Leadership in the Jewish World in the 21st Century

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Taken in the Grand Plasz, central square of old Brussels.  Temple Sinai delegation from left to right is Jesse Primerano, Lauren Lefler, Adam Hammond, Alessandra Orellana, Emily Litvak, and Rabbi Michael DolginTORONTO: With the International Flower Exhibition in full bloom, the city of Brussels is abuzz with many visitors welcoming spring. Five youth from Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto will be among those taking in the sights. But while they will be enjoying the many tourist attractions that Belgium has to offer, their main objective is to meet other young adults from around the world for a four-day conference on leadership in the Jewish world in the 21st century.

The conference will connect and inspire young adults and teach them how to translate their Jewish values into action, celebrate being Jewish and learn Participants from Temple Sinai, YOZMA, Modi'in Israel and 11 countries in Central Eastern Europe and Russiaabout the each other’s experiences. “Adam Hammond, Lauren Lefler, Emily Litvack, Allesandra Orellana and Jesse Primerano have grown up at Temple Sinai, many of whom are third generation members,” says Rabbi Michael Dolgin of Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, who facilitated the delegation from Canada. “They have taught in our schools, worked with our youth and demonstrated initiative and strong leadership skills. We must teach these young adults how to remain connected to our past and promote Jewish living for generations to come.” Rabbi Dolgin worked in cooperation with Rabbi Nir Barkin, to invite participants from YOZMA, Temple Sinai’s sister Reform synagogue, in Modi’in, Israel.

Achrayut, which means responsibility, is the theme of this meeting. Over the course of four days, inspiring guest speakers will teach participants how to be leaders in the Jewish world. Young adults from France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, former Yugoslavia, Russia, Germany, Canada and Israel will meet, learn about Jewish leaders from the past and discover how they can bring their communities together through the use of technology. There will also be some time to schmooze and discover the rich cultural heritage of Jewish Brussels and visit the European Parliament.