Springboard, The Jewish
Teen Alliance of Chicago (JTAC) and JUF are proud to announce the inaugural
cohort of 18 Under 18 winners (listed below). These 18 outstanding teens embody
one or more characteristics selected by JTAC: works toward inclusion of Jewish
teens of all abilities; prioritizes raising money for tzedakah/charity or
volunteering; teach their peers and love Jewish learning; motivate others to be
involved in Jewish life; or stand out as a Jewish leader or role model. After
going through a rigorous nomination and application process, the winners were
selected from among dozens of applicants by a committee of JTAC teens and
The 18 teens are active in
many organizations, including youth movements, Jewish camps, Jewish engagement
programs (Voices, Diller, Seed 613, Research Training Internship, Moving
Traditions, JSC, JSU, Or Tzedek, Write On for Israel), congregational religious
schools, sports teams, arts programs, student government, and more. They
represent 14 high schools in the city and suburbs and 16 congregations, and
range in age from 9th-12th grade.
Teens gathered at JUF on
the evening of March 7, along with representatives from JTAC, to meet each
other, participate in a leadership session led by Kayla Lesch, National
President of Young Judaea, take headshots and learn about translating their
skills onto resumes.
The 18 honorees will be
celebrated at a special community-wide event on April 25 at 7:00 PM at the
Starlight Theater in the Wilmette Community Center. The evening will feature a
performance by the comedic troupe The Altarboys as well as a dessert reception
to honor these incredible teens and their accomplishments.
Information about the 18 Under 18 Celebration will be available
at www.juf.org/jtac. Over the next six
weeks this blog and the Springboard Chicago Facebook and Instagram pages will
highlight each of the honorees. We hope you enjoy getting to know this group
online and that you will join us in congratulating them in person on April 25th.
Congratulations to Colman
Adams, Rachel Aranyi, Syd Bakal, Maddie Brim, Daphne Budin, Gabriella
Cooperman, Ben Gerstein, Joey Greenebaum, Rebecca Greenstein, Quincy Hirt,
Kelly Kogen, Emma Milner -Gorvine, Lillie Murphy, Michael Rubin, Spencer
Schwartz, Kalman Strauss, Abby Tzinberg, and Chloe Wagner!