My family was always involved in different ways in the Jewish community. My grandfather – my saba – is a BJE board member and past president, and always talked about BJE and other Jewish organizations when I was growing up. I didn’t know what it meant then, but I knew my family was involved. I joined USY in high school and especially liked the social action programs.
Meet our community's Builders of Jewish Education:
I never planned on committing my life to Jewish education - now, I can’t imagine doing anything else. With every thoughtful, passionate young person that passes through our school, I further understand the importance of nurturing a new generation of Jewish difference-makers.
To me, being a Builder of Jewish education means we’re building upon our Jewish heritage and our traditions through education. My role is to connect the community with all different types of Jewish educational opportunities so they can grow as Jews – camps, schools, youth programs, parent and me classes.
This past year I have worked in two microscopy and imaging labs at UCLA. One was in the department of Physics and Astronomy and that other was at Californian Nano Systems Institute (C(N)SI) at UCLA.
My wife and I came from families that were very charitable, but not involved in education. However, we certainly learned the value of philanthropy.