JTS to Launch JustCity Leadership Institute, a Two-Week Precollege Program for High School Change Makers

Press Contact: Beatrice Mora
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: bemora@jtsa.edu

November 5, 2013, New York, NY

The Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), in collaboration with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, Camp Ramah, United Synagogue Youth, and American Jewish Society for Service, will launch its new JustCity Leadership Institute, a transformative, two-week precollege program for rising high school juniors and seniors, in summer 2014. The program will take place from June 29 to July 11, 2014, in New York City at JTS, and is generously sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York. Applications are now being accepted at www.jtsa.edu/justcity ; reduced rates are available for early enrollment. Contact justcity@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8826 with questions.

JustCity Leadership Institute will empower savvy high schoolers with cutting-edge leadership skills, offer dynamic Jewish learning and group service opportunities, and help students develop action plans they can turn into positive change in their hometowns and schools. Participants will learn from experts at the forefront of advancing social justice, and begin building their own networks with newfound friends. They will enjoy a college campus experience; the excitement of New York City; and a tour of JTS, Columbia University, and Barnard College. "JustCity Leadership Institute will take our mission of learning, leadership, and vision in an exciting new direction by bringing together a diverse group of young students to put their passion for Jewish community, leadership, and social justice into action," says JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen. JustCity Leadership Institute will be a chance for young people to make an impact on the world.

JTS serves North American Jewry by educating intellectual and spiritual leaders for Conservative Judaism and the vital religious center, training rabbis, cantors, scholars, educators, communal professionals, and lay activists who are inspired by our vision of Torah and dedicated to assisting in its realization.

The mission of the Ramah Camping Movement, the camping arm of Conservative Judaism, is to create and sustain excellent summer camps and Israel programs that inspire commitment to and engagement in Jewish life, and develop the next generation of Jewish professional leaders. The National Ramah Commission of JTS provides oversight, educational planning, and coordination on behalf of the network of Ramah camps throughout North America and Ramah programs in Israel.

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps strengthens the Jewish community's fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States by engaging participants in service and community building that inspires them to become lifelong leaders for social change.

United Synagogue Youth was founded in 1951 as the youth organization of the Conservative Movement. It is a thriving and successful international organization with over 300 chapters across North America, as well as a sister youth organization in Israel called Noam.

A key part of UJA-Federation of New York's mission is tikkun 'olam (repairing the world). The organization helps people in need and mobilizes the Jewish community to become a source of care and comfort that embraces all. UJA-Federation of New York is proud to sponsor JustCity Leadership Institute.