Hi! My name is Daniel Aaron, and I’m from Monsey, NY. I’m a junior at Yeshiva University, studying finance. I’m very excited to continue with the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship! I had an amazing time last year connecting with my teens in Hollywood over zoom, and I hope to continue in the Southern Region but this time around in-person! My goal is to keep striving to make a difference in their lives, show them what there is to connect to, and hopefully inspire change and a growth oriented mindset!
Hi, my name is Daniella Abekassis. I am from North Woodmere, New York and I am currently at senior at Stern College studying Psychology. I am so excited for this upcoming year with the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and gd willing being able to do more in person events with our teens!
Hi! My name is Estee Ackerman, I am from West Hempstead NY, and I am currently a junior in Stern College. My major is technically undecided, but I am considering Judaic studies or Psychology. I am so excited for all the opportunities through Shevet Glaubuch Fellowship because I love spreading the light of Torah onto others. I look forward to sharing my passion for Yiddishkeit through the amazing programs and activities we have in store!
Hi! My name is Elisheva Adouth and I am from Miami, Florida. I attended Sha’alvim for Women my year in Israel and I am currently attending Stern College for Women. After being an advisor on NCSY Israel ID this past summer (best summer ever!). I am excited about the opportunities that I have been given through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship. I feel as if the resources within the fellowship will allow me to learn about teaching and bringing people closer to Hashem in general. I also am very excited to create and foster relationships with NCSYers which I am sure will teach me an immense amount and bzh last a lifetime.
Hi! My name is Talya Alter and I’m from Bergenfield, New Jersey. I’m currently a junior at Stern College for Women where I’m majoring in biology and minoring in Jewish Studies. After Bruriah High school I went to Sha’alvim for Women for a year and a half. I am so excited about the opportunities that the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship offers, and the ability to connect to the future leaders of klal yisroel. Through the fellowship, I hope to actualize all the skills and torah that my role models have invested within me all these years, and give back to the Jewish people. I hope I can bring more Jews closer to Hashem, share Torah with friends, and iy”H just grow together!
Hi! My name is Esther Avidan and I am from Teaneck, NJ. I attended MYHS for high school, and then studied in Israel. I am blessed to have spent the past three summers at camp HASC. I am currently studying psychology at Landers College for Women, as well as, working as a Realtor Associate for Russo Real Estate. I had the privilege of being a Shevet Glaubach Fellow last year, and look forward to another incredible year, filled with tremendous growth and genuine connection. Throughout my life, I have gained something valuable from every individual I have crossed paths with. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to now give over all that which I have received.
Hi, my name is Shimon Benzaquen; I grew up in Los Angeles, California but recently moved to Boca Raton, Florida with my family. I attended YULA Boys High School and Yeshiva B’nei Torah post high school, where I am still a student. I am also currently attending Florida Atlantic University as a History major. I look forward to an amazing experience filled with wonderful opportunities through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship.
Hi. My name is Tzvi Berke and I’m from Cedarhurst, NY. I go to NYIT for college and I’m studying architecture. I’m so excited to be apart of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship this year. I can’t wait to meet everyone involved in this incredible fellowship from the teens to the other fellows. I’m most excited to be apart of such an amazing program where I get to know and talk to such a fantastic group of people where we can grow and strengthen each other.
Hi. My name is Sammy Bernstein, I am from Woodmere NY, I am currently a senior in Lander College For Men, majoring in Marketing and management. I am extremely excited about joining the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because this is a great chance for me and Jewish teens on other sides of the country to connect to each other in a deep spiritual way through our learning and shabbatons. I am happy to be bringing a new level of energy and hopefully strengthen the way these NCSYers will connect to Hashem.
Hi! I’m Yona. I’m from Baltimore, MD, and I am currently in school at Stern College for Women, studying Biology to enter the field of Biotech. I am looking forward to being involved with NCSY and all the great Shabbatonim and learning experiences that make the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship the amazing program that it is!
Hi!! My name is Aaron Blustein, I am from Scarsdale, New York. I went to SAR High School and then spent a year in Israel at Yeshivat Torat Shraga. Followng that I attended University of Maryland for my freshman year before transferring to Yeshiva University this semester! I am now studying Business with a focus in finance. I was a counselor on Sulam this past summer in which I had one of the best summer’s of my life. The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship is a dream to be a part of and I cannot wait to get started! Having the opportunity to grow, learn, and have an awesome time with everyone involved in the program is something I am truly honored to be a part of. I am really looking forward to meeting everyone!
Hi! My name is Rachel Bodek and I’m from Lawrence, went to SKA, and then spent a year in Shaalvim. I am currently in Stern and planning on majoring in Math. I spent all my summers at Camp Morasha and was lucky enough to be a counselor this summer for girls going into 10th grade. I am excited about the opportunities from the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because it’s another chance to inspire and build strong relationships with teens, something that I value and look forward to.
My name is Keith Bonwitt, I was born in North Miami Beach and grew up there. I am currently at school in the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering studying Computer Science. I am excited for the opportunity to be in The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship to give to the Jewish people in a concrete way, connect to others in helping them reach their fullest potential, and to help myself grow by being a mentor.
Hi. My name is Shalom Brauser, coming to you from Hollywood, FL. After attending Katz Yeshiva High School in Boca, I spent two years at Yeshivat Sha’alvim in Israel, and am now beginning my first year at Yeshiva University, studying Torah and other great classes for an as yet undefined major. After working on NCSY Next Step this past summer, I’m excited and honored by the opportunity to join Shevet Glaubach in working directly with Jewish communities and teens to build the Jewish future.
Hi! My name is Ayelet Brown and I am from Silver Spring, MD. I went to the Berman Hebrew Academy for high school, and then spent a year at Midreshet Lindenbaum. I am currently a junior in Stern studying Psychology and Public Health. I am extremely excited to be a Shevet Glaubach Fellow and to have the opportunity to create relationships through learning Torah and inspiring each other!
Hi!!! My name is Chevi Charlap and I’m from the Five Towns. I’m a psychology major at Stern college, and I’m super excited to be part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship! I can’t wait to see the different Jewish communities in the Southern region and get to meet so many amazing people. Looking forward to learning Torah and exploring Judaism.
