Youth Empowerment is one of LJY-Netzer's 4 ideological pillars, and we always try to make the voices of everyone on our events heard.

TOTY (Theme of the year) and TOOTY (Tikkun Olam of the year) were democratically voted for by our 16+ members

Check out our Kinus & Veidah autumn events if you want to help change our movement for the better!

TOTY (Theme of the Year)

This year it’s Tradition and Renewal! We’ve been hard at work researching for this and will be running sessions on the topic throughout the year.

This theme is a great way for us all to reflect on our Jewish faith and practices, thinking about what it means to be a Liberal or Progressive Jew, an LJYnik and what binds our community together.

Some questions we asked to get us started:

 - Do you find comfort in tradition?

 - Why do we sometimes abandon traditions?

 - Why are traditions important to us? what role do traditions play in your Jewish identity?

 - What makes traditions meaningful?

 - What can renewal mean for traditions that we consider        out-of-date?

 - Are tradition and change really opposites?

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Tradition

The passing down of customs or beliefs from generation to generation. This could mean the passing down of family customs, artistic heritages, Religious traditions, national customs, etc. to others.

Renewal

To change, replace or repair something to make it newer or better

“We have inherited a houseful of furniture from the Jewish past. We must decide what goes into the living room, and what goes into the attic.” This quote from Amos Oz encapsulates some of the big questions and themes we will be exploring as we examine our own Jewish experiences, and Jewish history more broadly as a story of traditions and renewals. This theme provides a great opportunity to connect with our Liberal Judaism pillar, learning about the origins and meanings behind our traditions and how they have been adapted over time."
C.S. Lewis

TOOTY (Tikkun Olam of the Year)

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This year, our TOOTY is Housing & Homelessness

With the backdrop of the cost of living crisis and so many housing issues affecting so many, this cause couldn’t feel more relevant right now. 

We’ll be working towards fairer housing - whether that’s spreading awareness about important campaigns or getting involved with renters unions. 

Judaism is full of lessons about housing. From the temporary shelters we remember during Sukkot to Mezuzot signifying the Jewish identity in our homes, there are plenty of references in our texts. 

There are even laws about renter evictions in the Mishnah!

One who rents out a house to another during the rainy season cannot evict the renter from the Sukkot until Passover [i.e. during winter.] If the rental was in the summer, the owner must give thirty days’ notice.

Mishnah Bava Metzia 8:6

As part of this TOOTY, our selected charity is Shelter. They campaign for housing justice and provide free support services & legal advice for anyone struggling with housing.

We encourage anyone who can to donate directly or through our website when you sign up for our events!