Couples Community

JICNY Couples group offers a full range of programming for Jewish couples, including social activities, Shabbat and holiday meals, and classes focusing on relationships, parenting and the Jewish home.

JICNY boasts 98 matches made through its programming for singles – all of whom benefited from the organization's couples group thereafter.


Ahron Herring

South Africa Ahron is the Chief Investment Officer at Yeshiva University in New York, NY, where he oversees $750 million in endowed and other long-term investments.

Daniel Gerschel

Manhattan A lifelong resident of Manhattan, Daniel and his wife, Kristina, live in Greenwich Village. In addition to cooking and entertaining friends and family at home, they’ve traveled worldwide and enjoy giving back to the community.

Elysa Goldman

New York, NY Elysa Goldman works as a real estate developer for Extell Development Company, where she oversees the planning, development, marketing and sales of several large scale residential projects in Manhattan.

Dan Davidson

New York, NY Dan Davidson is a strategy and operations consultant that partners with companies to find and execute the simplest path to their growth and improvement to realize over $1B in value over his career.

Samuel Ulrich

Los Angeles, California Originally from Los Angeles, California my parents are also from LA. For high school I moved to San Diego and attended the Jewish Academy. Following high school I moved to New York and attended Yeshiva University.

Sarit Chalamish


I was born and raised in Israel, where I developed a strong Jewish identity. My parents are both first generation Sabra, whose parents had escaped the horrors of WWII. 

Rebecca Akselrad

New Jersey, USA

I have an American passport and was born in West Caldwell, New Jersey. Together, my parents and grandparents instilled the importance of family, education, ‘chesed,’ and a good name.

Gedalia Mendlewicz

Antwerp, Belgium

I am originally from Antwerp, Belgium. I am multilingual - fluent in English, French, Hebrew, Dutch, German and Yiddish. I have been living in New York City for seven years. I am currently a realtor, and studying marketing at Touro College.

Tom Weiss

New York

Tom Weiss was born into Congregation Bnai Jeshurun and raised on the Westside of Manhattan, in a progressive, politically active family.


Legnica, Poland,

Lydia Sarfati is the Founder and CEO of Repêchage, the first company to bring seaweed-based skincare treatments and cosmetics to the U.S market. Ms.


New York and Israel

Dana and Sasi Elya are one of JICNY's success stories. They met in 2013 at a Purim party in Jodi and Gavin's apartment and were married in January 2014.


New York

Jacob Kimchy is a motivational speaker, life coach and author of A New Sunrise, a memoir which details his journey from witnessing the murder of his father in a suicide bombing in Israel, to surviving the unimaginable trauma of terrorism and finding a new path and a purpose in life.


Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Sasha Krasny was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. One year before the fall of the U.S.S.R., Sasha and her family emigrated to the United States as political refugees.

Fabia Preminger

Rio de Janeiro I am from a European Zionistic family. I was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and grew up in Rio de Janeiro. I am warm and genuine, cosmopolitan yet domestic!

David Wollenberg

New York City The past number of years, I have split my time between New York, where I've worked in the financial industry, and in Chicago, where I'm earning a PhD in political philosophy.

Fortune Harari

Brooklyn,NY I am an artist and educator; born and raised in Brooklyn to traditional Sephardic family where many languages were spoken so it feels natural for me to have a strong connection among the JICNY international family.

Jacob Kimchy

RIshon Letzion, Israel I am Half Ashkenaz. My mother's family are Polish and came to Palestine on the Exodus, from France. They were sent back to France by the British and found another way to new-born Israel.

Milena Kozhin

Queens,NY I grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, attended Yeshiva Dov Revel, HAFTR then NYU for college. Received masters degree in Nutrition and Health Sciences. Judaism, family and education are focal points of our lives.

Michael Katina

Belo Horizonte, Brazil I was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. My father is a holocaust survivor from Hungary and was taken to Aushwitz in 1944. My Mothers parents escaped from Germany and arrived in Brazil in 1937. In my home town we have a few sinagogues and Jewish schools where I was sent to.

Jodi Samuels

Johannesburg, South Africa Jodi has over 20 years of business management and startup experience. She has worked in the not-for-profit, finance, fashion and beauty sectors.

