IMPACT: Chicago Blog
Posted on 07/11/2013 @ 12:14 PM
Shalom from Impact: Chicago by Jenna Shaw
Posted on 07/28/2013 @ 09:00 PM
Shalom from IMPACT: Chicago! My name is Jenna Shaw and I am from GMR BBYO in Chicago.
Today we had the opportunity to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum. Being from Chicago, I have always felt a connection to the museum and enjoyed wandering through the exhibits. However, this time was particularly meaningful. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to introduce a Holocaust survivor at an event in Chicago. During her speech, she frequently spoke of a blanket that saved her life. Today when I saw the blanket, I had the realization that the items that we see in museums have a story behind them and was finally able to conceptualize ideas that I have been struggling to understand.
Later, we had the chance to hear a Holocaust survivor tell her story. Her positive attitude inspired me and really motivated me to take a step back and question my Jewish identity. What was particularly meaningful about the experience was a poem that she wrote. In light of tragedy, she never stopped appreciating her surroundings.
Overall, today was a great day and I am so happy that I was able to examine and discuss a topic that is so important to me with the IMPACT: Chicago community!
Jenna Shaw BBG Coordinator
Shabbat Shalom from Impact: Chicago!
Posted on 07/26/2013 @ 05:00 PM
Yesterday we were fortunate enough to meet with a panel of philanthropists. The panel included Sarah Star of the Crown Foundation, an influential donor here in Chicago, and Ted Perlman, whose mother Anita Perlman founded the B'nai Brith Girls! Moderated by Matt Grossman, the head of BBYO international, we were able to ask the panel questions and hear their interesting perspectives on philanthropy, community service, making an impact, and much more! It was an incredible opportunity and one we will keep with us for the rest of our lives. Today we're off to Michigan Avenue for a little shopping time before heading back to campus to prep for a relaxing Shabbat!
Philanthropy Boot Camp - The Day I Saw The Big Bean
Posted on 07/25/2013 @ 08:00 PM
Yesterday, Wednesday July 25, Impact: Chicago departed to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago on the metra. After eating some lunch we all broke up into teams and went off for a scavenger hunt in the park looking for famous landmarks Such as the Bean, fountain, pavilion, theater, gardens and more! Through this activity we learned about different foundations who pay for these attractions to be built.
Next, we headed to philanthropy boot camp at the JUF. There we learned the difference between philanthropy and fundraising. What foundations and grants are and how non profits can receive the grants. One of our activities we participated we had to all walk around and look at quotes and then decide which one we thought was most important about Judaic values and then based on the quote we would make a foundation that funds certain organizations. After that, we as foundations walked around the room looking at different organizations that had applied for grants and would decide (based on our grant guidelines) who we would and wouldn't fund. This was a very interesting simulation because we learned what it would be like to be a foundation, creating guidelines, and lastly having to chose what organizations were most important to us and resonated to our guidelines.
Overall, it was a great day and I learned a lot about philanthropy.
Posted on 07/25/2013 @ 08:00 PM
Today the UCAN group visited a different site than previously. We went to Damen street to interview teens and had an outstanding number of participants in comparison to the other days! The interviews were similar to the ones from before, however we all discussed how we felt more impactfull today. At the end, the participants requested to come in and ask our group questions and give us feedback on what they did and didn't like about out interviewing. It was great to have them give us constructive criticism and learn about the areas of the interview that could be misunderstood or taken the wrong way. This opened all of our eyes to sensitivity among all people and gave us the oppertunity to improve for next week! It was a very successful and rewarding day for all of us in the UCAN group!
More about CJE
Posted on 07/25/2013 @ 08:00 PM
Today i delivered newspapers for residents at CJE Senior Life, a home for elderly Jews. As i delivered newspapers i met a lot of interesting people with amazing life stories. Many were excited to talk to a young volunteer and happily shared their experiences growing up in different places, traveling around the world, and fighting in various wars. While helping the residents walk to lunch I reflected on the great lessons they taught me.
