Being an Isramerican has always been an integral part of my life. I was born in Brooklyn to Israeli parents; my mother was born in Tunisia and my father comes from a Persian background. I attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn and had the privilege of making Aliyah when I was twelve. I attended a Performing Arts High School in Israel. When I came back to New York to continue my studies in the arts, I felt there was a large void and a lack of community in my life and was looking for ways to re-connect with my Jewish roots. Enter JICNY. Jewish International Connection of New York has, without a doubt, turned into a second home for me. Jodi and Gavin Samuels have welcomed me into their home and hearts, as they do with many other young Jews. It is a place where I feel completely accepted and welcomed as a member of the Jewish community and as an individual from a diverse ethnic background. This past June, the Samuels gave me the opportunity to serve as Co-chairman at the JICNY 2012 Annual Gala Event and to get involved in the creative vision of the evening. Together with our wonderful host committee and volunteers, we created a memorable and outstanding Gala where Jews from over 72 countries around the world had a place to meet, connect and learn more about the endless efforts of JICNY. I am proud to be part of an organization whose goal is to preserve and enhance our diverse Jewish heritage, culture and community. Thank you JICNY for the endless dedication, love and support you give to our community and cheers to many more wonderful years of Jewish continuity.