Amiel BaKehila Community Program

Third Delegation: January 19-21, 2020

KBR is pleased to announced a wonderful opportunity for Northern New Mexico. It’s called the Amiel BaKehila program. In short, the state of Israel sends out representatives/engagers to small communities around the world 5 times a year, for free. Read more about the program here:

Kol BeRamah hosts and coordinates Santa Fe’s participation in the Amiel BaKehila program, but this is really something that the entire community is encouraged to participate in! If you or an organization with which you are involved would like to participate in future events, please email Naomi Israel.

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Rabbi Reuven Spolter

Community Educator

Raised in Silver Spring, MD, Rabbi Reuven Spolter served as the rabbi of the Young Israel of Oak Park in Michigan until his aliyah in 2008. He then served as a Judaic studies instructor and Academic Coordinator of the Elkana Campus of the Orot College of Education from 2008 until 2018. Rabbi Spolter also serves as the Shorashim Coordinator for English-speaking countries for Irgun Rabbanei Tzohar. A graduate of Yeshiva University with an MA in Secondary Jewish Education and Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elcho- non Theological Seminary, he has taught and lectured to groups of all ages in communities around the world.

CJ Glass

Musician, Arts Ambassador

Best known for his performances on The Voice: Israel, Season 3, C.J. Glass is originally from Ithaca, New York. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College in May 2005. C.J. earned a Master of Arts in Jazz Studies from Queens College, performed at The Blue Note and The Iridi- um jazz clubs with The Adam Ramsay – C.J. Glass Quintet, and was a featured performer with numerous Jewish music groups. In addition to his music, C.J. co-authored the Jewish religious school textbook Torah Toons I with Joel Lurie Grishaver and has appeared on televised episodes of Law and Order: Criminal In- tent and SVU. He has also appeared in the movies Holy Rollers, The Shmorg: II, and Megillas Lester, as the voice of Menashe.

In 2013, C.J. became an Israeli citizen. Today C.J. teaches at Mizmor School: Givat Washington, and at the Ashkelon Conservatory, where he teaches trombone, bass guitar, and a beginning jazz ensemble. C.J. Glass holds down the guitar chair of The Jazz Pipes, the official jazz orchestra of Modi’in, Israel.

Yael Elbaz

Israel Engager

Yael Elbaz is a Senior Consultant and Cybersecurity Project Manager at Ernst and Young’s Cyber Division. Yael draws on her experience as an Intelligence officer in the Israeli Sigint National Unit (aka unit 8200), and a techno- intelligence team leader to ensure the highest standards of security for international and Israeli high-tech corpo- rations.

After studying Judaism at the “Bruriah” Midrashah, Yael joined the IDF and was accepted into the elite military intelligence unit, where she served for 5 years in various positions. These roles involved in-depth technical analy- sis and operational activities in high pressure emergency scenarios.

During her military service, Yael volunteered at numerous projects including “CyberGirlz” and “SheCodes”, non- profit organizations focused on female empowerment in the cyber and technology industry in Israel, and “Magshimim”, a national program dedicated to incorporating youths from under developed populations into high impact cyber related roles in the IDF.

As a Modern Orthodox woman in the booming Israeli high-tech sector, Yael is a true believer in bursting through the glass ceiling to fulfill her potential and supports other women and minorities in similar situations.

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