Daniel Aaron
Assigned to Hollywood
Hello, my name is Daniel Aaron. I live in Monsey, New York, and I am currently an upper sophomore attending Yeshiva University studying finance and mathematics! I went to Heichal Hatorah in Teaneck, New Jersey for high school and then took a year and a half to learn in a Yeshiva in Israel called Yeshivat Mevaseret Tzion. I spent my 10th grade summer with NCSY on their kollel program and I loved it! I have a strong passion for kiruv and inspiring people! I wasn’t as religious as I am right now and I can relate to many kids going through different stages of their life in a way that very few people can. I love reaching out to people and making new connections while also advocating and supporting a cause that I fully believe in and am proud to be a part of! I love learning and creating an aura and appreciation for Judaism in ways that is fun and exciting!
Daniella Abekassis
Assigned to Manhattan
Hi! My name is Daniella Abekassis and I'm from North Woodmere, NY. I am a junior at Stern College and I am studying psychology. I have been a NY advisor this past year as well as a Shevet Glaubach Fellow. Although we did not have a chance to do much this past year, I am super excited to make up for it and get started!
Eric Abraham
Assigned to Emtza
From Boynton Beach, FL
I'm Eric Abraham and I'm from Florida. Currently, I do not attend college but plan to next school year. Previously I was in the glaubach fellows last year. And I’m excited about opportunities through the fellowship because Ive experienced them before and I know theyre amazing
Elisheva Adouth
Assigned to YDS
Hi! My name is Elisheva Adouth, I am from Miami, Florida, I just finished my year in Israel at Sha'alvim for Women. I am attending Stern College for Women this fall and am planning on majoring in Jewish Studies. I did NCSY all throughout high school (summer programs, regionals, learn and earn, etc), when I got home from Israel early due to the Coronavirus pandemic I began learning with an NCSYer a year younger than me, I engaged heavily in a Chaburah Workshop in seminary in preparation for learning with students in the future as I want to go into Jewish Education. I am excited about the opportunities that I have through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship. , I feel as if the resources within the fellowship will allow me to learn a lot about teaching and bringing people closer to Hashem in general. I would love to use what my advisors once taught me to help and foster relationships with others.
Eytan Aryeh
Assigned to Five Towns
From Woodmere, NY
Hi!! My name is Eytan Aryeh and I hail from Woodmere Ny. I am currently a senior in YU studying Psychology and Business Management and have just begun the Semicha Program at RIETS as well. I have always had an interest in impacting those around me and have searched for opportunities that would help me succeed in that goal. I was a core member of Yeshivat Hakotel’s leadership program which gave me the training and hands on experience needed to impact. Additionally, I have been a Coordinator for Senior Yachad for the past two years and an RA on YU’s Wilf campus which aided in my goal to impact as well. I am hoping that the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship can be another one of these amazing opportunities for me to continue my self growth while simultaneously being able to impact those around me.
Benjy Aryeh
Assigned to Israel Advocacy
Hi guys! I'm Benjy Aryeh and I hail from West Hempstead, NY. I am currently a student at Yeshiva University where I am majoring in Finance and minoring in Marketing. As a high schooler, I participated in Latte and Learning and went on spring regional. Last summer I was a counselor on Yad B Yad and valued spending time and connecting with all of the participants. I have given a chabura every week to my participants ever since that summer and I'm looking forward to giving it for another year! Fun fact about me is that I can't open an envelope cleanly for the life of me. I always tend to rip it not on the seam. So if anyone can teach me how to do that it would be much appreciated. I am so excited to join the Glaubach Fellowship as it gives me the ability to connect with more people and put a smile on their face along with building a long term connection. I also love planning and participating in activities so this should be fun!
Esther Avidan
Assigned to Hollywood
From Teaneck, NJ
Hey everyone! My name is Esther Avidan and I grew up (and currently live) in Teaneck, NJ. I had the zechus of attending Ma’ayanot for high school, Tomer Devorah for seminary, and I will I”YH be attending Touro this coming fall. I hope to next semester, be’ezras hashem, begin studying towards either working in chinuch or special education (speech pathology or developmental psychology). I will also be’ezras hashem be getting my real estate license at some point in the near future... but that’s mamish a story of its own! I am so excited for the opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with you all! Together, we can build a strong community focused around strengthening each other and our kesher with Hashem. I am optimistic to see what the future holds for us, and am truly humbled and thankful for this very special opportunity and the bracha I have been given to be able to share it with you all.
Aviel Avidan
Assigned to Hollywood
From Teaneck, NJ
My name is Aviel Avidan and I am blessed to have the opportunity to partake in a program like the Shevet Glaubach Fellow this coming year. 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 crossroads between Solomon Schechter of Westchester, a conservative program I had just spent 13 years 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 changed my life! I live in Teaneck, NJ, and am currently a senior at Yeshiva University.
Tzvi Berke
Assigned to Manhattan
From Cedarhurst, NY
My name is Tzvi Berke and I’m from Cedarhurst in the Five Towns. I’m currently in NYIT studying architecture. I’ve been an NCSY advisor since last summer when I did TJJ for NJ. Since the summer over this last year I’ve went to the Winter Regional/ Yarchei Kallah. I’ve also been on two mission trips to New Orleans with NJ teens. Although not an NCSY program, I did got to Winnipeg for a shabbos retreat to meet high schoolers from the only Jewish school there although not a very religious community. I’ve mostly done NCSY programs associated with less religious teens. But I’ve done 1 of the mission trips with a yeshiva and gave chaburahs to yeshiva teens at the winter regional. I’m very excited to about the opportunities through the Glaubach Fellowship because it means I get to be involved more with NCSY. I’m excited to have the chance to meet with more teens through NCSY and on a more consistent basis and develop deep and meaningful connections with them.
