Ilana Kaplan is a sophomore at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland. Ilana has been devoted to helping others since she was young and in middle school raised $3,500 dollars for a non-profit called the Xa Project by herself. She volunteers weekly for the Friendship Circle and an assisted living program, Better Together. Ilana is an active member of BBYO and currently serves on her chapter board. Ilana also enjoys dancing at the Maryland School of Dance, writing for her school newspaper, and hanging out with friends.
Impact L'Atid Venture: Achpat Shabbat
Mentor: Miriam Weinblatt
Description: Mourning is not over on day 8. It is still happening on day 228. While many stop coming and providing meals for families in mourning or families in hardships after that initial seven days, Achpat Shabbat strives to continue comfort far beyond. Shabbat is a time of is realignment as well as personal and spiritual connection. It provides normality and self reestablishment to individuals who otherwise may have challenging weeks, helping them in more ways than one.