The United Synagogue Youth board’s decision to lift the ban on its board members’ dating outside the faith raises many questions.
First and foremost: What is the origin of the values reflected in this decision? Those of the teenagers or those of their parents?
One USY member who had considered running for her region’s board dropped the idea when she learned of the ban (now rescinded). She said: “It disappointed me a lot that I had to give up that opportunity [to run for the USY regional board] because of my secular life.”
This USY member went on to say: “Obviously people who are active in USY are people who are passionate about their Judaism. . . . if we choose in our secular life to date someone who is not of the Jewish religion, I don’t see why there should be limitations within USY.”