At jHub’s Fall Retreat, the community surprised Ian Solow-Niederman with the jHub Leadership Award. Solow-Niederman is the Regional Director for Rocky Mountain Region BBYO. A graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder with degrees in Communications and Jewish Studies, Ian previously worked at Alpha Epsilon Pi’s Headquarters and the American Hebrew Academy. He has been in the position for a little over a year and has already made a big impact on the organization. Karen Silverman, Executive Director of jHub, presented the award. “Ian has an amazing ability to connect with teens as well as his colleagues. His hard work and dedication to informal Jewish education and the Jewish community is apparent in his work.” said Silverman.
Solow-Niederman was nominated by RMR-BBYO Alumna Gabby Plotkin who served on regional board last year before graduating. “As a mentor and a guide, Ian continuously goes the extra mile to ensure our success”, wrote Plotkin. He has the “ability to connect with the teens by providing needed advice and encouragement and spreading excitement to our board. He helps us understand how amazing our programs can be when we work hard,” she said.
Rachel Heilbronner, Area Director of BBYO, supervises Solow-Niederman since he started with the organization in June 2016. “Ian is a great example of a successful BBYO story. He was an active members and leader in the program as a teenager (when I first got to know him!) and it had an extremely positive impact on his life at the time. Inspired and changed by his involvement in BBYO, he was active in Jewish life in college, and has since continued his post-college journey in different Jewish professional roles. I am happy he found his way back to BBYO and am proud to see him excelling in his role as Regional Director of Rocky Mountain Region BBYO.”
The jHub Leadership Award is designed to recognize one outstanding leader in the field of informal Jewish teen education who is shaping the future of teen engagement. Solow-Niederman received a $1,000 professional development scholarship to use on the program of his choice.
With the mission of “More Jewish Teens, More Meaningful Jewish experiences,” BBYO is a pluralistic Jewish youth movement, reaching 20,000 members across North America and nearly 500 in the Rocky Mountain Region of Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. BBYO is a teen-led, adult-directed movement, offering a variety of local, regional, and international programs aimed to develop Jewish teens into young leaders and give them a safe place to learn and grow with their peers.
For more information on jHub and Jewish teen programming throughout the Denver/Boulder region, visit www.jhubco.org. For more information about Rocky Mountain Region BBYO, email firstname.lastname@example.org and check out www.bbyo.org.