Posted on May 10, 2011
The Jewish Week just released their annual 36 Under 36 list of people who impact and shape the community. I have no issues with this list and think it often highlights people, projects and causes that many in the broader community do not know about and can benefit from. I would like to suggest to the powers that be at the Jewish Week that they consider publishing 18 Under 18 with a specific focus on chesed. Some of you may be thinking am I being serious or did I just have too many blue and white cookies as part of my Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. While I do enjoy the blue and white cookies I am serious and think that such a section would highlight service and encourage people of all ages to do their part to support these efforts and do what they can to impact their communties.
At Areyvut we do what we can to highlight these students. In our Teen Scene we highlight a student every month and our Bnai Mitzvah Video Essay Contest recognizes students that have done innovative Mitzvah Projects. These students serve to engage and inspire others to join them and follow in their example. Just think about how powerful an 18 Under 18 focused on chesed could be.