Hi. My name is SamClarke, a Boca Raton native, studied at Yeshivat Orayta for Shana Aleph and for Shana Bet. I currently attend the University of Florida. I plan to double major in Political Science and Criminology. I served as the Shevet Glaubach Fellow for NCSY Jacksonville in 2020-2021 and am excited to return to the JAX family this year! I am passionate about my Judaism and am excited to help teens, communities, and everyone feel inspired about their Judaism. I am a Shabbaton fanatic and can’t wait to participate in all the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship’s Shabbatonim! I also looks forward to the learning and mentorship opportunities, and hopes to make the best impact I can.
Hi! My name is Leeyan Cohen, I’m from Aventura, FL. I’m currently studying psychology in Broward College. I’m so excited to be part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and all the opportunities it presents throughout the year. Truly excited for another amazing year together of relationship building and growth.
Hi. My name is Tehila Cohen and I am from Queens, NY. I went to Central for high school, then to Shaalvim in Israel and I just graduated from Stern with a degree in Elementary Education. I will be working at Yeshiva Har Torah this year while getting a masters in Special Ed at Wurzweiler. This will be my third year in the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and I am constantly looking forward to the set times for chavrutahs, planning events, and getting to know communities.
My name is Uriel Cohen and I’m from Boston, MA. I went to Maimonides School for high school, then spent two years at Torat Shraga. I am currently in my first year at Yeshiva University where I hope to graduate with a major in Psychology. I’m so excited to be a part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship where I can learn and teach Torah while also building inspiring relationships!
Hello everyone! My name is Ezra Cooper from the great city of Memphis, TN and am currently studying in my first semester at Yeshiva University. I had my first taste of NCSY when I went on NCSY’s JOLT when I was in high school, an experience that was instrumental in shaping my Jewish identity. I look forward to being able to work with others to help encourage and facilitate their growth, and that will my own growth as well.
My name is Chana Coughlan and I’m from Denver, Colorado! I attend Stern College for Women and I am majoring in psychology and minoring in English. I am so excited to be apart of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship for a second year! I am really looking forward to connecting with new people, learning from and with different people from different places, and broadening my Torah knowledge through different mediums.
Hii! My name is Lynn Dahan and I am originally from Dallas, Texas! I attend Yeshiva University Stern College for Women and I am studying business at their Sy Syms school of Business! I am excited about the opportunities through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because I want to give back to others all the inspiration and growth I received from my advisors when I was a student! I am excited to learn from each and every individual and gain more growth through their empowerment!
Hi everyone! My name is Ethan Dalva, I’m originally from Potomac, MD but moved to Boca Raton the summer before my Shana Alef in Israel. I spent two amazing years at Yeshivat Hakotel, and am currently in my third year at YU, studying mathematical economics. I’ve always been an avid NCSYer, having spent my high school summers on TJJ, Euro ICE and Kollel, and two of my post-high school summers as a madrich on Kollel. I can’t wait to get started as a Shevet Glaubach Fellow, and I look forward to developing meaningful relationships and helping others grow the same way so many have helped and continue to help me!
Hi! My name is Danielle Dekelbaum and I’m from Potomac, Maryland. I went to Berman for high school and then Tiferet for a year and a half. I now go to Stern and I’m studying business. I did NCSY all throughout high school and I am so excited to give back to NCSYers like my advisors did for me. With this fellowship, I hope to gain skills that can help me on my own Jewish journey
as well as how to encourage the Jewish values that have been in me by my mentors. I hope to become the person that I needed when I was younger.
Hi. My name is Gedalia Dock. I was born in Boston, but have lived in Teaneck for most of my life. I’m currently taking classes in Landers. I am so excited to be returning as an Shevet Glaubach Fellowship this year for the incredible opportunities to help NCSYers grow into the best people they can be.
Hi! My name is Esther Dyckman, I’m from Queens, NY and I’m currently a math major in Stern College for Women. I feel so privileged to be able to participate in the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship for this upcoming year for numerous reasons, one of which is that it will offer me a chance to take a leadership role in terms of organizing shabbatons and programming and planning events down to the smallest detail. Another exciting aspect of the fellowship is that it will provide me with a platform to develop my ability to give over Torah in a way that’s accessible and enjoyable for individuals coming from all different backgrounds and levels of religiosity. Lastly, I’m really looking forward to getting to know all the amazing teens:) Thank you.
Hi! My name is Oren Eisenstadt and I am from Silver Spring, MD. I’m currently a sophomore at Yeshiva University majoring in business. I am honored to be a part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship which enables me to empower and inspire teens in their yiddishkeit. I look forward to building relationships and growing with them over this coming year!
Hi! My name is Aleesa Elbaum and I am thrilled to be a Shevet Glaubach Fellowship this year! I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland but am currently living in New York City. I am student at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and am studying biochemistry in hopes to become a doctor someday! As a true “lover of learning and growing,” I am extremely excited for the opportunities presented to me through the Shevet Galubach Fellowship! These resources and experiences will enable me to assist others in fostering a love for Judaism and in forming a personal, palpable connection with Hashem.
Hi! I’m Rivkie and I’m from Brooklyn. I’m studying in Queens college, studying psych (classic). I was a Shevet Glaubach Fellow last year and literally had the time of my life. I loved meeting the teens and connecting with them, but I also loved meeting the other advisors! I’m very excited to see where this year will take me and the relationships which will be forged. Connecting with people over Torah and Judaism is extremely meaningful and enjoyable and I can’t wait to do more of that this year!
Hey everyone! My name is Akiva Erlbaum (most of my friends just refer to me as “Erl”.) I recently finished my two year tenure learning in the Old City of Jerusalem at Yeshivat Hakotel. I am currently a student at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business. I feel extremely privileged to be partaking in the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship for a variety of reasons. On a more personal level, I think this program will enable me to exercise my creative muscles and build up my leadership qualities, which will hopefully benefit me long term. On a more general level, I see tremendous value in giving back to my community and having an impact on the younger generation, just as my mentors had on me.
Hi! I’m Judah Esses, and I’m from Philadelphia. I am currently in my junior year at Yeshiva University, where I am studying finance. I am really excited about the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because it will allow me to create relationships with more teens through NCSY and will help me learn more about myself during the process.
