KAHAL is Hiring a London Based Summer Intern!

KAHAL Staff

ALEX JAKUBOWSKI

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Alex is the founder and executive director of KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad, which creates transformative Jewish experiences for students studying abroad. A native of Chicago, he graduated cum laude and with honors in Classical Languages and Civilizations from Northwestern University. Committed to human-centered design and innovation in the social sector, Alex was selected for the Core18 Leaders Lab fellowship and awarded the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for Jewish Education in 2016. Alex is a founding board member of SketchPad: Chicago's Jewish Innovation Space. He and his girlfriend, Samantha, are active members of AIPAC, Alpha Epsilon Pi, JCYS, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Illinois Firefighters’ Association, the JUF, and various other Chicagoland Jewish organizations and synagogues. His passions include golf, college football, and every dog he’s ever met.

Contact Alex at alex@kahalabroad.org

ALEX JAKUBOWSKI

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Alex@KahalAbroad.org

BECCA FLYER

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

Becca was first inspired by global Jewish peoplehood on a trip to Uruguay, volunteering alongside the Jewish community. She later led a college JDC Entwine trip to Ukraine, where the group visited homebound elderly Jews and met local Jewish students. These experiences, together with her time living in Israel, Cape Town, and London taught her of the transformative nature of studying, living, and traveling abroad. She currently works as the Chief Operations Officer of KAHAL, connecting study abroad students to Jewish experiences and communities worldwide. With KAHAL, Becca has visited Jewish communities around the world, developing relationships with community leaders, building a network of more than 700 partners in 40 countries. She previously worked in nonprofit fundraising specializing in donor relationship management and planned giving. When they’re not traveling, Becca and her husband reside in Washington, DC. They would travel even more often if they could bring their puppy, Frank along.

To contact Becca email becca@kahalabroad.org

BECCA FLYER

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

Becca@KahalAbroad.org

JOEY LESKIN

DIRECTOR: ABROAD EXPERIENCE

Joey is a Yemeni Jew from London, UK and has spent much of the last decade living and working abroad, visiting over 50 countries. He is passionate about exploring and educating on Jewish communities in Europe and minority communities in Israel. He has a Masters in International Relations and Global Development and cares far too much about his football team, Tottenham Hotspur.

If you're travelling to Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece Hong Kong, Hungary, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, and The Netherlands, contact joey@kahalabroad.org

JOEY LESKIN

DIRECTOR: ABROAD EXPERIENCE

Joey@KahalAbroad.org

JESSIE GINDEA

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: ABROAD EXPERIENCE

Jessie is the Associate Director: Abroad Experiences at KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad. Before working with KAHAL, she taught in a myriad of Jewish environments, including several Day Schools, Israel programs, camps, and experiential adventures. Jessie earned a Master's degree in Jewish education and a Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Educators Program in Jerusalem as well as a Certificate in Jewish Day School Education from Hebrew College of Boston. Prior to receiving her M.A., Jessie received a B.A. in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University. Jessie is married to Adam and is the proud mama of three-year-old Charlie Ruby and Nadi the Puppy. Jessie and Adam currently run Base Miami, an initiative to engage young Jewish professionals in the Miami area.

If you're travelling to Italy, Semester at Sea, USA, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, and India contact jessie@kahalabroad.org

JESSIE GINDEA

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: ABROAD EXPERIENCE

Jessie@KahalAbroad.org

JOJO RUBNITZ

MANAGER: STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS AND MARKETING

Jojo graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelors in Human Development and Family studies and a certificate in Studio art. She had the great opportunity to study abroad in Florence where she studied art, and connected with KAHAL. She’s passionate about helping students find a Jewish community abroad so that they can feel a sense of home and belonging. Jojo loves to travel anywhere and everywhere, take pictures, sculpt clay, and meet new people.

JOJO RUBNITZ

MANAGER: STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS AND MARKETING

Jojo@KahalAbroad.org

ELLEN ROSENFELD

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Ellen received a B.A. in Art History and Psychology from Northwestern University, and earned a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications. She followed her passion for art history and travel, to Florence, Italy, where she studied Art History and Italian. While the experience was undeniably rewarding and educational, she wishes she had found a welcoming Jewish community during her time in Italy. Prior to joining the KAHAL team, Ellen worked in operations for a grant writing firm for nonprofit organizations. Ellen recently moved back to the Chicagoland area from Washington, DC, and looks forward to getting lost in the Art Institute of Chicago.

