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April 12, 2021

Letter From the Maz

Words of Wisdom from Our Teen Leadership
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Shalom Judaeans, 

We hope your year has been off to a good start. For those of you that are new and those that are returning, this website is home to the new format of the Kol Hatnua, a national newsletter that is a staple of Young Judaea. As we are continuing to grow as a movement, the Kol Hatnua is too; thus, we present another issue of the reimagined Kol Hatnua. 

Over the last few months, the National Mazkirut has been hard at work living up to their mission statement. In December, the Mazkirut alongside numerous teens nationwide participated in (Alternative) Alternative Winter Break. In congruence with our teen-elected National Social Action Initiative of food insecurity, our program focused on food justice through a Jewish lens and its intersection with racial injustice. Teens across the country joined us in virtual learning and community building as well as virtual and some in-person volunteering in Miami, Pittsburgh, and NYC. Young Judaea partnered with Repair the World, Grow Torah, Jteen, and Hazon/Jewish Youth Climate Movement to engage in Jewish and service-learning, volunteer work, and community building.

At the start of 2021, Young Judaea launched its National Calendar for teen-led programs. Thus far, several regions have put on events on a variety of different topics; teens have engaged in programming about the intersectionality of their Jewish identities, Jewish cuisine across the globe, the complexities around the story of Purim, and more. Additionally, the National Mazkirut held an event called “Teens Speak: An Open Forum on Democracy.” This event gave our teens space to process and discuss the events at the capitol on January 6th. Through rich discussions and questions, our teens shared their opinions and listened to their peers. We’re also halfway through our NEW Bechirot program! 46 teens chose one of four tracks to delve into, meeting over four Sundays. Topics include: Challenges of Antisemitism Today, Racial and Cultural Diversity of Jewish Identity and Experience, Issues of Sex, Sexuality, and Gender in Jewish Communities, and Israeli Culture: TV/Film, Food, Music, Language.

As Spring approaches, the National Mazkirut is planning and programming for our annual National Convention. This year the program will be held (virtually) from April 23-25. REGISTER TODAY! We are extremely excited for the next few months and for the trajectory of this movement. Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoy!

Sincerely, 

Your National Mazkirut

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