Hi! I’m Yehuda Frankel from West Hempstead. I just finished my second year of learning in Yeshivat Sha’alvim in Israel. I am now beginning my first year in the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University. I’m very much looking forward to the oppurtunity the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship is giving me to meet and connect with Jews from all different backgrounds.
My name is Jakey Friedman, and I am from West Hempstead, New York. I attended DRS for high school and then had the privilege of learning in Yeshivat Shaalvim for two years in Eretz Yisroel. I am in my third semester in Yeshiva University, and I plan on majoring in psychology and hopefully receiving smicha. Throughout my childhood and teenage years I was blessed with incredible role models, counselors, and Rebbeim, and it has been a dream of mine to be able to give over what I have received from them.
I’m Shlomo Friedman from Cedarhurst, New York. I’m very much looking forward to being part of The Shevet Glaubach, and meeting people that look to enhance their vision of truth in their lives and the world at large. Thank you for creating this incredible fellowship.
My name is Sruli Fruchter, I’m from Woodmere, NY, and I’m a senior at Yeshiva University studying International and Global Affairs. Simply put, I love Hashem, I love Torah, and I love the world. The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship gives me the opportunity to bridge those three loves by sharing it with other Jews in the Southern Region. Connection is what drives our lives, and NCSY is the hub for ultimate connection between ourselves, Judaism, and other Jews.
Hey, my name is Eli Fuchs and I’m from Johns Creek, GA. I’m currently a sophomore studying Political Science-Pre Law at the University of Central Florida after a year at Yeshivat Sha’alvim. I’m excited to be a part of The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship to learn & growing, being part of a greater Jewish community, and getting to enjoy authentic religious experiences during the school year.
Hi! My name is Yaakov Fuchs, and I hail from Woodmere, NY. After attending DRS Yeshiva High School, I spent two years learning at Yeshivat Shaalvim, and I am currently a sophomore at Yeshiva University, both learning Torah and studying political science. I am hoping to continue learning for semichah after I graduate. I was heavily impacted by NCSY as a high schooler, both as a member of NCSY’s JUMP leadership program, and as an NCSY’er on the NCSY Summer Kollel. Those formative experiences and the madrichim who made them happen shaped many of my decisions throughout high school, and their reverberations are felt in an inexplicably real way today. I am excited to have the opportunity to be a Shevet Glaubach Fellowship, G-D willing, create those experiences for others!
Hi, my name is Tikva Goldberg from Queens NY. I’m currently a junior studying phycology. I spent a year in Midreshet Torat Cheesed, and than was a Madricha in Midreshet Tehila. Since high school NCSY has been a huge part of my life and has really impacted me. I went on two summer programs and went on every regional! This past summer I had the opportunity to be an adviser on Jolt Israel, it was an incredible experience! I have a passion for Chessed and Kirov and NCSY has really been my spark! I am am truly humbled and thankful for the opportunity to be a Shevet Glaubach Fellow and the bracha I have been given to be able to share it with you all.
Shalom! My name is Zack Goldberg and I am from Great Neck, NY. I learned in Shaalvim for two years and now I am taking classes in computer science at NYU. I can’t wait to be around such great people who I have so much to learn from. It will be exciting to grow and be part of The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship.
Hi! I’m Avi Greenberg, from Woodmere, New York. I went to DRS for high school followed by two incredible years in Yeshivat Sha’alvim in Israel. This year, I plan on learning and studying business in Yeshiva University for my second year. I hope to major in Business Management and then go to the Semicha program. I am very excited to be a part of the NCSY Shevet Glaubach Fellowship for my second year so that we can strengthen the incredible relationships that we made last year and create new ones as well. This past summer I had the great opportunity of being one of the Madrichim for the Mechina Program on NCSY Kollel. We learned so much about how we can strive to become our best selves in the process. I look forward to working together with The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship in creating an environment where our teens are proud to be Jewish.
Hi. My name is Noah Greenblatt and I’m from Albany, New York. I’m currently studying outdoor education at SUNY Adirondack in upstate New York. I love being outside and playing games but most of all teaching and interacting with other people in those settings. I’m so excited to be part of The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship to meet so many new people and help make an impact in whatever way I can.
My name is Gidon Hagler and I was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. I went to JEC for high school, was lucky enough to then spend two years in Sha’alvim, and am now beginning my Junior year at YU. I still have not decided my major yet. I worked in four different sleep away camps over the past few summers and have always enjoyed the field of informal chinuch, which is why I am super excited to join the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship to try to build relationships with NCSYers, mutual relationships in which I can learn from them and they can learn from me. I believe that it is my duty to try to give back to the Jewish community as much as possible, and this opportunity aligns with that belief. I am really looking forward to what should an amazing year!
Hi! My name is Valerie Hanz from Aventura, Florida! I study at Stern College and I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. I am very excited to be part of Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and have the opportunity to connect with teens from all over and coming from every type of background! Thank you for all that you do!
My name is Risa Harris, and I am from Queens, New York. I had the privilege of attending SKA for high school and spending a year in Michlalah for seminary. I am currently in my junior year at Stern College studying biology. I am deeply indebted to my NCSY Summer role models, both my advisors and my NCSYers, for playing such crucial roles in my growth. I spent one amazing summer on NCSY Michlelet as a camper and was lucky enough to return as an advisor this past summer. It has always been a dream of mine to try and give over a piece of the gift that I have received from them and I am so excited to have that opportunity as a Shevet Glaubach Fellow.
Hi! I’m James Heisler from Great Neck, NY currently studying Marketing at Yeshiva University. Through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship, I’m really excited to get to learn with new people, get to know them and explore deep topics with them while challenging our preconceptions on the path to truth..
Hi! My name is Nava Israel and I’m from Silver Spring, Maryland. I attended Berman Hebrew Academy from nursery through 12th grade, I went to seminary at Sha’alvim for Women, and now I’m a Biology major at Stern! I’m so honored to participate in the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship program because I’ve been blessed to witness firsthand the impact that inspiring Torah and powerful people can have on others, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. I’m excited for the growth, connection, and leadership opportunities that The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship offers, and I feel privileged to be here.
Hi. I’m Ethan Jach. I am currently at University of Maryland. I am very excited to be part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and connect with teens through meaningful programming.
