Naomi Weintraub

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.