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Most European Jews have yet to recover from last century’s traumas. According to recent surveys, 40% of the Continent’s Jews still hide their Jewish identity; 70% maintain no connection with any organized Jewish community. The rabbis’ responsibility is to make every Jew proud of his heritage and eager to participate in community activities. Europe’s rabbis must receive training to work with and support Jews of all backgrounds.
The goal of the Forum for Young Rabbis is to give the rabbis of Europe’s Jewish communities the training they need to enhance their performance as community leaders. In addition to the vital objective of sharpening their professional skills (such as in managing community affairs and in public speaking), particular emphasis has been placed on training the rabbis to attract to their communities Jews who as yet have no interest in developing this connection. Moreover, the rabbis need to develop the professional skills that will enable them to effectively assist Jews who are experiencing personal difficulties or crises, as it is only natural for them to confide in the rabbi at such times and to seek his counsel. This forum organizes highly professional seminars covering these topics for the benefit of rabbis of European communities.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin was born in Israel. After graduating from elementary studied he studied in Yeshivot in Bnei Brak and Kiryat Gat, and then in New York. From the U.S.A he left for a mission of a year to the Jewish community in Hungary and helped the local Rabbis to fulfill their rules. From Budapest he left for a mission of several months to Bangkok, Thailand. During these years he received his rabbinical ordination. In 2004 he was appointed as Program Director of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) A year later he was appointed as the Secretary General of the organization and two years later was appointed as the General Director. During the years he was involved in the establishment and management of more than 10 Jewish organizations that operate in Europe. Since 2 years ago he serves as the General Director of the European Jewish Association (EJA) which is a federation of 15 European Jewish organizations that operates from the European Union quarter in Brussels.