Bridging the Gap Fellows 2012-2013
Polina Ferd is a rising junior at Brooklyn College, majoring in biology and minoring in French. Polina’s pluralistic view is rooted in her affiliation with Young Judea after working the past summer in camp Tel Yehudah with Russian Jewish teens for Havurah. In high school, she was an active member in her local Jewish center, the Shorefront Y of Brighton Beach, working in day camp after school as well as being a participant in leadership training programs such as Telem and Sefer Dorot. During her sophomore year of college, Polina volunteered in the intensive care unit at New York Methodist Hospital, gaining valuable insight into the medical field. This past summer, Polina was a CLIP intern at Cornell Weill Medical School’s research lab performing clinical trials in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology department. Throughout the school year and summer she is her school’s representative for Hillel’s Bridging the Gap fellowship, creating events for Jewish students of all denominations in NYC.
Regina-Lea Nuzbrokh goes to the prestigious CUNY Hunter College. Her unique major is in Media Analysis & Criticism and she is also in the pre-dental program. Her expected graduation date is June 2015. When she is not out improving the world one Jew at a time, she practices Hot Yoga. Her exceptional music taste has brought her to love an Australian band called Empire of the Sun. Though she is open to try new foods, her absolute favorite dish is Stuffed Grape Leaves. Ms. Nuzbrokh initially joined Bridging the Gap because it was relevant to her then future career – Public Relations. She felt this would be a good way to get some first hand experience in the event planning world, and to expand her network. However, Regina changed career paths, but decided to stick with BTG because of the positive message it sent out. “I appreciate the fact that I am part of a fellowship, which attempts to bring together Jews from all circles.”
Douglas Kandl is a Junior Information Technology and Computer Science major at Pace University. He is the Co-President of the Hillel on Campus in addition to being on the international steering committee of the college committee of the Conservative movement’s college program. In high school he was a board member of his shul’s USY chapter. Douglas is very passionate about Judaism and continues to try to improve Jewish life for students.