Zachary Berlin
Assigned to Orlando
Hey! My name is Zachary Berlin. From Edison NJ. Born and raised.. Currently learning at Lander College. Ive attended NCSY Kollel as a highschooler and worked at Camp HASC. Very excited for this program to start and to meet to everyone.
Yonatan Berner
Assigned to Plainview
From New Milford, NJ
Hi! My name is Yonatan Berner. I am from Teaneck, NJ and I am currently studying Computer Science in Yeshiva University. Going on NCSY JOLT was my first NCSY experience. This was a life changing, transformational experience which left a big impact on me. Last summer, I had the amazing opportunity to be an adviser on NCSY Hatzalah Rescue. Walking away from this program, I took with me not only an amazing experience, but realized that I learned and grew so much. Not only did I enjoy being part of the NCSY mission and helping others grow, but it helped me grow personally as well. Being able to be part of NCSY is an amazing experience and I very much look forward to facilitating growth for others as well as myself.
Binyamin Ciment
Assigned to Plainview
My name is Binyamin Ciment and I am from West Hempstead, New York. I am currently a sophomore in Yeshivah University. I am excited to have been given the opportunity to help individuals connect to God, from where they are holding.
Samuel Clarke
Assigned to Jacksonville
From Gainsville, FL
Sam Clarke was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. Sam studied at Yeshivat Orayta and currently attends the University of Florida. He plans to major in Political Science and Criminology. Sam has served as a Group Leader for Boca Raton Synagogue, Emtza and Freshmen NCSY Advisor, and looks forward to continuing his involvement within NCSY and the Jewish community. Sam is passionate about his Judaism and is excited to help teens, communities, and everyone feel inspired about their Judaism. Sam is a Shabbaton fanatic and can't wait to participate in all the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship's Shabbatonim! He also looks forward to the learning and mentorship opportunities, and hopes to make the best impact he can.
Liat Cohen
Assigned to Englewood
From Brooklyn, NY
Hey everyone! My name is Liat Cohen and I’m from Brooklyn, New York. I went to Central, and studied for a year in Israel at Midreshet Moriah. I’m currently enrolled in my second year at Stern/Sy Syms School of Business. I am looking forward to being a Shevet Glaubach Fellow for the Southern Region and serving on SGF Leadership Board! Looking forward to meeting you all!
Tehila Cohen
Assigned to GN
From Flushing, NY
My name is Tehila Cohen and I am from Queens, NY. I went to Central for high school, then to Shaalvim for Women in Israel. I now attend Stern College where I am a senior, majoring in Elementary education. In the summer of 2019, I worked on TJJ and that really got me involved in NCSY and kiruv in general. I also had the opportunity to be a Glaubach fellow last year and appreciated its message tremendously!
Leeyan Cohen
Assigned to Miami
From Aventura, FL
Hi! My name is Leeyan Cohen. I am from Miami, FL. I just got back from my year in Sharfman’s seminary, which was unfortunately cut short due to Corona. I am currently studying psychology in Broward College. I was a NCSYer myself in my Junior and Senior years of high school, where i started my religious journey. My senior year I was Southern NCSY Regional president and now i’m hoping to come back as an advisor or even better a Glaubach Fellow, to be able to give back to the organization that gave so much to me and be there for NCSYers who are in the same shoes i was just a few years ago!
Moshe Cohen Benguigui
Assigned to Miami
From Miami Beach, FL
Hi! My name is Moshe Cohen, and I'm excited to work with Shevet Glaubach this year! I currently live in Miami, but I've lived in many different places, among them: Seattle WA, Greatneck NY, and Lima Peru. Currently I'm in Yeshiva University studying History, with hopes to go to law school after I graduate. I'm really excited to be a part of the Shevet Glaubach fellowship because I think it provides a unique platform for different members of many diverse Jewish communities to spend time and strengthen their bonds, all within the scope of the Torah. Ive worked with NCSY in the past, most notably as an advisor in Camp Sports last summer, and Im incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with Shevet Glaubach this coming year.
Chana Caley Coughlan
Assigned to Orlando
Hey! My name is Chana Caley Coughlan and I’m from Denver, Colorado. I go to Stern and I’m currently studying psychology and plan to pursue my dream of being a therapist. This is my first year as an advisor and SGF for Southern and I am so excited! I have been involved in NCSY for five years, and last year I was an advisor for Southwest and was supposed to staff TJJ AP (Be'H this summer!) I am most excited to broaden my scope of Torah knowledge, specifically the practicality of it all, and how to infuse my life with rich Torah values.
Gedalia Dock
Assigned to Jacksonville
From Teaneck, NJ
Hi. My name is Gedalia Dock. I’m from Teaneck, NJ. This year I will be attending Touro’s Lander College for Men and majoring in Biology. I was an SGF last year and I look forward to reaching out and connecting to as many Jews as possible through the SGF this year.
Rivkie Elman
Assigned to Savanna
My name is Rivkie Elman and I’m from Brooklyn, New York. I’m starting Queens college and I’m not exactly sure what I’m going into, but have many interests so we’ll see! I don’t have any real background in NCSY but I’ve ALWAYS been interested in kiruv; before my year in seminary, I was upstate with a friend and we were speaking to her non-religious neighbors. We ended up speaking for almost 2 hours about Jewish life and what it means to us to be religious young girls; I found that I heavily enjoyed the experience and wondered if I should seek out other opportunities to “recreate” it. Obviously, this program is a perfect way to do so! I absolutely LOVE speaking to people, especially when it comes to Judaism, paired with deep, meaningful ideas. I also really enjoy learning and have had several chavrutas throughout this year. I believe that this program encapsulates these two things I’m most passionate about in the best way possible- learning and creating close connections to people. I’m truly excited to see how this will play out and what I can gain from these experiences, as well as how the larger Jewish community will hopefully be effected!
