Founding the Future

Founding the Future

“I’m one of those NCSY havdalah stories,” Saks humbly explains. “I was a public school kid from the Linden, New Jersey chapter. I became shomer shabbat with the help of NCSY and Rabbi Steven Dworkin, of blessed memory. But I still went to public school until I graduated high school, acting on regional board at the same time. Then, I headed off to Yeshiva University, definitely because of NCSY’s influence.”

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The Rabbi with Tweets, in the Traditional Sense

The Rabbi with Tweets, in the Traditional Sense

This Rabbi may not be on Twitter, but he’s still got a following.

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Learning to Fly

Learning to Fly

The story of Chuckie Epstein, a pilot, drummer, dad of four, Baltimore Resident, NCSY Alumnus and Orthodox Jew.

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Winning the Race

Winning the Race

A young man’s journey through life, religion, and how he plans to revamp the Jewish identity.

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Striking a balance between Journalism and Judaism

Striking a balance between Journalism and Judaism

The experience of a journalist sometimes ranges from mingling with business leaders to pulling all-nighters to get the story told. Fran Kritz, an Orthodox freelance journalist, has had a remarkable journey to get where she is today. After graduating from schools in New York and London and writing stints at The New York Times, Forbes, and beyond, Kritz chose to become a freelancer while she was pregnant with her daughter, shifting some focus from her journalism to her family.

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Two For One

Two For One

At least that’s what “Shake N’ Donate Israel” is trying to achieve. This past Purim, Josh Rosenbaum, a recent graduate of NCSY from Providence, RI currently spending his gap year in Israel’s Yeshivat Lev HaTorah, teamed up with Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, to spearhead this Purim initiative to benefit the needy. The idea started from realizing how people worldwide could shake less traditional noisemakers when Haman’s name is read during megila.

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A New Historical Perspective

A New Historical Perspective

“Jewish life in Denver is very rich and textured. It began in 1859, with the city’s founding. This year, its 150th anniversary will be celebrated both by the Jewish community and the Denver community at the same time. It is quite unusual that Jewish community is so directly a part of evolving city from its very beginning.”

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I’ve Got the Magic in Me

I’ve Got the Magic in Me

Avi Frier may not live in the mystical land of Narnia, or the wizardry world of Harry Potter, but he still has some magic up his sleeve.

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Trading the UCLA Bruins for the Boston Bruins

Trading the UCLA Bruins for the Boston Bruins

 

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Rachel Shammah: The Girl Who Did It All!

Rachel Shammah: The Girl Who Did It All!

From gymnastics to soccer, NCSY to the IDF, and Rutgers to the entire South America, it seems like Rachel covered all the bases on most people’s “Cool Things to Do Before I Die List,” but to her it’s just the tip of the iceberg! “I kind of just go with the flow, and when I find things that excite me, I just go for it! Who knows what’s next…” she says with a smirk.

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