Beckee Birger is the Program Director, Teen Leadership and Philanthropy. She works with Chicago area teens on programming that develops them as future Jewish leaders through Voices: The Chicago Teen Foundation and the Research Internship Training Program. In her spare time, she is a member organizer at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, helping to create welcoming spaces for Jews of Color.
What was your Jewish upbringing like?
Classic! I was a Sunday School teacher, went to Jewish summer camp, and participated in youth group and Jewish communal programs.
Did you have a Jewish mentor when you were growing up?
I didn't. As a young Jew of Color, it was sometimes hard to find my place, despite participating in a lot of Jewish programs. I'm a Jewish communal professional, in part, to make space for Jewish teens of color.
What makes you the most proud in your program?
I am most proud of the deep thoughtfulness of my teens. They take their work as board members very seriously, and it inspires me in the work I do for the the community.
Your favorite ice breaker question is...
If you could choose a super power, what would it be and why? The 'why' is the fun part.
Who is your Jewish hero?
Judith -- She is a powerful biblical figure who took the safety and future of the Jewish people into her own hands, and she came out on the other side victorious. Her story inspires me to be bold and fearless.