International Forum of Jewish Scouts
Establish ties between all the existing associations, committees, branches, or groups of Jewish scouts in order to engage in dialogue among participants and exchange ideas on the main issues of concern to the Jewish people today, strengthen and improve Jewish Scouting around the world, initiate joint activities, such as a Jamboree of Jewish scouts, exchange and edit educational and training material, publicise Jewish Scout activities within the Jewish world, seek funding for the development and strengthening of Jewish Scouts groups; establish new local groups of Jewish scouts in Jewish communities around the world to establish a non-formal Jewish education structure in communities in which there is presently no youth movement, and to develop local community leadership through leadership in the Scout movement; represent Jewish scouts in contacts with the Scout movement and with other religions within the movement to participate in international activities and present the Jewish voice, to strengthen the Jewish identity of Jewish scouts attending international gatherings and meetings, and to establish and/or participate in various interfaith encounters initiated by the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
On 2nd November 2006, the International Forum of Jewish Scouts (IFJS) was inaugurated in Jerusalem, Israel. Since July 2009, it has been confirmed as holding consultative status with the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).
- Interreligious Forum of World Scouting
IFJS is part of the Interreligious Forum of World Scouting (IFoWS). The IFoWS meets annually to coordinate their work. The Forum does a valuable contribution to strengthening the quality of spirituality in Scouting and working for peace and global understanding. The Forum also organizes Inter-religious Symposia, which is a gathering of representatives of National Scout Organizations and religious networks, some of which have Consultative Status with the World Scout Committee. The Symposia helps to reinforce the value of Scouting as an institution promoting interreligious dialogue, tolerance, solidarity and peace. The Symposia furthers co-operation and understanding of interreligious issues throughout the Scout Movement. The Forum as well does the following: organisation and running of the inter-religious activities during World Scout Jamborees and World Scout Moots, organisation of the Inter-religious Forum of World Scouting and contribution to work on spiritual and religious development (including publishing documents and guidelines) by World Scouting. The Forum meets annually to coordinate their work. It does a valuable contribution to strengthening the quality of spirituality in Scouting and working for peace and global understanding.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
Paris, France - Valencia, Spain - Kaoshiung, China - Kampala, Uganda - Iksan, South Korea