United Synagogue: The next generation


As leaders of Conservative synagogues meet in Cherry Hill, N.J., for their biennial convention, the movement is also bringing together what it hopes will be the next generation of movers and shakers. Here’s the report from the Courier-Post:

Who better to address a changing philosophy than the leaders of tomorrow?

That was the theory that drove the founding of the Young Leaders Institute at the International Biennial Convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which is meeting at the Crowne Plaza this week.

"We want to invigorate our young leaders, make sure they are aware of each other," said Rabbi Charlie Savenor, executive director for the New York Region and one of the leaders of the institute. "This institute is not for everyone because, though we want an integrated dialogue to talk, but we also recognize that leaders in similar places can learn from each other."

Some of the young leaders, who were all under the age of 45, said that the Conservative movement is suffering from a connection issue. Though young people are raised and nurtured in the temple through camps and youth groups, they fall away as young adults because of an aging vision. …

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