ELLEN ROSENFELD

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Ellen@KahalAbroad.org

MIA YELLIN

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: EXPANSION

Mia graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences and is a Master of Liberal Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. She had a life changing study abroad experience at the University of Haifa where she was immersed in Judaism and coexistence. Mia has interned with the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Community Relations Council, but most recently worked for UPenn's Hillel on the Jewish Renaissance Project team. She's passionate about enriching student's lives by connecting them with the global Jewish community. Since she is new to London she is always up for exploring a new spot and meeting a new friend!

MIA YELLIN

DIRECTOR: STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Mia@KahalAbroad.org

TALIA GOLDMAN

ABROAD EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE

Talia grew up in the UK based Masorti youth movement Noam, which has shaped so many of her Jewish and personal ideologies. She studied Philosophy at Birmingham University and after graduating, she worked in Noam’s head office and then with Marom, Noam’s sister movement for young adults. Since she was 18, Talia has have loved to travel the world and meet new people. She is so excited to be able to help Jewish students studying abroad have magical experiences! Talia is a passionate feminist, amateur photographer, keen writer, animal lover and nature enthusiast.

If you're travelling to Australia, Denmark, Israel, Middle East, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sweden/Scandinavia, contact Talia@kahalabroad.org

TALIA GOLDMAN

ABROAD EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE

Talia@KahalAbroad.org

JOSEPH CLEMENTS

ABROAD EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE

Joseph grew up in Birmingham and studied French and Spanish at University College London. For his year abroad he worked in Paris for six months and then studied in Santiago, Chile for another six months, after which he became a KAHAL intern during his final year at UCL. During his time at UCL, Joseph was education officer for the Jewish society, where he would put on weekly lunch and learn sessions for local and international students. His hobbies include travelling, learning about different cultures, meeting new people and the occasional trip to the theatre! “My year abroad was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life and I am so excited to help other students make the most of their time abroad.``

If you're travelling to Latin America, Ireland, Spain, or the United Kingdom, contact Joseph@kahalabroad.org

JOSEPH CLEMENTS

ABROAD EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE

Joseph@KahalAbroad.org

IDAN CHAZAN

KAHAL INTERN

IDAN CHAZAN

KAHAL INTERN

Idan@KahalAbroad.org

JENN MILHISER

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS ASSOCIATE

Jenn graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in psychology. She had an amazing study abroad experience at the University of Birmingham, during which she gained a passion for traveling and exploring. While just being in Europe was incredible, Jenn was determined to have Jewish experiences during her time abroad and was excited to meet KAHAL students across the continent. Jenn grew up in Washington D.C. and is excited to get to know Chicago!

JENN MILHISER

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS ASSOCIATE

Jenn@KahalAbroad.org

KAHAL Campus Interns

Abigail Ripin

Boston University

Major: French and Linguistics

Studied Abroad: Jerusalem, Israel

Bucket List Destination: Budapest

Abigail Ripin

Boston University

Amanda Sugar

University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign

Major: Kinesiology

Studied Abroad: Stirling, Scotland

Bucket List Destination: Iceland

Amanda Sugar

University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Amit Gerstein

George Washington University

Major: International Affairs and International Development

Studied Abroad: Nepal

Bucket List Destination: The Great Barrier Reef

Amit Gerstein

George Washington University

Angie First

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Major: Business Administration and Computer Science

Studied Abroad: Semester at Sea

Bucket List Destination: Bali and Cappadocia

Angie First

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Ariel Hylton

Syracuse University

Major: Speech-Language Pathology and Spanish

Studied Abroad: Madrid, Spain

Bucket List Destination: Tokyo, Japan

Ariel Hylton

Syracuse University

Ben Newhouse

New York University

Major: Finance & Accounting

Studied Abroad: Tel Aviv, Israel

Bucket List Destination: Australia & New Zealand

Ben Newhouse

New York University

Chelsea Tepel

Penn State University

Major: Global and International Studies

Studied Abroad: Sevilla, Spain

Bucket List Destination: Greece and Thailand

Chelsea Topel

Penn State University

Sade Storthz

University of Virginia

Major:

Studied Abroad: Semester at Sea

Bucket List Destination:

