NCSY Alumni
  • Read Reunion Magazine Online! Summer 2015 issue

    Read Reunion Magazine Online! Summer 2015 issue

    Are you an alumni of NCSY, Israel Free Spirit-Birthright or OU JLIC and haven’t read the OU NextGen’s latest edition of Reunion yet? Check out the Summer 2015 issue and enjoy inspiring features, spotlights on alumni and blast to the past photos. Also, there’s a section where alumni can share their personal news! Want to

    posted on June 15, 2015
  • OU Alumni-JUSTIFI Thailand – June 2015!

    OU Alumni-JUSTIFI Thailand – June 2015!

    For the third year, OU Alumni is partnering with JUSTIFI to offer a social justice trip to Thailand for Jewish college students and young professionals. The 10-day program between June 2nd and June 11th will expose participants to Thailand’s rich culture, allow them to understand human trafficking and child exploitation in Southeast Asia, educate and inspire Thai youth, and ride on

    posted on January 27, 2015
  • NCSY Alumni’s Guide to Funding Your Year of INSPIRATION in Israel!

    NCSY Alumni’s Guide to Funding Your Year of INSPIRATION in Israel!

    Scholarships and other resources to help get you to Israel to study after high school.

    posted on August 11, 2014
  • Parshat Chukat: Because I Said So- Simon Springer, West Coast, Seattle and New York NCSY

    If we don’t understand it, why do we do it? Simon Springer, from Seattle, New York and West Coast NCSY, goes through different opinions in Jewish thought to teach us about the nature of mitzvot and how to use to become better people.

    posted on June 24, 2015
  • Parshat Korach – True Goals, True Happiness – Rivka Lock, West Coast NCSY

    Where did Korach go wrong? Rivka Lock, West Coast NCSY alum, looks at this week’s parsha and the life of her brother, Moshe Katz, z”l, to teach us an important lesson about finding true happiness.

    posted on June 18, 2015
  • Reunion Summer 2015 Issue: NCSY Alumni Mystery Vintage Photo

    Reunion Summer 2015 Issue: NCSY Alumni Mystery Vintage Photo

        Answer: Top row: Shimmie Kaminetzky, Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, Rabbi Josh Blass; bottom row: Rabbi Chaim Lanner, Daniel Kaminetsky, Rabbi Perry Tirschwell and Rabbi Matt Tropp.   Read Reunion Summer 2015 Issue here!    

    posted on June 16, 2015
  • The Star of Broken Stones

    The Star of Broken Stones

    By Chaya Schwartz, Germany Close Up Summer 2015 Participant Frustrated as we zoomed through different points of interest in the  Sachsenhausen concentration camp I began to move my toes as though I was drawing a shape. The tour guide was talking, but all I could hear was silence. All I could feel was emptiness and confusion and frustration

    posted on June 16, 2015
  • Where are they now? The “Little Rock Rebbe” Rabbi Shaya and Nechie Kilimnick

    Where are they now? The “Little Rock Rebbe” Rabbi Shaya and Nechie Kilimnick

    By Rebecca Feldbaum When Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick took the position as rabbi of Congregation Agudath Achim in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1970, he was the youngest pulpit rabbi of an Orthodox congregation in America. Rabbi Kilimnick gives credit to Rabbi Seymour Atlas, the officiating rabbi who preceded him, for smoothing his way. “When I went

    posted on June 11, 2015
  • Alumni Spotlight: Elisha Mendl Mlotek

    Alumni Spotlight: Elisha Mendl Mlotek

    Elisha Mendl Mlotek OU-JLIC Alumnus “We need to bring a passion for Judaism back into our lives,” says OU-JLIC alumnus Elisha Mlotek, “even when you’re living in the heart of an observant community. Perhaps we need it there even more!” As a recent graduate of Queens College (NY), Elisha notes that when your college is in

    posted on June 10, 2015
  • Alumni Spotlight: Ari Solomont

    Alumni Spotlight: Ari Solomont

    Ari Solomont NCSY Alumnus You have to be quick to catch a word with Ari Solomont or he’s likely to whizz past you on his bicycle. As founder and director of Cycle for Unity, which helps volunteer cyclists raise funds for charitable causes, Ari is usually training for his next ride. It could be anywhere

    posted on June 10, 2015
  • Changing Times

    Changing Times

    By Sharona Kaplan   I have been living on a college campus for over half of my life. I attended Stern College as an undergraduate and then lived at Yeshiva University as I earned my MSW and my husband studied for semichah. My most recent campus stint has been the longest, as I am completing

    posted on June 10, 2015
  • Staying Connected: Alumni Connections picks up where NCSY and IFS leave off

    Staying Connected: Alumni Connections picks up where NCSY and IFS leave off

    By Batya Rosner It is the question that’s long been asked by Jewish educators and outreach workers. What happens “after”? When the student leaves the classroom, when the adolescent moves on into young adulthood and starts charting a path through the wider world − what remains of the lessons and activities encouraged by their mentors? Once

    posted on June 10, 2015