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Power of Women youth wisdom: 'You have something incredible to bring to the table'
Why did you first get connected to JNF?
Did you grow up with involvement in Jewish life/organizations?
I grew up in Dayton, Ohio, in a very small Jewish community. I think because of this I strived to connect with other Jewish people and make Judaism a large part of my identity through attending Goldman Union Camp Institute for 12 summers.
What does the idea of "girl power" mean to you?
"Girl power" means using ones strength and ability, regardless of being a girl, to fuel a mission forward. It means using your identity in a positive manner to benefit society.
If you could teach one lesson to the next generation about being a woman involved in the Jewish community, what would it be?
I would teach that no matter what your background is you have something incredible to bring to the table. I would want each woman to realize that their beliefs are important and to spend the time asking questions, forming opinions, and finding clear respectful ways to express them. Lastly, you can be an influential woman in the Jewish community without making that your profession or even end goal. Strive to fulfill your Jewish identity in a way that makes you happy and by doing that you are adding more to the Jewish community than you even know.
What do you want to see in the world for women in the next 10 years?
In the next 10 years I hope that women leading in many aspects of society will no longer be a surprise or a headline. I hope that within 10 years we can not only create equality but create this equality as the norm.
|Carly, right, says her ASB trip cemented her love of Israel.|
This task stuck out to me in that all kids in the community now have a place to congregate and be kids. As families in Yerucham work incredibly hard, having somewhere for kids to play was not top priority. JNF being able to help with community-building tasks like this not only create better environments for children but also promote families to come together regardless of differences.
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