The following piece originally appeared in the Federation's e-newsletter December 1, 2017, written by Lisa Karasic, Chief Marketing Officer.
This week, a Federation teen planning group in partnership with BYYO and NCSY met over pizza to map out an innovative approach to the next JSERVE International Day of Jewish Youth Service, April 22, 2018 (those of you with kids or grandkids, tell them to save the date). As we head into winter holiday season and so much of the national conversation revolves around gift giving, it struck me what a gift this meeting represented.
I realized this week's meeting was a gift to these kids learning leadership, learning about themselves, and honing skills from planning and negotiation to problem-solving; it was a gift to the hundreds of JSERVE participants - who will benefit from the opportunities planned by their peers; and it was a gift to our entire community - which will benefit from a more caring, informed, and active population of young people performing mitzvot on April 22 and far beyond.
So, if you're thinking about gifts this Hanukkah, think of youth programming supported and brought to you by the Jewish Federation. Get your kids or your grandkids involved in one of these programs - it's our gift to you, to young people, and the entire community: