Michal Kohane's Column - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Rabbi Matt Friedman
    • 22.06.13 | 08:53 (IDT)

    I have known Michal Kohane for over 10 years. She has always been innovative, energetic and deeply committed to Judaism, the Jewish people and Israel. I don't know anything about the details of why she was released by the San Francisco Federation or the role of her article. I do know that the issues she raised are real and worthy of discussion. They are also not new issues. The balance between youth focus and adult focus has always been with us along with intergenerational feuding and criticism. Yes, the Millenials are self centered and "entitled." In the work place they expect rapid promotions and reject uninteresting assignments. On the other hand, the parents of the Millenials, the Baby Boomers, were so estranged from their "greatest generation" parents that we described the gulf between them as the "generation gap." Given these problems it is perhaps wise that we seek a sense of perspective. If we ignore the youth we do so at our peril. As a high school student I was a member of Crystal Springs AZA, After college I thought I would have a knock on the door from a member of the B'nai Brith lodge inviting me to join. It never happened. It didn't happen for any of my friends either. If it had perhaps B'nai Brith lodges would be filled with Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers and Millenials. No doubt the same could be said for other organizations. If we ignore older adults we also do so at our peril. The comment section for this article is filled with the comments of those who have felt marginalized. At least those who have commented are connected enough to the community to have read the article and responded. We live in a time when assimilation is the norm. We can ill afford to ignore any demographic within our community. Our attention should be focused on regaining our perspective and finding a way to create an intergeneration approach to programming. The concerns raised by Michal Kihane are worth considering and they can be a springboard for a lively discussion.

    from the article: Fired for challenging U.S. Jewry's focus on young adults
    First published 02:30 22.06.13 | Last updated 02:30 22.06.13
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