Grant Silverstein

Scottsdale, Arizona While being an American from Scottsdale, AZ, Grant is no stranger to the JICNY. He has been an active volunteer for many years, chairing the Annual Gala’s Fundraising Committee for the past three years.

L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens

New Jersey I was born in New Jersey, and raised near Los Angeles. My parents were born in the U.S., but my grandparents came from immigrant families from Russia, Turkey and Hungary.

Daniel Kerin

Detroit,Michigan As a first generation American, born and raised in the Bloomfield Hills suburb of Detroit, Michigan, by Romanian parents who emigrated from Israel to the United States, my upbringing was wholly unlike that of my American peers.

Elizabeth Fishel

London,UK I'm Liz from London. I have been in NYC for precisely 1 month. I grew up in a religious home. My parents are both baalei teshuva. They are originally from England however their journey began when they met in Israel.

Chanan Fixler

Jerusalem, Israel I was born in the holy city of Jerusalem and raised in a Modern Orthodox family. Both of my parents are from Brooklyn and made Aliyah in 1978.

Stephanie Dahan

Nice, France I was born in Nice, France. My parents were born in Algeria and relocated to France during the decolonization war in 1962, where they met. Although my maternal grandfather was originally from Poland, I was mostly raised within the Sephardic customs.

Jeff Lewis

Montreal,Canada I was born and raised in Montreal, Canada where I grew up attending Jewish day schools. I moved to NYC and I work in the finance industry as a trader of mortgage backed securities. Others often joke that Canada does not really count as a foreign country!

Jamie Black

London,UK Hello, my name is Jamie. I was born in North-West London and lived there for most of my life. I have two younger brothers and our family is traditional Jewishly. After working in the UK Parliament as a policy researcher, I moved to NYC for a fellowship with The Tikvah Fund.

Michael Prell

New York, USA hen I first arrived in New York City, Steve Eisenberg and JICNY became my lifeline and connection to the Jewish community here, and for that I will always be grateful.

Jonathan Brody

New York, USA I grew up in Merrick, NY going to a reform synagogue. While living in NYC, I was looking for some Jewish connections. I came across Steve Eisenberg’s Monday night Parsha class. I attended the class for 3 years.

Leona Krasne

New York, USA I was born in Port Jervis, New York. I was raised Ashkenazi, and, growing up, attended first Jewish Sunday school classes, then Jewish teen group classes. The older I got, the more I wished to become involved with Judaism.

Seth Weiser

New York, USA I was born in Dix Hills, NY. I was raised with a half Sephardic and half Ashkenazi background, so I’d say I am traditional Sephardic; Iraqi to be exact. After graduating from George Washington University, I worked as a trader for several major New York stock and commodity exchanges.

Batya E.

Tehran,Iran I was born in Iran and moved to NY as a child. It was tough adjusting to the new culture and environment, so for me Judaism was not a central part of my life. I considered myself traditional at best and didn't really have many Jewish friends.

Benjamin Mizrahi

Haifa,Israel Benjamin was born in Haifa, Israel. His parents, Hannah and Haim Mizrahi raised him together with his brother, Yonatan, who is currently serving in the IDF.

Sam Bodenheimer

New York City “Bodi” is a highly accomplished singer/songwriter, film/television composer, chazzan, and entertainment industry entrepreneur.

Stephanie Grayson-Zane

New York City Corporate communications expert and social media maven Stephanie Grayson-Zane found the JICNY networking group after searching the web for “Jewish + networking + business” and has become one of the “core regulars” at JICNY business networking meetings every other Tuesday morning.

Jessica Wiesenberg

Miami, Florida Jessica Wiesenberg was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and moved to Miami, Florida when she was 12 years old. Having a mother and a grandmother always involved in Jewish communities, she learned from their examples and has been involved helping Jewish organizations for many years.

Guy Halfteck

Haifa,Israel I came to NY for graduate school, and I loved it. I then spent a few more years in school up in Boston, but eventually moved back to NYC. And while Israel is my home, the Upper West Side (just a few blocks from where Isaac Bashevis Singer used to live and write) is my home away from home.

