The Council of Young Jewish Presidents (CYJP), an affiliate of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, cultivates and develops the next generation of Jewish lay leaders and provides them with a central platform to collaborate and act on issues of concern to the Jewish community. The CYJP convenes the presidents and officers of Jewish young leadership organizations and works as an umbrella organization to create a spirit of cooperation between the many Jewish organizations represented in the Council. In addition to its role in nurturing the next generation of leaders, the CYJP provides a central address for those seeking to engage with a broad spectrum of young Jewish leaders.
The CYJP is a 501(C) tax exempt organization.
The Council of Young Jewish Presidents was formed in May of 2005 after David Borowich conceived the idea to bring together the leaders of all the of Jewish Young Professional Organizations. Borowich reached out to his friend and colleague, Ayall Shanzer, who at the time was a board member at the World Jewish Congress. Together they formed a group of young leaders who met with Edgar Bronfman Sr. to discuss the idea of this council and to gauge interest among the young professionals at the table. Following several meetings over the course of two years, the Council was officially incorporated in 2007. It has since grown to represent over forty organizations.
The Council of Young Jewish Presidents envisions itself to be a leading voice in representing the young leadership of the Jewish community by providing leadership development opportunities and a forum to convene, discuss, and act of issues of significance.
› To broaden the base of active young leadership and foster its strong growth in addressing issues
› Create opportunities for grass roots organizations to grow. While addressing our mission, however, still benefit from our leadership and/or resources.
› Find and invest in new methods of communication, technology and advocacy
› Create a leadership group which can quickly mobilize young Jews when issues arise that warrant a joint and unified response (through statements, events, etc.).
› Continue our leadership development program to assure learning, thinking and positive change
› Seek alliances which will provide a multiplier effect and/or expedite the implementation of our goals.
› Participate in and/or create an annual forum to gather young Jewish leaders and advance for the goals of CYJP