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CELEBRATING THE POWER OF YOUTH

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Meet the Selection Committee

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Moses Merakov

Bellevue, WA

Class of 2015

Years as CTeen Leader: 3

When Moses first joined the network, CTeen leadership was in its beginning. He co-led his Chapter’s summer camp and spoke at the 2015 NY Shabbaton. Moses graduated from the University of Washington Bothell in 2019 and currently attends University of Washington Law School. “I love that CTeen pushes us beyond our comfort zones to effectuate positive change in the world.”

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Sophia Beyda

Montgomery County, PA

Class of 2017

Years as CTeen Leader: 2

Sophia launched CTeen at her Chabad. She attended the Leadership Retreat and spoke at the Shabbaton banquet. At Penn State she was COC President and is still active there as she studies Computer Science and researches Adversarial Machine Learning in grad school. “At CTeen I could be myself, make mistakes and grow as a young adult while also learning about myself through Judaism.”

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Gabe Nulman

Bucks County, PA 

Class of 2019

Years as CTeen Leader: 3

Gabe became a leader in 10th grade and joined the Tri-State regional board his senior year. He is currently pursuing a Computer Science degree, with a concentration in Software Engineering. “After my first introduction to CTeen I was instantly hooked. I have learned, "Am Yisrael Chai!" Whether we sing it at an event, or at Times Square, Am Yisrael Chai keeps us strong and together.”

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Alison Amar

Potomac, MD

Class of 2016

Years as CTeen Leader: 2

In 2014, Alison joined the first CTeen Xtreme girls trip. In 2015 she won the leader of the year award. She attended 5 consecutive Shabbatons. Allison earned a BA in neurobiology at University of Maryland and is now pursuing her MA in Systems Medicine at Georgetown. She involved herself in Jewish life on campus through Meor. “CTeen was a community that gave me memories, inspiration and growth.”

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Daniel Sacks

Leeds/Manchester, UK 

Class of 2017

Years as CTeen Leader: 3

While he was leader of the Manchester chapter Daniel was a pivotal role in bringing CTeen to his hometown of Leeds. Daniel studies Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Birmingham University where he is involved in the Jewish Society and the Union of Jewish Students. “I still proudly wear my CTeen gear. I love that no matter where you're from, you can always connect with your CTeen family.”

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Sarah Strent

West Suffolk, NY 

Class of 2020

Years as CTeen Leader: 3

2020’s Female Leader of the Year, Sarah served on both regional and intl. committees, attended Shabbatons, retreats and CTeen Heritage Quest. She is now a freshman at Penn State where she is on the board of her COC and is taking the Sinai Scholars course. “CTeen will forever hold a special place in my heart. It led me to my best friends, connected me to my Jewish roots, and taught me to be a proud Jew.”

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Hanna Briskin

Gaithersburg, MD 

Class of 2016

Years as CTeen Leader: 4

Hannah was one of the 3 inaugural members of her chapter and was a leader all for 4 years. She attended the first 2 leadership retreats. At University of Maryland, College Park she joined Chabad on Campus. “I loved everything about CTeen, especially meeting so many people who have impacted my life and my Judaism forever. I learned the importance of a community where we can learn and grow.”

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Yoni Altman-Shafer

Milwaukee, WI 

Class of 2018

Years as CTeen Leader: 4

Yoni was President of the Milwaukee chapter and helped organize several Midwest regional shabbatons and a chapter retreat to LA. He now studies at George Washington University. He teaches at the local Hebrew School and is involved with Chabad on Campus. “I loved CTeen for the international Jewish community it gave me, allowing me to make friends with Jews from all over the world.”

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Aaron Hekmati

Great Neck, NY 

Class of 2017

Years as CTeen Leader: 2

Aaron organised many events during his 2 years as a CTeen leader. He currently studies at Queens College New York while working at a real estate brokerage. He prays at a nearby Chabad House every morning. “CTeen lit in me a fire and passion to constantly grow in my Judaism. It taught me that with the right friends and encouragement everyone can grow.”

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Hannah Kaplun

Woodcliff Lake, NJ 

Class of 2018

Years as CTeen Leader: 2

​Hannah attended two leadership retreats, one as a senior advisor, and was on the editorial board for CTeen Connections. She now studies Human Development and Psychology at Binghamton University. She serves on Hillel’s board and at her Chabad on Campus where she attends classes. “At CTeen I was inspired by Jews my own age who took Judaism into their own hands and made it their own.”