I’m Kayla Lesch from Chicago, Illinois. I go to Evanston Township High School where I am co – president of our Israeli Culture Club – one of the biggest in the country! – and participate in the gymnastics and diving teams. I started going to Young Judaea camps when I was in sixth grade. I became involved in year round Young Judaea my freshman year when I represented Young Judaea on a board of Jewish teens in Chicago who planned Jserve. For the past two years I have been the vice president of the Midwest Mazkirut.

This year I am so excited and honored to be serving as the National Mazkira. As mazkira, I want to focus on the connections in and between regions. A couple of my ideas to do this include initiating calls between all national and regional counterparts on mazkirut and by possibly starting a pen pal system between the Bogrim age campers at all junior camps. By increasing communication between regions I believe we can strengthen Young Judaea as a national movement.

Young Judaea has been such a huge part of my life ever since I was 11 years old. It’s given me confidence, values, a strong Jewish identity, amazing friendships and unforgettable memories. I can’t wait to spend this year giving back to a movement that’s given me so much.

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