Neeli Fagan
Assigned to Ben-Gamla
From New York, NY
Hi! I’m Neeli Fagan. I grew up in Skokie, Illinois and am currently attending Stern College. I am majoring in Biology, and plan to pursue a career in nursing IY’H. For the past two years, I have been an NCSY advisor for the Southern Region. I was also supposed to be a TJJ advisor this summer. NCSY has come to hold a very special place in my heart, and I have formed very close connections with some of the teens within my region. While the past two years have been great, since I do not live in Florida, I have really only been able to attend two to three shabbatons a year. Shevet Glaubach, which expects their advisors to attend more than 2/3 shabbatons a year, as well as to have a certain number of chavrusas throughout the year, would be a great opportunity for me to strengthen my bond with the teens, and to become the best advisor that I can be.
Samantha Fertig
Assigned to Israel Advocacy
From Woodmere, NY
Hi! I’m Zahava Fertig and I’m currently a senior at Stern College for Women, studying Political Science. I’m from Woodmere, NY and prior to Stern, I went to MMY for seminary, and Midreshet Shalhevet for high school. After spending some summers working at Moshava I.O., this summer I co-created and facilitated a two week mental health advocacy program for Jewish teens with a grassroots non-profit called Project Proactive. As a returning Shevet Glaubach Fellow (and Leadership Board member) and Southern NCSY advisor, I am eagerly anticipating the start of the new academic year filled with meaningful learning opportunities and programs, development training workshops, and actively participating in new collaborative projects. Whether it will be in person or over Zoom, I look forward to meeting and working with this year’s cohort of Shevet Glaubach Fellows as they transform the present and future development of our beloved Jewish community.
Jacob Fisher
Assigned to Boca
From Edsion, NJ
Hello! My name is Jacob Fisher. I am currently enrolled in Lander College and I am majoring in psychology. I attended 2 years in Israel at Mevaseret. I love to swim (certified lifeguard), play tennis, and play guitar and violin. I live in Edison NJ, where I am attending college (virtually) and working as a Behavior Tech providing ABA therapy. I have extensive experience working with all types of children and teenagers, at all religious observance levels. At HASC, Shalva (in Israel for two years), Camp Simcha, or as a life guard in my community Jewish camp, outreach was always part of my focus. Whether it’s Shabbos, learning, or simply doing a daily activity, my passion about Judaism is always present, and I welcome the opportunity to share my enthusiasm.
Scott Friedman
Assigned to Israel Advocacy
From Cedarhurst, NY
Hi! I’m Shlomo Friedman, and I live in Cedarhurst New York. I’m currently in queens college studying psychology and learning at Yeshiva Shor Yoshuv. After HAFTR high school, I attended Yeshivat Lev HaTorah in Ramat Beit Shemesh Israel and that gave me a whole new perspective on almost everything. I starting to see things differently and in a more real way which I’ve never experienced before that first time I attended yeshiva. Since then I’ve developed something- I’m not sure what to call it- a passion- but not exactly- of trying to connect with people in a similar background as I came from, perhaps in the early stages of coming to look at their Jewish roots but also just in general, the yearning to know more about life. If I can become for someone else, that person/ friend that I would’ve wanted and benefited greatly from in my life- I can’t think of a bigger opportunity, honor and goal that I would want to accomplish.
Jacob Friedman
Assigned to CS/WPB
From West Hempstead, NY
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 first semester in Yeshiva University, and although I am undecided major, I am highly considering majoring in Psychology/smicha, or possibly pre-med/smicha. Throughout my summer experiences, I have been blessed with incredible role models, counselors, and mentors, and it has been a dream of mine to be able to give over what I have received from them.
Sruli Fruchter
Assigned to YDS
From Woodmere, NY
My name is Sruli Fruchter, I’m a junior at Yeshiva University, and I’ve been a Southern NCSY advisor for the past year. The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity to both strengthen my friendships with NCSYers and deepen our discussions as we continue to learn about our relationship to ourselves, Am Yisrael, and Hashem — I can’t wait for what comes next!
Daniella Furman
Assigned to Plainview
From West Hempstead, NY
Hi! My name is Daniella Furman, from West Hempstead,NY. I went to SKA for high school, and then MIDMO for seminary! I now attend adelphi university studying to become an RN in a joint BSN program. I went on GIVE Israel going into 11th grade. Little did I know I would come back with a new passion and outlook on torah and religion. I was raised in a frum halachik home, however GIVE made me have an excitement and passion of my own! I got extremely close with one of my advisors and through watching her pure love of torah and Judaism, and countless conversations with her I was given a new outlook and took on a new approach to making Judaism my own. Joining the scholarship would give me the opportunity to give back to the organization that gave so much to me. I would love to have the opportunity to effect the lives of teens just like my advisor effected me!
Rachel Gilder
Assigned to Jacksonville
From White Plains, NY
Hi my name is Rachel Gilder and I am from White Plains New York. I am currently in college to get my bachelor’s in nursing. I have been doing ncsy for a very long time including being in NCSYer as well as an advisor. I was a Shevet Glaubach Fellow last year and I am so excited to continue to build relationships with my community as well as with NCSYers in addition to learning with them. My goal as a Shevet Glaubach Fellow is to develop a closer relationship with the teens.
Tali Goldman
Assigned to Five Towns
From Highland Park, NJ
My name is Tali Goldman and I’m from highland park NJ. I go to stern and am studying business analytics and computer science. I love learning and teaching Torah and am excited to spread more torah through the fellowship.
