Jewish Enrichment Institute: Music Inspiring Us

Posted on 02/13/2015 @ 10:54 AM

The day before BBYO IC 2015 Alephs and B'nai B'rith Girls had the opportunity to attend the pre-IC summit Enrichment Institute and Song leading Workshop (JEI). JEI gave participants the opportunity to explore their Jewish identities and enhance their songleading skills. JEI brought happiness, inspiration, friendships, and new identities to B'nai B'rith Girls and Alephs during their time at JEI. A member of the 2015 IC Press Corps caught up with some delegates to talk about their experiences at JEI.

Press Corps: What was your favorite part about JEI?
Maxximillian Winter: The song at the end was my favorite part. It brought everyone together united as one big Jewish family!

PC: What impacted you the most about JEI?
MW: The entire Pre-Summit impacted me in a great way. But most of all, it made me feel proud to be Jewish.

PC: Have you learned anything about yourself during IC yet? In JEI?
MW: Yes, music brings happiness in the young Jewish soul.

PC: Describe JEI in one sentence.
MW: JEI equals happiness.

Maxximillian Winter is a member of Gold Coast Region #51.


Press Corps: What was your favorite part about JEI?
Zoe Shir: Being able to truly draw out my Jewish identity.

PC: What impacted you the most in JEI?
ZS: Having a new community with people all striving towards the same goals I am.

PC: Have you learned anything about yourself during IC yet? In JEI?
ZS: I have been able to find myself in a new way and reflect on my life as a Jew and where I fit in to the Jewish community.

PC: Describe JEI in one sentence.
ZS: JEI will help you find your voice to find your identity, harmonize with those around you, and improve the world.

Zoe Shir is a member of Gold Coast Region #51.


Press Corps: What was your favorite part about JEI?
Julia Sabra: My favorite part of JEI was the fact that I was able to choose what I wanted to focus on, which made JEI a very meaningful and personal experience!

PC: What impacted you the most in JEI?
JS: The experience of standing in a circle with my arms around my friends as we sang. It will be a memory that will stay with me for a very long time!

PC: Have you learned anything about yourself during IC yet? In JEI?
JS: I learned that my voice is important and that I can make a difference by using my voice.

PC: Describe JEI in one sentence.
JS: JEI allowed us to make a very personalized path in which we were able to explore our own religious identities while at the same time discovering how to facilitate, lead, and help others find their own connection to Judaism.

Julia Sabra is a member of Gold Coast Region #51.


- Julia Flum, Gold Coast Region #51, IC 2015 Press Corps



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