Hi! My name is Maisie Smith and I am super excited to be an Organizing Intern for JCUA this summer. I can’t wait to learn more about how JCUA engages Jewish communities in work towards change around the issues that are most pressing to them.
About me – I grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts and was raised surrounded by a beautiful Jewish community. The temple I attended growing up sits on top of a hill and the sanctuary overlooks a lake. On Shabbat, the sun sets right over the lake and to me, this is the epitome of home and spirituality.
I am currently an undergraduate at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where I am a Sociology major and Mathematics minor. I have a huge variety of academic interests and have also pursued classes in Education and Child Study, Computer Science, and Studio Art. I am very involved in the Smith College Jewish Community and I love leading themed Shabbat services like “Slow Shabbat,” “Healing Shabbat,” and “Labor Shabbat.” I love leading our community in song and making beautiful music together!
My interest in and experience organizing began in college and emerged alongside my renewed investment in my Jewish identity. I have done a variety of on-campus organizing, but the majority of my work experience has been with children. I believe that this is a major part of my passion for social justice. We can learn so much from children. They have so much creativity and imagination to offer, things that are crucial when working towards a new world. My work with kids has always motivated and inspired me and I am looking forward to merging my educational and organizing (and maybe even mathematical!) interests in my future beyond JCUA.
I am energized and ready for a summer of learning, growth, and hard work in a community of passionate Jews!