Avi Greenberg
Assigned to Orlando
From Woodmere, NY
Hi! I’m Avi Greenberg, from Woodmere, New York. I’m have just started YU and studying Business. Three and Four summers ago I had the privilege of being in NCSY Kollel where I had the most amazing summers and Iearned so much about what it means to be a Jew. In my second summer in Kollel I roomed with 4 friends and 4 kids from Vegas who were part of the Mechina Program. Having this setup was incredible for me and for them. We would have very meaningful conversations about Yidishkeit which helped me a lot and I’m sure it helped them as well. It helped me because I needed to know the reasons for why we do many things that we do in Judaism. Many if these things I realized that I didn’t know before they asked me, so I went to a rebbe or Madrich and asked the question to them so that I can give them the correct answer. Over the course of the 6 weeks we became very close with them and even some of them I have spoke to recently. this summer I had the privileged of being an advisor for New York NCSY and felt that I was able to have an impact even in the few short weeks I spent with the NCSY’ers. I am very excited about opportunities of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because it can give me the opportunity to give over why I feel it’s Geshmak to be a Yid. It will also allow to form relationships with teens whom I can speak to on a daily basis and have an impact on.
Meira Greenland
Assigned to Queens
Hello! My name is Meira Greenland and I proudly hail from Chicago, Illinois. I spent a year at MMY before attending Stern College. Currently, I am a senior at Stern while simultaneously taking classes at Azrieli, where I am pursuing a Master’s in Jewish Education. I am a very passionate person and am always looking for ways to be involved in Jewish education and the Jewish community, either formally or informally. I just started my third year as a Midwest NCSY advisor to which I devote most of my time. Last summer, I staffed the Midwest NCSY TJJ bus. And, I hope to continue my work with the Glaubach fellowship as well, as I truly believe in the work it is doing!
Asher Gritz
Assigned to CS/WPB
From Boca Raton, FL
My name is Asher Gritz from Boca Raton, Florida. Ever since I became observant over a decade ago, I’ve been striving to grow as a Jew and Ben Torah. My High School NCSY experiences including Chapter, Regional, and National boards and summer programs Camp Sports, Kollel, and JOLT infused within me that drive as well as the resources to quench it. Along the way I have gained tremendously from all the experiences I have had; whether being the only religious Jew in my Jewish Day school, the transplanting of my family to the Boca Raton Synagogue Jewish Community, or my years in Israel. But the biggest blessing has been the impact I have had on others along my journey. My whole family is now frum and admiringly I can say that my sister, Michal, has surpassed me in countless ways. After graduating from DKJA, I spent three years studying and growing at Yishrei Lev in Eretz Israel. I am currently 2nd year in Yeshiva University where I am learning in Rabbi Sobolofsky’s shiur, the Undergraduate Halacha B’Iyun Chabura, and majoring in ’Psychology in the Community’. I have been an advisor for NCSY Camp Sports for the past 3 Summers including as Learning Coordinator as well as a Southern NCSY Advisor since returning from Israel. I am excited to to be able to put my passion, skills, and knowledge into action and sharpen them through the opportunities afforded by the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship.
Macayla Gritz
Assigned to TJJ
From Hollywood, FL
I am a home grown NCSY advisor from Southern Florida. I discovered NCSY in high school, and fell in love! It helped me discover my passion of spreading Yiddishkeit to the world. Now, I am currently a full time student and a full time teacher of Torah. I am finishing my degree from Lander’s in Psychology and Judaic Studies while also teaching 2nd and 3rd graders Limudei Kodesh at The Jewish Academy in Hollywood, Florida. I am excited about the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because I know it offers high leveled professional development opportunities. I am looking forward to learning and growing together, to create a stronger Jewish nation.
David Haymov
Assigned to Carolina
From Spring Valley, NY
My name is David Haymov and I’m from Monsey, New York. I am currently studying business management in Landers College for Men. After spending two years in Yeshivat Reishit I realized what it really means to be a Jew. I also spent a Summer in Camp HASC which helped me grow as a person and with NCSY Camp Sports Kollel which sharpened my learning skills. I am excited to work with Shevet Glaubach because it’s an amazing opportunity to create a positive relationship with teens and show them a path I wish I had known about in high school. I am also interested in pursuing chinuch as a possible career and I see this as the perfect chance to develop that interest and gain the skills required for it.
Michal Herman
Assigned to Coral Springs
From Teaneck, NJ
Hi! My name is Michal Herman. I am currently a junior at Stern College and studied at Sha’alvim for Women for seminary. I live in Teaneck, NJ and am the oldest of three. Some of my hobbies include dancing, playing guitar, playing volleyball, reading, etc. I am a very outgoing and energetic person and bring my excitement with me wherever I go! Though I am a serious student, I also love to relax with friends and have a good time. I am really looking forward to bringing my energy to all future NCSY events!
Sivan Import
Assigned to Hollywood
From Columbus, OH
My name is Sivan Import. I’m from Columbus, Ohio. I went to Columbus Torah Academy and then to Sha’alvim for Women. Now I’m in Stern College for Women studying speech pathology and audiology. I was a Shevet Glaubach Fellow last year. Being a Shevet Glaubach Fellow is an incredible opportunity. It gives you the chance to inspire the Jewish future. I grew up doing NCSY and I think that NCSY has really helped shape who I am today. I want to be that advisor for someone else. I think it’s important to show people the fun parts of Judaism and that the halachot aren’t just there as barriers. Staying connected to HaShem gives you a happy and meaningful life.
Gabriel Isaacs
Assigned to Five Towns
From teaneck, NJ
My name is Gabe Isaacs, and I will be in my first year in Yeshiva University this year. I went to MTA even though I live in Teaneck and currently am planning on majoring in computer science. In the past I have attended camp Mesorah, went to NCSY Kollel, worked at Morasha, Kaylie, and Mesorah. I am excited about the opportunities from the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because it gives me the opportunity to give back to the Jewish people, while doing something I care about. Helping people grow in their Jewish ways is something I love doing even though it is a different experience for each person. It is something I feel very strongly about and hope I will be able to do for years to come.
