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.