Hebrew Name: Lev Adam
School: Bentley University, Class of 2022
Favorite Jewish Food: Falafel
Favorite Non-Familial Jewish Person: Debbie Coltin
Favorite Jewish Holiday: Yom Kippur
JJ: What was your Jewish background growing up?
KC: I went to Hebrew school at Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, and participated in the madrich program throughout my early teenage years. It wasn’t until my trip to Israel with the Lappin Foundation where I developed a strong passion for Judaism and Israel. The following two summers, I traveled back to Israel on Y2I as an Israel Advocate Intern. I had the goal of helping every teen have the best Israel experience possible, and equipped them with the knowledge and skills to defend and promote Israel. I also worked as a StandWithUs intern throughout my senior year of high school, and ran programs in my community aimed towards Israel advocacy.
JJ: How does your Jewish identity differ as a Generation Z in comparison to other generations?
KC: Growing up Jewish with my generation is much different than my parents’ and grandparents’ generations. As a proud Jew, I find it important to maintain religious values and incorporate them into my day to day life. I think in today’s world, religion tends to come in conflict with people’s daily lives, but I find it dangerous to believe the two cannot coexist together. I believe if my generation can resonate with modern religious values, it can help lead to living a happy and moral life. In contrast to the past generations, I think we have to fight harder to keep this notion alive.
JJ: What are your future career goals?
KC: In the short term, I would like to secure an internship in the field of finance in order to obtain a broader understanding of the industry. In an ideal world, I would like to one day work as a financial advisor. I enjoy following the stock market and engaging with people on a personal level. Becoming a financial advisor would allow me to help others achieve their fiscal goals while developing a positive and strong working relationship with them.