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