Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Final Day of KOACH

Dear Friends,
A little over a year ago we came together to save KOACH, and to convince the leaders of the Conservative Movement about the importance of engaging young adults for the survival of Traditional-Egalitarian Judaism. This past year we were able to bring together a contingent of over 130 young adults for a weekend of powerful learning and discussion at the University of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, despite two years of overcoming challenges, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism announced that today, June 30, will be KOACH's last day.
We would like to thank Rabbi Elyse Winick, Rich Moline and the countless other professionals, lay leaders, and students who have helped enrich the lives of young Jewish adults across North America for over 20 years. KOACH's closure is certainly saddening but it is key to not let institutional decisions and financial situations hinder the future of Traditional-Egalitarian Judaism.
In response to USCJ's announcement, a group of students have already come together and formed Masorti on Campus, which is already gaining support from Movement leaders from across the globe.
A group of current students, KOACH alumni, and lay leaders are working hard to keep us moving forward, but we need your help. We are looking for current and future students, Rabbis, Jewish professionals, and volunteers to join us to an effort to formalize our organization. We are looking for assistance with both functionality and strategy. We plan on running/coordinating several regional Shabbatonim during the 2013-2014 academic year. If you would like to help in anyway possible please contact us.
We are currently in talks with professional Jewish leadership from Masorti Olami, Marom, Women's League, Ramah, JTS and many others about how we can work together to keep moving forward. We thank the many people who have already reached out with support.
The wheels are in motion, but we need you to step up to keep us moving!
Douglas A. Kandl                Eric M. Leiderman
Masorti on Campus Student Volunteer Leadership Representatives
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