My name is Dov Jacobson, 22, I live in Teaneck, New Jersey and I am a psychology major at Yeshiva University. This will be my third year as an advisor for Southern NCSY and second as a Shevet Glaubach Fellow. I have learned and grown from training seminars, world class educators, and a dedicated community of advisors provided by the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship. I have already seen the direct impact experienced by teens in NCSY as well as the Jewish community at large. I can’t wait to continue this year! Thank you for this opportunity.
Hi! My name is Dina Joseph and I’m from Monsey, NY. I am currently a special education/education major in Touro’s Lander College for Women. I am passionate about education in any form, and look forward to contributing to a population of dedicated and passionate Jewish educators! I had and still have a close relationship with my own NCSY advisor from high school, and in general love the work that NCSY does. I had the privilege of being an advisor on NCSY Next Step in Israel this past summer and loved the ability to connect with the teens, work collaboratively with others and most of all teach torah!! I’m looking forward to continuing being a part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowshup to do these things and much more this year!
Hi! My name is Adira Kahn, I’m from Miami Beach but I currently live in Boca Raton, Florida. I am a junior at Stern College for Women, where I am studying psychology on the occupation therapy track. I spent the last 2 years in Israel at an amazing seminary called Baer Miriam, where I had the privilege of learning Torah and the beauty of a relationship with Hashem in so many new ways. I’m sooo excited to be a part of this year’s Shevet Glaubach fellowship to be able continue on this journey of growth and IY”H share the inspiration and love for Judaism that I my role models and teachers shared with me.
Hi! My name is Shmuel Kaplan and I’m from Teaneck, New Jersey. I had the privilege of attending Heichal for high school and Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh for yeshiva. Currently, I am trying various classes at Yeshiva University in attempt to decide on a major. I have previous experience in working with teens as a Counselor at Camp Simcha Special and Head Counselor of Shoresh Kollel. I’m excited to be a Shevet Glaubach Fellow to have an incredible opportunity to give to others and grow as a leader.
Hi! My name is Ilana Katz and I am from Lawrence, New York. I went to SKA for high school and then spent a year in Israel learning at MMY. Currently I am studying Chemistry and Psychology at Hunter College. I went on NCSY GIVE and JOLT and had the absolute best summers of my life! I was so fortunate to be an advisor in Las Vegas and then continue to watch the NCSYers grow as their l advisor on TJJ this past summer. I was able to form such strong connections with so many incredible teens through NCSY and TJJ and it is something so would love to continue. I know that the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship will allow me to maintain these connection and continue to form new ones.
My name is Hanna Karben from Monsey, NY. I went to Frisch for high school and then went to Sha’alvim for Women in Israel. I am currently in Stern studying Jewish Education. I am very excited to teach Torah and am excited to spread more torah through the opportunities that arise in The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship.
Hi! My name is Felicia Kingsbury and I am from Toronto. I am currently studying at George Brown College for recreation management in gerontology and I am super excited to be part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship. I am really looking forward to helping NCSYers and being able to give them the opportunity to learn and grow in their Judaism and in life in general.
My name is Shira Knapp, and I am from Bergenfield, New Jersey. I attended Bruriah for high school, followed by a year and a half in MMY for seminary. I am currently in my junior year at Stern College studying Psychology. I was privileged to spend many amazing summers in camp, including one on NCSY give, where I was lucky enough to build relationships and learn from so many mentors and counselors. I am so excited for the opportunity to form connections with and gain from my NCSYers as a Shevet Glaubach Fellow.
Hi! My name is Jacob Kohanim from Great Neck and I’m so excited to for the opportunities given by the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and to connect with all the people around me through leadership and growth. I’m also excited to grow alongside great amazing people and plan amazing events with my team. I’m currently in Baruch college studying actuarial sciences (to be an actuary).
Hi! My name is Sabina Korman. I am an undergraduate student at Stern College for Women where I’m pursuing a major geared towards a future in nursing. I’m happy to have the chance to be a part of the Glaubach fellowship and hope to make an impact on the Jewish community.
Hi, my name is Yoni Kosowsky. I am from Dallas, TX and I currently attend Yeshiva University where I am studying biology. I am looking forward to being a part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship program to grow closer to Hashem with the rest of Klal Yisrael.
My name is Jonathan Krombach, I was born in Los Angeles. I’m currently studying Computer science at Yeshiva University. I’m super excited about The Glaubach Fellowship because I’ve been looking forward to meaningfully share all that I’ve learned and grown from with others to help them upgrade their lives, and live as their truest and thereby most wonderful selves! !!!עם ישראל חי
My name is Camilla Krugman and I’m from Boston, Massachusetts! I’m a sophomore at Yeshiva University studying finance and computer science, and I’m so happy to be a part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship! I’m most excited to meet the NCSYers, learn in chavrutas, and share some Torah!
My name is Yonatan Kurz, and I’m from Teaneck, New Jersey. After having attended TABC for high school, followed by two years in Israel learning at Yeshivat Sha’alvim, I am currently a student at Yeshiva University, where I am majoring in Political Science and Jewish Studies with a minor in Psychology. The amazing myriad of opportunities provided by the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship which in turn allows aspiring Jewish leaders to have a profound impact on various communities is really incredible and truly one-of-a-kind, and I cannot wait to be included in this tremendous cohort and return to the SGF for my second year.
Hi! My name is Daniel Libesman and I’m from Bala Cynwyd, PA. I currently am a sophomore at Baruch College studying finance and math. I attended MTA for high school followed by 2 years at Yeshivat Hakotel. It is very exciting to be part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because it gives me the opportunity to help teens from my community grow in the best way possible, while also being able to benefit and grow myself in many different ways.
Hi! My name is Meital Lindenberg and I’m from Cherry Hill, NJ. I spent a year in Tiferet before coming to Stern where I am studying Music! I was heavily involved in NCSY throughout high school (Shabbatons, Jump, summer program) where I developed meaningful relationships with my advisors and witnessed the love and care NCSY has for their teens and this past summer I was an advisor on Jolt Israel. I strongly believe in NCSY’s mission and am looking forward to the unique opportunities that the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship offers to help others find the same love for Judaism that I have discovered in my own life.
