Monday, December 10, 2007
Feed your mind, body and soul!
Many Jewish youth have become disillusioned with traditional forms of engagement and they struggle in answering the question “Why be Jewish?”. From synagogues to the stigmas associated with many Jewish events, JUMP seems to be breaking down some of those walls. For those of us north of the 401 and Bathurst, The Jewish Urban Meeting Place serves as Markham's answer to "The House" often utilized by various youth divisions of Toronto's Federation.
Having been present at a number of the events organized since the centre's inception, it is extremely pleasing to witness each program amassing just the right number of new and returning participants; making each experience quite unique and most enjoyable. From cooking demonstrations to dinners and discussions there is just the right variety of programming to entice a variety of interests & tastes.
I was taken aback this past Friday upon discovering that attendants to JUMP's first Shabbat dinner brought Young Professionals to the corner of Yonge and Centre Street, not only from the local area but also from the downtown core. In a short time the buzz surrounding this diamond in the rough has brought Jewish Youth together from one end of this extensive city to the ever expanding burbs. Kol ha Kavod. May you continue to see a year of great goodness in 08.