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In the ninth grade, my parents bribed me with $20 to attend a youth group event. Since then, I have continued to challenge myself with new experiences, expanding my comfort zone. (Although now, I no longer get crisp bills for doing so.)

Growing up, I wanted to be the saxophone player for James Brown. That didn't pan out. Instead, I started going to Jewish sleepaway camp. It was there that I learned to love both Jews and Judaism, singing and playing my way into a newly constructed identity.