My name is Michael Livi and I am 22 years old. I was blessed to attend North Shore Hebrew Academy my entire life, graduating as Speaker of the Class in 2017. I was privileged to then study at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in Jerusalem for one year upon graduating High School. I just graduated from the Honors Program at Yeshiva University Sy Syms School of Business, with a a Major degree in Finance and a two Minors in both Real Estate and Accounting. My service to the wonderful Great Neck community officially began in high school for the Gym Minyan (a Minyan for High School teens of all backgrounds), where, alongside 2 peers, I helped run a Minyan that catered to 150+ teens every week. I was first exposed to NCSY by Jonathan Zar as a young high school student, falling in love with what NCSY offers. Upon my return from Yeshiva, I applied to be (and was accepted as) an Shevet Glaubach Fellow working with the New York (Great Neck) region and I currently seek to give back more to my community.
I currently spend my mornings learning Torah and afternoons working in a Lab Grown Diamond company that I started almost a year ago. My nights are dedicated to learning, teaching and community service.
Hello everyone!! My name is Gaby Mamane. I am from Montreal and I am studying to be a Civil Engineer at McGill University. I am so excited to be a part of NCSY Ottawa through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship this year and I can’t wait to start contributing to the spiritual growth of the community with so many incredible people!!
My name is Aliza Mandelbaum and I am from Queens, NY. I am studying Neuroscience and Psychology at Queens College and I hope to be a genetic counselor. I am excited to have more opportunities through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship to learn and shmooze regularly with my NCSYers and have a great time! Can’t wait for an amazing year!
Hi, I’m Leah Markowitz! I was born and raised in Suffern, New York (better known as Monsey) and am currently a student at Queens College studying Business. I am super excited to be a part of The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship, because it will grant me the opportunity to truly explore my Jewish identity, and help others do the same. I am passionate about living a Torah lifestyle and hope that as I continue to grow into my Judaism and build my leadership skills, I can inspire those around me to pursue a similar path. I am thrilled and honored to have this position as a Glaubach Fellow because I genuinely believe it will play a crucial role in helping shape my future as an active member of my Jewish community and enable me to connect with the Denver community in a meaningful and iy”H impactful way.
My name is Samantha Maryles and I’m from New Rochelle, NY. I’m currently in Cornell university studying communications! I am so excited to be a part of The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship for the leadership and inspiration opportunities!
Scottsdale, AZ Hi! My name is Rory Meyerson from Arizona. I currently attend Yeshiva University where I spend my time learning in R’Adler’s shiur and studying Biochemistry. This past summer I had the privilege to be an advisor on Southern TJJ and it opened my eyes to the beauty of being in an environment of authentic growth through meaningful relationships and I am thrilled to continue to be a part of The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship this coming year!
Hi! My name is Noa Muscat. I am from Toronto and I am so excited to be a part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship this year! I am currently studying Jewish studies, music and education at York University, and hoping to become a teacher IY’H. I’m looking forward to the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because I love connecting with teens about their Judaism and helping them discover what is meaningful to them.
My name is Liora Nimchinsky, I am currently in Stern College pursuing a career in nursing while also exploring my interests in the realm of Kiruv through my involvement in Southern NCSY. I have the privilege to be from many places, Baruch Hashem, such as Houston, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Ottawa, and Seattle. Due to the fact that I’ve moved around a lot in my life, I’ve been a member of, and a follower, in various types of communities. This leads me to why I’m excited about my opportunities through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship. Through the Fellowship I hope to become an active leader by sharing my time, energy, dreams, and passions with a community, and God willing, see my efforts manifested into something meaningful for Klal Yisroel.
Hi my name is Shira Nimchinsky, I am originally from Houston, Texas but I moved around a lot since then. Now my family lives in Seattle, Washington. I am currently in my senior year in Stern College for Women studying Psychology. I am excited about the opportunities through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because in the past years that I have been a Fellow, I was given many new opportunities to learn from mentors and Rabbis. I was also given the once in a lifetime opportunity to connect and make real relationships with teens in Public school who strive and work for growth in Judaism on an every day basis. I have felt extremely blessed to have been a part of the fellowship and hope to continue as a Fellow this coming year to strengthen my connection with the teens, mentors, fellows, and with my own Judaism.
My name is Moshe Nissanoff and I am from Los Angeles, California. I recently graduated from Yeshiva University with a major in Business of Medicine and am now studying for my MCAT to continue on my path of becoming a physician. The past three years I have been an NCSY advisor for the southwest region and I am ecstatic to continue building that relationship! The opportunities being offered in the Shevet Glaubach fellowship will allow me to learn bechavrusa with other NCSYers, attend additional shabbatons and other community events, and ultimately strengthen my bond with the teens. I look forward to the programming and workshops that NCSY has prepared for us so we can do our very best at being a mentor to the NCSY teens.
Shalom! My name is Yonatan Noach, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I currently am studying Finance at Yeshiva University yet how I got there particularly was not something I ever expected. Growing up in a traditional Israeli home where kosher and Friday night Shabbat meals were present, however an observant was out of the question. Around a year before I entered public high school from conservative Jewish day school I began my true spiritual journey. The truth of Judaism and my fascination with it grew into a fiery passion. My observance grew from a desire to feel closer to HaShem and my enamoration blossomed into a love that was inexpressible. My family as a result also began to appreciate its beauty much more. My history with NCSY unfolded. When I first went on TJJ which eventually culminated into three summers (TJJ AP and NCSY Kollel) and presence at events year round. The involvement I’ve had in the past has been an immense source of growth for me through my high school years and my year at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh to which I am endlessly grateful for. That being said, my passion to make an impact and show others the beauty and authenticity of Judaism has been a growing passion of mine and to be given this platform as a Shevet Glaubach Fellow is nothing but a gift. I am hopeful and excited to show the coming generation of the Jewish people the beauty and authenticity Judaism is and am anticipating the positive impact for what this unbelievable opportunity has in store.
My name is Eitan Northman and I’m from Cleveland, Ohio. I’m currently a student at Yeshiva University majoring in Political Science. The thing I’m most excited for is getting to connect with NCSYers from across the country and inspire growth within the young leaders of our Jewish communities through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship.
Hi! I’m Ayelet Pfeiffer, and I went to Bruriah High School and then had a great experience for two years at Tiferet Seminary. Now I am currently in Touro studying psychology, hoping to pursue a career in education. Shevet Glaubach Fellowship provides a warm, driven, and fun environment that I am very excited to be a part of!!!
