Jessica Felber is a doctoral student at UCLA, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, with a special emphasis on Israel Studies. Since graduating with a B.A. from UC Berkeley in 2010, Jessica has worked and volunteered for several Jewish non-profit organizations including Jerusalem U, Core 18 Leaders’ Lab and Hasbara Fellowships. Seeking to foster a sense of peoplehood among Jewish young adults in Los Angeles, Jessica has teamed up with Hana Doustar to achieve her vision through the Doreinu movement.
Hana Doustar is currently pursuing an M.A. in Chinese Medicine at Emperor’s College. After completing her B.A. in psychology from the University of Antioch, Hana spent significant time traveling throughout Israel where she studied ancient texts, fell in love with the country and even volunteered her time with a grassroots peace organization. Determined to open an alternative medical clinic in Jerusalem following her graduation, Hana has meanwhile teamed up with Jessica Felber to share her experiences through the Doreinu movement.
Max Landaw is a practicing California attorney having graduated UC Hastings College of the Law and passing the California bar exam in 2011. He has had his own legal practice since 2012. While completing his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, Max helped found the Tikvah Zionist student organization. Seeking to bring an awareness of Jewish history and identity to young adults in the greater Los Angeles area, Max has teamed up with Jessica and Hana to provide a fresh brand of Jewish programming through the Doreinu movement.
Michael Shepsis is a practicing attorney, having graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2009. He is a long time resident of the Boston area and is active in the local Jewish community. Seeking to bring an awareness of Jewish history and identity to young adults, Michael has helped found the Boston chapter of the Doreinu movement to provide fresh Jewish programming focused on identity politics and national consciousness.
Zachary Kogan came to the United States as a refugee from the USSR and grew up on Boston’s North Shore. The great grandson of Rabbi Morduch HaKohen of Dubrovno, he grew up in the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement. A former competitive skier and an avid musician, Zachary holds a degree in Global Business Science, Fine Arts & Humanities. He currently lives in Brookline, MA and is the Program Officer for Strategic Israel Engagement at Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Jonathan Kadoch is a graduate of the University of Maryland and an online advertising professional living in Manhattan. He is responsible for overseeing Doreinu’s activities in the New York area and led the Alliance for New Zionist Vision’s American delegation at the 37th World Zionist Congress (where he personally spearheaded efforts to push forward a resoulution declaring the Jewish people indigenous to the Land of Israel).
Doreinu was founded by a group of young professionals in LA who sensed a fundamental need for discovering our roles in Jewish history. Looking holistically at our story spanning thousands of years has brought us to the realization that Israel’s modern return to nationhood has significantly altered the Jewish experience worldwide and placed us in a unique generation unlike any before. Recognizing that we are living in one of the most incredible chapters in the story of our people, we work to promote and inspire Jewish community, identity and the will to participate in history by providing cutting edge social, cultural and educational programs in an accepting, open minded and agenda-free environment.
Doreinu’s amazing success in LA led us to open branches in Boston and New York. Our regular events include community service, nature hikes, holiday parties, Friday night dinner experiences, leadership missions to Israel, inspirational lectures & discussions, wine & movie nights, book-of-the-month clubs and more.
Doreinu is open to Jews of all backgrounds and focuses on programming for participants in their 20’s and 30’s. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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