Avigayle Adler grew up in circumstances most people do not find themselves in, but she maintains an upbeat attitude and pursues her dreams.You would never guess, from looking at the smiling face of the young woman selling her painted glass and paper-cut creations on Fridays in downtown Jerusalem, that she’s had to make her own way in a world that was not always kind to her.
Jake Levy is prepared for his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania. Beyond his clothing, his academic supplies and his dorm necessities, he is very clear about his Jewish identity. He declares without hesitation, “I love all things Jewish.”
Entering her sophomore year at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, Dana was chosen as council shaliach by Baltimore’s BBYO chapter. The position entails keeping the members connected to their religion and organizing social action and community service opportunities.
A Jewish teen's story on how a trip to Bulgaria familiarized him with the challenge Jews face in Bulgaria. His knowledge of the inability of Bulgarian Jews to express their heritage led him to appreciate his freedom to be able to express his heritage.
During their high school years, most teenagers wrestle with what seems like endless questions, and very few answers. Questions that, as I now look back, allowed me to explore and connect with my heritage and culture, and to develop my Jewish identity.