Hello! My name is Neima Pollak. I am a proud LA native but currently live in Manhattan. I completed my MA in Special Education this past spring and have just started my MSW. I am beginning my fifth year with West Coast NCSY and I am grateful to the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship for the effect it has had on teens and on broader Jewish communities. I am delighted to take part in this fellowship because I know that I will gain valuable skills in leadership and community development that I can implement presently and will continue to use in the future.
Hi, my name is Batsheva Rabinowitz, I’m from Silver Spring, Maryland. Currently I’m at Stern College in Manhattan studying biology! I am so excited to be a part of Shevet Glaubach Fellowhsip and to take advantage of all of the opportunities that it has to offer.
Hi! My name is Maytal Rahimzada, I grew up in Great Neck, NY and am currently majoring in Speech Pathology at Stern College for Women. I have been involved in NCSY for the past 6 years and was lucky enough to be a part of the Great Neck NCSY chapter as well as a current board member for Ahavat Shalom Youth. One thing that has stood out to me was the dedication and enthusiasm that advisors had while learning with their NCSYers, that’s something that I genuinely can’t wait to experience through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship; being on the other side and bringing that enthusiasm and dedication to the table.
Hi! My name is Marisol, I am from Miami, I go to Landers College for Women in Manhattan. I am majoring in Chemistry. I am so excited to be part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship. I love meeting new people and connecting through torah. I am so happy to have this opportunity to grow with you and have fun while doing it.
Hey y’all! My name is Yitzy Richter and I’m super excited for an awesome year of NCSY Southern! I’m from Spring Valley, NY and currently studying Computer Science at Yeshiva University. I am excited to be a part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and build strong relationships with my teens. I taught spray paint art at Camp Morasha for two summers and was consistently blown away by the campers and their artistry—it’s amazing to see what people can do with a can of paint and just bit of inspiration.
Hey guys! I’m Matan Rockowitz. I’m originally from Phoenix, AZ but in 2016, I moved cross country to where I now live in Fair Lawn, NJ! I’m currently a Sophomore studying Accounting and Finance at Touro College in the Big Apple! I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and create long lasting relationships with all of you. Can’t wait to meet you soon!!
Hi! My name is Ariella Rosencrantz and I am from Teaneck, New Jersey. I had the zechus of attending Machon Ma’ayan for Shana Aleph and Tiferet for Shana Bet. I currently attend Sy Syms School of Business, where I am studying to receive a degree in finance. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a special organization like NCSY., and specifically a member of The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship I am so excited to be a part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship, as it will allow me to share my experiences of inspiration and connection with the next generation of Jewish leaders.
Hey everyone! My name is Miriam Rozin, I was born in Ukraine and raised in Columbia, SC! I went to public school for middle and high school and Machon Ma’ayan for Seminary. I currently attend the University of South Carolina studying Mathematics (Secondary Education). I am super excited to go into my second year as a Shevet Glaubach Fellow, as I love working with the teens locally, giving them the experiences and knowledge I wish I had going through high school. I am also excited to go back to having in person events and shabbatons and bringing the teens back to their roots.
Hi! My name is Joseph Rubin, and I’m from Northern Virginia. After spending time at Shor Yeshiva in the Five Towns, I am currently studying at New York University’s Stern School of Business. I’m looking forward to being a part of The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and engaging in chesed with other motivated Jewish leaders and building strong mentor relationships with NCSY teens.
Hi, my name is Elan Sachs. I’m from West Hempstead and went to HANC for High School. I learned in Yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel and now I am in my third year of Semicha at RIETS. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work with the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship!
Hi! My name is Eli Schloss, from Bergenfield, NJ. I currently attend YU, and I am in the Sy Syms School of Business. I am excited to get involved with NCSY’s Shevet Glaubach Fellowship this upcoming year, and getting to know some of my brothers and sisters down south. I am looking forward to growing with many of you, whether it be on Shabatonim, learning Torah with some of you, or just even hanging out.
Hello, my is Joshua Schmutter and I am from Miami, Florida. I am currently enrolled in University of Florida in Gainesville, but took a semester to pursue studies in yeshiva. In Gainesville I study Computer Science and Engineering, with an independent pursuit of audio/music engineering on the side. I’m excited for this opportunity to be a part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and connect with the young Jewish population through the words of the Torah. I think it’s vital to get a young Jew acquainted with Torah values and concepts so they can take it anywhere they go in life.
Hi! My name is Aaron Sebbag. I’m from Passaic, New Jersey. I am currently in Landers College studying Biology. I’m so excited to be apart of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because it provides a more personal connection and opportunity to connect with Jewish teens and the Jewish community at large.
Hi! I’m Claire Segal from Bucks County, PA. I was an NCSYer throughout high school and have been honored to be an advisor for the last few years. I’m currently a junior at The College of New Jersey, and I’m double majoring in Psychology and English. I’m so excited to be a Shevet Glaubach Fellow this year! As someone who grew up in a kiruv environment, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to give back, inspiring and educating the next generation of Jewish youth. I’m looking forward to an inspiring year ahead!
Hi! I’m Sandy Shaoolian, I’m from Great Neck, NY, and I’m a biology major in my senior year at Stern College. I’m currently on the both the youth board and young professionals board at my shul (Ahavat Shalom) and I help in making decisions, planning events/shiurs, etc. I’m really looking forward to the Shevet Glaubach fellowship because I’m excited to be given the opportunity to learn and grow with the teens, side by side, and I really love the message of community that this fellowship is trying to get across!
My name is Ahava Sheer and I am from Passaic, New Jersey. I currently attend Queens College and I am studying Media Studies and Business. I am so excited to be a part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship to meet and connect with the amazing teens and to help faculty incredible programs and learning opportunities.
Hi! My name is Avigail Sheinbein, I live in Bergenfield, NJ and I am currently a junior in Stern College, Yeshiva University studying Biology! My past education includes RYNJ, Bruriah High School, and 1.5 years at Midreshet Moriah. While I enjoy a good adventure or a solid kumzits, I’m also passionate about creating strong heartfelt relationships that enable others to feel connected to klal yisrael. I strongly believe that every person has their own spark to add to the world, and I look forward to delving deeper into NCSY and growth through Torah. A Glaubach fellow is more than just positive energy, as it demands hard-work and deep thought. I hope to sharpen my understanding of true Avodas Hashem as I surround myself with people who are looking to understand more about who we are on an individual and national level. Can’t wait to establish vibrant energies and a newfound appreciation for Judaism!!
