Meet Jake Adler!
Howdy folks. My name is Jake Adler, and I’m from the small, middle-of-nowhere town of Oswego, Illinois. I am currently a junior at Oswego East High School (a school notorious for literally nothing) where I spend my time involved with the school’s band programs, leading a few small clubs and societies, and doing typical student things- like studying, doing homework, and procrastinating on the two previously listed activities. I spend the bulk of my free time thinking about my next summer OSRUI or maybe thinking about my next event with NFTY or BBYO. Aside from that, you can likely find me working at Schmaltz Deli (the best deli in the Chicagoland area), making a bangin' quesadilla with my handy-dandy toaster oven, or trying to figure out how the new Snapchat update works. I hope to catch you all at the event in April!
Dream Job: My dream job would be anything in the world of environmental science. Nothing gets me more passionate than being submerged in the natural world and examining the natural beauties of the system that we live within.
Something most people don’t know about me is... that I definitely prefer soy butter over peanut butter even though I'm not allergic whatsoever.
Who is a leader that inspires you? I’m personally inspired by one of BBYO’s previous leaders, Joey Greenebaum. Not only did Joey revolutionize the way the South Suburbs functioned as a center for Jewish life, but also he saw hope in the Western Suburbs as we were developing into one of our own. He inspired so many people to be leaders and persist within their communities, and he’s one of the reasons I found my passion within Judaism.
Meet Ellie Rosenberg!
Hello, my name is Ellie Rosenberg. I'm a junior at Evanston Township High School and I spend my summers at the URJ camp OSRUI in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. I grew up going to Chicago Jewish Day School. This past year, I was a fellow in Diller Teen Fellows and I'm currently part of a weekly Jewish teen learning group. I'm very involved with my school's Israeli club and its Hebrew program, I run cross-country, and I'm part of my school's Speech and Debate team in Extemporaneous Speaking. I also enjoy cooking with my sisters, walking my dog, and going to the beach! I'm thrilled to be an 18 Under 18 Honoree and I would like to thank my wonderful family, caring friends, and the many inspiring leaders in my life from camp, CJDS, Diller, and the Evanston community.
Dream Job? Environmental Engineer or Behavioral Economist
Something most people don’t know about me is... one of my goals is to run a marathon in each state and Israel!
Who is a leader that inspires you? Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Meet Tziona Chernoff!
I currently attend Ida Crown Jewish Academy as a Senior. I went to Hillel Torah North Surburban Day School for my Elementary education. I will be going to Israel for a gap year next year, spending my year at Ein Hanatziv. I will then go to NYU for Special Education and Early Childhood Development. I have been volenteering in La Ribida Hostpital for the last year, where on Sunday Mornings I go from room to room spending my time with the patients. I am on the regional board of Young Judaea Midwest as Bogrim Programmer (head of educational programming for 8 through 12 graders).In Young Judaea I have learned a new appreciation for pluralism, and the ability to have to have open conversations with people from all different backgrounds. I was also the head of my high school yearbook. This has taught me a great deal of patient and ability to work with others. I would like to thank my family for there unending support, thank you so much for all you do for me.
Dream Job? A dream job of mine is training teachers in third world countries how to teach in Special Needs Classrooms.
Something most people don’t know about me is... I have memorized most of Wicked and Hamilton.
Who is a leader that inspires you? Golda Meir