Meet four young leaders, Talia Askowitz, Ari Baratz, Alexandra Meisels, and Lizzy Schlesinger, whose dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment to Shaare Zedek we recognized at our 2018 Heart of Jerusalem Dinner.

Talia Askowitz is from White Plains, NY and co-chaired the 2017 College Bowl-a-thon. She proactively recruited teams for the event and helped encourage optimal participation from the board and teams. Talia’s family has a deep history of involvement with Shaare Zedek which she hopes to continue. She will be graduating from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in June 2020 as a pre-med student, majoring in Economics and minoring in Biology.

Ari Baratz graduated this summer from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business with a major in Finance and minor in Management. In the summer of 2017, his bubby, Sarah Hammerman a”h, passed away. Ari wanted to run a charity event in her memory and decided a basketball tournament would be a great way to have everyone come together in memory of his bubby while raising money for a great cause. Since his grandmother passed away from cancer, the $18,000 that was raised was donated to the new Radiotherapy Oncology Institute under construction at Shaare Zedek. During his year in Israel Ari visited Shaare Zedek and was so amazed to see the care each patient received.

Alexandra Meisels grew up in New Rochelle, NY and is currently a sophomore at New York University School of Nursing where she is studying to become a nurse practitioner. Alex co-chaired the 2018 College Board and Bowl-a-thon and was the captain of the team that was the 3rd highest fundraising team in 2017. Alex developed a strong attachment to Shaare Zedek when she participated in medical clowning at Shaare Zedek during her gap year in Israel. Alex learned about Shaare Zedek’s College Bowl-a-thon from her sister, Samantha, who co-chaired the event in 2016 and was honored at the 2017 Shaare Zedek Dinner.

Lizzy Schlesinger is from Los Angeles, CA and will graduate from New York University this spring with a degree in Public Policy from the College of Arts and Science. She plans to continue working in the non-profit sector, with a focus on enhancing the partnership between the non-profit and for-profit world. Lizzy co-chaired our 2018 College Board and Bowl-a-thon and was the captain of our top fundraising team in 2017, raising more than $8,000.