On Thursday, June 30 Reboot took part in BBYO International Leadership Conference (ILTC)’s “reverse field trip” in Lake Como, Pennsylvania.
BBYO teen leaders spend three weeks up at Perlman Camp honing their Jewish leadership skills. For the “reverse field trip,” professionals from established Jewish organizations came up to camp to lead sessions about our respective organizations and create opportunities for BBYOers to engage in conversations about different issues within the Jewish world. Meeting with teens from across the country, the air was ripe with talk of Israel, collaboration, and camp-pride.
In the Reboot workshop, we used our Six-Word Memoir project to help the teens make personal connections to their roles as leaders.
In Larry Smith’s introduction to Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life, he writes that “the six-word limitation forces us to figure out the essence of who we are and what matters most. This simple form of expression can become the starting point for larger discussions.” In each of my workshops we discussed using this language to express our values as Jewish leaders using these three questions as the basis for our conversation:
Who am I?
What Jewish leadership skills am I inheriting?
What, if anything, do I want to do about it?
Responses ranged from comedic, to sentimental, to the utterly intellectual. All poignant and excited about their roles in the community, these teens Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Leadership exemplify the future of Jewish leadership.
Here are a few:
More leaders make a brighter future.
Jacob Schuman: Cleveland, Ohio
One Jewish teen can change everything.
Deena Goldman: Boca Raton, FL
Six million gone, one step forward.
Jacu Sobel: Charlotte, NC
Never forget what we’ve come from.
Dahlia Byres: Fort Collins, Colorado
Changing lives often grows a soul.
Alec Shears: Cooper City, FL
I am, therefore we are, forever.
Jew by religion, Jewish by action.
Jordan Vlosky: Mequon, WI
Do not rinse, wash, and repeat.
Lauren Dryzer: Knoxville TN
Soup is empty without Matzoh Balls.
Rebekah Hess: Tenafly, NJ
Paying for college? Bar Mitzvah Money.
Rebekah Hess: Tenafly, NJ
What's your Six-Word story?
Zoe Penina Baker is a Program Consultant at Reboot, responsible for developing and implementing events and programming in the greater New York area. As an artist, long-time event coordinator, and Queens native, she has worked for the last 6 years organizing and curating arts programming across New York State. Zoe’s creative practice explores Jewish-feminist themes through interactive food- and textile-based interactive installations. See more of her work here: www.zoepeninabaker.net.