CHAMPAIGN, III (Aug. 21)
Jewish youth should have the right to help determine the spending of communal funds to which it contributes by representation on local Jewish federations, George Lefcoe, 19, Miami, international president of Aleph Zadek Aleph, the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, asserted today.
Speaking at the opening session of the 34th international AZA convention, which is being attended by 150 delegates from the United States, Canada and Britain, Lefcoe said the present situation was something like “taxation without representation.”
“We are asked, and in some communities are high-pressured, into giving without having even a single voice in determining where our dollars are given,” he said, asserting that BBYO “contributes thousands each year.”
He urged not only a voice for Jewish youth on local federations but also “in the religious life” of the Jewish community as well. He asked synagogues and temples to “demonstrate their true interest in youth and youth’s opinions by giving us representation” on their boards.