Spotlight on Alumni: Lauren Abecassis & Naomi Schlesinger

Two inspiring leaders. One summer together in Israel on the inaugural FJL Tel-Aviv Program. Now, back in NYC, they are actively taking responsibility within their community and beyond. Here is their story:

Naomi grew up on Long Island, NY and currently attends New York University, studying toward a degree in Social Studies education. This past summer, Naomi secured an internship at ProoV, a technology start-up based in Herzliya. She gained new skills and invaluable professional office experience. Here is how Naomi described her summer with FJL:

While my internship definitely allowed me to grow professionally, I was able to also grow spiritually and intellectually during FJL’s supplementary programming. The evening and Shabbat programming allowed me to unpack my experiences and reflect on the values I want to incorporate into my personal and professional life.

Lauren at her office in Tel-Aviv

Lauren also grew up on Long Island, NY and is currently pursuing a Law degree at New York Law School. This past summer, Lauren interned at the prestigious Yigal Arnon Law Firm located at the Azrieli Towers in Tel-Aviv. During her internship, Lauren was introduced to legal and business aspects of the Israeli startup ecosystem. Through her charm and hard work, Lauren gained the trust of her colleagues and was granted numerous responsibilities, working closely with firm partners and other legal professionals in the field. Lauren was even given an office with a not-too-shabby view of the Mediterranean Sea!


Lauren returned from her experience on the FJL program fired up about making a difference:

Over the past two months, my outlook on Jewish leadership was shaped through my FJL