Young Alumni Community

 Young Alumni (YA) Community:

  • Allows graduates to grow as an active community off campus and links young
    alumni and Jewish life on campus
  • Actively contributes to the sustainability and growth of Columbia and Barnard’s
    Jewish community and the Columbia/Barnard Hillel
  • Hosts programs and events for the YA community, which offer participants
    opportunities to meet and network with Columbia and Barnard alumni and friends

Members of the YA Community are:

  • Advocates and ambassadors of the Columbia/Barnard Hillel, and Jewish life at
    Columbia and Barnard overall
  • Passionate and active about growing the young alumni network
  • Generous with donating their time, influence, and funds in support of
    Columbia/Barnard Hillel

Mission

To develop a passionate, active, and growing network of young alumni who contribute to the long-term growth and sustainability of Columbia/Barnard Hillel, and Jewish life at Columbia University and Barnard College.

Organization

The YA Community seeks to expand its network of young Jewish alumni and to raise funds to support Columbia/Barnard Hillel. In order to accomplish these goals, the Community is led by the YA Board, with the Chair overseeing the YA Board.

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Young Alumni Giving Society*:

Your support is essential to the success of the Columbia/Barnard Hillel furthering its mission.  To join the young alumni giving society, please see below minimum annual donations to be made during the fiscal year (July 1st – June 30th):

Recent graduate (2017): $50

Undergraduate years** (2012-2016): $180

Undergraduate years** (2007-2012): $360

Giving society members will be recognized for your support

*With a donation at this level, you can receive a Seixas Annual Dinner ticket.  Please note: you will need to email development@hillel.columbia.edu to confirm your RSVP before the reservation deadline, as the donation does not indicate an RSVP.  Also, if you purchase tickets/ads for the Annual Seixas Gala, those donations would count towards your annual giving minimum.                                        **For the special pricing levels, please note it is based on graduation from any college/higher education institution during those years. 

Board Member Requirements and Responsibilities

YA Board Members engage their peers to support and promote Jewish life at Columbia University and Barnard College. To maintain YA Board membership status, members contribute at the YA Giving Society level*, attend events (for example, the Annual Seixas Dinner, Young Alumni Shabbat dinners, and other events throughout the year), attend YA board meetings, and demonstrate recruitment of attendees as they invite graduates to support the mission of the Kraft Center and to participate in YA initiatives.

Board Process

Current YA Board Members in good standing will continue to serve on the Board until such time as they choose to step down. Board Members who do not participate may be asked to step down. Young alumni who wish to serve as Board Members should reach out to the Chair to express interest. New members will be evaluated based on: involvement in
activities, leadership experience in other organizations, history of support, and where applicable recruitment achieved in past years.

Young Alumni Board 2017

  • Daniel Bonner (Chair)
  • LeeLee Borzak
  • Aviva Buechler
  • Hattie Danziger
  • Anna Etra
  • Aryeh Goldstein
  • Tali Herenstein
  • Jordana Kaminetsky
  • Seffi Kogen
  • Gavriel Metzger
  • Mia Minen
  • Lily Mintz
  • David Offit
  • Avi Okon
  • Daniel Oppenheim (Chair Emeritus)
  • Toby Osofsky (Chair Emeritus)
  • Erin Perzov
  • Jeremy Ruberg
  • Ron Shapiro
  • Abigail Skoff
  • Emily Steinberger Weg
  • Michael Topol
  • Sarah Weiss

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