Daniel Jacobson
Assigned to YDS
From Teaneck, NJ
Hi! I am Dov Jacobson. I live in Teaneck NJ and teach at RYNJ. I am also perusing my bachelor’s degree in psychology and I hope one day to use that background to help people navigate life. Glaubach is a really exciting opportunity to take NCSY to the next level in terms of connection with the NCSYers and I can’t wait to get started.
Shmuel Kaplan
Assigned to Carolina
From Teaneck, NJ
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 Glaubuch Fellow because the program seems like an incredible opportunity to give to others and grow as a leader.
Jaclyn Kholodenko
Assigned to Israel Advocacy
From Ontario, ON
Hi! My name is Jaclyn Kholodenko and I’m from Toronto, Canada. I spent the last two years learning in seminary in Israel and Brooklyn, New York. I’m a first year at University of Toronto majoring in Cognitive Science. It is a fundamental idea that every Jewish soul has their personal stake in Torah, regardless of background and therefore it is our responsibility to ensure that every Jew has the capacity to realize how precious they are as a member of Klal Yisrael. It is largely for this reason that I’m passionate about the work NCSY does. NCSY is where I, along with many others, was given a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover the meaning of Jewish identity and use it to create a palpable connection to our past, present, and future. I was an active participant in NCSY in high school, serving as vice president for our Student Board in my senior year of high school. In my time as an NCSYer, I found that the most meaningful and impactful experiences came in the form of leadership programming. I look back on those leadership seminars and summer programs with so much fondness and gratitude because it was through them that I was able to carve out a personal identity in the bigger picture of Jewish nationhood. I’m especially excited about Shevet Glaubach’s mission of building a cohesive unit of like-minded individuals committed to the preservation of tradition. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss issues our respective communities face and collaborate on strategies to bring the Jewish world closer together.
Sabina Korman
Assigned to Palm Beach
From West Hempstead, NY
Hi! My name is Sabina Korman I’m an undergraduate student at Stern College for Women where I’m pursuing a joint nursing program. I’m happy I had the chance to be a part of the Glaubach fellowship and hope to continue making an impact on the Jewish community.
Yonatan Kurz
Assigned to Manhattan
From Teaneck, NJ
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 psychology. I have previously been an advisor on NCSY Summer for the past two summers on different programs after having been a camper on NCSY Summer, and I have also been a youth leader in my community and an older mentor in my school. I am very eager and enthusiastic about all the potential that comes with the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship, as I know that it is a tremendous opportunity for growing Jewish leaders to have a profound impact on various communities. The ability to share one’s excitement for Torah and Jewish life with others while building lifelong relationships is truly an incredibly enriching and meaningful experience, and having such hands-on experience in other communities with fellow leaders of the Jewish Future who share the same passion and devotion to communal growth and leadership is an incredible opportunity. The chance to give back and have a tremendous impact on the Jewish community while making a difference in the lives of others and emulating those who have had a lasting influence on my religious growth means everything to me, and I am very excited about the possibility of joining this fellowship.
Miriam Rivkah Lapson
Assigned to KGH
From New York, NY
Hi! My name is Miriam Rivkah Lapson and I grew up in Skokie, Illinois. I am currently a senior at Touro College finishing my B.A in Biology and Judaic Studies. I was a fellow last year and really enjoyed the experience. So much so, that this year I have joined the board in order to make the experience even better for the upcoming year!
Eitan Lavian
Assigned to Hollywood
From Los Angles, CA
My name is Eitan Lavian and I am currently a senior at Yeshiva University majoring in Finance. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, went to YULA for high school and spent one year at Lev HaTorah. Last year, I worked as an advisor for NCSY’s southern region and had a life changing experience as I was able to build numerous relationships with the kids. Since then, I have been inspired to continue to give back and create new lasting relationships.
Anna Lis
Assigned to Boca (Montoya Circle)
From Skokie, IL
My name is Anna Lis. I am from Skokie, Illinois. I just started Touro’s Graduate School of Education. I am studying both typical education and special education with a focus on Grades 1-6. Last year, I was fortunate to be a Shevet Glaubach Fellow (SGF) and I loved it. I also have been involved with NCSY and Yachad for years! I am excited about the many opportunities that the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship affords its participants. I love being able to exercise leadership. I love getting to build lasting relationships with mentors, peers, and NCSYers. Most of all, I hope to continue to help and give back to the Jewish community as a Shevet Glaubach Fellow.
Michael Livi
Assigned to GN
From Great Neck, NY
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 am currently enrolled in the Honors Program at Yeshiva University Sy Syms School of Business, where, Be’ezrat Hashem, I plan to graduate with 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 NCSY advisor for the New York (Great Neck) region and I currently seek to give back more to my community.
Arieh Livieim
Assigned to Great Neck
From Great Neck, NY
My name is Arieh Liviem and I am from Great Neck New York. I am currently attending Queens College and double majoring in finance and economics. I just spent the past year and a half in Israel at Yeshiva Netiv Aryeh. I would love to give back to the community and make sure the youth have someone relatable to look up to.
Aryeh Margolin
Assigned to Five Towns
From Edison, NJ
My name is Aryeh Margolin and I live in Edison New Jersey. I plan on attending YU this semester to major in accounting. I was a counselor for post tenth graders this past summer and I helped change my perspective on viewing other people’s personal situations. After meeting one of my campers, I figured he was a typical kid; he was energetic, always had a smile on and a positive attitude. I would have never guessed that there were any difficult things going on in his family. His challenges had nothing to do with the corona virus but, as I’m sure everyone has experienced, it made the problem much worse. This experience has helped me 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.
