I would be not where I am today were it not for the life-changing experience I had in United Synagogue Youth, where I served as a chapter president, regional president, international vice-president, and counselor and group leader on USY on Wheels for six summers. My story is not unique. In fact, I am certain the vast majority of professional and lay leaders in the Conservative Movement today are products of either USY, the Solomon Schechter Day Schools, or Camp Ramah (and sometimes all three). However, the reality is that so few Conservative Jews participate in any one of these educational pillars that it begs the question as to how our movement would be transformed if we “bet the house” on immersive Jewish education, and made it possible for every child to see USY, Schechter, and Ramah as their birthright. Today, I published my latest post for the CJ Online, entitled A Bnai Mitzvah Birthright, where I make that exact proposal. Read my post, and think about what it would mean to make this immodest and audacious idea a reality.
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