Most European Jews have yet to recover from last century’s traumas. According to recent surveys, 40% of the Continent’s Jews still hide their Jewish identity; 70% maintain no connection with any organized Jewish community.
The rabbis’ responsibility is to make every Jew proud of his heritage and eager to participate in community activities. Europe’s rabbis must receive training to work with and support Jews of all backgrounds.
The goal of the Forum for Young Rabbis is to give the rabbis of Europe’s Jewish communities the training they need to enhance their performance as community leaders. In addition to the vital objective of sharpening their professional skills (such as in managing community affairs and in public speaking), particular emphasis has been placed on training the rabbis to attract to their communities Jews who as yet have no interest in developing this connection. Moreover, the rabbis need to develop the professional skills that will enable them to effectively assist Jews who are experiencing personal difficulties or crises, as it is only natural for them to confide in the rabbi at such times and to seek his counsel. This forum organizes highly professional seminars covering these topics for the benefit of rabbis of European communities.