HEY HAGALIL!! My name is Lauren Ilene Wistreich and I’m so excited to serve as your 2012-2013 Religion/Education Vice President! I was born and raised in North Brunswick ,NJ and I attend North Brunswick Township High School. I live with my parents and my brother, who is a freshman at Penn State. I’ve been involved with Hagalil and USY since 6th grade, starting with my very first encampment. By the end of my USY career, I will have attended 7 encampments, 2 summer programs (USY on Wheels: Mission Mitzvah 2010 [BUS H!!] and USY Eastern Europe Israel Pilgrimage 2012 [ GROUP 8!]), 2 International Conventions (IC Philly and IC Boston), and WAY too many regional conventions/kinnusim and dances to even count. I am also a proud member of the North/South Brunswick chapter. I spent 2 years on chapter board and one year on Rel/Ed RGB. I was also on International Tefillah Committee for IC Philly! As you can see, USY is pretty much my entire life! I spend more time at my shul than I do at school during the week. I tutor all of the B’nai Mitzvah students every week, attend services every Shabbos, and spend time at chapter events.
I have 2 basic goals in life. One is to visit every US state, and I’ve hit 34 out of 50 already! The second is to watch every episode of Law and Order: SVU ever created. I don’t know how many I have left, but it can’t be that many! My dream job is to be a criminal profiler for the FBI with a focus in school shootings. I watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette, Criminal Minds, and Survivor every week, and write music even though I can’t sing or play an instrument. I’ve cried at every regional slow ruach session and havdallah since 9th grade, and spend lots of time every week learning Torah readings and Haftorahs. I have a weird obsession with country music, my favorite game is laptag, I own more hoodies than I do any other types of clothing, I’m always on facebook (except on Shabbat of course!), coffee is my weakness, and I’m addicted to learning and speaking sign language.
Email me, chat me, text me, call me (beep me if you wanna reach me ), ANYTHING! (I love receiving and writing handwritten letters, just an FYI for those of you with free time on your hands). I’m always here to talk, and I love meeting new people!
HAGALIL, GET READY FOR N AMAZING YEAR!