About the prompt: 18 Under 18 is always a special process and a great opportunity for people in the community to highlight teens who uniquely live out their values as leaders and changemakers in the community. Are you thinking about nominating an incredible teen for this year's 18 Under 18? If so, check out Laura's blog post to read why she nominated Jacob and his profound impact on his community.
Nominate an exceptional 9-12th grader by Friday, September 30th at 5:00 PM HERE. Nominators can be teens, Jewish professionals or community members. Nominations made by teens themselves or by family members will NOT be accepted.
first got to know Jacob well as a student in our Temple Chai school program. It
was clear that he loved learning, but in addition, had a special ability to
support students helping them to learn to read Hebrew and to prepare for
becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah. For the past four years, Jacob has
been a madrich, a student volunteer in our school, working in the 5th
grade class as well as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah tutor, working one on
one with dozens of students to prepare for this meaningful Jewish lifecycle
experience. Jacob’s commitment to our community didn’t stop there. Two years
ago, Jacob joined the Social Action Committee of our congregation. He is the
only student on our adult committee, and yet, he attends meetings regularly,
contributes ideas and has been instrumental in planning 3 Mitzvah Days.
Jacob has been a leader within our community, organizing and leading
programming in front of large audiences and for various ages of participants.
He even pivoted and lead a virtual Mitzvah Day this past January when
our community went virtual due to the rising COVID cases.
am incredibly proud of Jacob! He was a natural fit for Springboard’s 18
under 18, which created such a special opportunity to broaden his positive
impact. Jacob chose to combine his passions through his project collecting
devices like computers and laptops to be donated to those in need. Not
only is he a serious and dedicated student, but he is a compassionate leader
that looks to support others with deep care and sensitivity. Jacob exemplifies
leadership and commitment to social action, by working towards making a better
tomorrow for his Jewish community and the world!
About the Author: Laura Siegel Perpinyal has been
the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Chai since 2011. Under her leadership,
the school was accredited by the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE)
in 2018. Laura has been active in the national leadership of the ARJE
serving as a Board Member since 2021 and has served as Development Co-chair and
Advocacy Team Leader. She also served as President of the Chicago Area Reform
Jewish Educators (CHARJE) from 2017-2021.
loves spending time with Temple Chai students at Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute
(OSRUI) where she serves as Faculty over the summers. Laura attended Indiana University where she graduated with Honors
with degrees in Jewish Studies and Political Science. In 2009 Laura graduated
from Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion with Joint Masters
Degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Non-Profit Management. Laura and her
husband in Northbrook, IL with their two children.