Our Members

Ari Garfinkel

Ari Garfinkel

President

Bio

Ari Garfinkel was raised in Miami, FL, where he attended Yeshiva Toras Chaim for high school. He spent a year in Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim in Jerusalem before making his way to Yeshiva University. Currently, Ari is in his third year at Yeshiva University, where he is on his way to earning his bachelors in biology. Ari spends his summers at the Diabetes Research Institute in the Islet Physiology lab. When he is not cramming for all of his exams, Ari enjoys good books, video games, and playing sports. Ari is an NCAA athlete, a CollegEdge mentor, a MusicVS volunteer, and has participanted in both the Einstein and Cordozo Frontiers Programs. In his first semester as a co-Vice President for MES, he is excited to enhance the already stellar work that the society does. He hopes to be able to draw in all types of students, not just pre-meds, to learn about the correlation between Halacha and Modern Medical Ethics.
Rebecca Garber

Rebecca Garber

President

Bio

A native of Atlanta, GA, Rebecca Garber attended Temima High School for Girls before studying at Midreshet Tehillah in Israel. Now, as a senior in Stern College majoring in Biochemistry, Rebecca hopes to pursue a career in medicine with a focus on cardiology and emergency medicine. As co-president of the Medical Ethics Society, Rebecca aspires to engage, teach, and excite fellow students, as well as the larger Jewish Community, with current hot topics in medical ethics. In addition, she plans to revamp the genetic screening program on campus. Her other campus involvements include being a Student Ambassador, a Shabbos Enhancement Committee member, a College EDge mentor, START tutor, and a Frontier’s participant at Cordozo Law School. Rebecca has done research at both Yeshiva University and Emory Medial School and has interned in the GI unit at Montefiore Hospital. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys physical fitness, off-shore fishing, and exploring the cultural aspects of the city.
Adam Goldstein

Adam Goldstein

Vice President

Bio

Adam Goldstein is currently in his fourth year at Yeshiva University. He is originally from Woodmere, Long Island and attended DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys. After spending a year in Israel at Yeshivat HaKotel, he joined the ranks of students on campus at YU. He was been working towards completing a major in mathematics with the hopes of becoming a physician. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys tutoring in local high schools, conducting research into various fields, and taking advantage of the cultural experiences New York City has to offer. As a board member, he is excited to do his part to help the Medical Ethics Society fulfill the mission of promoting education and awareness of medical ethics at YU.
Yael Mayer

Yael Mayer

Vice President

Bio

Yael Mayer is currently in her second year at Stern College, on course to complete a Biology Neuroscience major and pursue life, liberty, and a medical degree. A native of Queens and a graduate of YUHSG, Yael spent a year in Israel studying at Migdal Oz Beit Midrash L’Nashim. She has been privileged to do research at AECOM, Mt. Sinai, and Bar Ilan during the summers. In addition to her post as MES Vice President, Yael is a classroom leader with START, promoting science literacy in inner-city public schools, a hospital liaison with Project TEACH, using science to cheer hospitalized children, an IMNF fellow, reaching out to the neurologically impaired with music, and a performer for So You Think Stern Can Dance. During her time as Vice President, Yael hopes to promote awareness and spark interest in medical ethics among her peers and the larger community. She looks forward to encouraging medical professionals and patients alike to better service, advocate, and pay notice to the delicate overlay of health and halacha.
Matt Lubin

Matt Lubin

Medical Halacha Committee Adviser

Bio

Matt Lubin grew up in suburban New York and attended Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh. Now at Yeshiva University, he is studying Biology, Philosophy, and Maseches Sanhedrin. Besides for involvement in MES, Matt is interested in showing wider audiences the broader application of Torah and Jewish values to all areas of life. Matt contributes to online projects such as halachipedia.com and judaism.stackexchange.com, in addition to helping with MES’ educational projects.
Esther Kazlow

Esther Kazlow

Medical Halacha Committee Director

Bio

Esther Kazlow was born and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey and attended Manhattan High School. Esther is currently a biology major and a senior at Stern, who plans to pursue a career in medicine. Esther loves being a board member on YU’s Medical Ethics Society. She believes MES is a great way to explore the interface of bioethics and halacha and to discuss contemporary medical ethics issues with mentors and peers. As a biology major and pre-health student, many questions arise regarding the ethical and Torah perspective on research, genetics, and every-day medical dilemmas. YU’s Medical Ethics Society is a great opportunity to take a break from the books and engage in a multiplex of conversations, lectures, and programs.
Shuey Mirkin

Shuey Mirkin

Medical Halacha Committee Director

Bio

Shuey, now a senior, hails from the sunny metropolis of Baltimore, MD, where he attended Talmudical Academy for his high school years. After studying in Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh for two years, he is now in Yeshiva University majoring in biology and starting down the long, yet rewarding, road to his MD. As chairman of the newly established Medical Halacha Committee, this is Shuey’s first year with MES. Aside from the opportunity to work with a great group of dedicated, motivated student leaders, Shuey is excited for the chance to be a part of the work that MES does. He hopes to make the MHC a vibrant part of MES as a whole and to bring his love of writing and editing to the MHC’s various projects. In his free time (or at least what’s left of it), Shuey enjoys running, rock climbing, snowboarding, and generally most things not involving sitting in a classroom.
Golda Aharon

