Young European Jewish Leaders Work Towards Bright Future

While the current economic stability of European countries is wavering, the future of the region’s Jewish leadership appears promising. Recently, a group of 20-something Jewish young adults from 12 countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Switzerland) gathered in Milan, Italy for Generation Next, a JDC-supported conference on young leadership.

While the conference is designed primarily to cultivate communication and leadership skills, a huge perk is the opportunity for these young Jews to network and share their local experiences with their peers from other communities, from Serbia to Switzerland. But especially in this time of financial struggle, the skill-building sessions like public speaking are greatly appreciated.

“The kind of training courses that Generation Next offers helps the participants to achieve stronger personal and professional growth,” said one of the event’s organizers Lela Sadikario. “Even though the courses are geared toward community life, they are tools that can easily be applied to the non-profit and profit sectors, and thus bettering their chances of getting jobs.”

And, as many of us know, the stronger the individual, the stronger the community.

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