I am the co-founder of College Students for Enrichment in Secondary Schools, an organization that brings Harvard students to New York City to run a series of micro-courses on eclectic subjects for 7th-9th graders. (CSESS is supported by Repair the World and the BYFI Alumni Venture Fund). Here is our story:
My Jewish high school extolled two virtues above all others: love of learning for its own sake (Torah lishmah) and a life of service to others. These values in particular, which closely matched the ideals instilled from early childhood by my secular parents, helped me feel at home within the Jewish community when I sought it out in my teenage years – and have continued to inform my relationship with Judaism and the Jewish community ever since.