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Teens sought for Partnership’s inaugural ‘18 Under 18’
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Teens sought for Partnership’s inaugural ‘18 Under 18’

Milly Iris in 2013 with some of the teens who benefited from the programs established by the Herb and Milly Iris Youth and Family Philanthropy Endowment
Milly Iris in 2013 with some of the teens who benefited from the programs established by the Herb and Milly Iris Youth and Family Philanthropy Endowment

The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life is looking for “18 Under 18 Who Bring Jewish Learning to Life.” Teens who live or go to school in the Greater MetroWest region are invited to enter the competition to become part of the organization’s inaugural group of 18 Jewishly engaged young people.

The Partnership — the Jewish identity and education agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ — is accepting applications from middle school and high school students who will be challenged to explore in an essay the connections between their interests, hobbies, original programs, or activities, and traditional or contemporary Jewish sources. An education coach will assist the teens in the writing process.

The young people chosen will be awarded a $250 State of Israel Bond and will be honored at a banquet and in a supplement of New Jersey Jewish News.

“18 Under 18” is made possible by a generous grant from the Herb and Milly Iris Youth and Family Philanthropy Endowment of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

“Milly and Herb were giants in this community, and yet so accessible to all of us, especially our young people,” said Partnership executive director Robert Lichtman. “Milly had a love affair with the teens of Greater MetroWest. It was her vision and her generosity that established the Iris Teen Tzedakah program, and now, 10 years later, the Partnership is honored to introduce ‘18 Under 18’ as a tribute to the legacy and the memory of Milly and Herb.”

The application for “18 Under 18” — which is due by April 1 — and additional information are available at ThePartnershipNJ.org/18 or by contacting coordinator Shira Vickar-Fox at SVickar-Fox@ThePartnershipNJ.org or 973-929-2966.

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