Kalman Laufer – President
Kalman Laufer grew up in Queens and now lives in Lawrence, NY. After graduating from MTA, he studied at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh for two years and then completed one year of YU Smicha on the Wilf Campus in the All Day Learning Program. Kalman is now in his first year at Yeshiva College and is majoring in Biology. He plans to finish Smicha after graduating and attend medical school. As MES president, Kalman would especially like to promote awareness of medi-halakhic issues, and hopes to continue doing so after acquiring his rabbinical and medical degrees.
Chana Herzig – President
Chana Herzig, a Senior at Stern College for Women, is finishing her shaped Biology major in Women’s Health. This is her third year on the board of the Medical Ethics Society, having served as Secretary last year. Chana is passionate about changing the way people engage with healthcare, and aspires to help doctors and patients interact more effectively through the use of emergent technologies. As the President of the Medical Ethics Society, Chana hopes to empower students to share their concerns about and insights into the field of medicine, medical ethics, and Jewish law as it pertains to medical practice.
Yitzy Mayefsky – Vice President
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Yitzy Mayefsky attended Fasman Yeshiva High School (Skokie Yeshiva), spent a year in Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, and is currently in his second year at Yeshiva University. As he sharpens both his knowledge in science and fluency in Spanish, Yitzy plans to connect and provide assistance to the Hispanic community. Yitzy has done research at Rush University Medical Center over two summers, and has also had the tremendous privilege of shadowing doctors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Aside from his involvement in the Medical Ethics Society, Yitzy also tutors at a local public school and hosts a weekly radio show, The Y’s Guys. Aspiring to be a general physician, Yitzy hopes to raise awareness to both future doctors and patients about the ethics and halachot of medicine in today’s society
Estee Robin – Vice President
Hailing from Fair Lawn, NJ, Estee Robin is currently a senior at Stern College, majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is on the pre-med track, hoping to become a doctor in the near future. In addition to her involvement with the Medical Ethics Society, Estee is a School Leader at PS 366 for Project START Science, a board member of the SCW Biology Club, a mentor for College EDge, and an NCSY advisor for the New Jersey region. Estee served on the Board of the Medical Ethics Society last year and is excited to take on the position of Vice Presidency for the upcoming year.
Matt Lubin – Press Secretary
Matt Lubin is in his second year at YU, having graduated from DRS High School and studied for two years at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh. He is taking classes in Biochemistry and Philosophy, reflecting his interest in the interface between ethics and modern science, especially as viewed from the Jewish perspective. Matt hopes that he will be able to promote awareness of these issues to a wide audience through his involvement with the Medical Ethics Society. To that end, he is responsible for the MES podcast, MES in 5, and the Twitter account.
Elianne Neuman – Secretary
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Elianne Neuman attended Nishmat in Israel and is now a junior at Stern College for Women. Her interest in medical ethics was sparked while attending a Moot Beit Din conference on behalf of her high school. This is her second year on the board of the YU Medical Ethics Society, having previously served as one of the heads of the Bioethics Journal Club. In addition to her involvement with the Medical Ethics Society, Elianne is a co-president of the Pre-Law Society, the Director of Mentorship for College EDge, a member of the YU Debate Team, and a staff member for YUNMUN. She is majoring in History, and plans on pursuing a career in law or business.
Benny Statman – Volunteer Coordinator
Benny Statman is a senior in Yeshiva College pursuing a major in Biology and a dual minor in Psychology and Spanish. He has been involved as a volunteer for the YU Medical Ethics Society for the past year and is looking forward to serving as a board member. Aside from his involvement in the Medical Ethics Society, he is also a board member for the neuroscience society, the co-president of MacsLive Reporting Services, and a volunteer for West Coast NCSY.
Nechama Dreyfus – Volunteer Coordinator
Hailing from Waterbury, Connecticut, Nechama Dreyfus is a junior majoring in Biochemistry at Stern College. In addition to her involvement with the Medical Ethics Society, she is a member of the Yeshiva University Debate Team and is volunteer for the START Science program. Her interest in medical ethics stems from courses given by Rabbi Avishai David at Michlalah, and she is particularly excited by the topic of the upcoming Medical Ethics Society conference: the practice of medicine in Israel. She plans to attend medical school.
David Goldrich – Press Coordinator
Hailing from East Brunswick NJ, David Goldrich is currently a senior in Yeshiva College, dual-majoring in Biology and Political Science. In addition to serving on the Board of the Medical Ethics Society, David is involved on campus as Facilities Chair for the Student Life Committee, Eco-Rep for the YU Office of Energy and Sustainability, and Campus Relations Coordinator for YUPAC. He is also a mentor for College EDge, and writes for the YU Commentator and The Correspondent. When not doing research or calmly discussing politics with his peers, David enjoys playing guitar and tutoring in biology. He plans on pursuing a career in medicine, and looks forward to a great year with the Medical Ethics Society.
