Young adults are facing new risks as Jewish leaders. Here’s how we can help support them.

By David Cygielman – eJewish Philanthropy

When I undertook the big life transition from college student to full-time member of the workforce, I made it a priority to continue my volunteer leadership and engagement with the Jewish community. Being involved in Jewish life was (and continues to be) a key part of my continued learning, growth and leadership. Unlike the conditions we are seeing on campus today, my Jewish identity and pride were always things I could discuss publicly and freely with friends and peers, Jewish and non-Jewish. It was something I never once thought about having to conceal for risk of being verbally or physically attacked. Decades ago, my grandparents did not have the same luxury — and young adults today, sadly, do not have it either.

Two decades after my college experiences, I recognize how important they were for me. My involvement in Jewish life introduced me to so many amazing people and opportunities that helped my personal journey and contributed to the creation of Moishe House, where I continue to devote my time and energy. I can’t imagine my personal or professional life today had I not invested in building Jewish and civic life in my local community as a young adult forging my way into my 20s.

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David Cygielman is the founder and CEO of Moishe House.