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  Elana Brownstein
  Student Leader and Teen Activist
  Baltimore WWD Event 2002
  Born in 1985
  Initiated and participated in various fundraising activities and programs for children and adults
 
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At just 16, Elana Brownstein already has years of commitment to community service under her belt. Born and raised in Baltimore County, Brownstein attends Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School where she is an active member of the student body serving in numerous capacities, most recently as student body President.

Amongst her peers, Brownstein is best known for her commitment to spurring on other students into community action and service. In 2002, Brownstein helped to organize "For the Love of Children," a drive for money, books, linens, clothing and toiletries for inner city children, who are primarily African American orphans who have been affected by AIDS. Previous fundraisers have involved raising money for the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. Concerned with the media images bombarding teen-aged girls and younger, in the 9th grade, she participated in GO GIRLS (Giving Our Girls Inspiration and Resources for Lasting Self-esteem), a program of the National Eating Disorders Association. Armed with information from the program, she led a campaign to encourage local retailers to use a variety of body sizes in their clothes displays to mirror the diversity of body shapes and sizes found in the real world.

Involved in numerous after-school community service activities, Brownstein recently served as Co-President of the Baltimore-Jewish Community Center Maacabi Club where she organized a sandwich drive for local soup kitchens. As a peer educator for "New Jewish Equation," a program through the Jewish Big Brother and Sister League of Baltimore run in conjunction with Jewish Addiction Services and the Steven Kaufman AIDS Outreach Project, Brownstein counsels other Jewish and non-Jewish teens and parents on issues involving at-risk behaviors, including drug and alcohol abuse.

A committed Zionist, Brownstein has also volunteered for various activities in Israel such as working in an Old People's Home. Brownstein has also helped support families in Israel by raising $2000 for Magen David Adom. Brownstein served as a student ambassador to Szarvas, Hungary in 2002 were she worked in an outreach summer camp, helping Jewish children from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union rediscover their Jewish heritage.

Brownstein is planning to go to college next year where she hopes to continue and expand her community activism. She currently lives with her parents and an older brother in Pikesville, Maryland.

 
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ON JEWISH VALUES
Although I wouldn't say that all my activities are exclusively Jewish, I think that the Judaism that brings it all together. ...More 
ON FAMILY UPBRINGING
My family is very Jewishly connected... Firstly, and I think most importantly we are very Zionistic. ...More 
ON ROLE MODELS
First of all my mom...she is an extremely, extremely organized and busy person and I guess I learned from her that if really you want something done, you can do it, ...More 
There's an amazing, amazing director of education [Zipora Schorr] at my school ...More 
ON BEING A WOMAN ACTIVIST
Luckily I wasn't around when there was the time when women were the inferior ...More 
ON WORK AND FAMILY
Sometimes it's hard, but I really haven't really faced so many problems ...More 
ON WOMEN'S MOVEMENT
As a woman and as a Jew I see the strides that we've made as a Jewish people and as women. ...More  Audio available
ON PATH TO ACTIVISM
I think my parents have had a huge influence on me in that ever since I was little I remember being maybe five or six years old , going to Bea Gaddy's [Food bank] ...More 
ON IMPACT ON WORLD
I am very active in my school and through the student government, I have chaired the raising of money for different organizations ...More 
This year we did a huge ... tri-partnership between Baltimore, Israel and [a country in southwest Africa called] Namibia ...More 
I spent two weeks this summer [2002] - an amazing two weeks, in a city 3 hours south of Budapest, Hungary ...More 
I think it's very important that a leader lead by example ...More 
ON IMPACT ON SELF
It shapes my life. I have met incredible people through what I've done. ...More 
ON CHALLENGES
I think that its very important that you try to reveal other people's riches ...More 
I guess a lot of times getting other people to help and getting people to be involved is really hard. ...More 
ON REWARDS
It's just a really good feeling when you know that you are helping someone else ...More 
 
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How to Cite This Page
For a bibliography: Jewish Women's Archive. "JWA - Women Who Dared - Biography Elana Brownstein." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/bio.jsp?personID=pebrownstein>.

For a footnote: Jewish Women's Archive, "JWA - Women Who Dared - Biography Elana Brownstein," <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/bio.jsp?personID=pebrownstein>.