Only 14 years old, Jonah Shifrin is recognised as one of the leading cellists in New York City. He's a straight A student at one of the top schools and plays in the school orchestra. The policy at his school is that if a student misses one performance, it's an automatic fail for the year.
Recently, Jonah faced a dilemma. His sister's Bat Mitzvah was on the same Friday night as a concert. His teacher offered to downgrade his A to a C, not a fail, if he missed the performance. His sister fully understood if he chose to go to the concert and save his grade point average. Jonah also had a compelling opportunity to make a case for freedom of religion.
He chose to go to his sister's Bat Mitzvah and take the C. Quietly and with great dignity. Without argument and with the power of being at choice.
This became an opportunity to test his mettle and a preview of the true leader his is and is becoming.
I got to be the inspired aunt who was privileged to witness his incredible strength of character.
It's also going to be one hell of a great story for his university interview.