members back at home, and share with them how exciting this is for Jewish teens everywhere
  • Become friends with members of other youth movements (NCSY, USY, NFTY, JSU, & Young Judaea)
  • Support and contribute to CJTL’s Fall 2010 Initiatives
  • We have a conference call with the CJTL this Monday, August 16th

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