Young professionals launch new watchdog group, citing dissatisfaction with norms
MJAC is not the only group of disgruntled Jews who think that we are being poorly served by mainstream Jewish organizations.
Amid dissatisfaction with mainstream Jewish advocacy organizations, a new alliance of young Jewish American leaders was launched on Monday: HaShevet (Hebrew for “The Tribe,” which is also a nickname for the Jewish faith and people).
The organization seeks to “represent a diversity of political opinions and professional backgrounds” and “come together, united in our dedication to promote moral clarity within the Jewish advocacy sector, strengthen and mobilize young Jewish professionals to publicly oppose all forms of anti-Semitism (including anti-Zionism), and take up the mantle of Jewish community leadership to safeguard the future of the Jewish people,” said the organization in an announcement.
Truth be told, most MJAC members can no longer be counted in the "young" category. That's one reason we're excited to see younger members of our Tribe speaking up.
In its statement, HaShevet said it is “driven by an unwavering imperative: the preservation, in safety and security, of the State of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora in North America. We are unabashed Zionists. Our Zionism is inspired by the courage and energy of the Jewish State and our unwavering belief in its legitimacy and enduring value to the world of nations.”
The group went on to criticize “efforts by anti-Zionists to separate Judaism and Zionism” as “disingenuous and ill-informed.
Now is the time to speak up. Stand up for yourself as a Jew and as a Zionist.
I'm sure we will be hearing more from HaShevet.
I guarantee you'll be hearing more from MJAC.