Adapting: Gen Z... Reshaping Jewish Life
Four GenZ Jewish teens join David Bryfman and Jodie Goldberg of The Jewish Education Project and discuss their social and emotional lives, their visions for Jewish life, and the actions they are taking to create a better future.
Abe Baker-Butler is a 2020 graduate of Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook, NY. He served as Advocacy Chair for J-Teen Leadership, a Westchester-based organization promoting Jewish teen social action to repair the world, as well as the youth representative for the UJA Westchester Advisory Council. Abe co-founded the Westchester Student Coalition Against Gun Violence and Students Against Nicotine, a student-led not-for-profit combatting teen e-cigarette and tobacco use. Abe is a 2019 Bronfman Fellow, as well as a 2020 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award recipient and Coca Cola Scholar.
Alyx Bernstein (she/her/hers) is a student studying Comparative Literature and Talmud at Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She writes about Judaism, women, queers, and more for Tablet Magazine, JGirls Magazine, and the Columbia Current, and is a passionate activist for queer rights and feminism. She is on the board of the traditional egalitarian minyan at Hillel and a member of the Keshet Board of Directors.
Sydney Greene is a recent alum of Hunter College High School, and served on the B'nai Jeshurun BJ Teens Executive Board. She planned BJ’s “un-masquerade ball” fundraiser for the Sam and Devorah Foundation for Trans youth. Currently, Sydney is attending protests for racial justice and organizing a vigil of her own. She hopes to continue her activism at Tulane University in the fall, bringing perspective as a Black, Puerto Rican, Jew in the fight for Black lives.
Julie Levey is a rising first-year at Princeton University who recently graduated from The Spence School in New York City. Julie is passionate about science, Judaism, and journalism. Her writing has been published in and awarded by The New York Jewish Week and The Forward. Julie belongs to Park Avenue Synagogue and takes pride in exploring Jewish leadership and her Jewish identity.
David Bryfman is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Jewish Education Project. He writes and presents on all aspects of Jewish education, including the Jewish teenage experience, innovation and change in Jewish life, and Israel education. He also directed the 2019 study GenZ Now: Understanding and Connecting with Jewish Teens Today.
Jodie Goldberg is a Teen Engagement Consultant at The Jewish Education Project. She facilitates networks, educational and networking opportunities, and creates professional development events for teen engagement professionals today in New York and beyond. She holds a dual Masters degree in Jewish Education and Hebrew Bible from JTS.
Area of Work
- T - Teens
- Innovation and Change