Talia Atlas – Institutional Outreach Coordinator
Talia Atlas is from Highland Park, New Jersey. She is currently a junior at Stern College and is majoring in Biology. Aside from her studies at Stern, she is part of Project START and is a peer tutor. Talia hopes to further her interest in medical ethics through her involvement with the YU Medical Ethics Society, thereby helping to build a foundation for being a responsible doctor in the near future.
Isaac Dreyfus – Admissions Ambassador
Isaac Dreyfus is from Waterbury, Connecticut. 2013-2014 will be his third year on campus and he plans on majoring in biology. He hopes to make his way to medical school and pursue a career as a doctor. When it comes to medical ethics, he is particularly interested in the science of the mind and neuroethics. Apart from his involvement in the Medical Ethics Society, he is also a member of the neuroscience board and a college EDge mentor.
Talia Felman – Institutional Outreach Coordinator
Though originally born in Boston, Massachusetts, Talia Felman now lives in Teaneck, NJ. She is a junior at Stern College and plans on majoring in Biology. When not doing schoolwork, Talia can be found writing for The Observer, drawing, volunteering in the NICU at her local hospital, and spending time with her special needs campers. Talia has a particular interest in neuroscience and finds the interplay between medicine and secular and Jewish philosophy especially fascinating. She is looking forward to further exploring both topics this year through her involvement with the Medical Ethics Society.
Rachel Leah Victor – Admissions Ambassador
Rachel L. Victor is from Cleveland, OH and is currently a senior in the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College. She is majoring in Biology and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. Rachel began developing an interest in medical ethics while studying in Israel, and while conducting clinical research in the emergency department at University Hospitals of Cleveland. In addition to her studies at Stern, she conducts biophysical research with Dr. Evan Mintzer, works as an Organic Chemistry Lab TA, volunteers for Project START Science and Project TEACH, and is the President of the Global Health Club. She hopes to utilize the knowledge she gains from the Medical Ethics Society to inspire others to explore the wonders of science and medicine.
Mickey Abraham – Registration Manager
Mickey Abraham is in his second year at Yeshiva College, having previously studied at Yeshivat Birkat Moshe in Maleh Adumim for two years. He developed an interest in neuroscience after spending multiple summers researching at a neurovascular lab at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Mickey is majoring in Biology and minoring in Philosophy, which reflect his commitment to medical ethics. He plans on pursuing a career in medicine.
Deena Miller – Registration Manager
Deena Miller is honored to return to the Board of the Medical Ethics Society for her third year. Born in Woodmere, NY, Deena is a senior majoring in Biochemistry at Stern College, and plans on pursuing a career in medicine. She volunteers at a pediatrics urgent care facility and is involved in clinical research in radiation oncology at the Beth Israel Medical Center. This past summer, Deena worked in laboratory research in infectious diseases at Einstein. Deena hopes to contribute knowledge from her previous and current experiences to the advancement of the Medical Ethics Society.
Rivki Weiss – Facilities General Manager
Rivki Weiss is from Far Rockaway, New York. She is a senior at Stern majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. Aside from her involvement with the Medical Ethics Society, Rivki is the Vice President of the Pre-Med Club, and is part of START and the Environmental Club. She hopes to become a pediatrician in Israel.
Moshe Wasserman – General Facilities Coordinator
Moshe Wasserman is from the Teaneck/Bergenfield, NJ area. He graduated MTA in 2009, and spent two years studying in Israel at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and at Yeshivat Yishrei Lev in Telzstone. Moshe is a senior majoring in Biology and plans on pursuing a career in medicine. This is his second year on the Board of the Medical Ethics Society, having previously served as one of the Bioethics Journal Club Coordinators from 2012-2013. He also helped organize the YU Genetic Screening event in 2012. In addition to his involvement with the Medical Ethics Society, Moshe is the Vice President of the Public Health Club, the Executive Director of HAAP, and a board member on the YU Chessed Club. He has also been involved with Project START and Literacy Program at YU. Moshe volunteered at Camp Simcha for two summers, as both a member of the media and production staff and as a counselor.
Liat Weinstock – Guest Services Coordinator
Liat Weinstock is from Cedarhurst, New York. She spent a year at Sha’alvim for Women and is now a junior at Stern College majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Since arriving at Stern, Liat has tutored her fellow students in Cell Biology, participated in the Frontiers in Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Scholars Academic Enrichment program, and studied medical ethics with Rabbi Saul Berman. She also spent a rewarding summer at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, conducting research on endometrial cancer and observing many surgeries. Liat plans on pursuing a career in medicine.
Simcha Weissman – Guest Services Coordinator
Simcha Weissman grew up in Passaic, NJ. He is a senior at YU majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. In addition to his involvement with the Medical Ethics Society, Simcha is involved in HAAP, TEP, Music Vs., and a number of other extracurricular activities. He plans on pursuing a career in medicine.
Rachel Shapiro – Web Content Manager
Rachel Shapiro is from Riverdale, NY. After spending a year at Migdal Oz, she is currently a junior at Stern College for Women. In addition to being a part of the Medical Ethics Society, Rachel is the captain of the tennis team and a peer tutor. Rachel is looking forward to a great year with the Medical Ethics Society.