I grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts in a community so Reform, I used to joke that I was raised "Junitarian". I arrived in New York soon after a year and a half stint living in Peru. I was looking to learn more about Judaism and network with Latin Americans. Steve and Rabbi Nissim's Monday classes enabled me to accomplish both goals. JICNY also proved instrumental in my becoming more religious; a Shabbos meal and place to stay was never more than an email away. Through JICNY I was also able to find two jobs (both before the tanked economy (finance) and after (education)). And their social events facilitated my introduction to a number of close friends. Socially, professionally, and above all religiously, I wouldn't be where I am today without the opportunities offered by JICNY.