25 U.S. Jewish Organizations to Hold Youth-Led Event Commemorating Rabin

A coalition of 25 American Jewish organizations will convene Sunday for a program commemorating the 26th Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day, titled “Stand Up For Democracy! Listen. Learn. Debate: Strengthening Our Democracy Through Dialogue,” said a spokesman. of the coalition in a statement.

The program will take place in New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC, with youth-led circles, as well as an online version for adults with special guest speakers.

The coalition was established four years ago in New York and was inspired by a similar coalition in Israel that has been working for the past decade under the name ‘remember the assassination, stand up for democracy’. The founders, the Zionist youth movements in Israel, created the “Asefa Israelit” (Israeli Assembly), an event that brings together more than 15,000 people each year to discuss issues related to Israeli democracy.

The stated mission of the American coalition is to create a major Yitzhak Rabin commemoration event in North America in order to “reshape and revive Rabin Memorial Day in the North American Jewish community” and make it “a day of internal democracy, a day to bring together diverse groups of North American Jews, of different currents, to speak, listen and create understanding, opening the way for organizational collaboration throughout the year, “according to the statement.

While the youth-led circles will focus on group discussion, the adult online program is scheduled to include guest speakers, including North America Shalom Hartman Institute President Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, director, screenwriter, and Israeli-American producer Yaron Zilberman, and Haaretz political correspondent Michael Hauser Tov. The event will culminate with an online closing ceremony, which will include a greeting from the Israeli Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Nachman Shai. About 250 young people and 300 adults are expected to participate.

Opposition chief Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the commemoration ceremony marking 26 years since the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem on October 18, 2021 (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI / FLASH90).

“It is not an easy process to do,” Erica Kushner, secretary general of the Jewish Zionist youth movement Habonim Dror North America, said in the statement. “In our daily life, most of the time we do things mainly with people from our ‘base’. But when we learned about the time before the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the debate that crossed the red lines of democracy in Israel, and When we look at the last few years in Israel and here in the US, we understand that we need, at least one day a year, to work hard to meet with people different from ourselves within our Jewish community, to have a dialogue, and to defend democracy. together. Not with suspicion towards the other, but with confidence. With a feeling of co-responsibility towards our people, “he said.

“The most exciting aspect of this coalition is that the program is run by youth and young adults,” said Liz Tsai, Executive Director of Secondary School Affairs for Israel’s international education organization StandWithUs. “The youth council is leading the event. It is encouraging to see the different youth movements and organizations come together to build this important event. The youth council is leading the event. As Martin Buber said, ‘Youth are the permanent opportunity. for the future of mankind. ‘This vision is being realized through this coalition representing the next generation of Jewish leadership. “


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