Hi, My Name is Mikayla Carno Harf I am from Cleveland, Ohio. I have been involved with Young Judaea since 3rd grade, even though I wanted to start before 2nd grade but my mom would let me. This was probably a good decision on her part because I have not stopped talking about YJ ever since then. I have served on the Midwest Mazkirut for the past 2 years as both the Social Action Programmer and Bogrim Programmer. Also over the past 4 years I have served in many different positions on my Temple Youth Group board as 8th grade liaison, Membership and Communications VP, Religious and Cultural VP, and I currently serve as the President. NFTY has also been a big part of my life, but never as big as YJ. NFTY has allowed me to stay connected with my local Jewish community and temple, while YJ has allowed me to really find myself and discover my own opinions.
Just this year I was accepted into the Saltzman Youth Panel, a Jewish Teens Philanthropy Panel through the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Additionally, I was one of two scholarship recipients of Hadassah’s Leaders of Tomorrow for Young Judaea’s Machon in Israel Trip. Machon was the best summer of my life, so far. And I cannot wait to have many, many more with YJ.Young Judaea has taught me many things, but the most unlikely one was YJ taught me how to be a student which improved my high school experience immensely.
As you can probably tell, I like to stay busy. Young Judaea has been a huge part of my Life in all of this and I’m excited to serve this year as Young Judaea’s National Bogrim Programmer.
P.S. I wrote my National Maz Speech, in my head, while showering. Yes I announce this to the entire Asepha body at NMW and NO I am not ashamed to admit it.