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Founded in 2002, Reboot engages and inspires young, Jewishly-unconnected cultural creatives, innovators and thought-leaders who, through their candid and introspective conversations and collaboration, generate projects that impact both the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds. 



Filtering by Tag: Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life

"Jewish" Is What You Make It

Shane Hankins

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.

Shalom Mayberg


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:






Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish College Life

Shane Hankins

By Sasha Gayle-Schneider

If you had exactly six words to describe your life, what would they be? As a continuation of the book Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life published by SMITH Magazine, the online storytelling community founded in 2006, Reboot will highlight Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish life from some of the many diverse communities grappling with Judaism, meaning and identity.

What does Judaism mean to you? What is Jewish and Jewishness? What communities are most defining of your identity? This week, read memoirs from college students who took a moment to reflect on their experiences and what Judaism means to them.

To participate in the project, please email your Six-Word Memoir to or visit the Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life website. 

Categories for upcoming weeks include activism, spirituality, artists, LGBTQ and Russian Jewish life. 

Delicious Shabbat dinner featuring promiscuous Jews.

(Garrette Furo)

Radical Yiddish queer seeks (his)tory degree.


Judaism is finally my personal exploration.

(Bess Hepner)

Finding mutual friends from sleepaway camp.

(Emily Gross)

Openness to love, freedom to explore.

(Noah Flinkman)

Jewish guilt, one of a kind.

(Tzivia Fishman)

The Chabad always has shabbas dinner.

(Noah Schmidt)

Seeking: bracha, kavannah, two-state solution.


Learning with friends kept me engaged.

(Jesse Manning)

Others party on Fridays. We daven.  

(Charlotte Sall)

Jewish dorks bond over bad television.

(Jordan Sucher)

Traditionally observant. Politically progressive. Oy vey.

(Joanna Kramer)

Closing my computer on Friday afternoons

(Chava Lansky)

Mind numbing professors attempt Talmudic resuscitation.


The Jewish establishment makes shit hard.

(Jordan Cooper)

I’m Jewish and I like it.

(Atara Vogelstein)

Liberal arts: religiously atheist, oppressively intellectual.


Community, Shabbat, Holidays bring Jews together

(Gali Gordon)

Seamless transitions from Biggie to Carlebach.


Oh wow, you know them too?

(Noah Slovin)

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