During my time in the Baltics, I worked with an incredible group of smart and talented Jewish teens. Fresh out of college, my brain was teeming with questions about Jewish identity that I had explored myself that I very much wanted to ask them.
Seth Friedman, 16, is at a computer screen in a BBYO-Wisconsin Region office, typing into the agenda for the night’s meeting.
“We try and make it a little fun,” said the Nicolet High School student, working on an agenda that includes, in large letters, “BEN’S FACT.”
Joey Eisman, 28, works at BBYO, where he manages the organization’s global network. He participated in the 2016 ConnectGens Fellowship from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for his project Evan Initiatives, which connects individuals to Jewish history.
Four teens were selected to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration, celebrate Shabbat with national Jewish leaders at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation Weekend of Hope, Healing and Service dinner, and attend the Women’s March on Washington.