Meet The Board
Molly Goldstein is a sophomore studying Government and Near Eastern Studies, and minoring in dance. Molly went to Robert M Beren Academy and is a proud Texan, even though she now lives in NYC. When she’s not studying on the second floor of 104West!, you can find her grabbing breakfast at Libe Cafe or dancing in one of Schwartz Performing Arts Center's performances. Molly is really passionate about her love for Judaism and the Cornell community and is proud to serve as this year's president. Feel free to reach out with any questions!
Jeremy Zarge, also known as JZ, is a Sophomore in the College of Engineering majoring in computer science. In his free time, he can be found playing sports, hanging out with friends, and speedrunning video games. Despite being surrounded by New Yorkers, he holds true to his Boston sports teams. A long-time master of the art of “lack of sleep,” he manages to procrastinate all of his work to the hours of 1:00 to 3:00 AM when he claims he is “up to 50% more efficient.” Having attended Maimonides School and taken a gap year at Yeshivat Lev Hatorah, he tries his best to instill his enthusiasm and passion for Judaism into the Jewish community here at Cornell.
Feel free to reach out with any questions!
Hey! My name is Emmanuel but many people call me Manny so choose as you please. I am a freshman hailing from the streets of Queens, studying Civil Engineering. Along with many other diverse hobbies, I love woodworking. Throughout my teenage years, I have come to love the art of building and construction. Along with this eccentric hobby, I love eating lunch together with peers, playing guitar, and biking (catch me biking up the slope and breathing heavily one of these days). But most of all I love getting to know people and making new friends. So come by the CJL sometime and let's chat! Can't wait to meet you!!
Hi! I am sophomore from Great Neck, NY studying mechanical engineering. Growing up I spent a lot of time with my dad helping him to make all different types of furniture. Throughout my childhood I have come to have an affinity for making things and playing with tools. Now, I spend my days in 104West! eating lunch with my peers, working on a autproject team, and most importantly helping out my fellow partner Manny. Together we hope to make the CJL grow and most importantly great again. So come and join the fun!
Jack Kafif has finally found a third place to call home at the CJL in Cornell. Jack is in the College of Engineering majoring in Computer Science. Although Jack was unable to attend Georgia Tech, he has brought his Panamanian flair to Cornell. Some of Jack's hobbies include eating Amnon's Pizza, making mean shakshuka, "studying" at 104 west, and looking for places to burn through his BRBs. Jack is greatly looking forward to his many duties as Treasurer, and cannot wait to bring a fun Sephardic spin to the CJL.
Steven Saul Sabbagh, a Brooklyn native, is proud to be Cornell’s only *full-blooded* Syrian jew on campus. Since he’s Syrian he’s obviously studying business at Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, but he often contemplates switching to Arts & Sciences (every 4-6 weeks or so). Steven’s hobbies include playing football, practicing boxing, and receiving inspiration from his idol—The Wolf of Wallstreet. When he’s not flexing his netid (containing beautiful alliteration of sss) to fellow Cornellians, he enjoys running around campus in a suit and tie to catch interviews that he’s already late to. With some of the worst time management skills in Cornell, Steven surprisingly makes it to minyan in the mornings preceding his daily nap on the upstairs couch by 104 West. Having attended North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, he tries his best to instill his enthusiasm and passion for Judaism into the Jewish community here at Cornell.
Hey, I’m Ori Baer, a Cornell freshman Bio and Society major 2026’. I was born in Jerusalem and moved to Long Island as a kid. I enjoy fantasy football, basketball, and kayaking. You can find me on campus running shifts with CUEMS or hanging out on the slope.
Josh is a junior in CALS studying Landscape Architecture and Music. He is deeply committed to Judaism, with experience in both conservative and orthodox communities (he is also a lifelong Israeli Dancer, so that’s got to count as at least a toe in the door to Reform Judaism, right?). As VP of Communications, Josh looks forward to reaching out to past, present, and future CJL members from all backgrounds. Born and raised in California, Josh is a till in awe of the beautiful, picture-book seasons of Ithaca. When not out of doors, he may be found drafting at his studio desk on the top floor of Kennedy Hall, practicing at one of numerous pianos (and sundry keyboard instruments of older vintage) scattered throughout campus, or—which is more fun—playing with other musicians!
VP Religious Programming
Alex Lebowitz is from White Plains, NY went to SAR and spent a year at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He also happens to be a Hotelie and loves to cook and enjoy restaurants. He is excited to be this year’s co religious programmer and looks forward to all the torah learning programs to come!
VP Religious Programming
Nava Lippman is a freshman studying biological sciences in CALS. After graduating from HANC high school in 2021, she spent a year in Israel at MMY. Although home is not too far (Long Island), she misses her parents and five younger siblings daily!! Her love of both Israel and Judaism (along with her tendency to spontaneously make Chulent) permeates her life and will be put to good use for upcoming religious programming and events!
VP Social Programming
Most of the time you can find Elijah reading up on Real Analysis and other fun Math, or dancing Bollywood, Salsa, and Rikudim. When he’s not studying Math, you might still find him in Malott (Muh-lot) Hall tutoring math at the MSC or in Math Club, or you can catch him hanging out with friends at the CJL or 104ing after a long day. Despite his negative free time, you can count on him to dance with you on a moment’s notice. Elijah also enjoys making falafel, playing trombone, growing date palms, and hiking. In addition to programming in Julia, Python, Java, and R he is also Social programming and executing fun_Events for the CJL community.
VP Social Programming
Ari Kapelyan is a sophomore from northern New Jersey, studying electrical and computer engineering. Often, you can find Ari working in 104, probably on FPGA code for research. When he’s not working, you can probably find Ari at Noyes, participating in the latest Jews Getting Jacked™ challenge, or taking a nap on the deck. Almost always though, you can find Ari enjoying a caffeinated beverage/substance in the house.
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