The Changency is a fellowship-style initiative that teaches its participants that they have the ability to make an impact on their community as an individual and as part of a group. This addresses the issue that many young people feel that since they don't necessarily have money to donate, they can not influence change around them. Through the exploration of social justice, volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy, participants will get to accesses a variety of ways they can make a difference in their community through a Jewish lens.
I am an energetic Jewish Community Professional with a constant drive to make things better than they already are. I've lived: In Elkins Park, PA, Akko, Israel, Ithaca, NY, Washington, DC, & Philadelphia, PA. I've learned: At Cheltenham High School, the Jewish Community High School at Gratz College, & Ithaca College. I've lead: Campers and Staff at Habonim Dror Camp Galil, student leaders at Ithaca College, Jewish community programming with The Collaborative. I love: Meeting new people, trying new things, developing new and innovative programming, bringing people together, standing up and speaking out, the idea that social media is the truest form of democracy that exists globally.
The pilot program of this 6-month leadership training institute for young professionals began in January 2014 with a cohort of 8 people and will conclude in June. The Changency's core components are service learning, grassroots organizing, political advocacy and philanthropy.