Social Action/Tikun Olam Vice President: Elana Redfern
Hey BJUSY! My name is Elana Redfern and I’m honored to be serving as your Social Action/Tikun Olam Vice President for the second year in a row! I absolutely love anything that has to do with theatre, specifically musical theatre and Broadway. You can always see me laughing at The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, rocking out to Heathers, balling about Les Miserables, and overall obsessing over Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked, Come from Away, and of course Hamilton! I also really enjoy pasta and I love to go get brunch any day of the week. Every summer you can find me chilling up in sunny Lake Delton, Wisconsin at my favorite place in the world, also known as Camp Chi. In regards to sports, I love both hockey and baseball! I’m a huge Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens fan in regards to hockey; as well as a huge Chicago Cubs fan in baseball. You can also find me in my free time laughing at Central Perk with Friends, sitting on the steps of the met in the Upper East Side like Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl, playing on the Rivercourt of the only One Tree Hill, as well as basically being a trained doctor like those in Grey’s Anatomy.
Community, קהילה. Mitzvah. All of these have something in common – you. Within the Pirkei Avot, chapter 1 verse 2, there is a quote which follows, "The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of God, and acts of loving-kindness." Through Social Action work, I hope we can all work together as a community to fulfill these mitzvot. I cannot wait to work with you all through hands on projects to raise awareness for programs important to you! I ask of each of you to be open to trying new things, to fulfill the acts of loving kindness. I encourage you to donate money for the tzedakah and give back to your community. Working cohesively, I ask of you to “Say yes to SA/TO!” Feel free to advocate for a community and awareness important to you, and we can find ways to give back to our importances. Thank you so much and I cannot wait to reach new heights, achieving bigger and better levels. I hope we can find ways to fulfill our Jewish goals and to do our part to give back to the world around.