Hi! I’m Batsheva Shekhter and I’m from Hollywood, FL. I spent the past year learning in Israel at MMY and just started my freshman year at Columbia University, studying Computer Science. I was an Emtza advisor in high school and really loved the Shabbatons, programming, and opportunities to meet awesome people. I’m so excited to be a Shevet Glaubach Fellow this year and be able to share my love of Torah with incredible NCSYers.
Hi! My name is Rachel Sherin and I am from Rochester, NY. I spent a year at Machon Maayan before attending Stern College where I am majoring in Political Science. I am so excited to be apart of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship to continue to learn and teach torah and to make an impact on the Jewish community. I hope to inspire others the way my advisors did for me when I was an NCSY’er.
Hi! My name is Julia Sherman. I’m going into my final year at Lander College for Women. I started my NCSY journey in 9th grade and after an amazing seminary year at Machon Maayan, I continued my NCSY journey as a New Jersey advisor for two years. Last year, I decided to go back to my roots and become a New York advisor, as well as a Shevet Glaubach Fellow for the Queens chapter. I am excited for another amazing year as a Glaubach fellow because I want to inspire teens through thoughtful programming and events (in person!).
Hi, my name is Shira Shicker and I’m from Chicago, Illinois. After high school, I spent a year and half learning in Israel at MMY. Following MMY, I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Touro’s Lander College for Women. I currently work full time as a recruiter, and I am very excited to a part of The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and devote my spare time to one of my passions, the Jewish community. I look forward to working with others in being an active member of the Jewish Community, building lasting relationships, implementing meaningful programming and learning from the educational seminars this fellowship has to offer.
Hey guys my name is Elana Silkin. I hail from sunny Florida, though I’m currently in New York at Stern College for Women where I’m studying Jewish Education. I’m so excited that I have an opportunity to join Shevet Glaubach Fellowiship and meet all the NCSY’rs this year and form connections that will last a lifetime!! I also am looking forward to all the learning opportunities we will have over this coming year iy”h!!!!
Hi!! I’m Shira Sredni from Miami, Florida and I’m currently at YU majoring in Bio on the premed track. I went to Hillel and was involved in NCSY myself and can’t wait to be back in Southern :)) I am extremely excited to be a part of The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship, and build strong relationships.
My name is Moshe Strauss and I am from West Hempstead, New York. I went to DRS for High School, and had a big privilege of learning 2 years in Yeshivat Shaalavim in Israel. I am now in my third semester of Yeshiva University and am planning majoring in Business Management. This past summer, I had a tremendous privilege of being a Madrich on NCSY Kollel, and prior to that, I attended Camp Dora Golding, Camp Morasha, NCSY Kollel, Camp Kaylie and Camp HASC. Shevet Glaubach is known to be an incredible fellowship program, one that is known to change peoples lives. What I am most excited about is being able to give back to the community and the Jewish people by doing something that I deeply care about. Helping people is what I love doing more than anything and the idea of doing it in this incredible way is one that I am truly looking forward to.
Hey! My name is Sarit Swift, and I’m from Boca Raton, FL. I’m currently going to college online at Broward College, where I am majoring in economics. This is my second year being a Shevet Glaubach Fellow. I had the best time and met the most amazing people last year! I’m so excited to see what this year brings!!
Hi, I’m Adina Strong and I’m from Hillside, NJ. I go to Stern College and I am majoring in biology, hoping to one day become a dentist. I have always been passionate about Judaism, and this past summer I was lucky enough to translate that into action and get involved in NCSY when I staffed a The Jerusalem Journey (TJJ) bus! One of my favorite parts of the program was forming relationships with the teens. This is something which I am really looking forward to as part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship – forming connections with others, especially through chevruta learning! I love to not only learn Torah, but to share it as well, especially through discussions. I cannot think of a better opportunity to do so!
Hi! My name is Nathalie Tick and I am proud Midwesterner from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I spent a year and a half in Israel and am now a student at Touro in Manhattan studying speech pathology. Growing up, I didn’t have the opportunity to be involved with NCSY, but I saw what an impact it had on my friends and I learned about all the amazing things NCSY does I knew I wanted to be involved. This is my first year involved with Shevet Glaubach and I’m looking forward to an incredible upcoming year.
Hi! My name is Yosef Tropp and I’m from Teaneck, New Jersey. Currently, I am in YU studying Gemara Bava Basra and majoring in Computer Science. I spent this past summer at NCSY Kollel. I’m very excited about the opportunity Shevet Glaubach gives me to connect with the guys and share Torah.
Hi. I’m Hadar, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I grew up with a strong Israeli identity. My Jewish identity cultivated later on when I became involved in Southern NCSY as a teen. I filled leadership roles in my local NCSY chapter and Regional board, as well as on my high school campus. Spending a year learning in Israel was extremely important. Initially attending Sharfman’s, I then switched to Darchei Binah for her second year and eventually became a Madricha dedicating time to students, and subsequently joining the Seminary’s Poland trip as Madricha. I am now studying Psychology at Touro Landers College for Women in Manhattan. I am truly excited to be a part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship.
Hi, my name is Yehuda Waitman! I’m from Monsey, NY, and currently enrolled in Yeshiva University. I’m entering my senior year at YU studying Accounting & Finance. I’m really excited about the opportunities through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship to connect with high schoolers from the South and inspire them to live a life full of meaning & purpose.
Hi! My name is Marnie Weingarten and I am from Queens, New York. I went to Central for high school and then had the privilege of learning at Michlalah in Eretz Yisroel. I am currently in my final year at Stern College and hope to ultimately become a Psychiatric Nurse practitioner bezras hashem. I am so grateful for the NCSY Summer advisors, role models and mentors who played an integral role in my growth. I am very much looking forward to being able to serve in that role for others. Furthermore, I am excited to help others grow in their Avodas Hashem through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship, while of course concurrently gaining and being inspired by all that I am privileged to meet.
