NCSY Project JUMP’s Final Four Compete For Championship

March 14, 2013

NCSY PROJECT JUMP’S FINAL 4: SKA OF LONG ISLAND; PORTLAND (OR) NCSY; YESHIVA ATLANTA; AND RASG OF MIAMI BEACH COMPETE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP

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The Portland NCSY Project JUMP team poses with the Project JUMP judges: David Friedman, partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman; Phil Rosen, partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; and Charlie Harary, CEO of H3 Capital LLC and founder of Milvado Inc. Back row: Meira Spivak, Oregon NCSY/JSU director; Whitney Kagan, junior; Raizel O’Brien, junior; Allya Yourish, senior.

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The SKA Project JUMP team poses with their trophy: Leah Pariser, JUMP Mentor; Margalit Graber, junior; Raizy Joseph, junior; Rebecca Kellner, junior; Danielle Bodek, junior; Alexandra Rubin, junior.

The final four teams of the Jewish Unity Mentoring Program (JUMP) gathered recently in a New York City boardroom overlooking Central Park. The event capped off the year-long national JUMP competition run by NCSY. The competition provides creative leadership training to yeshiva day school students while broadening their understanding of global issues facing the Jewish people.

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The final four were Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls (SKA) of Hewlett, Long Island; Portland NCSY of Oregon; Yeshiva Atlanta of Georgia; and the RASG Hebrew Academy of Miami Beach. The three judges —Phil Rosen, partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; David Friedman, partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman; and Charlie Harary, chief executive officer of H3 Capital LLC and founder of Milvado Inc.— spoke about the accomplishments of each team.

Portland NCSY launched a “Support Israel” city bus advertisement campaign; SKA began a series of relief programs for families devastated by Hurricane Sandy; RASG held a basketball tournament fundraiser that brought in more than $25,000; and Yeshiva Atlanta held a holiday carnival to benefit thousands of low-income families.

After much debate the judges decided to award the trophies to SKA and Portland NCSY. Winners also received a complementary meal at the upscale OU certified restaurant Le Marais. All the teams were winners, according to Carol Rhine, chief operating officer of New York NCSY and director of JUMP: “The creativity, passion, initiative and hard work that each team invested were truly outstanding and inspiring.”

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