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Meet Your Honorees: Carly Colen, Sawyer Goldsmith, and Danielle Wolff

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Meet Carly Colen

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Carly Colen is a junior at Buffalo Grove High School. In the Jewish community she is involved with Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation, Jewish Teen Funders Network Youth Ambassador Council, and Beber Camp. Carly is passionate about making a difference and hopes to pursue political science. She would like to thank Stephanie Goldfarb for teaching her about Jewish philanthropy and being a great mentor, Tamara Stein for her encouragement, and her family for being so supportive in all of her endeavors. Carly would like to encourage others to go out and engage in Tikkun Olam. She would also like to wish all the other 18 Under 18 nominees a big Mazel Tov. 

Who is a leader that inspires you?  President Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand 

How do you give back? Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation and by encouraging my peers. 

Being Jewish is... being part of a community. 


Meet Sawyer Goldsmith 

Sawyer Goldsmith

Hi! My name is Sawyer. If you happen to find me, and I’m not doing work for USY or school, I will most likely be working on some other project either for Keshet, or another organization I am passionate about. I love advocating for human rights, creating art, and playing music. But I’m also fascinated by all things Jewish. I have a strong passion for Judaism, and for me that passion is constantly changing, as is my view of the world. As the world changes, so do we, and we must adapt. I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my life. Each and every one of you has made an impact on me, and has made me into the person I am today. Todah Rabah! 

Who is a leader that inspires you? Abraham Joshua Heschel 

How do you give back? I strive to make sure that everyone feels comfortable in the spaces that they are in.  

Being Jewish is...  striving to make a change in the world. 


Meet Danielle Wolff 

Danielle Wolff

I go to Vernon Hills High School. At my synagogue, Congregation Or Shalom, I’m a Hebrew tutor, President of the youth group, and a part of the post confirmation class. I have been involved with NFTY-CAR, the Chicago Diller Teen Fellowship, and URJ OSRUI.  
I would like to thank my Or Shalom family. I couldn't be where I am today without you. I thank you for your support, faith, and the energy that you have given to me. The clergy, my friends, Jew Crew, and all the students that I have been blessed to have worked with have truly sparked my passion for Judaism. I would especially like to thank Marcia Cohen for being my mentor and supporting me through my Jewish journey.  
My biggest thank you goes to my biggest cheerleaders: my parents. Mom and dad, I love you a lot and thank you for supporting me through it all. 

Who is a leader that inspires you? My mom  

How do you give back? I give back by encouraging young Jewish people to get involved in their communities and by teaching young people about Judaism and helping them form their own Jewish identities.  

Being Jewish is... being able to be a part of a worldwide community.