WJC Launches World Jewish Youth Assembly for High School Students

The World Jewish Congress, the pre-eminent international federation of Jewish communities and organizations, will establish a platform for Jewish high school students to connect and discuss the challenges facing the global Jewish community called the Jewish Youth Assembly.

The Jewish Youth Assembly (JYA) will invite more than 100 participants to be assigned to one of 12 country delegations representing a Jewish community. The youth delegations will then meet with leaders of those Jewish communities to learn first-hand about their unique characteristics and specific challenges.

The JYA will also specifically deal with modern issues facing Jewish youth around the world, such as preserving the memory of the Holocaust as survivors continue to leave us and first-hand testimonies are in short supply.

Fighting anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism online and on social media will also be a focus of the group, the framework of which is similar to the “Model UN”, the educational simulation in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations and The United Nations. . Online anti-Semitism is a particularly new challenge, as the rapidly changing Internet landscape brings with it a host of new problems.

“The younger generation, who can already confront anti-Semitism today, will be tasked with leading the global Jewish community tomorrow,” said World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder. “By creating the Jewish Youth Assembly, WJC is investing in these future leaders and launching essential conversations on every continent. Participants will come out of the program better informed, better equipped and better connected to address the challenges of the Jewish people. “

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder presents the Theodor Herzl Award to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Munich on October 28, 2019 (credit: MICHAEL DALDER / REUTERS).

The World Jewish Congress was founded in 1936, in the midst of the Holocaust in Europe, with the mission of strengthening Jewish unity and political influence to ensure the survival of the Jewish people. The WJC was involved in establishing the State of Israel, securing reparations from Germany for the atrocities committed during the Holocaust, and securing the rights of Jews in the Soviet and Mizrahi regions.

Applications for the JYA assembly, which will meet virtually over two Sundays in February 2022, are now live for Jewish youth ages 15-18.


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