NCSY Connect, the Los Angeles-based program of West Coast NCSY, will present its second Worldwide Latté & Learning on Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. local time at Coffee Bean locations in California, Israel and New York (New York may be rescheduled to a later date).
NCSY is the Orthodox Union’s international youth movement. NCSY Connect, directed by Denise Badreau in Los Angeles, develops and maintains relationships with NCSY alumni and young professionals 21 and over.
“NCSY Connect was established to play an essential role in the lives of NCSY alumni, young professionals and the Jewish community through networking, recreational and inspiring programs,” explained West Coast NCSY Executive Director Rabbi Effie Goldberg. “NCSY Connect’s Worldwide Latté & Learning unites alumni and friends for continued inspiration and collaboration. It’s exciting to watch young adults, professionals and community members give back to the program that inspired them in their youth while impacting the next generation of leaders.”
Denise Badreau declared, “Recognizing that West Coast NCSY alumni are all over the world, our groundbreaking Worldwide Latté & Learning brings together old friends and new friends in Israel, New York, Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, where together they will learn Torah, drink coffee and connect.”
The program originally began ten years ago with NCSY inviting middle and high schoolers for discussions with dynamic speakers on Jewish identity, offering an open and interactive conversation for Jewish teens to ask their questions and to voice their opinions. In an effort to reach out to NCSY Alumni post-high school, the first NCSY Connect Worldwide Latté & Learning took place last November.
The upcoming programs and locations are as follows:
- Los Angeles: Coffee Bean, 234 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills
Rabbi Effie Goldberg, West Coast NCSY Executive Director
Simcha Nikravesh-Storch, Former NCSY City Director; NCSY Advisor; NCSY Summer Program (TJJ, now the Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey) Advisor; and alum of NCSY’s Jewish Student Union (JSU) for public school students
- San Fernando Valley: Coffee Bean, 12930 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
Rabbi Derek Gormin, Associate West Coast Regional Director; previously served as NCSY Director and NCSY Director of Education, Irvine
- Israel: Coffee Bean 34 Jaffa Street, Jerusalem
Channah Barkhordari, NCSY Summer Program Advisor at the Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey (TJJ); and alum of OU’s Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at UCLA
Kalman Clement, NCSY Advisor; Assistant Director of Seattle Chapter JSU; and Seattle Junior NCSY
- New York City: Coffee Bean, 532 Amsterdam Ave
For more information, contact Denise Badreau at 310-229-9000 ext. 202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.