Hi! I’m Michelle Weingarten from Queens, New York. I went to Central for high school and then attended Michlalah for seminary. I am currently a senior at Stern College. I am majoring in Psychology and planning on attending dental school next year. As a Shevet Glaubach Fellow, I am looking forward to making an impact and forging relationships.
Hi, I’m Naomi and I’m from Miami! I am triplet; I have a brother and sister and no, we are not identical nor have any telepathic connection (unfortunately). I am a sophomore at the University of Florida and am majoring in International Studies with a focus on the Middle East. I want to defend Israel as best as I can and to do that I believe we must open our hearts to different perspectives to understand the human connection that unites us while also recognizing the deep historical pain that divides us. On the side I run a graphic design website where I like to combine my love with photography with my love for genealogy and old family photos.
I am so excited to once again be part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship, it truly is an honor. When I was a teen in NCSY I so much looked up to my advisors and I wanted to be them so badly. As a public school kid I thought that was impossible, that it was unattainable for me since I never received such a formal Jewish education. After going to seminary, Baer Miriam, I was encouraged by a NCSY staff member to apply to SGF, and when I was accepted it was a “made it” moment for me. I very much connect with the saying “if you just know aleph, teach aleph”, that the growth I have made and the inspiration that has touched me can have have an impact on other people. I am ready to dedicate myself wholeheartedly and am looking forward to what this new year will bring.
My name is Simon Weisfish. I love the outdoors and primitive camping and hiking, love animals, I ski and snowboard, I work as an EMT and took computer science in college so I work part time for a tech company as a data analyst/developer. I am excited to build relationships with my NCSYers through The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship.!
My name is Sara Weiss, I am originally from Chicago, Illinois, and am currently in Stern College for Women studying Jewish Education. I am excited to have this opportunity and work together with other fellows in The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and create community programming for teens in Boston. My goal is to create relationships not just with my fellows, yet even more so with the teens around us enhance their learning and programs in Boston.
My name is Talia Yahav, I’m a computer science major at Touro LCW. I’m excited to spend the year continuing to learn one on one with NCSYers and continue being a Shevet Glaubach Fellow and building relationships with my teens.
Arieh Liviem, from Great Neck, NY, is currently attending Queens College and double majoring in Finance and Economics. He just spent the past year and a half in Israel at Yeshiva Netiv Aryeh. He would love to give back to the community and make sure the youth have someone relatable to look up to.
Aryeh Margolin lives in Edison, NJ. He plans on attending YU this semester to major in accounting. He was a counselor for post tenth graders this past summer and helped change his perspective on viewing other people’s personal situations. After meeting one of his campers, Aryeh figured he was a typical kid; he was energetic, always had a smile on and a positive attitude. He would have never guessed that there were any difficult things going on in his family. His challenges had nothing to do with the Coronavirus but it made the problem much worse. This experience has helped him tremendously to always be cognizant of how other people react to situations they are placed in and therefore being sensitive to their individual needs. This is especially true during these scary times.
Adina Peck is currently studying Psychology and thinking about minoring in Quantitative Sciences at Emory University. She grew up as a curious and proud Jew in Charlotte, NC; yet, until high school, she didn’t know how deeply she loved learning Jewish topics, and she didn’t know that there were others – let alone thousands – who were serious about becoming a better person and more educated Jew. Recently, she studied in Israel at Midreshet Tehillah, led a chabura with a handful of holy teens over Zoom, initiated a Charlotte NCSY chapter, worked as a Southern Region advisor, and has been teaching folks how to read Hebrew. She has been blessed to learn from brilliant, compassionate role models who’ve helped her to see Judaism as a boundless source of wisdom and community, and it would be her greatest privilege and joy to be such a mentor for others. I’m excited to build connections with thoughtful individuals through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and reveal and arouse teens’ love of Torah and Yiddishkeit. She hopes to empower them to continue lifelong journeys of Jewish enrichment and self-development, and she looks forward to guiding and supporting them to the best of her ability.
Esther Perez is a current full-time student. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and has been here her whole life. She is currently studying at Stern College for Women, pursuing a career as a Physical Therapist. She also recently attended Shaalvim for Women in Israel. She has never been involved with NCSY, however she is extremely excited for the opportunities brought by the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because it will hopefully allow her to get involved with NCSY’s amazing community and to get in touch and build relationships with NCSY members she would have never met previously!
Bracha Smith is from Los Angeles and graduated from Touro College Los Angeles with a degree in psychology. She then went on to earn her teacher’s credentials through Hebrew Union College. She has spent the past two years as an advisor for NCSY, first for West Coast NCSY and then for New York NCSY. She is looking forward to continuing her involvement with NCSY as a fellow. She hopes to inspire the next generation and contribute to the NCSY community.
Assigned to Hollywood community, From Teaneck, NJ
Over the 20 years that Hashem has blessed me with, I have been in many different places—by places I mean spiritually not geographically. I started off life as a non-observant Jew. My father spent a significant portion of his teenage years at an anti-religious kibbutz, while my mother, a Russian immigrant, was not familiar with being religious until her late teenage years. Although this was the case, ever since a young age, I had a natural draw to being an observant Jew, but was unable to make anything of it because of my family’s circumstance. As time went on, I slowly incorporated different Mitzvot into my everyday life. When it came to deciding my high school, I was at a crossroad between Solomon Schechter of Westchester, a conservative program I had just spent 13 years in alongside many friends, versus Torah Academy of Bergen County, an all boys modern-orthodox high school. Even though it was difficult for me to make the switch, I felt like TABC was the right move. In high school, for the most part, I was your classic modern orthodox teenager. Although I did not devote much time to learning and was not strict on keeping Halacha, being religious always had a special place in my heart, sparking my involvement with NCSY. Rabbi Reuven Lebowitz, my chapter director, encouraged me to spend a year in Israel. Although there was a large financial burden, NCSY gave tremendous help, and served as the main reason for why I went to Israel—an experience that saved my life! I live in Teaneck, NJ and am currently a junior at Yeshiva University.
Assigned to Great Neck community, From Great Neck, NY
My name is Ariel Shayesteh. I am from the Great Neck region. I was raised in Great Neck went to Yeshiva my entire academic life. I currently am the Youth President of Ahavat Shalom Synagogue and a staff member of NCSY Great Neck. I want to continue my role in kiruv and become a Glaubach fellow so I can bring our community closer together.