Meet the Madrichim: Melissa Eisen

Melissa Eisen

University of Maryland, Major: Art Education

  • Why do you think Mosh is special?

It’s special because it cultivates positive, caring leaders, even kids that you think are just going to be followers. Kids who don’t have the confidence to lead or who others don’t push to lead learn the skills to lead and also how to express themselves. I also think it encourages kids to try different activities going into it with the intention that no one will judge them and there’s not a stress on competition. Kids can try out a sport or complete an art project without pressure or fear of being judged. Something else that I really love about Mosh is challenging power structures. Rather than saying you must honor your mother, father or someone older than you, we honor them because they have a lot of knowledge.

  • Why do you come back to be on tzevet?

I keep coming back because I feel this is the best place for me to make a difference. It’s the best community for me to work with. I can do Tikkun O’lam and educate kids outside of Mosh, but I know Mosh kids are going to be more open to acting on ideals and values. Other communities are very insular and they do things only with their community. What I think we’re trying to do at Mosh is reach out. Sometimes we’re unsuccessful, but our intentions are in the right place and because we value actualizing we’re working towards change more than other insular communities.

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