Jewish Young Adults of today tend to look for each at people of their own generation for inspiration and direction. But every so often a Jewish Elder or Jewish Adult will make a mark with the average JYA. Two such examples are the dynamic duo of Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, the twin Democratic Senators from California, and also both Hadassah members (allegedly).
DiFi and BaBo both entered the national public sphere in the early 90’s, and are both extremely popular in California, and have handedly won their re-election campaigns since initially being elected into office. Both have made their respective marks and climbed the ranks, and currently sit on some of the most important committees in the Senate (Feinstein with Rules, Judiciary, Appropriations, and Intelligence and Boxer with Commerce, Environment, and Foreign Relations). Both are also known for their unwavering support for Israel, and have been given the esteemed title of “Good for the Jews” (as opposed to Bernie Madoff, who is “Bad for the Jews”).
There are some JYAs who devoutly follow the careers of both women, but most JYAs are supporters of DiFi and Babo simply because they like the concept of having a feisty Jewish Elder in the Capitol, putting the goyim in their place and making sure their staff all bring jackets in case it gets cold at night because you never know. For example, female JYA “Jessica” stated about Boxer “Oh my god! I love her! Wait, isn’t she like a mayor or something?”
Whether or not they agree with Feinstein or Boxer’s policy, and whether or not they even know what their policies actually are, JYAs are universally proud of their elder Jewish stateswomen. Even the most ardently right wing JYA will admit they are glad that two distinctive MOTs are representing in DC.