Jonny Cline, the executive director of the World Union of Jewish Students, told a Prestwich Hebrew Congregation audience that Jewish youth needs to become more involved in Jewish activities.He
declared: "We need to look after them and keep them focused on Jewish identity and education.
"We are the future of Judaism - and it is vital give youngsters that extra push." Mr Cline
was speaking during an evening on Being a Jewish Student in a Hostile World.He grew up in Prestwich and attended Prestwich Hebrew Congregation, before moving to Canada to work as a shaliach for the Jewish Agency.He
is now based in Modiin, Israel.WUJS
has recently been created in Croatia and Turkey and is also hoping to set up shop in the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.He
revealed that WUJS
is growing in South Africa and South America.Jonny
explained: "In South American countries there is a growing number of Nazi student groups on campus, but that, in turn, is bringing out more Jewish students."
Jewish students have their freedom, but still face hostility from antisemitic groups, he
has reached out to non-Jewish students too.He
explained: "We took a group of non-Jewish students from Australia on a trip to Israel and we let them see the Jews in their own land.
"They saw for themselves all the wonderful aspects of the country."Mr Cline
would like to see Jews on campus become "James Brown Jews".He
enthused: "James Brown stood up and said he
was black and proud of it and Jewish students should always stand up and they say are proud to be Jewish."