Tatyana Zlotsky

Moscow,Russia Tatyana Zlotsky is originally from Moscow but she and her husband, Stan Zlotsky, have been living in NYC for four years. Naturally drawn to foreign cultures and the local Jewish community, Tatyana reached out to the JICNY last year and became an active volunteer.

Cathy Kadets

New York City There is no group more welcoming for Jews in New York City than the JICNY. They are beacon when away from home that you can gravitate towards and be welcomed. Throughout the years, I have become a more observant Jewess.

Rabbi Shalom Morris

New York City Shalom Morris is the Educational Director at Shearith Israel, the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue of NY. Born Ashkenazi, he has become a 'switch hitter' and now attempts to navigate both Sephardic and Ashkenazi, as well as American and International, communities. Often asked, 'You're a rabbi?

Alex (Sasha) Loseva

Brooklyn,NY I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and grew up in the Midwood area of Brooklyn. After finishing my studies at NYU and Teachers College, Columbia University I now spend my days working with young kids as a pediatric speech-language pathologist.

Daniel Vahab

New York City Daniel Vahab is a freelance writer for various newspapers, with a particular niche in Jewish publications. His work has appeared in the Jewish Forward, the Jewish Post, the Jewish Journal, the Jewish State, as well as the Baltimore Sun and the New York Press, among others.

Anna Oshchepkova

Yekaterinburg, Russia I came to US 4 years ago from Yekaterinburg, Russia (the city is located in the Ural Mountains – and yes, it is COLD in the winterJ).

Mark Dresdner

Australia JICNY and Jodi and Gavin personally have provided me with highly valued support in a myriad of ways, since I arrived in New York a decade ago from Australia via Chicago. Their generosity has included hosting my shevah brachot in their home and Gavin learning Gemara with me one-on-one.

Adrian Berger

Sydney, Australia I was born in Sydney, Australia and have been living out of Australia for more than 5 years now. I moved to New York after time living and working in Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines).

Cayle White

Canada “I was born into the immigrant Jewish community in Toronto, Canada in the seventies, and I consider myself to have had the “best of all worlds”. We were exposed to so many different languages, European, American and Asian culture, and of course, loads of crazy Jews!

Joseph Meerbaum

Jerusalem, Israel I was born in Jerusalem, grew up in the United States, and am a citizen of the JICNY.

Glenn Hurwitz

Yonkers,NY My name is Glenn. It is nice to meet you! I am a native of Yonkers, NY, right near Riverdale. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where I majored in Psychology.

Tovah Benson

Tampa, Florida I grew up in Tampa, Florida and graduated from the local schools, University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University and University of Sarasota. I moved to Washington Heights 2 years ago.

Ben Rabizadeh

New York City JICNY is the destination in New York City to meet and mingle with diverse Jewish young professionals from around the world.

Alana Shultz

Fair Lawn, New Jersey Hello, I’m Alana. I grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. On my father’s side, I’m a second generation Fair Lawn’er and a 3rd generation American – my Great Grandparents moved to US in the early 20th century from various places in the Old Russian Empire.

Sivan Hadari

Brooklyn, NY 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.

Jessica Eisenberg

New York City,NY I'm a local NYC girl, born in Manhattan and raised on Long Island and have lived in various cities including London, Boston and Alicante, Spain. I have called NYC my home for the past ten years.

Stacey Katz-Slone


I work “behind the scenes” at the JICNY preparing emails, marketing and database administration.

Nissim Sade

Israel Shalom, my name is Nissim, which means miracles. I have 4 brothers and 4 sisters and I’m the youngest. I was raised in an religious family in Netanya. All of our family has served in the Israeli army and for many years we had 4 siblings serving at the same time.

Hadassah Paladin


Edan Harari

Brooklyn,NY I was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and I grew up in Brooklyn, NY. I'm passionate about growing spiritually as well as learning all there is to know about living a joyful, successful and most importantly fulfilled life.

Estee Bardanashvili

Georgia I was born and raised in the Former Soviet Republic of Georgia, a beautiful country by the Black Sea where Jews lived for the past 26 centuries. In my teenage years I went to fine arts and music colleges and studied in Moscow, Russia, till my family immigrated to New York.

