Prior to the start of IC 2016, teens had the opportunity to participate in the Jewish Enrichment Institute (JEI). JEI gave participants the opportunity to explore their Jewish identities through various program options and speakers.
Teens chose from one of three focus tracks: community service, spiritual service, and musical service. Each opportunity trained participants to lead in those styles and prepared them to bring back their skills to their home regions and chapters. Through JEI, teens have been fostered to become the next teen song leaders, facilitate spiritual Shabbat morning services, and share the values of Tikkun Olam and community service in their everyday lives!
Sarah Tuttle-Singer, the New Media Editor for the Times of Israel, engaged the teens in a dialogue about Israel, conflict, standing up for the Jewish people, and staying honest and true to one's beliefs. The institute also included speakers Makayla Gilliam-Price and Dayvon Love, leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, who discussed the Black Lives Matter movement and their own experiences with the summit participants.
JEI brought inspiration, new outlooks, and learning opportunities to the teens as a great way to kick-off IC 2016!