Travis Melamed
Assigned to Jacksonville
From Jacksonville, FL
My name is Travis Melamed. I grew up in Jacksonville Florida and was an active Southern NCSYer during my high school career, where I attended public school in Jacksonville. For the past two years I have studied at Yeshiva Aish HaTorah, after being pushed by NCSY to attend a gap-year yeshiva program in Israel. Currently I am starting my first year at Yeshiva University and plan to pursue a psychology degree. I am excited about the opportunities that the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship presents because it is a chance to give back to the community that gave me so much. I look forward to inspiring the next generation to take full advantage of their lives and the opportunities presented to them. Through this I look forward to building on my own Judaism and leadership skills.
Liora Nimchinsky
Assigned to Hollywood
Hi I'm Liora, I'm originally from Houston Texas. I'm in Stern College pursuing a career in nursing. It's a privilege to be apart of The Shevet Glaubach Fellowship and Southern NCSY. I'm excited for the chavruta opportunities that the SGF will offer me and my NCSYERs.
Shira Nimchinsky
Assigned to Palm Beach
From New York, NY
Hi my name is Shira Nimchinsky. I am originally from Texas but I’ve moved around a lot so I’m from all over. I am currently in Stern College for Women and I am studying Psychology. I was an NCSYer back in Texas and knew that doing Kiruv was something extremely important to me even back in high school. I am an adviser for Southern NCSY. I am super excited for the opportunities the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship is providing because I will better myself as an adviser and I will have more chances to interact and learn with my NCSYers.
Adina Peck
Assigned to Carolina
From Charlotte, NC
Hi! I’m Adina Peck. I currently study Psychology and am thinking about minoring in Quantitative Sciences at Emory University. I grew up as a curious and proud Jew in Charlotte, NC; yet, until high school, I didn’t know how deeply I loved learning Jewish topics, and I didn’t know that there were others - let alone thousands - who were serious about becoming a better person and more educated Jew. Recently, I studied in Israel at Midreshet Tehillah, led a chabura with a handful of holy teens over Zoom (before it was cool :P), initiated a Charlotte NCSY chapter, worked as a Southern Region advisor, and have been teaching folks how to read Hebrew. I’ve been blessed to learn from brilliant, compassionate role models who’ve helped me to see Judaism as a boundless source of wisdom and community, and it would be my 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. I hope to empower them to continue lifelong journeys of Jewish enrichment and self-development, and I look forward to guiding and supporting them to the best of my ability.
Esther Perez
Assigned to Hollywood
From Brooklyn, NY
Hello! My name is Esther Perez and I am a current full-time student. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and have been here my whole life. I currently study at Stern College for Women and am pursuing a career as a Physical Therapist. I also recently attended Shaalvim for Women in Israel. I have never been involved with NCSY, however I am extremely excited for the opportunities brought by the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because it will hopefully allow me to get involved with NCSY’s amazing community and to get in touch and build relationships with NCSY members I would have never met previously!
Kayla Plutzer
Assigned to KGH
From New York, NY
My name is Kayla Plutzer and I am from Plainview,NY. I am a current senior at Stern College for Women studying Jewish Education, I will be graduating in January and working at Bais Yaakov of the Lower East Side. I am a Plainview advisor and help with JSU Club at Bard High School in Long Island City. I plan on going into formal education for a few years and eventually going into kiruv full-time. I am also a photographer on the side, which is something I really enjoy
Maytal Rahimzada
Assigned to Plainview
From Great neck, NY
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 5 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; being on the other side and bringing that enthusiasm and dedication to the table.
Shoshana Rockoff
Assigned to Boca
From West Hempstead, FL
My name is Shoshana Rockoff and I’m from West Hempstead, NY. I went to SKA for high school and then spent the next year and a half learning in Israel at MMY. I am currently a junior at Stern College, majoring in neuroscience. I am excited about the opportunities through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because I am determined to develop strong, lasting relationships, to grow and be impacted by Jewish communities and to learn with and from the people around me.
Daniel Rosenthal
Assigned to 5T
From Woodmere, NY
Hi, my name is Daniel Rosenthal! After an amazing four years at DRS, I spent a year studying at Aish Gesher before staying for the summer at Aish HaTorah where I was able to learn Jewish outreach tools, have ’one-on-ones,’ and even teach classes. Now I’m starting the third year of my Computer Engineering degree at the City College of New York where I’m on the board of the Chabad club. Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the first year of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship, and I am excited to hopefully continue to have the opportunity to impact my community this year.
Miryam Rozin
Assigned to Carolina
From Charleston, SC
Hi, my name is Miriam Rozin. I am originally from Vinnitsya, Ukraine, but my family and I immigrated to the States in August of 2001 (when I was only 7 months old!). I currently go to the University of South Carolina and I will be (b’ezrat Hashem) double majoring in Mathematics and Psychology, and hoping to use both to either be a High School Math Teacher or a School Psychologist. This year alone, I will be tutoring one of the Shluchim’s children in math and I will be teaching Jewish Studies to the 3s and 4s at the local Jewish Day School. I have previously been a camp counselor and assistant director at the local Gan Israel and was a co-teacher at the Conservative synagogue’s Sunday School program for 6th/7th graders. I am super excited to be a part of the Shevet Glaubach because I want to give back to my community opportunities that I was unable to have growing up. I had a very unique upbringing where my family is frum but ba’al teshuva at the same time, and other than the day school and Gan Israel, there wasn’t much else for me. I want to be able to learn with teens and have the conversations with them that I was unable to ask as a teen and I want to be as open as possible with them. I believe that if teens have a great connection to someone a bit older than them and can truly give their questions and emotions about their yiddishkeit, then less would leave the community in general.
Sara Saiovici
Assigned to Miami
Hi! My name is Sara Saiovici. I was born in Miami, but grew up in Venezuela! I was a part of NCSY for most of my high school years, and it’s something I don’t wanna let go of now that I have graduated. The impact my advisors made on me as an "NCSYer" is inexplicable - I truly don’t know where I would be without them. I want to give back to NCSY and do the same for teenagers now. After high school, my year in Israel, and this past year in college, I feel like I have been able to grow a lot and I am ready to help others as well. I am excited because not only do I think I will be able to inspire the kids, but they will inspire me and help me grow insane amounts! I am also really looking forward to building life-long relationships with them like I have with my former advisors, whom I continue to learn from daily.
