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David White: Ten Years Later (Part 12)

Jonah’s death ten years ago commenced a journey for many of us that has been filled with sadness (of course) but also with love — so much love. With this campaign, “10 Years Later,” you’re invited to spend some time with some of Jonah’s best friends and teachers.

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Meet David White.

David is currently a youth director at Temple Beth El in Great Neck, NY. He is beginning his studies at HUC this summer. He has a long connection with NFTY NAR and the URJ Kutz Camp, which is how how he knew Jonah.

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Ashera Buhite: Ten Years Later (Part 11)

Jonah’s death ten years ago commenced a journey for many of us that has been filled with sadness (of course) but also with love — so much love. With this campaign, “10 Years Later,” you’re invited to spend some time with some of Jonah’s best friends and teachers.

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Meet Ashera Buhite.

Ashera is a Marriage and Family Therapist, writer, and bartender based in Buffalo, NY. You can check out more of her writing at QweenCity.com.

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Dani Cattan: Ten Years Later (Part 10)

Jonah’s death ten years ago commenced a journey for many of us that has been filled with sadness (of course) but also with love — so much love. With this campaign, “10 Years Later,” you’re invited to spend some time with some of Jonah’s best friends and teachers.

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Meet Dani Cattan.

Dani is 29 and just moved back to the United States after living in Uruguay for quite some time and is now looking to place roots down in PhiIadelphia with her husband, Diego. She has a B.A. in Latino Studies, Photography and Art Activism from Hampshire College, MA, and a Masters in Public Administration from CUNY-Baruch College, NY. She is extremely passionate about art, social justice, tango and tacos. Hiking and being outdoors is where she feels most at home.

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Jake Perlman: Ten Years Later (Part 9)

Jonah’s death ten years ago commenced a journey for many of us that has been filled with sadness (of course) but also with love — so much love. With this campaign, “10 Years Later,” you’re invited to spend some time with some of Jonah’s best friends and teachers.

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Meet Jake Perlman.

Jake lives and works in Hollywood as a casting coordinator for Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television. After graduating from Northwestern University, he spent a year writing for Entertainment Weekly before he was a part of the casting team at Showtime Networks. He spends his free time baking and hanging out with his cats, Covfefe and Gus.

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Father’s Day … Billy Dreskin: Ten Years Later (Part 8)

Jonah’s death ten years ago commenced a journey for many of us that has been filled with sadness (of course) but also with love — so much love. With this campaign, “10 Years Later,” you’re invited to spend some time with some of Jonah’s best friends and teachers.

And today, with his dad.

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Dear Jonah,

Father’s Day. A good time in this series, “Ten Years Later,” to pause and, for a moment, to let your father’s voice come through.

It’s my tenth Father’s Day without you. Yuk. Talk about your stark reminder of what’s missing, of who’s missing. I don’t know why but it continues to surprise me, that this hole in my heart is a forever thing. The yearning to see you again, to speak with you again, to hold you again, these all quiet but they don’t cease. And so, as it must be, I remain vigilant in my determination to carry on, to live a good life even though you’re not in it and, right alongside that, to accept (and even embrace) those moments when things can’t just “carry on” because it still hurts that you’re gone.

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Chana Rothman: Ten Years Later (Part 7)

Jonah’s death ten years ago commenced a journey for many of us that has been filled with sadness (of course) but also with love — so much love. With this campaign, “10 Years Later,” you’re invited to spend some time with some of Jonah’s best friends and teachers.

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Meet Chana Rothman.

Chana is a Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter/educator whose most recent project, 3 Songs for Justice, is a collaboration with two other singer/songwriters, Eliana Light and Isaac Zones, to create usable, soul-lifting, singable songs for today’s troubled world. Her most-recent album, Rainbow Train, is a danceable revolution of tunes about freedom of gender and self-expression for children and people of all ages. Learn more about Chana and her music at chanarothman.com.

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Rabbi Jen Gubitz: Ten Years Later (Part 6)

Jonah’s death ten years ago commenced a journey for many of us that has been filled with sadness (of course) but also with love — so much love. With this campaign, “10 Years Later,” you’re invited to spend some time with some of Jonah’s best friends and teachers.

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Meet Rabbi Jennifer Gubitz.

Jen serves as a rabbi at Temple Israel of Boston where she runs the Riverway Project, whose mission is to connect 20s and 30s to Judaism and to each other. She is a proud product of Indiana University’s Borns Jewish Studies Program and URJ Goldman Union Camp (GUCI). In 2005, she was co-songleader at URJ Kutz Camp with Chana Rothman where they had the pleasure of knowing Jonah Dreskin. Jen lives in Boston with her partner Matan.

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Amanda Battaglia: Ten Years Later (Part 5)

Jonah’s death ten years ago commenced a journey for many of us that has been filled with sadness (of course) but also with love — so much love. With this campaign, “10 Years Later,” you’re invited to spend some time with some of Jonah’s best friends and teachers.

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Meet Amanda Battaglia.

Having just wrapped up her time working for URJ Youth in New York, Amanda is a soon-to-be graduate student at the University of San Diego studying Social Innovation. Amanda is an alum of NFTY NAR, Kutz Camp, and University of Virginia.

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Lexi Milford: Ten Years Later (Part 4)

Jonah’s death ten years ago commenced a journey for many of us that has been filled with sadness (of course) but also with love — so much love. With this campaign, “10 Years Later,” you’re invited to spend some time with some of Jonah’s best friends and teachers.

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Meet Lexi Milford.

Lexi lives in Queens, NY. In her spare time, she illustrates on commission and works on personal projects, practices guitar, brews beer, hikes and camps and goes on bike tours. She loves cooking, coming up with new recipes and sharing a good meal with friends. In the last year, she and her partner went on a statewide bike tour, cycling from NYC to Buffalo. Lexi’s future aspirations involve moving her career to align moreso with her passions and interests. She hopes to continue going on bike tours, aiming to someday cycle across the United States and across other countries.

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Dan Reichenbach: Ten Years Later (Part 3)

Jonah’s death ten years ago commenced a journey for many of us that has been filled with sadness (of course) but also with love — so much love. With this campaign, “10 Years Later,” you’re invited to spend some time with some of Jonah’s best friends and teachers.

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Meet Dan Reichenbach.

Dan is a third-year student at HUC-JIR in New York in the Masters in Religious Education program. Until recently he lived in Israel after making aliyah and joining the IDF in 2012. Dan served for two years in the Nachal brigade and then traveled the world before he began his studies at HUC, taking a year to learn Talmud at the PARDES yeshivah in Jerusalem. Dan lives now on the Upper East Side with his dog Chewbacca.

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