Ten Young Jews, Making a Difference

In September, the Forward asked readers to nominate Jews, age 21 and younger, who are working to make a difference locally or globally. The responses both surprised and inspired us; we found a boundless breadth of activism among this mature-beyond-their-years cohort. Although these young people are operating with limited resources, their global consciousness — not just hyper-local giving — emerged as a dominant thread.

The devastation in Haiti, for example, spurred several finalists to help, motivating them to launch their own nonprofits. Ongoing hardship in Africa sparked action from three finalists who are working to effect long-term change in impoverished communities. Some of our young game-changers found inspiration closer to home, working to make life better stateside for those less fortunate. At a time when a 17-year-old with an iPad can reach millions of people instantaneously, it’s heartening to see this generation embrace age-old Jewish principles of tikkun olam in such exciting new ways. We can hardly wait to catch up with them when they reach the ripe old age of 30.
(Tags: Jewish Youth, Tikkun Olam)

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