Sade Storthz

University of Virginia

Erin Wernick

University of Maryland

Major: Materials Science & Engineering

Studied Abroad: Singapore

Bucket List Destination: South America and Greece

Erin Wernick

University of Maryland- College Park

Goldie Davoudgoleh

Brandeis University

Major: Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Hebrew Language Track and Anthropology

Studied Abroad: Copenhagen, Denmark

Bucket List Destination: Greece and Thailand

Goldie Davoudgoleh

Brandeis University

Hannah Kolber

University of California- Berkeley

Major: Legal Studies

Studied Abroad: Semester at Sea

Bucket List Destination: Brazil

Hannah Kolber

University of California- Berkeley

Jamie Gottlieb

American University

Major: Jewish Studies

Studied Abroad: Jerusalem, Israel

Bucket List Destination: Australia

Jamie Gottlieb

American University

Jordyn Weinberg

Ryerson University

Major: Professional Communications

Studied Abroad: London, England

Bucket List Destination: Japan

Jordyn Weinberg

Ryerson University

Lexie Rubin

Tulane University

Major: Psychology

Studied Abroad: Sevilla, Spain

Bucket List Destination: Buenos Aires

Lexie Rubin

Tulane University

Naomi Moskowitz

UCLA

Major: Cognitive Science

Studied Abroad: Morocco

Bucket List Destination: Australia

Naomi Moskowitz

UCLA

Melanie Holpert

University of Southern California

Major: Communication and History

Studied Abroad: Rome, Italy

Bucket List Destination: Portugal

Melanie Holpert

University of Southern California

Sophie Silvermintz

University of Maryland

Major: Early Childhood Education

Studied Abroad: Rome, Italy

Bucket List Destination: Singapore

Sophie Silvermintz

University of Maryland- College Park

Zoe Spiegel

Muhlenberg College

Major: Religion Studies and History

Studied Abroad: Vienna, Austria

Bucket List Central Asia

Zoe Spiegel

Muhlenberg University

Ellie Rothstein

Cornell University

Major: Food Science and Business

Study Abroad Destination: Dublin, Ireland

Bucket list Destination: Banff National Park of Canada

Ellie Rothstein

Cornell University

Danielle Wolk

Northwestern University

Major:

Studied Abroad: London, England

Danielle Wolk

Northwestern University

Maia Sepiashvili

Miami University

Major: Miami University

Studied Abroad: Semester At Sea

Bucket List Destination: Bora Bora

Maia Sepiashvili

Miami University

Michelle Lynn

Goucher College

Major: Psychology

Studied Abroad: Copenhagen, Denmark

Bucket List Destination: Thailand

Michelle Lynn

Goucher College

Gabrielle Marzouk

University of Illinois

Major: Music with business and leadership studies

Studied Abroad: Leeds, England

Bucket List Destination: Thailand

Gabrielle Marzouk

University of Illinois

Olivia Hazlett

University of Michigan

Major: Political Science and Sociology; minor in American Culture

Studied Abroad: Semester At Sea

Bucket List Destination: Australia

Olivia Hazlett

University of Michigan

Ellie Rothstein

Cornell University

Major: Food Science and Business

Studied Abroad: Dublin

Bucket List Destination: Banff National Park of Canada

Ellie Rothstein

Cornell University

Jules Merringer

University of Michigan

Major:

Studied abroad:

Bucket List Destination:

Jules Merringer

University of Michigan

Mika Bekkerman

UC Davis

Major: Sociology and Russian double major

Studied Abroad: Madrid, Spain

Bucket List Destination: Amsterdam

Mika Bekkerman

UC Davis

Ronen Pink

University of Miami

Ronen Pink

University of Miami

Serena Steinfeld

University of Wisconsin- Madison

Major: Environmental Studies and Journalism

Studied Abroad: Tel Aviv, Israel

Bucket List Destination: New Zealand

Serena Steinfeld

University of WIsconsin- Madison

Olivia Rome

University of Leeds

Major: Music and Spanish

Studied abroad: Málaga, Spain

Bucket List Destination: Japan

Olivia Rome

University of Leeds

Rachel Zaff

University of Pennsylvania

Major:

Studied Abroad:

Bucket List Destination:

Rachel Zaff

University of Pennsylvania

Alexa Kapoor

Northeastern University

Alexa Kooper

Northeastern University

Antoni Mikocki

UCL

Major: Philosophy & Politics

Studied Abroad: Not yet, but Italy one day!

