Meet the 2016-2017 Daner Fellows @ Yachad

Sam Apple

Born and raised in Scarsdale, New York, I recently graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in Biology, and I will begin medical school in the Fall of 2017.  During college, I spent many weekends working as a direct care provider in group homes for individuals with disabilities, an experience that sparked a desire to explore and contribute to the field of disability inclusion in a deeper, more meaningful way. After participating in the 2015 Yachad Miami Half-Marathon, I knew that the Joel Daner Yachad Communal Fellowship was an ideal opportunity for me to make a lasting impact in a field that is close to my heart. The majority of my free time is spent dabbling in the Talmud, exploring my environment through running and seeking relevant insights in contemporary literature. I am immensely excited to work with Yachad in its goal to create a more inclusive and more unified world.

Mimi Boim

FullSizeRenderMy name is Mimi Boim and I grew up in Jamaica Estates, Queens. I recently graduated from Stern College for Women where I majored in psychology and minored in biology. Throughout my time in Stern I worked part time for an ophthalmology practice in Midtown Manhattan. Following this Yachad fellowship, I plan to attend an accelerated nursing program and then pursue a masters in health administration. I have been involved in Yachad for the past six years. I was a high school participant, an advisor on countless shabbatonim, and most recently as a Yad B’ Yad counselor for two unbelievable summers.I am very excited to be a part of the Joel Daner Fellowship, as I look forward to my continuing involvement with Yachad and spreading the message of inclusion that I feel so passionately about! A few fun facts about me: I’m a runner- I’ve ran seven half marathons (for Team Yachad of course!), I love to travel whenever I get the chance, and I adore Broadway! 

Yisroel Dov Goldstein

_DSC1681 (2)My name is Yisroel Dov Goldstein. I’m originally from Brooklyn NY (Borough Park). I Spent some time at Kerem B’Yavne before Starting at Lander College. I majored in psychology and plan on pursuing a doctorate in psychology. I spent 2 summers at HASC, and have been involved with Yachad in various capacities for the past 3 years. I currently am the boys head counselor for Mesorah Yachad. I tend to have lots of random hobbies, but my favorite, by far, is biking. Most recently, I took up ice-skating.

Racheli Samuel

My name is Racheli Samuel and I’m from Toronto Canada. I attended York University and this past June I graduated with a degree in Psychology. I’ve been involved in Yachad for many years. This past summer I was the program director for Yad B ‘ Yad and the 2 summers before that, I spent on Yad B’ Yad as well. I also served as the assistant program coordinator for the Toronto Yachad chapter. I am very much looking forward to being a Joel Daner Fellow this coming year; working in both the National and Summer departments. When I am not working for Yachad I can be found playing on my guitar and singing, reading, swimming and eating ice cream.

Amalia Schwartz

image003My name is Amalia Schwartz. I was born and raised in Queens, NY but my family recently made aliyah. I hope to join them in the near future. I just graduated from Stern College with a major in Neuro-psychology and a minor in Biology. I hope to continue my studies in Occupational Therapy. I have spent several years working with children with special needs and continuing that work has developed into a passion for me. In my free time I love to draw and paint, hang out with my friends and making people smile. I am excited and looking forward to participating in the Daner Communal Fellowship this coming year.

Jacob Shamash

My name is Jacob Shamash and I am very excited to join the Daner Fellow Cohort! I am originally from Deal, NJ, and attended the University of Pennsylvania where I studied Religious Studies along with a pre-med curriculum. I am currently applying to medical school, with a special interest in child psychiatry. I have been involved in Yachad for many years, primarily on Yad B’ Yad, where I have been the Boy’s Head Counselor for the past two summers. Things I like doing: Reading new things, meeting cool people, exploring new areas, and trying to pick up hobbies like pickling and painting.