I was raised in a Reform Jewish household on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and attended Columbia Prep School. I was always aware of my Jewish roots, attending Temple a few times per year with my family and Jewish day school twice a week until my Bat Mitzvah. But my serious Jewish learning began in college.

I first heard about MEOR during my junior year at the University of Pennsylvania, and I joined the Maimonides program the following year. For the first time in my life, I was able to learn Torah in-depth and on a challenging intellectual level. I was hooked.

In the summer of 2012, I went on MEOR’s Israel trip. That trip single-handedly changed my life.

The major take-away from that trip was a deeper sense of belief and connection, one that allowed me to finally begin trusting that “I am where I am supposed to be.” This feeling has enabled me to live my life with a greater sense of purpose and the belief that I want to live my life for the greater good.

Not only have I imparted these lessons to my family, but my belief in a greater purpose has allowed me to take risks and trust myself more. After working at Google for two years following university, I started my own company, WayUp, a site used by hundreds of thousands of students throughout the US, to find jobs at places like Uber, Microsoft, the New York Times and Disney. For me, it’s now all about helping students connect with employers to kick start their bright and rewarding futures.

Having this deeper sense of belief and connection to Judaism has really allowed me to grow and live a life of deeper meaning and continues to inspire me grow into who I’m meant to be.

Class of 2012, Political Science and Mathematics