As part of our 25th anniversary series, we are featuring stories from young leaders who #MakeItHappen in their communities. This story comes to us from Oz Fishman, a former BBYO International Teen President. BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. This weekend BBYO’s AZA and BBG teen leaders are celebrating Global Shabbat. This is a unique opportunity for Jewish teens around the world to celebrate Judaism’s holy tradition simultaneously worldwide. For more, check out the Global Shabbat page!
Ivy Feinstein is an attorney by profession but describes her biggest role as a wife and a mother of three children. Since her youth, she has been passionate about helping others through tikkun olam (repairing the world). Her path has led her to hold various leadership positions in her local Jewish community, through which she has learned that volunteering is an investment in her community. When she does have time to relax she enjoys watching Bravo and Downton Abbey.
Joshua DeMoya, a REALITY participant, recently attended a joint REALITY, ROI Community and Schusterman Philanthropic Network (SPN) Shabbat gathering in Brooklyn, New York. The dinner was hosted by SPN Founder and Co-Chair Lynn Schusterman and featured remarks by Rabbi Andy Bachman about the rich history of Congregation Beth Elohim. Joshua shared his story to reflect on his journey to find community and the moment of clarity brought about by this Brooklyn Shabbat.
What inspires you to get out of bed every day?
My desire to do a little bit better at giving my students the education they deserve and reminding myself of the small successes I see them have every day.