Teen students encourage charitable giving

Co-Chairs of TLC at the recent Dance for a Cause event (from left to right): Oliver Cutler, Gabrielle Rappaport, Samantha Rosenthal, Talia Bensimon, Julia Knafo and Josh Cape.

For high schoolers Talia Bensimon, Josh Cape, Oliver Cutler, Julia Knafo, Gabrielle Rappaport and Samantha Rosenthal, raising funds for the betterment of the community is just another fun thing to do outside of school. The six Grade 11 students (representing the Jewish high schools and two non-Jewish schools) are the co-chairs of the first-ever Teen Leadership Crew (TLC) of YAD Montreal.

“We were very excited by the enthusiasm, dedication and commitment of these young volunteers to get involved in their community and to help bring the CJA Campaign message to their peers,” said Tina Apfeld-Rosenthal and Elissa Lifson-Uditsky, co-chairs of the YAD@School initiative, which helped develop the TLC.  “Federation CJA has identified engaging youth as a key priority for the organization and we felt that our teens could play an important role in helping to ensure the future of the Montreal Jewish community. This also presents an excellent opportunity for students to learn vital leadership skills, earn community service hours, connect to many other Jewish youth and to really become proud members of this amazing Jewish community. It will help instill in high school students the value and importance of charitable giving and it will demonstrate that participating in good deeds can be a fun activity, as well.”

As co-chairs of the TLC, the students planned an overwhelmingly successful outreach event for Combined Jewish Appeal. A Dance with a Cause was held recently and attracted a packed house of nearly 200 teens. TLC members sold tickets to the dance, used social media to promote the event and coordinated all the details themselves.

In addition, their commitment doesn’t stop just because the Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign is over. These co-chairs will be spearheading ongoing outreach and will continue to help engage and involve their peers in the community throughout the year.

TLC is an initiative of YAD Montréal, a vibrant and passionate group of young Jewish adults who are joined together to make a difference within our community, both locally and internationally. Fostering active community involvement, YAD Montréal builds community and leadership through social, professional and philanthropic activities.

For more information on TLC, please contact Elysa Ben Sabat at 514.345.2645, ext. 3078 or by emailing elysa.bensabat@federationcja.org.

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