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  • Cycling for the future— Sam Travis

    Cycling for the future— Sam Travis

    Whether he’s snapping gears in the Cadence Cycling shop or snapping photos on his bike’s GoPro, Sam Travis lives and breathes cycling. From the age of 8 he could be found biking down the streets of Cedarhurst, NY, and by the time he was in high school, he used a bicycle as a means of

    posted on October 10, 2017, with No Comments
  • Protected: Simcha Gluck: Winning the Game of Life

    Protected: Simcha Gluck: Winning the Game of Life

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    posted on January 23, 2017, with No Comments
  • Ilan Swartz-Brownstein: Beat Box to the Top

    Ilan Swartz-Brownstein: Beat Box to the Top

    Meet this month’s NCSY alumni spotlight, Ilan Swartz-Brownstein. If the name sounds familiar it’s because his name has been buzzing around Jewish communities in the U.S. for the past month. This recent America’s Got Talent star walked on-stage as a proud Jew with a kipa and tzitzis along with his co beat-boxer, Josh Leviton. Ilan,

    posted on July 29, 2016, with No Comments
  • Abi Dauber Sterne: Developing a Global Jewish World

    Abi Dauber Sterne: Developing a Global Jewish World

    This spotlight article is dedicated to the Leilui Nishmat of Rivke Berkowitz z”l, who was a volunteer chapter advisor for Buffalo NCSY for over 25 years, and dedicated supporter, advisor, and mentor for Upstate NCSY. Abi Dauber Sterne grew up in Buffalo, New York where she was involved in Upstate/Har Sinai NCSY in middle school

    posted on March 31, 2016, with No Comments
  • Amanda Esraeilian: Believe in Yourself

    Amanda Esraeilian: Believe in Yourself

    If you mention the name, Amanda Esraeilian, to anyone involved with NCSY an instant smile appears on their face. Though she is so well known now in the NCSY world, Amanda explained that her entire NCSY experience began from her first NCSY shabbaton.  Amanda shared how transformative her first shabbaton was for her, “I was

    posted on February 25, 2016, with No Comments
  • Liran Weizman: Let Your Energy Fly

    Liran Weizman: Let Your Energy Fly

    Liran Weizman is known from by her energetic disposition and desire to conquer the world. When meeting Liran you immediately want to hear her story. She was born in Belgium, grew up in Hong Kong before settling in Boston, Massachusetts with her twin brother, Orel, while her parents remained in Hong Kong. It was when

    posted on January 28, 2016, with No Comments
  • Halachically Haute – Miriam (Khalili) Rahmani

    Halachically Haute – Miriam (Khalili) Rahmani

        “NCSY opened my eyes to meeting people of all backgrounds. In one Shabbat I met hundreds of teens who had one goal in mind which united us all- growth.” This goal has stayed with Miriam Rahmani until today. As Great Neck’s chapter president while a junior in high school, Miriam made the decision

    posted on November 25, 2015, with No Comments
  • Jesse Vogel: Bent Not Broken

    Jesse Vogel: Bent Not Broken

    Every journey starts with a single step. For Jesse Vogel, it was joining the junior NCSY program in his conservative synagogue. Jesse soon became very involved, as did most of the families in his synagogue, including a fellow NCSYer who later became his wife. One of Jesse’s favorite NCSY memories was when he was given

    posted on October 29, 2015, with No Comments
  • Alex Jakubowski: Making a Jewish Home Abroad

    Alex Jakubowski: Making a Jewish Home Abroad

    Alex Jakubowski was the kid who thought he had everything figured out. He was planning on going to law school, becoming a JAG officer or work in the solicitor generals office but he shortly realized that  life has a way of changing your path in ways that you can never expect. Towards the end of his

    posted on August 26, 2015, with No Comments
  • Yosef Golubchuck: Get Out & Accomplish

    Yosef Golubchuck: Get Out & Accomplish

    NCSY alum, Yosef Golubchuck, loves getting out with his family, traveling, getting involved in outreach and connecting to college students. After Yosef and his wife Sharon moved to Highland Park, NJ they immediately realized they lived close to Rutgers University and saw it as a awesome opportunity to get involved with Jewish college students on campus.

    posted on July 31, 2015, with No Comments
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