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     adeenaAdena Kleiner, 21, is a senior in Stern College, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Biology and English Literature.  As an avid attendee of the Straus Center events, Adena was thrilled to continue her relationship with the Straus Center by participating in an honors course on Love and Hate taught by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik. Read More 



      dovRabbi Dov Lerner, 26, originally from asuburb of London, England, began studying at Yeshiva University as an undergraduate following 3 years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Having toyed with the ideas of majoring in philosophy and history, Dov settled on a major in English Literature, touring the created realms of Kafka and Conrad, Woolf and Beowulf, Dante and Donne. In 2011-2012, Dov participated in the initial cohort of the Straus Center Semikha Seminar, on “Jewish Ideas and American Democracy,” in which he was introduced to the writing of Thomas Paine and a world of common sense. Pragmatically too, his pulpit responsibilities at Lincoln Square Synagogue were enhanced by the weekly preparations of the Straus center. Read More



     amiyaA recent graduate of Bais Yaakov High School of Indiana, Amiya Tor is spending 2013-16 attending the Hadas program, which includes a year of religious studies and two years in the IDF, at Midreshet Lindenbaum. In 2013 she participated in the Tikvah-Straus Summer Institute on God, Ethics, and American Democracy at Yale University and Yeshiva University, which has informed her perspectives on matters such as the relationship between Judaism and Western culture and the brilliance of C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton. Read More





       penina A recent graduate of the Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey, Penina Warburg is spending the 2013-2014 academic year studying in Israel at Migdal Oz before attending the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College. Although Penina entered the college admissions process with her sights set on attending an Ivy League university, her experiences at numerous Straus Center events, as well as other Yeshiva University programs, helped her realize that the YU community was the place where she could find a peer group who, like her, value wrestling with the complex philosophical and theological issues unique to Modern Orthodox Judaism. Read More


      gabiGabi Weinberg, 23, is a senior in Yeshiva College, majoring in English and minoring in both Economics and Writing. First introduced to the Straus Center as a student in an Honors course given by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik on Judaism and Democracy, Gabi's subsequent involvement with the Straus Center and interest in Jewish leadership helped motivate him to attain the position of President of SOY-JSC (an elected student government position), and to run a year full of successful of religious and educational programs during the academic year 2012-2013. Read More

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