Keith Scheck Bonwitt
Assigned to Ben-Gamla
From Philadelphia, PA
My name is Keith, I was born in North Miami Beach and grew up there my entire life. I am currently at school in the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering studying Computer Science. I have had past work experience as a counselor at a Zionist youth camp, as a Machine Learning engineering, and as a coding instructor. I am excited for the opportunity in this 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.
Lori Schneider
Assigned to Boca
From Boca Raton, FL
Hi! My name is Lori Schneider and I am from Boca Raton, Florida. I am at Lander College for Women and I am studying Marketing there. I have been an advisor for the past two years. Previously, I was an advisor for the New Jersey region and last year I was an advisor for Southern. I was part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship last year and really enjoyed my experience. I am grateful for the Glaubach Fellowship because I was put out of my comfort zone and really thrived and grew from the experiences. I hope to continue to do so and grow even more as an advisor!
Sandra Shaoolian
Assigned to Great Neck
From Great Neck, NY
Hi! I’m Sandy Shaoolian, I’m from Great Neck, NY, and I’m a biology major going into my junior 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!
Ariel Shayesteh
Assigned to Great Neck
From Great Neck, NY
Hi, My name is Ariel Shayesteh. I am from Great Neck NY and i have been with NCSY for 3 years now and this will be my second year in Glaubach.
Julia Sherman
Assigned to Queens
From Flushing, NY
My name is Julia Sherman. I am currently a senior at Lander College for Women and studying Psychology, but I’m planning on staying an extra year to get a Judaic Studies major as well. I have been involved with NCSY since 9th grade, serving on both chapter and regional board. I also had the opportunity to go on NCSY GIVE in the summer of 2015. After an amazing seminary year in Machon Ma’ayan, I’ve had the privilege to be an advisor for New Jersey NCSY for the past two years (for the Teaneck and Metro West chapters). I also had the amazing opportunity to attend a chessed mission to Houston, TX with Bruriah students where we rebuilt houses, volunteered at a food bank, and more. I am excited about the opportunities that come with the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship because I want to be even more involved with NCSY and inspiring teenagers through Torah, Chessed, and fun events.
Chananya Shiff
Assigned to Boca (Grove)
Hi my name is chananya shiff and I am from passaic nj. I recently graduated from lander college for men with a degree in psychology. I have been a glaubach fellow for a year now and am looking foward to the continuous opportunities that being a fellow offers.
Shoval Shoshani
Assigned to Palm Beach
From Queens, NY
Hello! My name is Shoval Shoshani and I am currently a student at Yeshiva University. I was born and raised in Queens, New York and currently live in Washington Heights. I attended Yeshiva of Central Queens for Middle School, then attended North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, and Yeshivat Torat Shraga for my gap year in Israel. I consider myself a friendly, outgoing young adult whose trying to grow in Derech Eretz and Avodat HaShem. I would like to consider myself a proud, passionate and observant Jew whose attempting to share the light of Torah and Derch Eretz with others.
Samuel Sicklick
Assigned to Savanna
From Woodmere, NY
My name is Sam Sicklick, I am from Woodmere and went to Rambam followed by Shaalvim. I am currently starting YU and intend to major in Computer Science Distributed Systems. I was previously an NCSYer on Kollel and have been involved with several summer camps in terms of working with kids to try to help foster, strengthen, or enliven their relationship with ??. I’m excited about the opportunities of the fellowship because I have seen the affect that close relationships with this dynamic can have on an individuals religious experience. Myself and many friends of similar modern orthodox background have experienced it in one form through Kollel, but I have some friends who were in public school in Jacksonville who ended up going to Yeshiva in Israel because of the affect NCSY had on him. (Travis Melamed, if the reader of these answers may know him. I met him last summer in camp Mesorah where I was learning in the Kollel and he was a waiter. Phenomenal guy.) I also have mentors who have done similar things and I am excited to follow in their footsteps. Additionally, I feel that the fellowship will give me a window into some of the other streams of Judaism and direction in terms of how to relate to them.
Bracha Smith
Assigned to Queens
From Woodmere, NY
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.
Devorah Stuart
Assigned to CS/WPB
From Boca Raton, FL
HI! My name is Devorah Stuart, I am from Toronto, Canada and I am currently living in Boca Raton Florida. I attended Tomer Devorah seminary this past year and I will be iy’h attending Touro College this fall semester to study nutrition. My love towards NSCY truly sparked a few summers ago when I attended their summer program called GIVE. Throughout my experience on GIVE, I was fortunate to witness the utmost love NCSY has for their participants and how much they care about their growth and success within Judaism. When I heard about the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship, I immediately wanted to be a part of it. Having the ability to learn, grow, answer questions and create a relationship is something I would be very fortunate to do with someone who may never have had the opportunity to do so. There are infinite topics and ideas in Judaism that I have been fortunate enough to learn, which have changed my life for the better. Sharing and learning these ideas as well as many more would be such an amazing opportunity and I look forward to Iy’h doing so.
Sarit Swift
Assigned to Boca
From Boca Raton, FL
Hi! My name is Sarit Swift and I’m from Boca Raton, FL. Baruch Hashem, I have been blessed to spend two incredible years in Israel after high school. One and a half of which were spent studying in seminary and the other half a year being a madricha at a seminary. Before that, as an NCSYer, I spent a lot of my time in leadership programs run by Rabbi Gonsher. I was also on chapter board for two years and was an advisor for Emtza NCSY. My involvement in NCSY deepened my love for Judaism, kiruv, and leadership. My plan for this year is to God willing learn Torah, study Hebrew, and work. I look forward to God willing partaking in this fellowship as well, and investing myself in helping to inspire the Jewish future, just like I was, and continue to be.
