Rabbi Howard Needleman at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Plantation is proud to support and encourage the efforts of the young people in his congregation in all they do to make the world a better place. One of his young congregants who is passionate about making a difference is Cate Kapp, a thirteen-year-old who has been inspired by Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment. The mission of Girl Rising is to change the way the world values girls and ensure that girls’ education is part of the mainstream conversation.
Girl Rising seeks to bring visibility to the issues girls face and inspire people to dismantle the barriers that hold them back. They also focus on getting girls in school through ENGAGE - a dynamic public-partnership in India, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria.
Kapp first learned about the Girl Rising movement when she watched a revolutionary CNN film that follows the life stories of nine girls from the developing world who struggle every day for freedom, education and a voice in their home countries. Kapp, who first watched the film with her parents, learned that 66 million girls in the world are not able to receive an education.
“I could not get that number out of my mind,” said Kapp “I felt for these girls and from that moment on it became personal to me and I felt that I needed to do something to help them. I love school and I can’t imagine being told that I can’t go to school.”
To help raise awareness and funds for Girl Rising, Kapp asked Rabbi Needleman if he would agree to host a screening of the film at the Temple. Rabbi Needleman quickly agreed and a date was set.
Reilly Corbett, Development Officer for Girl Rising, said the organization is moved by Kapp’s passion and determination to change the world. “We know that grassroots activities are key to helping us impact the lives of mil- lions of girls around the world, but it’s young people like Cate that are particularly inspiring. She gives us hope that a world where all girls are empowered is possible.”
The very special movie screening of Girl Rising is open to the entire community. The film will be shown at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El on January 17th at 6:00 p.m. A light bite and a short Q & A discussion will follow the film. Admission is $18 and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Girl Rising. RSVP to Cate Kapp at CateforGirlRising@gmail.com.