Gutovitz is currently working part time for BBYO as the Connect Coordinator. This is a program is for 6th-8th graders, and intends to introduce young teens to all that BBYO has to offer. “I really liked BBYO when I was involved. I loved to plan events and I was the President of my chapter. I wanted to share how great BBYO is with the kids who are about to join.”
“I am passionate about this job and BBYO as an organization because it really allows kids to be involved in the programming and it makes them feel as if they are a part of something.”
She explained that BBYO is currently suffering with their number of members, and her position allows her to try and change that. “I think it’s important to get kids involved in these types of activities so they can connect to other Jewish kids and build a Jewish identity.”
For Gutovitz, her own Jewish identity was shaped while at KU. She was very involved with KU Hillel as a student and participated in the Freshman Leadership Series, held both a Campus Engagement and Shabbat internship and was a trip participant on KU Hillel’s Israel Leadership Mission.
“Hillel had such a positive impact on my life, I will forever be grateful for all of the amazing opportunities Hillel has given me while in college. Hillel allowed me to grow so much as a Jewish adult by allowing me to host Shabbat dinners.”
Shabbat dinner is a tradition that Gutovitz is passionate about and one that she plans on continuing for the rest of her life. Aside from hosting Shabbat as a KU Hillel intern, Gutovitz also said that her engagement internship taught her great networking skills.
“As a Campus Engagement intern, I reached out to many Jewish students and tried to engage them in Jewish life on campus. My job title at BBYO is pretty much the same thing. I am trying to get teens to want to be involved in Jewish life.”
Next year, Gutovitz will be attending physical therapy school at the KU medical center campus – a three-year-long program.