The Pacific Western Region's 2nd Aleph Godol
CJE According to Lydia Safir
Posted on 07/25/2013 @ 07:00 PM
Today at CJE we got to interact more with the residents. I got to go back and talk to a lady who I spoke with the previous time. She had great life advice, and I got to meet her husband. That was a really neat experience because I watched her face light up when she saw him. Also, we continued planning for our prom and it looks like it's going to be awesome. We're spreading the word to all the senior residents!
Our Service Sites!
Posted on 07/23/2013 @ 08:00 PM
Shalom from Impact:Chicago! Today is the second full day here and we are beginning to fall into a daily routine. After waking up and eating breakfast in the dorm cafeteria all together, we break off into our respective service sites to go out into the community and make an impact. There are 5 service sites and throughout our time here you will hear more about them in this blog. From feeding chickens to painting to helping at a senior citizens home, to working with underpriveledged teens, we're realy strating to see how easy and effective our service can be. After a debrief of the morning's experience, we break off into different groups where we discuss community service and its role in Judaism. Each day ends with dinner and chofesh, or free time.
Although this journey has just begun, we already feel like were making a difference. We can't wait to see what's in store for the next few days!
Molly Kazan Wisconsin Region #64
My Amazing Second Day at Impact: Chicago
Posted on 07/22/2013 @ 06:00 PM
Hi my name is Lydia Safir and I'm from Charlotte, NC. It's only the 2nd full day of impact and we're already having so much fun!
My service site is CJE SeniorLife which is an assisted living community near Chicago. Our jobs at this service sites are to have friendly visits with the residents, assist with planned activities, and to plan a talent show for the last day we're here. It's already an eye opening experience in only the first days there and can't wait for more service site days.
After our service sites we went back to the Hillel and had a discussion about the differences between what people see on the outside and what you're really like on the inside. We related this to Jewish texts and to what it means in Judaism. We then made masks with one side containing words describing what other people see as a first impression and the other side with words describing what you want people to see on the inside.
Later we had a speaker, Ben Kozberg, who came to talk to us about fundraising, how BBYO is funded, and about FAN . FAN stands for Friends and Alumni Network and is where BBYO gets most of its funding. We talked about how to talk about BBYO to alumni, parents, and community organizations so that they would be willing to donate and support BBYO. We are all excited for sightseeing and the other fun things to come!
Welcome to IMPACT: Chicago!
Posted on 07/21/2013 @ 05:00 PM
Everyone has arrived safely and IMPACT: Chicago! has officially begun!
The next 12 days are going to be filled with service, friends and exploring Chicago! Make sure to check back here for updates!
A Warm Welcome from your Coordinator David Setton
Posted on 07/21/2013 @ 10:00 AM
Hi everyone! My name is David Setton, and I’m one of the Teen Coordinators for this year’s IMPACT: Chicago, and I can’t even put into words how excited I am for the participants to arrive, which they should be any minute now.
We’ve been spending these past few days getting everything ready for the participants so that they can have the best IMPACT experience that we can provide them. We’ve been going over the Experience groups that are going to help meld Jewish texts into the experiences that the teens have at their service sites, getting ready for the Philanthropy Bootcamp that they’ll be enjoying at the Jewish Federation in downtown Chicago, and, of course, prepping for the service sites where the teens will be spending the majority of their time here.
As a past participant, it’s really cool to be back here and to see things from the staff perspective. It’s amazing how much work goes into putting a program like this on, but how effortless it all seems once the teens arrive. I think that a lot of that has to do with how eager and excited the teens are to go out and to do service and to better the world they live in. It’s that enthusiasm that leads to the participants having an amazing time while making a significant difference in the Chicago community.
I hope that you’re all as excited as we are to follow this journey on this blog, which will be updated by the teens themselves over the course of this amazing twelve day journey. We can’t wait for the teens to realize how impactful that they can be.
IMPACT: Chicago 2013 is Almost Here!
Posted on 07/14/2013 @ 05:00 PM
IMPACT: Chicago 2013 is just hours away! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!
Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013