Ensuring Jewish Continuity for Future Generations
Young Judaea forges a strong commitment to Jewish life while instilling a love of Israel and Zionism for thousands of American youth and young adults through its summer camps, Israel programs, year round activities and volunteer experiences. Hadassah and Young Judaea continue their strong partnership through their shared mission to connect Americans to Israel, stress pluralism, leadership development, learning, and advocacy.
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Young Judaea Chronology
Here are a few of our favorite Young Judaea moments:
1909 – Young Judaea is officially born as an organization, made up of multiple Zionist clubs from around the country
1936 – Hadassah National Board votes to support YJ with a $2500 grant, which was ¼ of YJ’s budget.
1948 – Camp Tel Yehuda, YJ’s National Senior is founded in Barryville, NY.
Mid 1950’s Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, NC begins as a two week camp.
1956 – Young Judaea establishes its Year course Program, which eventually becomes the largest gap year program in Israel, now celebrating its 60th year.
Mid 1960’s CYJ Texas, in Wimberly Texas, comes under the auspices of the Zionist Youth Commission.
1963 – Young Judaea becomes the only Jewish youth group to send an official delegation to the civil rights March on Washington.
1967 – Hadassah becomes the sole supporter of Young Judaea.
1973 – Kibbutz Ketura founded by Young Judaea graduates looking for a stronger commitment to Zionism after the Six Day War.
1982 – Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake, in Verbank, NY was born.
1993 – Young Judaea gathers over 8,000 signatures on a petition to the Clinton Administration calling for more U.S. involvement on behalf of Israeli soldiers missing in actions.
1997 – Young Judaea formalizes partnerships with its two sister movements – the Tsofim in Israel and the Federation of Zionist Youth in Great Britain – to strengthen the connection between Jewish, Zionist youth in Israel and in the Diaspora.
1998 – Hadassah commissions a Continuity Study for YJ, which shows 95% of Young Judaea alumni surveyed married other Jews!
2005 – Mid-Winter school break: Young Judaeans go to New Orleans to help clean up after Hurricane Katrina.
2012 – Young Judaea becomes an independent organization becoming a ‘103-year-old start up’, with Hadassah continuing its commitment to scholarships and special programs.
Leaders of Tomorrow Award
The Leaders of Tomorrow Award is a highly selective, merit-based award that exposes its winners to the rich culture and history of Israel and the Jewish people. They have opportunities to hone their leadership skills, meet with VIPs, and give back in meaningful ways. Our leaders share their impressions and observations as they experience Israel by writing, blogging and speaking about their incredible journey. They receive both local and national recognition for this highly prestigious award.
The 2019 Leaders of Tomorrow Award Winners have been announced! To read more about our amazing winners, please click here!