Eric’s works with Masorti on Campus has been noticed, written about, and even led to him winning the 2015 Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award.
Our thinking is that having a Conservative minyan is fantastic, but it’s not enough just to have a minyan. It’s about having the group of people. People tend to be cliquey, so your clique should be made of people who are fine with women reading Torah and having full participation. It shouldn’t even have to be something you think about. It should be a given.
We’re not presenting Conservative Judaism as an alternative. We are saying that it is authentic. That we are doing Judaism in the way that Judaism is meant to be done. — Eric Leiderman (May 12, 2016)
The idea that Conservative Judaism is dying is a complete misunderstanding of how young adults today practice Judaism. Traditional egalitarian minyanim, chavurah-style, exist in cities across the United States. But since they’re not affiliated with a larger organization, they don’t get counted. — Eric Leiderman (November 19, 2015)
Attendees of the convention have been very supportive and they’re impressed that this grassroots movement has really taken shape . . . A lot of people who were upset by the closing of Koach are very excited when they learn of students taking ownership of this area of our lives. — Eric Leiderman (November 18, 2015)
Shoshana S. Cardin, one of the most influential Jewish leaders of our time, established her namesake award on the occasion of the USCJ centennial in 2013, to recognize an emerging Jewish leader who is making a difference in strengthening and transforming Jewish life through the lens of Conservative Judaism.
- Read more: USCJ Announces Winner of 2015 Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award | eJewish Philanthropy (November 16, 2015)
- USCJ Press Release: New York, November 13, 2015
Masorti on Campus came about as a grassroots effort to show the establishment of the Conservative movement … that even without institutional support, we were still going to carry on. — Eric Leiderman (February 6, 2015)
There are a significant number of students across North America who consider themselves to be committed Conservative Jews, or who identity with the movement as closest to the way they interact with Judaism . . . Those students find significance in following halacha and have egalitarian values. — Eric Leiderman (January 17, 2014)
- Read more: Resurrecting Koach? | The Jewish Standard
Today, across North America, the current campus environment is generally a polarized one. When college students meet new people with different Jewish upbringings for the first time, they often feel overwhelmed, and often have a hard time finding a middle ground for pluralism. — Eric Leiderman (June 21, 2013)
- Read more: Koach closes | The Jewish Standard
Here’s what Eric’s co-founder at Masorti on Campus had to say:
Eric was instrumental in the process of starting Masorti on Campus. He constantly strived for the team to innovate and launch exciting initiatives. Under the leadership of Eric we were able to run a Shabbaton with over 60 students and guests from over the world. Eric’s ideas and hard work have allowed Masorti on Campus get to where it is today. — Douglas Kandl (May 13, 2014)