The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Young Judaea
Being in Young Judaea, a Zionist youth movement based on peer leadership, I definitely understand the importance of setting an example for the community. With this being said, I believe that personal decisions such as who you date, and their religion, should remain personal. While everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, it is important that all beliefs are respected and accepted within a community. Relatively speaking, USY recently decided to lay back their restriction on dating people only of the Jewish faith. I think this was a very important beneficial action on their part. I value the idea of supporting different beliefs and learning from other people. Furthermore, in terms of setting example I believe that letting teens, or anyone for that matter, proceed in what they believe in, sets a much more powerful example than being able to say that there is no one within a movement dating someone of a different faith.
~ Rachel Powell
Rachel served on the NJ Mazkirut in 2014-2015 and will continue to do so this upcoming year. Rachel is attending Camp Tel Yehudah this summer.