Midwest Tziona Chernoff Honored as one of JUF’s “18 Under 18”
By Sharon Schoenfeld
18 Under 18 is a select group of outstanding Jewish teenagers who spent their time working to make the Jewish community in Chicago a better place. Young Judaean Tziona Chernoff was chosen to be honored this year with 17 of her peers.
In Tziona’s application, she wrote about “how the lack of communication between Jewish teens from different sects of Judaism lead to animosity and mistrust, and if we use social media to bridge the gap then we could help solve that issue”. She noted that the orthodox teens grow up with this idea that they need to “fix” or “save” non-religious teens which make them unable to talk to other Jewish teens, then conservative and reform never really communicate with Orthodox so they have misconceptions based on media that lead to mistrust.
She spoke about my love for Young Judaea, and being on regional board, as well as being involved with a religious community like my school. She also focused about hervolunteering in La Ribida Children’s hospital, and spending time with the children there.