If you told me back in March that I would still have the chance to gain a greater appreciation of Judaism while gaining valuable leadership skills during this summer, I would have been excited, but also confused. After the Y2I trip to Israel that I eagerly waited for all year was canceled due to Covid-19, I did not expect to have a connection to Jewish learning this summer. Add in not being able to serve this summer as a counselor intern at Camp Bauercrest, and that I did not think I would have a chance to better understand leadership in the summer of 2020.
However, an email about a new Teen Leadership group, inspired by the late Robert Lappin, immediately piqued my interest. Throughout six, inspirational, educational, and beneficial discussions, a group of nearly 70 Jewish teens and I acquired a greater understanding of how to lead in any endeavor, and a stronger appreciation of all that goes into “Being a Leader” in the Jewish community and beyond. Through terrific speakers, I had the fantastic opportunity to think deeper about what kind of leader I want to be in the community and how I can make a lasting, meaningful impact on others. Moreover, two great assignments, interviewing a Jewish leader and a Jewish veteran, contributed to a memorable experience. I am looking forward to utilizing what I took away from this seminar to apply to my daily life. I highly recommend this seminar or similar Lappin enrichment opportunities to others my age.
Ben Kahn, Marblehead