Jacob Kimchy

Israel I am the Co-Founder of One Heart Global, a non-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to helping victims of terror across the globe. I began One Heart in 2006 in memory of my father, Rami Kimchy, who was killed on May 7, 2002 in a terrorist attack in Rishon Letzion. My father was

Jacob Oslick

Monterrey, Mexico I was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and lived in Mexico, Bolivia, and Zaire as a young child, before coming to the U.S. to stay.

Laura Weissberger

Los Angeles I spent my childhood in a suburb of Los Angeles, then moved to northern California to attend the University of California Davis for undergraduate. I finished college a year early and took that year to volunteer for and Israeli NGO in Nepal doing economic development projects in a rural village.

Ronen Elrom

Israel was born in Israel, and grew up there very connected to my friends and family. I spent 7 years in the Israeli Army, receiving computer programming training I truly value from Mamram and serving as an Officer in the Air Force.

Sam Kressler

Worcester, Massachusetts 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.

Sabrina Michael

Azerbaijan I discovered JICNY by accident while surfing the internet one summer night and I was immediately intrigued by this community for Jewish "gypsies" like me who come from all over the world.

Shai Canaan

Israel I think JICNY is like the Riverside Park of Jewish organizations in NYC, a place to go to when I need a break from the same.

Steve Feldman

Maryland,USA I had the great pleasure of being introduced to the JICNY six years ago through my girlfriend, and now my wife Lauren, who met Steve Eisenberg on a trip to Israel in 2006. She raved about Steve's Monday Night classes so I joined her one night to see what it was all about.

Jade Rabinowitz

South Africa I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am married to my wonderful husband Howard Rabinowitz and we have a gorgeous 11 month old child. Her name is Blake Lee.

Jacob Ouaknine,

Casablanca, Morocco We grew up in a Moroccan modern orthodox family. Memories of growing up in Casablanca will always be white. Coming from a family of 6, my brother and sisters learned to be very dependent upon one other. There is this unspoken respect that travels between us.

Oren L. Adler

FAir Lawn,NJ Growing among the enclave of Israelis in Fair Lawn, NJ, I spoke and heard only Hebrew until I was five years old. Although I did not serve in the IDF, I always straddled the identity crisis of calling myself Israeli or American; culturally I have a stronger affiliation with Israel and Israelis.

Maya Ben-Bassat

Tel Aviv,Israel While I was born in Tel Aviv, spent all of my childhood to early-adulthood summers in Israel, and was raised speaking Hebrew in an Israeli (traditional) home, I grew up deep-in-the-heart-of-Texas (Houston).

Dana Lilienthal

New York, USA I grew up in Rockville Centre, New York in a traditional Jewish home. In 2002, I decided to learn more about Judaism and moved to the Upper West Side to immerse myself in Jewish culture. During my time living in the city I tried different shuls, took classes, and attended Shabbat dinners.

Jason Roomer

South Africa I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa in a nicely observant environment where I attended Jewish day school, and was very much part of the community.

Julie Yusupov

Pyatigorsk, Russia I was born in Russia in a very traditional Sephardic community. My family immigrated in 1991 to Long Island, NY. My parents were very excited to finally have religious freedom and they sent my sister and I to Bais Yaakov school (a Haredi all girls high school).

Chef Sholmo Schwartz

Beer Sheva, Israel Although today I live in one of the busiest cities in the world, I was actually born in the quiet desert of Israel in the city of Beer Sheva. After my IDF service I dedicated my professional life to Zionist education and traveled around the world working with Jewish communities.

Dana & Sasi E.

Israel & United States
JICNY is like a home away from home for us. It is so much fun to be part of a group that brings locals and internationals together for fun events and holidays. JICNY is a special place for us, and we've made so many friends there. We continue to enjoy all that they have to offer.

Tashia A.

Russia & United States
JICNY is an amazing organization. My husband and I met at one of the Shabbat meals.

Anais M.

JICNY is an amazing place to meet new people, network and attend torah classes. The events are always amazing, and I am lucky to have met some of my closest friends there.