I write to you as the youngest member of the Reform Think
Tank, an 18-month-long collaboration among the URJ, CCAR, and HUC-JIR to assess
Reform Judaism at this juncture in our history and to reenvision the future of
the Reform Movement.
2010 A “family portrait” of NFTY Board members.
I am on the lower
My involvement in the Reform Jewish world dates back to my Daddy-and-Me
toddler group. I started Sunday school in second grade, spent summers at URJ
Camps Newman and Kutz, and participated in the North American Federation of
Temple Youth, serving as NFTY's 60th president from 2009 to 2010. Now a college
student, I'm excited and honored to continue serving as a Reform leader
alongside other Think Tank participants, facilitating conversation and debate
among ourselves and our constellation of more than 900 congregations and their
members. Already, I've learned that the central challenges NFTY faces mirror
those at the highest levels of our Movement, all pointing to the central
question: What part does Reform Judaism play in our evolving North American
Reform Judaism magazine's editors created the following Focus
section, "Reforming Judaism," to help us understand the fascinating trajectory
of our collective history, providing insights into our past and present as we
imagine our future. On behalf of the Think Tank members, I invite you to read
these articles and consider the guiding questions posed alongside them as you
reflect on your own Jewish story.
Your input fuels the Think Tank's success. Join the conversation at reformjudaismmag.org/thinktank,
where you'll read my ideas, reflections, and responses to these questions, as
well as contributions from youth leaders and Think Tank members. Most
importantly, please add your voice. Your story and your responses are pieces of
the mosaic of North American Reform Jewry. All of our perspectives are key as we
shape our community's future together.
I look forward to meeting you, both through this online exchange of thoughts
and ideas and at the Biennial outside DC this December. We have a lot to talk
Aliza Gazek, a former NFTY president, is a member of Temple Beth El in
Aptos, California and a sophomore at Stanford University.