Who are the future leaders of your Jewish community? They might be involved in the Jewish community already, active in other on campus organisations or just wanting to get involved in something. Any of these options is possible but in all cases students not yet in leadership roles in the Jewish community need encouragement, training and they might need some leadership skills.
Without ensuring the continued leadership of your union, your union will not continue!
Identifying Potential Leaders
Ask yourself the following questions and write down names as answers.
Who has expressed interest in being a Jewish student leader?
Who comes to Jewish events regularly and is eager to help out when asked?
Who rarely comes to Jewish events, but complains vocally about them?
Who do you know that participated in a Jewish youth group or went to a Jewish camp?
Are there Jewish students in Student Government / union etc. that have not been involved in Jewish life but are openly Jewish?
Have you met any new Jewish students in religion, history other classes?
Individuals bring unique skills and experiences to their work. Some might have great minds for details, while others are better at the big picture. The best students leaders realise that everyone has weaknesses and the best teams are groups of people that make up for each other’s weaknesses.
Now you should have a list of potential Jewish student leaders. This is your group to develop, listen to and learn from. Spend time with each person asking them questions about their Jewish identity, who they are…
Each person you identify as a potential leader can eventually become more involved and take on responsibility. However, it is important to remember that people become interested in Jewish communities at different speeds and they take on responsibility in different amounts. It is your job, to balance the amount that each person can handle.