The Wheel of Jewish Continuity

Rutgers Hillel recently honored Peter Weidhorn, Immediate Past-Chairman of the Union for Reform Judaism, with the Rutgers Hillel Innovation and Excellence Award. In his remarks, he said,

I am asked on a regular basis what makes me commit time and energy to Jewish causes when in fact I did not grow up in a practicing Jewish environment. The answer has been consistent and simple. I believe Jewish continuity is built on tradition, family, and our congregational community, which guarantees the future for our children and our grandchildren. The Hillel Reform Outreach Initiative is just one spoke in a wheel of Jewish continuity which must begin at our congregation with early childhood education, and continue through religious school, confirmation, Jewish camp, Israel trips, Hillel and programs that emphasize the Jewish needs of our 20- and 30-year-old population.

As part of the Reform Movement’s Campaign for Youth Engagement, it is my dream that tonight is just the beginning of the renaissance of Reform life on campus and the commitment of our Movement to our children from early childhood education through NFTY, Jewish camp, and the Hillel college experience.

In this video of Peter, he talks about recommitting himself to his Jewish journey and how his involvement with Temple Shaari Emeth in Manalapan, N.J., spurred a strong relationship with the larger Reform Movement.

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Kate Bigam

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Kate Bigam is the URJ's Social Media and Community Manager. Prior to this, she served as a Congregational Representative for the URJ's East District and at the Religious Action Center as Press Secretary and as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. Kate resides in Northeast Ohio.

One Response to “The Wheel of Jewish Continuity”

  1. Larry Kaufman

    Peter indicates that he was catapulted into synagogue life out of a felt need to provide a Jewish experience for his children — which grew into his mission to provide excellent Jewish experiences for all our children. This in turn grew into his zeal to provide excellent Jewish experiences for adults as well, through his work for our camps, our congregations, and our movement.

    Lets all join Rutgers Hillel in recognizing this exemplar of innovation and excellence, and thank Joan and his family for sharing him with us.

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