Bucket List Destination: India

Antoni Mikocki

UCL

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Name

Name

Alexa Kooper

Northeastern University

KAHAL Global Ambassadors 2019

Shir Levy

George Washington University

Major: International Affairs

Destination: Shanghai

Bucket List Destination: Morocco

Shir Levy

Shanghai

Lauren Blum

University of Vermont

Major: Human Development and Family Studies

Destination: Copenhagen

Bucket List Destination: In no particular order: Croatia, Austria, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, UK, Ireland, Spain

Lauren Blum

Copenhagen

Shaina Ben

Rutgers University

Major: Exercise Science

Destination: Jerusalem

Bucket List Destination: Portugal

Shaina Ben

Jerusalem

Sydney Siegel

Florida State University

Major: Biology

Destination: London

Bucket List Destination: Sydney, Australia

Sydney Siegel

London

Tamar Sidi

Emory University

Major: Creative Writing

Destination: Sydney

Bucket List Destination: Morocco

Tamar Sidi

Sydney

Elli Halperin

NYU Shanghai

Major: Economics

Destination: Florence

Bucket List Destination: Greece, Morocco, Brazil, Vietnam, Southern China

Elli Halperin

Florence

Dahlia Katz

University of Michigan

Major: Organizational Studies

Destination: Sevilla

Bucket List Destination: Morocco

Dahlia Katz

Sevilla

Rebecca Spagnoletto

University College London

Major: Economics

Destination City: London

Bucket List destination: Australia

Rebecca Spagnoletto

London

Maayan Malomet

Muhlenberg College

Major: Psychology and Public Health

Destination: Tel Aviv

Bucket List Destination: Bali

Maayan Malomet

Tel Aviv

Joanna Berman

Tulane University

Major: Business Management

Destination: Madrid

Bucket List Destination: Amsterdam

Joanna Berman

Madrid

Leah Basa

Major:

Destination: Semester at Sea

Bucket List Destination:

Leah Basa

Semester at Sea

Ariel Rosenstein

NYU

Ariel Rosenstein

Buenos Aires

Raya Benus

Fashion Institute of Technology

Major:

Destination: Florence

Bucket List Destination:

Raya Benus

Florence

Yakira Matinson

USC

Major:

Destination: Hong Kong

Bucket List Destination:

Yakira Matinson

Hong Kong

Reut Cohen

Hebrew U

Major:

Destination: Jerusalem

Bucket List Destination:

Reut Cohen

Jerusalem

Shoshana Ehrenkranz

NYU

Shoshana Ehrenkranz

Prague

Tamara Settbon

Université Paris Descartes

Major: Psychology and Social Science

Destination: I haven't yet. I'm a born and raised parisienne.

Bucket List Destination: India and New Zealand

Tamara Settbon

Paris

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“The best part of my abroad experience was interacting with the Jewish communities of all the places I visited and cultivating one between abroad students and locals within my own abroad city, Copenhagen, Denmark. Serving as a KAHAL Global Ambassador in Copenhagen and connecting with the KAHAL network as an abroad student gave me this unique opportunity. Thanks to KAHAL, I was able to connect with Jews from Florence, Frankfurt, Edinburgh, Paris, and more! This was an amazing way to hang out with locals, learn about their traditions, and have meaningful conversations about the differences between our communities! It was an unforgettable experience! I would highly recommend getting involved with KAHAL and especially serving as a KAHAL Global Ambassador to those going abroad!”

Lauren Grobois

KAHAL Dogs 2020

Frank Flyer

KAHAL Dog Chair: Frank Flyer

Washington DC

Nadi Gindea

Nadi Gindea

Miami

Oliver Rubnitz

Oliver Rubnitz

Milwaukee

Sofia (Claudia) Rubnitz

Sofia (Claudia) Rubnitz

Milwaukee

Tyler Goldman

Tyler Goldman

London

Pepper Goldman

Pepper Goldman

London

Guinness and Harry Rosenfeld

Guinness and Harry Rosenfeld

Virginia

Sparky Chazan

Sparky Chazan

Chicago

CC Yellin

CC Yellin

Pennsylvania

Milo Goldman

Milo Goldman

Israel

Wrigley

Chicago

Wrigley Franz

Chicago

Brutus Milhiser

Brutus Milhiser

Maryland