Monday, November 28, 2011

"Mini-Mood" conference to engage Montreal's Jewish youth

Montreal's Jewish youth are connecting to their roots in a different and exciting way. A new series of programming called mini-Mood (from "Limmud," the Hebrew word for learning) is serving the city's up-and-coming generation with a variety "out-of-the-box" Jewish learning experiences.

The youthful, eclectic programming is an initiative of Federation Combined Jewish Appeal to engage the next generation of Montreal's Jewish community.

Mini-Mood, which takes place tonight (Nov. 28) is the condensed version of the all-day Le Mood conference. This past June, that event brought out 800 people, according to organizer Mike Savatovsky, in the Montreal Gazette.

Mini-mood will feature speakers on topics from LGBT identity to Hasidic hip hop, and even Quebec separatism.

Well-known Jewish hop-hop artist Y-Love (or Yitz Jordan, as he is also known) will be performing for Montreal crowds as part of mini-Mood. Y-Love, raised Catholic, felt a calling to to become Jewish as a child. The rapper told the Montreal Gazette that Judaism is not just a religion for white people, as some think.

Mini-Mood organizers are thrilled with the success of past events and are looking forward to continue expanding and finding different ways to engage Montreal's Jewish youth. Plans for next year's Le Mood are already underway.

For more information on the "mini-Mood" conference, check out the Le Mood website.

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