Shannah Zilcha was born in Israel to an Olah who came from Los Angeles and brought a Reform Jewish lifestyle to the family. She grew up in the Reform congregation Kehilat Ra’anan where she was a “Hanicha” in Noar Telem, the Israeli Reform Youth Movement, and in the young adult group Beit Midrash. Shannah also took part in the Mechina B’Jaffa of the Reform Movement before starting army service in the Israeli Air Force as a cadet in the Pilot’s Academy. She served as a cadet for more than two years before deciding that wasn’t the right path for her career, and left that position to become an officer in a different unit in the air force. It became obvious to her that in addition to working as an officer in the IAF, she wanted to be socially involved in the community as a leader. That is when she decided to join OneDay Social Volunteering and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)’s Roswell Klal Yisrael fellowship, where she was able to challenge her Jewish identity and the idea of global communities, in addition to confronting hard questions about young adult engagement and their sense of belonging to communities.