Rabbi Gutterman mentioned this week in an interview with the R.I. Foundation that his early interest in the rabbinate was kindled by involvement in Jewish youth group. As if we needed a reminder why NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) and youth work is so very important.
The prophet Joel articulates that truth, “Your sons and daughters shall prophesy; Your elders shall dream dreams, and your youth shall see visions.” (His words might call to mind the Debbie Friedman song inspired by them.)
Our youth are the leaders of the present and are also the voices and moral compass that will lead us into a bright and vibrant Jewish future. This weekend Temple Beth-El will host NFTY Spring Conclavette for the first time in recent memory. Join us on Tonight at 7pm for Shabbat services for a glimpse of the future of the Reform Movement. We are grateful for the community support that has enabled Temple Beth-El to fully embrace this sacred opportunity–over 50 host families and volunteers are making this possible.
Our young people are a ray of light in an oft dark world. It is my prayer that their voices and vision for the next generation of Jewish life are a balm for our spirits that nourishes and sustains our hope in the future.