Last year, some of my colleagues in the office, notably Duvi Stahler, Rina Emerson and Penny Pazornick, and I were looking for a conference, a festival of sorts, to celebrate and network within the emerging field of experiential Jewish education. From our experiences with NCSY and the Orthodox Union, we realized how important it is to share ideas and best practices with the broader field. From those discussions YouthCon emerged.
2. How can participants get the most out of YouthCon?
People learn in a lot of different ways, especially those in the field of experiential education. If you go in knowing what is the best way you learn, you’ll come out with the most. If it's one-on-one learning, spend time at our mentor center. Otherwise, the schedule is set up in a range of topics and modes of presentation in order to cater to a large audience with varied approaches to learning. The most important thing is just to be yourself and enjoy.
3. What are you most looking forward to at YouthCon?
In real estate it's all about location, location, location. YouthCon is all about, people, people, people. I'm just excited to meet a broad range of people with different backgrounds and expertise.
4. You look fabulous. Just fabulous. No, no I really mean it. Where do you get your clothing? Your enigmatic sense of style?
Thank you. Truly touching. A dear friend, Daniel Fiskus once told me, “It’s not about price. It's not about the brand. It’s all about fit.” Great clothes need to fit well, both in terms of your body and personality. I try to find pieces that present the characteristics I enjoy: The strategic gregariousness of Saul Goodman combined with the poise and focus of Gustavo Fring. I can only hope I succeed.
Dovid Bashevkin is YouthCon Program Director and Associate Director of Education for NCSY. Dovid studied in Ner Israel and Yeshiva University. While in Yeshiva University, he completed a Master's degree in Polish Hassidut under the guidance of Dr. Yaakov Elman. He is also a struggling artist, investor and stand-up comedian.