In the Spotlight #10 – Joey

Community means people and stories. The dynamics of diversity are an essential part. Chabad on Campus spotlights every week another member of the community with each their own story and vision.

I was born on October 26, 2000, in Amsterdam. I lived in the south of Amsterdam until I was 3 years old with my parents and my sister, after which we moved to Buitenveldert.

I have little to few memories of living in Amsterdam, but a lot of pleasant memories of my time in Buitenveldert.

The Jewish community is enormous in Buitenveldert. I myself attended Rosh Pina and have also been active at Bne Akiwa for a long time.

Bne Akiwa is a Jewish youth association where I, as madrich and treasurer of the association, have been able to organize and attend events that I have fond memories of.

I am studying law at the UvA, and I am now in my second year. I chose this topic because it seemed interesting to me.

The only thing is that I just do not know if I would actually want to become a lawyer yet. I think it would be nice to start my own company and a law degree can come in handy.

Judaism is super important to me as it shapes my identity. feel very connected to the Jewish community and that is why I think it is vital that this community continues to exist. I would therefore like to give my own children exactly the same lessons that my parents also gave me.

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We are very traditional as a family and enjoy celebrating Shabbat and the holidays together My sisters and I received our basic Jewish knowledge from home, and Rosh Pina and Bne Akiwa reinforced this knowledge. Judaism is super important to our family as it shapes our identity and it is something we are super proud of.

I think Chabad On Campus is extremely important for the Jewish community in the Netherlands as the organization connects Jewish young people throughout the Netherlands.

I was raised in a Jewish environment, attended a Jewish school and went to Jewish youth associations, which fully shaped my Jewish identity.

However, this is not the case everywhere in the Netherlands, which is why it is very good that Chabad On Campus is committed to all young people in the country who would like to form their own Jewish identity.

Jan van Brakel
Content Creator & Youth Worker at Chabad On Campus NL

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