Natania Lipp has been a BBYO leader throughout her high school years and community service has been the focus of much of her activity, so it is fitting that she is the recipient of the 2014 Joseph Fink Community Service Scholarship.
She said she is honored to receive the award and happy about it.
This year, Lipp has served as the Kentucky-Indiana-Ohio regional sh’licha – vice president of Jewish heritage, community service and social action. It was her job to help chapters with projects in those areas.
With her co-shl’icha, she brought Unified for Uganda, an organization that helps Ugandan children go through school, into the region, helping chapters develop fundraisers and provide opportunities for destitute children.
In the Jay Levine BBG chapter, she has held the positions of sh’licha, n’siah (president) and mazkirah (secretary).
For the past two years, Lipp also has helped plan Louisville’s participation in J-Serve, a global day of service projects. Locally, young people worked on the community garden behind the Jewish Community Center’s Pavilion.
On some Saturday mornings, she can also be found at Four Courts helping lead Shabbat services.
An excellent writer, Lipp was Community’s Teen Topics editor this year and was responsible for gathering news from teen groups around the city.
She is a member of Congregation Adath Jeshurun.
She plans to attend the University of Maryland in the fall where she will major in psychology.
The Joseph Fink Scholarship honors the memory of a man who devoted his life to coaching, counseling and helping teens.
The Fink Scholarship will be presented at the Jewish Community of Louisville’s Annual Meeting, Sunday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center.