Spotlight: Lynn Elovic, Chair of the Leo Martin March of the Living
Posted on 06/17/2020 @ 08:00 AM
Originally from Venezuela, Lynn attended an American school with no religious education but grew up in a proudly Jewish Sephardic family that originated in Egypt. After graduating college, she met her husband and got married, then had three children and moved to South Florida.
Upon moving to the Florida, she and her husband Roberto recognized the importance of her children attending Jewish day school and involving her family in the Jewish community so they enrolled them at Scheck Hillel Community School.
Through sharing experiences with her children in the Jewish community, Lynn’s involvement grew. They participated in Federation’s Mission to Poland and Israel in 2018 while their youngest daughter, Michelle, participated simultaneously on CAJE’s Leo Martin March of the Living.
On that mission, Lynn had such a profound experience. Not only did the opportunity connect Lynn to the memory of her husband’s mother who was an Auschwitz survivor, it also allowed her to learn about paternal family members from Greece that perished in the Holocaust. During this journey, she made a personal commitment to return and become more involved to ensure that the atrocities of the Holocaust are not forgotten.
Question: What about Jewish education motivated you to take this position of leadership?
“Throughout the past few years, I have always been involved with students, teens in particular. On the March, I had the pleasure of meeting Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar while the teens and the adults were together in Auschwitz, Poland, for the International March of the Living ceremony.
Rabbi Zohar reached out to me during the trip and upon returning, asked if I would consider getting involved. I felt like I had almost no choice because I was so impressed by the job they were doing. How could I resist working with such talented people at CAJE? How could I turn this opportunity down?”
Question: What do you hope to achieve in your time as chair?
“The students may not have had the experience this year in being able to go on the March. However, I am hopeful that next year we will somehow be able to take the students on this amazing journey. It’s not about my achievement as the chair; it’s about how we can support this transformative program and the students. We want them to know that there is always a future for them and we are here to help guide their way through.”
Question: What would you like to say about Jewish Education or the March of the Living?
“I would like readers to know that not only does CAJE offer the March of the Living for high school seniors in Miami, but CAJE also offers a plethora of opportunities for involvement. There are many different programs, classes, trips, self-improvement, etc. to choose from and I encourage everyone to check them out and give them a try. Any support for CAJE and Jewish education helps our overall community to thrive and that’s what we should all be striving for!”