Jewish Activists Gathering In Budapest To Discuss Balancing Jewish And Global Needs
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, June 03 2014 @ 03:47 PM EDT
From Me to We- Between Tribal & Global
June 9-11, Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, June 3 - Scores of young Jewish social justice and environmental activists from across the globe will come together this month in Budapest to explore the connections between their commitment to supporting the Jewish community and their passion for helping the wider world.
More than 70 young Jewish activists and leaders from Europe, Israel and North America will convene in Budapest June 9-11 for “From Me to We- Between Tribal & Global,” a gathering designed to explore the creative tension between particularism and universalism. Together with an impressive array of thinkers and visionaries, participants will address issues such as balancing community resources between Jewish and global causes and addressing collective Jewish needs without sacrificing global concerns. The gathering will also focus on Jewish identity in the 21st century; the future of Jewish communities; and whether the Jewish people can make a unique impact on the pursuit of a more just and green world.
Selected from a pool of 120 highly qualified applicants, these leading activists will network to create new global partnerships and promote this provocative dialogue in Eastern and Central European Jewish communities. They will also tap into the collective wisdom of the event’s dynamic participants in order to help design event workshops and discussions.
“As the tension between universalism and particularism is as old as the Jewish people itself, we will explore this dilemma to add a deeper layer to the conversation and tie it back to our Jewish heritage and activism,” said Limor Friedman, who with Tamas Buchler organized From Me to We.
“When people hear about the Hungarian Jewish community, they often connect it with the Holocaust and growing anti-Semitism,” added Buchler. “However, beyond these headlines, Budapest is one of the most exciting Jewish communities in Europe: a regional hub for innovation and revival. The "From Me To We" event is an amazing opportunity for our community to get involved in the global Jewish dialogue on social justice.”
From Me to We was created as part of Schusterman Connection Points, an initiative launched by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, a global organization that supports and creates innovative initiatives for the purpose of igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create positive change in Jewish communities and beyond. From Me to We is being launched in partnership with the Siach Network and Minyanim.
"We are excited to support young Jewish leaders in their efforts to drive important conversations about social and global responsibility,” said Lynn Schusterman, Founder and Co-Chair of the Schusterman Family Foundation. “I believe young people hold the key to building a vibrant global Jewish future, and we must invest in their passion and potential to do so.”
About Schusterman Connection Points
Schusterman Connection Points, an initiative launched by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation to put young Jewish leaders at the helm of creating a series of gatherings around the world. Designed as a new and meaningful way for young Jews to assemble with purpose, Connection Points are part of Schusterman’s broader investment in organizations and programs that empower young leaders to take an active role in shaping a vibrant Jewish future. For more information please visit http://www.schusterman.org/schusterman-connection-points.
Siach is an international partnership between three leading Jewish organizations: Hazon in the U.S., JHub in the U.K. and The Heschel Center for Sustainability in Israel and is graciously funded by the UJA-Federation of New York. The Siach network aims to create conversation, connection and cooperation related to environmental and social justice issues within the global Jewish community. For more information: www.siachconversation.org
MiNYanim is a dynamic initiative that is having a powerful, positive impact in Central and Eastern Europe by working with young adults who represent the future leadership of Jewish communities in Eastern and Central Europe. In the first year of the 2-year program cycle, MiNYanim conducts local programming to build a shared sense of commitment to Jewish learning and working together. Programs, facilitated by a local coordinator, focus on Jewish learning, using formal and informal activities to engage the promising students and young professionals who are part of the program. The Jewish Agency has developed an extensive curriculum, offering substantive, text-based, serious Jewish study framed in fresh, inspired approaches that have proven to be highly engaging for sophisticated Jewish adults. www.facebook.com/minyanim