One Young Woman Tests Her Tanach

Elianna Sokoler of Southern California’s Temple Aliyah was one of four Americans who had the chance to test their knowledge of the Tanach in Israel. After endless hours of daily studying, note taking and memorizing the most minute details, everything finally came together earlier this year for now-college freshman Elianna Sokoler of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, California. Elianna represented the United States in ...

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Teens Step Out of Comfort Zone to Tackle Homelessness Head On

In the United States, more than half a million people face homelessness. Most Americans have at least encountered somebody who is battling homelessness—whether it was giving a friendly nod while passing them on the street or stopping to share spare change. Earlier this year, teens from New York’s Westchester Jewish Center saw homelessness through a different lens as they spent a week giving back to the growing homeless p...

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Hear Her Roar! Special Rendition of The Lion King Is Just the Beginning of This Teen’s Impact

When people picture what it means to live in a diverse society, many envision individuals of all races, religions and genders coming together in harmony. But as 17-year-old Jordan Tralins recently pointed out to her synagogue Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg, there’s another component of diversity that can’t be overlooked—ability. During Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month in February, Jordan too...

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A USY on Wheels Stop in a Small Town Inspires a Bat Mitzvah

For more than 50 years, USY on Wheels has been taking Conservative Jewish teens on a six-and-a-half-week journey across North America to see some of the continent’s most unforgettable attractions. As memorable as it was this summer for 16-year-old Lindsey, a Florida native, to meet Mickey Mouse at Disneyland and experience the beautiful views of the Grand Canyon, these weren’t the highlights of her trip—instead, it was ...

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