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The Nesiya Institute 
Our prestigious alumni are doing incredible things, and we wanted to take this opportunity to recognize the work you are doing for your communities. This list is certainly not complete. Please send an email to update us on what you're up to, and to be featured in our next newsletter.


sara Sara Sitzer (Ma'ayanot 2000) is living in the Chicago area, where she is an active and  versatile professional cellist. She also serves as the founding artistic director of the Gesher  Music Festival in St. Louis, an annual chamber music festival that builds bridges between  classical music and the Jewish experience. "My summer with Nesiya significantly  impacted the way I approach my spirituality, my relationships, and my career. I will  always be grateful for the people I met and the experiences I had that summer." Sara makes a home with her husband, Richard (also a cellist!), and her sweet little terrier, Josie.

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 Rivital Singer (Kehillah 2014) [pictured left with her  chapter, purple shirt] just returned from a trip to the  United States with  HaZamir: The International Jewish  High School Choir: "I came to Cleveland with a small group  of Israeli teenagers from Beit Shean. The topic that was  given for our time in Cleveland was identity. We learned about our own identity as Jews and as people, and we also talked with some of the American teens about how they see their Jewish identity. We visited a lot of different places in Cleveland (the American Greetings headquarters, Cleveland's art museum, the theatre complex and an ice cream store) and at each place we got to talk to people that worked there, and we saw how much all of them care about the work they do, and how they make everything they do very personal. After three packed days in Cleveland we drove to New York where we spent three days rehearsing music with 350 singers from all over America and Israel and finished our trip with an amazing performance in Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center."
10400599_53655235340_7521_n Inbal Freund-Novick (Mayanot 1995) Shares thoughts on Yom Hazikaron, (Israel's  Memorial Day):
 "The juxtaposition between the experience of  my American friends and us, Israelis,  is so  strong on this day. My Facebook feed is split into black and white halves of pictures and  stories of our fallen brothers and to posts about such mundane things that look painfully  silly (in one post I just read the writer is overwhelmingly surprised by the fact that she found a banana peal twice next to her car, on the same day, when she opened the door in two different locations). It's hard to think of how wide this gap between us is, of how our cultures don't even correspond today. And yes, silliness is painful on this day."

Mazal tov!
*Daniel Korenstein (Kehillah 2002) on his recent marriage to Hara Hoff.
*Jessica Intrator (Mayanot 1995, Kehillah 1996) on the birth of her son Jonah Emile Jacoby, joining his older sister, Eva, who is thrilled to have him in the family.
*Rabbi Noam Silverman (Staff '99, '00), who has recently been named the new head of High School at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York.
*Lindsey Citerman (Staff '02-'05) and husband, Gilad, on the birth of their baby boy, Julian.
*Do you have an update that we can share in our next newsletter? Anything from life events to work or school accomplishments. Please send it in to!*
Looking for networking opportunities? Be sure to join the Nesiya Alumni LinkedIn Group.

Follow Fivel's Journeys! 
As you may have seen from Facebook, our fearless leader, Fivel, recently returned from a great trip to California. He had the opportunity to meet both with alumni and friends of Nesiya, and Jewish community leaders. He is looking forward to continuing the conversation on the West Coast, and to another trip next year!
If you are living in California, please let us know, so that Fivel can see you on his next visit.

Looking to come back to Israel? Come to Pardes!

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Eager to again immerse yourself in diverse Jewish community, encounter challenging texts and ideas, and explore Israel from a nuanced perspective?

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem is now accepting applications and nominations:
Check out Nesiya alumna and current Pardes student Tmima's story, here!

Questions? Contact Ilana HaCohen (Nesiya 2000, Pardes 2005-6):
Gearing up for the summer!
It's hard to believe that in just two months we will be gathering the group of  Nesiya 2015 participants together here in Israel. We have a great group of teens from across North America who cannot wait for their journey in Israel to begin. 
Stay tuned for updates about our group over the course of the summer.


We are excited to wish Ben Allen, Nesiya 1995, a huge mazal tov on being elected to the California state senate! 
To learn more about Ben and his political career, take a look at his website.
Way to go, Ben!

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