Golda Aharon

Facilities General Manager

Bio

Golda Aharon is a junior in Stern college from Jamaica Estates, New York. Though she is majoring in math, Golda loves learning about issues in the medical community and hopes to be a doctor one day. She is especially looking forward to Conference because of her love for children and her concern for their well-being. Golda attended Yeshiva University High School for Girls (“Central”) for high school.
Sam Apple

Sam Apple

Logistics Coordinator

Bio

Sam Apple, born and bred in Scarsdale, New York, is an aspiring doctor and part-time omelet chef. After attending Ramaz Upper School, Sam attended Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim for one year and Binghamton University for an atypical second year before transferring to YU in the hopes (satisfied, no less) of being in a more Judaism-conscious and holistic educational atmosphere. As a senior in YU with a biology major and English minor, Sam hopes to pursue a career in medicine, but knows that such a field is accompanied by many ethical dimensions and complexities. That is where his passion for medical ethics comes in. As the logistics coordinator for MES who has helped organize events and creatively advertised those events to students, Sam loves to confront, as well as to facilitate the confrontation of, modern medical ethics issues. In addition to being a loyal MES board member, Sam is also a runner on the YU Cross Country team, a Literacy Program tutor, and a Music Vs. fellow.
Eli Nemetz

Eli Nemetz

Logistics Coordinator

Bio

Eli is both a sophomore and an international student from Canada. She attended Tiferes Bais Yaakov High School for girls and came to Stern College for Women as a true freshmen. Eli is pre-med and pursuing a BA in Political Science. Eli is looking forward to seeing the logistics and behind-the-scenes of Conference. She has an infectious enthusiasm that is translated into the many extracurriculars she has involvement in, which include: Project Sunshine, the J. Dunner Political Science Society, So You Think Stern Can Dance, Research Day, and Office of Student Life. Eli enjoys celebrating the little things like eating cake, the first snow of the season, Starbucks lattes, a Kate Spade thank you card, and congratulating friends on any achievements! She is incredibly excited for an amazing year with MES!
Ariel Rafie

Ariel Rafie

Graphic Designer

Bio

Ariel Rafie is currently a student in Yeshiva College focusing on Biology and Art. After graduating from YULA in 2012, Ariel left his hometown of Los Angeles, California, in search of life’s big questions. After spending a couple of years in the Holy Land meeting new people, traveling the land, shadowing physicians, and learning in yeshiva, he now finds himself walking the streets of Washington Heights in search of some answers. Somewhere in the nonexistent time between Yeshiva and University studies, Ariel gets to be part of a society that unites his passion for medicine and philosophy, while getting to implement his artistic side as the Graphic Designer of the MES team. “The Medical Ethics Society is pretty much all I could ask for in a club. I’m really glad that I get to be part of such an awesome board with such awesome people. I think everyone on the board pretty much agrees we are just one big nerdy/really-cool family!” -Ariel Rafie
Samantha Wilder

Samantha Wilder

Volunteer Coordinator

Bio

Sami Wilder grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and attended high school at Shearim Torah High School for girls, in Arizona. Post high school she attended a year in Israel at Midreshet Tehillah in Har Nof, Jerusalem, where she discovered her fascination with ethics and Judaism. She is a senior now at Stern College for Women majoring in Biochemistry, and is passionate about science, medicine, ethics, and education. She is thrilled to be a part of MES because it allows her to educate (and be educated!) on topics that are relevant and exciting in both the jewish and scientific fields.
Aryeh Snyder

Aryeh Snyder

Volunteer Coordinator

Bio

Isaac Snyder is from Staten Island. Isaac went to JEC in Elizabeth for high school, where his passion for scientific research first started to bloom. His love for research, coupled with an interest in treating children, made him interested in medical ethics. To Isaac, medical ethics is not just about whether to administer a drug or not based on the more conventional medical ethics; rather, whether to work on creating that drug or not based on ethical concerns about how that drug might wind up being abused. When not studying, you can often find Isaac either in a lab or reading research papers. Aside from MES, Isaac’s main passions include cooking, reading, and participating in research.
Michal Auerbach

Michal Auerbach

Registration Coordinator

Bio

Michal Auerbach is from West Hempstead, NY. Michal attended Yeshiva University High School for Girls, followed by a year at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim. Currently, she is a junior at Stern College for Women studying Cellular and Molecular Biology. Her interest in the Medical Ethics Society began when she attended a Conference whilst in high school, and she has since been involved in learning and writing about different medical ethics issues facing the secular and Jewish community today. Ultimately, she aims to pursue a career in reproductive medicine.
Gavriel Sturm

Gavriel Sturm

Registration Coordinator

Bio

Gavriel Sturm resides in Woodmere, New York. He will hopefully be majoring in biology and computer science as he begins his first semester as a junior. Gavriel has a life passion of overcoming the degenerative effects of aging. Medical Ethics Society is a perfect way for Gavriel to get involved and bring awareness to the countless ethical questions that the anti-aging field brings forth. As one of the Registration Coordinators this year, Gavriel will be in charge of website management as well as running events of his own. Gavriel is currently part of a research team within YU studying the aging process of genetically modified stem cells. Additionally, Gavriel is a member of the intramural roller hockey league, as well as the Red Cross and Entrepreneurial and Biotechnology Clubs. As MES society’s many events begin, Gavriel hopes to form many great relationships and experiences.