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  • Confidence is Key: Alumni Spotlight on Talia Borenstein

    Confidence is Key: Alumni Spotlight on Talia Borenstein

    In high school, Talia Lautman Borenstein, was always challenging herself. In 11th grade, she served as the chapter president of Cleveland NCSY and following that she served on Central East regional board during a transitional period. The steps she took and the way she pushed herself to step up throughout those years allowed her to

    posted on April 30, 2015, with No Comments
  • Captain Yoni Goldstein: Always Reaching Higher

    Captain Yoni Goldstein: Always Reaching Higher

    “I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question,” goes the quote from Harun Yahya. Not everyone can say that they’ve flown to distant countries and acquired achievements in their travels. But Captain Yoni Goldstein is someone who can. In

    posted on March 24, 2015, with No Comments
  • Jake Litwin: “You’re the Voice”

    Jake Litwin: “You’re the Voice”

    Jake Litwin may be living on the opposite side of the country but he still carries the lessons he learned in NCSY on the West Coast with him. At a 9th grade shabbaton, Jake met Solly Hess and Rabbi Effie Goldberg and from then on his involvement with West Coast NCSY only grew until, eventually,

    posted on February 23, 2015, with No Comments
  • Mai Bonomo: Kansas City to the IDF

    Mai Bonomo: Kansas City to the IDF

    From TJJ to the IDF, Mai Bonomo takes NCSY with her wherever her life leads. It all started in 2008 when her friend from dance was going on a JSU trip to New York. Wanting to be in on the fun, Mai convinced her parents to also let her go, and as they say, “the

    posted on January 28, 2015, with No Comments
  • A Glimpse Into the Life of: Allen Kramerov, JSU Superstar

    A Glimpse Into the Life of: Allen Kramerov, JSU Superstar

    Not everyone can be as involved as Allen. He was in Atlantic Seaboard NCSY, very involved with Shabbatons and latte and learning. An avid participant in JSU, Allen enjoyed learning about the different Jewish holidays. He has a lot of hakarat hatov (gratitude) toward JSU for the opportunities it gave him. He says, “JSU is

    posted on January 6, 2015, with No Comments
  • Shachar Avraham: Campus Pursuit of Happiness

    Shachar Avraham: Campus Pursuit of Happiness

    Not every college student can say that they are the founder of a successful business. Not every college student is able to commit to their academic work and dedicate hours to doing chesed. Not every college student is like Shachar Avraham, a junior at Binghamton University. Shachar began his community outreach when he was a

    posted on December 19, 2014, with No Comments
  • Corrine Malachi: Who are you striving to be?

    Corrine Malachi: Who are you striving to be?

    When you hear the characteristics caring, selfless, supportive, chessedik, “die-hard NCSYer” who comes to mind? If this girl had her own page in a dictionary, this would be the definition. Corrine Malachi, an alumna of New York NCSY – Brooklyn Chapter (2012), Regional President and National Board (2011-12), exemplifies these characteristics and so many more,

    posted on November 18, 2014, with No Comments
  • Alumni Spotlight: Dan Butler

    Alumni Spotlight: Dan Butler

    By: Charlotte Friedland, editor of Reunion Dan Butler describes himself as a teen who had become lackadaisical about Judaism, though he had been a star student at the fledgling Yeshiva of Scranton in the 1960s. (“I was valedictorian – shows you how low the bar was back then,” he quips.) Fearful that his cynicism might reach toxic levels, his siblings insisted that he needed to recharge

    posted on September 23, 2014, with No Comments
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nina Butler

    Alumni Spotlight: Nina Butler

    By: Charlotte Friedland, editor of Reunion What started out as a passing curiosity in a great social program morphed into a lifelong commitment to an organization that changed Nina Butler’s life. In short, Nina (née Novetsky) joined the Southfield Michigan chapter of NCSY when she was thirteen years old, and never left. Part of the reason she actively fundraises for NCSY and still sometimes attends a Regional Convention is that she

    posted on September 23, 2014, with No Comments
  • Who knew where Israel Summer Experience ’99 would lead?    Sarah Blitzstein in action

    Who knew where Israel Summer Experience ’99 would lead? Sarah Blitzstein in action

    In 1999, while the rest of the world was stressing about the Y2K bug, Sarah Blitzstein found herself forever changed by NCSY’s Israel Summer Experience. It was her first visit to Israel, as well as the first NCSY program she had been on. That trip was the beginning of a lifestyle of continuous giving of

    posted on August 28, 2014, with No Comments
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