Jeffrey Tannenbaum
Assigned to Miami
From Edison, NJ
Hello, my name is Yisroel Tannenbaum! I am from Edison, New Jersey and I have just returned from two years studying in Israel and am about to start my college career at YU on route to a major in some business field (currently undecided). I have worked in a number of different camps including Moshava I.O. for 5 years. I have worked along side a wide range of different kids and staff. I am excited to hopefully be part of the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship to broaden my horizon in torah related subjects, and hopefully to connect and inspire kids which were in similar situations to me growing up.
Joseph Tropp
Assigned to Savanna
From Teaneck, NJ
Hi! My name is Yosef Tropp and I’m from Teaneck, New Jersey. The past 2 years I was in Israel and then enrolled in YU for their Post-Pesach Program online. With God’s help I plan on continuing to attend YU this fall looking to possibly get a BS in Data Science. My summer working experience include being a counselor for Yachad at Lavi 2 years ago, working at Hasc last year, and working at Ncsy Kollel’s Project community in Teaneck this year. This past summer I felt especially prepared me for what I would do for Shevet Glaubach as I was giving Chaburas and connecting with high schoolers at the community NCSY program. I’m very excited about the opportunity Shevet Glaubach gives me to be able to spread Torah to Am Yisrael. Once being a high schooler myself I have somewhat of an idea what it means to be struggling with connecting to Torah and I know for myself if I had role model and somebody to talk to in high school it would mean the world. Coming off a year and half in Eretz Yisrael and being able to real nurture a connection to Torah I’m very excited to of the opportunity to give back to the Jewish teens of the Southern region.
Hadar Vaanunu
Assigned to TJJ
From Lauderhill, FL
Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Hadar grew up with a strong Israeli identity. Her Jewish identity cultivated later on when she became involved in Southern NCSY as a teen. She filled leadership roles in her local NCSY chapter and Regional board, as well as on her high school campus. Her strive for truth accompanied her throughout her Seminary years in Israel. Initially attending Sharfman’s, she went on to attending Darchei Binah for her second year and eventually became a Madricha dedicating her time to students, and subsequently joining the Seminary’s Poland trip as Madricha. Hadar now studies Psychology at Touro Landers College for Women in Manhattan and works as a teacher’s assistant.
Naomi Weintraub
Assigned to Jacksonville
Hi! My name is Naomi Weintraub and I am from Miami. I am one of a set of three (surprise- I’m a triplet!) and after attending the seminary Baer Miram I am currently a student at the University of Florida. I am majoring in International Studies with a focus on the Middle East. My hope is that with a more well-rounded perspective of the complexities of the Middle East I will have the factual backing to support me in pro-Israel advocacy. I personally gain my spiritual motivation by looking at the depth and wonder of Jewish history: how incredible it is that we are here today and have the Land of Israel after centuries of exile. I want to instill that same appreciation into my NCSYers, and I want them to look past the facts and numbers and see G-d’s guiding hand throughout it all. I believe that conducting kiruv through the standpoint of Jewish history is most effective because it is something that every Jew has an instantaneous connection with: no matter one’s religious background, EVERY Jew is the product of centuries of people living and dying for their Judaism. I have come a long way in my Judaism having gone to public school my entire life, so it is incredibly meaningful to me that with the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship I can be in the position of spreading the light of Torah, just as how my advisors once did for me when I was an NCSYer.
Rebecca Weiss
Assigned to Queens
From woodmere, NY
Hi my name is Rebecca Weiss. I was born and raised in Woodmere, New York. I am currently in Stern studying Speech Pathology. I was a counselor at Camp Morasha for three summers and this past summer I was a counselor at Camp Mesorah although my original plan was to be an advisor on NCSY Give. I loved having meaningful conversations with my campers and helping them to further understand different areas of Judaism that they had questions about. I love being able to connect to different types of people I meet and I want to help others find the same love for Judaism that I have discovered in my own life and I’m hoping to be able to do this through the Shevet Glaubach Fellowship!
Joshua Wiener
Assigned to Queens
From Woodmere, NY
Hi my name is Josh Wiener. I am  a 20 year old YU student living in Woodmere NY. I am fortunate to have 5 sisters and be the only male sibling in my family.  I feel very strongly about the continuity of the Jewish people.  I realize that observing a Torah way of life is the only guarantee that we, as diaspora Jews have, in order to continue the link to our past heritage. I have joined with my grandparents to visit many Jewish communities as part of my grandfather, Steve Savitsky’s speaking engagements.  As a former OU president, he has been very active with NCSY.  I have witnessed first hand the tremendous impact that NCSY has made on Jewish teens.  This has motivated me to do all that I can to stop assimilation and intermarriage in our community.  I have been involved in Partners in Torah, an organization that fosters one on one learning between a mentor and a mentee.  On the local level, I have been involved in Yachad as an advisor and have attended many shabbatonim. It would be an honor to be a Shevet Glaubach fellow and spend the next year fulfilling my dreams and aspirations to help the Jewish community.
Talia Yahav
Assigned to Miami
From New York, NY
Talia Yahav, Lander college for women, computer science. I worked this past year in southern NCSY and deeply connected with the kids and the region and loved it and can’t wait to continue these relationships and connections!
Aliza Zavdi
Assigned to Manhattan
Hi! My name is Aliza Zavdi and I’m from Los Angeles, California. I went to YULA for high school and Tiferet for seminary, now i'm enrolled in Stern. I was raised in a Chabad household and it taught me to be open minded and to see the individuality in every person. I strongly believe and I have seen for myself that connecting and having a relationship with someone goes far beyond your religious observance. I am super excited to continue connecting to others through Torah and Judaism!