JUMP-ing Around the Community


Adina Lev, Associate Editor

Seven girls in SKA recently were given the opportunity of a lifetime. They had the chance to join the Jewish Unity Mentoring Program, also known as JUMP, and to go to the annual JUMP conference.

Interviewees: Eliana Kramer, Elisheva Posner, Shayna Lieberman, and Anna Ostrow

Why did you get involved in JUMP?

We got involved in JUMP because of the amazing reviews it got by previous members. Some of us did not know exactly what we were getting ourselves into, but by getting involved, we were able to see just how much we can impact the wider Jewish community and make a difference through our involvement with JUMP.

What does JUMP do?

JUMP is a leadership program sponsored through NCSY that challenges teens from around the world to make a difference in their community. It is a competition between other schools to implement different solutions, called initiatives, to problems in the community. We are given three problems and must come up with a solution to at least two of them. These solutions must be able to have an impact on others and make a difference in the Jewish community.

Do you feel like JUMP has given you the tools to make a difference?

Definitely! We believe that through all our hard work and dedication towards JUMP, we will really be able to make a difference. We believe that we can make a difference within our own school, and in the wider Jewish community as well.

What are your solutions?

One of our solutions is a Tefillah app that we are developing, for people to have stronger כונה while davening. Our second way we are trying to impact the community is by organizing an all girls Kiruv Shabbaton to help connect non affiliated teens to Judaism.

What do you want the girls to gain from the Kiruv Shabbaton?

We want the Shabbaton to be transforming for the Kiruv girls. We want them to leave feeling like they learned more about Judaism and are inspired by what they’ve learned. We hope that this can help ultimately bring them back to Judaism.

How do you feel like your initiatives can make a difference?

By organizing a Kiruv Shabbaton we will hopefully impact the non-affiliated Jews. We will raise money for this Shabbaton through fundraising. We compiled numerous ideas and insights on Tefillah from multiple Rabbis for our Tefillah app. JUMP taught us that in order to accomplish something, you must work hard at it.

What do you hope to get out of JUMP?

We hope to learn how to become better leaders from our JUMP experience. We hope to continue to get involved in the community. JUMP opens our eyes to the issues in our community and helps give us the tools to be able to come to different conclusions of how to help these problems. We gain so much from JUMP.

What was the JUMP conference like?

The JUMP conference was very meaningful! We listened to many speeches about problems the speakers noticed with the Jewish community and how to react to these problems. We also participated in many team building activities. These activities taught us how to work well in a group and showed us that teamwork relies on the ability to work together well.

How are you working on JUMP in school?

We work very hard in school to make our goals a reality. We have weekly meetings to plan our ideas in order to make them succeed. We are also selling food to raise money for our initiatives.

Do you think JUMP is positively affecting the school environment?

I believe that JUMP is very positively affecting the school environment. As we work on our projects, people see how passionate we are in achieving our goal. People see the hard work we put in towards solving these problems. JUMP also helps educate the school more about the issues in our community.

How do you feel JUMP has impacted you so far?

JUMP has greatly impacted us by making us more aware of the problems in the Jewish community. JUMP has also inspired us to want to help solve these problems, and to work hard to make a difference.

What is your favorite part about JUMP?

Knowing that everything we do is making a difference.