My name is Jesse Vaknin and I cannot wait to have the best year with the greatest region in the 2016-2017 year. That being said, I am so excited to work with my board and all of you to help make Hagalil, and USY overall, an awesome place! Now a little bit about me. First off, I am seventeen years old and was born on June 24, 1999. I am a currently a junior going into senior year at the Morris County Vocational School for Technology (MCST for short) and have been in USY since the beginning of my freshman year. I have proudly been a part of the Morris Plains chapter throughout my involvement and have been involved in my synagogue, Adath Shalom, since elementary school.
Some of my hobbies include bowling, watching/ critiquing the best of TV shows and movies (if you want to discuss a movie or TV please feel free to speak to me anytime), and fine dining. When at convention, I love being with my friends, participating in Ruach sessions, and of course, eating deli food. After college, I would love to be an educator of some sort in a humanities course such as English or History. I find that my inspiration for educating others often stems from my parents and their jobs as educators.
Ever since my first event, encampment 2013, I have felt a special connection to USY and Judaism through the friends I have made and the connections I have formed. I love USY so much and am so grateful for all that it has given me, which is why I wanted to see its amazing environment continue to help people find themselves as it did for me.
Luckily, being in USY has taught me epic communication skills and I am free through any form of social media, text, phone call, Skype, or just regular FaceTime. Please feel free to HMU if you have questions, comments, concerns, etc. I am super approachable and I will literally talk about anything, and if none of these forms of communication work, feel free to approach me at events!
We our going to have a radical year as a region and as an community!