Hadar Vaanunu, originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 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.