David Statman of Los Angeles will be one of the four newly inducted members at the Ben Zakkai Honor Society (BZHS) NCSY National Scholarship Reception on Sunday, January 10 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.
NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union with the mission of connecting Jewish teens to their heritage through extracurricular activities, weekend retreats, and summer programs. BZHS was founded in 1965 to provide a means of recognizing the achievements of NCSY Alumni who have demonstrated personal Torah growth and the promise of future meaningful service to the Jewish people and the Orthodox community. The society raises critical funds to provide direct scholarships for NCSYers to continue their Jewish education after high school or to participate in various NCSY programs.
“The vitality and success of NCSY is largely a tribute to the devotion, dedication and passion that our inductees and honorees, such as David, bring to every aspect of their personal and communal lives,” declared OU National Vice President Dr. David Luchins, the dinner’s co-chair with his wife Vivian, chair of the NCSY Summer Programs Committee.
David Statman was born in Vallley Village. He attended Emek Hebrew Academy in Sherman Oaks, YULA Boys High School, Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim in Israel and California State University Northridge, where he earned a Bachelors of Science in accountancy. He currently is an accountant at Ernst & Young LLP.
David joined NCSY as a member of the Valley Chapter of West Coast NCSY as a junior in high school and then joined the regional board during his senior year. Upon completion of his studies in Israel, he volunteered as an advisor for two years before joining the West Coast NCSY staff as the Director of Multimedia. After college David continued to stay close to NCSY and has been a West Coast NCSY Executive Board Member and a member on the National NCSY Youth Commission.
David met his wife Annie Wasserman, from Columbus, OH, in Jerusalem while he was an advisor on TJJ (now the Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey) and she was on ICE (both are NCSY Summer Programs). Annie (an NCSYer, Regional Board Member and advisor in the Central East region) added West Coast as one of the regions she was an advisor in and got married to David and now lives in Los Angeles. David and Annie are blessed with two sons: Moshe, 4, and Noah, 1.
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