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Shira S. '18 receives the Hadassah 2017 Young Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Women

Shira S. '18 receives the Hadassah 2017 Young Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Women

Shira earned the award based on her strong leadership in the Young Judaea and Los Angeles communities.

Shira S. '18 was recently awarded with the 2017 Young Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Women, a highly selective, merit based award given to two high school women from the United States for their proven leadership skills and potential to grow into a larger leadership role in Hadassah in the future.

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America Inc. (HWZOA), is the largest Jewish women's organization in the United States, working to effect change and advocate on critical issues like medical care, research and women's empowerment.

Shira is the incoming regional President and former Vice President of the Los Angeles Young Judaea, the premiere Zionist youth movement worldwide which encourages involvement in social and educational opportunities. Demonstrating her leadership skills in the Los Angeles community, Shira has volunteered with The Painted Turtle, a summer camp for kids with chronic and severe illnesses, and the Irritable Bowel Disease Support Foundation, where she was honored at their Los Angeles gala.

As an award winner, Shira has received a full scholarship to the four week Young Judaea Teen Summer program in Israel. The program offers several tracks with focuses including science, social entrepreneurship, advocacy and entrepreneurship, a weekend of leadership training at Tel Yehudah, and a week of personal exploration with the goal to offer a fresh perspective of Israel and deepen the love for the country.

Shira expects that the trip will allow her to become a stronger advocate for Israel and Zionism by strengthening her connection to her Jewish community.

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