And yet my perspective on what it means to be a Jew from the Russian-speaking world has critically transformed during my recent time in Odessa and among young Jews from the former Soviet Union. Indeed, it has surpassed all my expectations.
At a time when many young people are feeling disconnected from institutional life, thousands of Jewish teens will converge in Dallas on Presidents’ Day weekend for a conference featuring figures from the worlds of politics, activism, entertainment and business who have aimed to “change the game.”
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.