NEW GENERATIONS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Yahav Barnea

She/Her

Yahav comes from Kibbutz Shomrat in the Western Galilee of Israel. She is half Israeli and half Canadian and has been living in Toronto for almost 6 years. She is an educator and a community organizer. Yahav holds a Bachelor’s in Education with a specialty in Democratic Education with many years of experience both in formal and informal education in Israel and Jewish communities. She served as a Shlicha for two years in the U.S. and was the director of the ShinShinim program at UJA Federation for three years before moving to JVS Toronto. Yahav is very passionate about community, arts and much more.  

Malka Elkin

She/Her

Malka is a social worker (M.S.W., Wurzweiler School of Social Work) who has held previous positions as a refugee settlement worker and as an intake worker at a children’s mental health centre. She currently works as a poverty reduction program coordinator at a social service agency, as part of the Research and Evaluation team. She has also volunteered with vulnerable populations in Cambodia, Peru and Israel. She is excited to bring her passions for education, advocacy and social justice to her role on the NIFC New Gen Council. In her free time, she can be found snuggling with her dog or starting a new hobby that she’ll probably drop next week. 

Kevin Keystone

He/Him

Kevin Keystone is a freelance researcher and writer. Prior to this, he was head of product for a start-up data analytics and business intelligence company, which was successfully acquired in 2019. A graduate of the University of British Columbia (Honours B.A., anthropology), he lived in Vancouver until recently, where he served as trustee and gabbi at Temple Sholom and chair of the Coast Capital Savings Young Leaders Community Council. In fall 2021, he will be joining the masters of theological studies program at Harvard Divinity School. In addition to NIFC, he is a member of IfNotNow Toronto.

Rachel Landau

She/Her

Rachel grew up in Toronto attending Jewish day school, and completed high school during the war in Gaza, prompting her to reflect and engage critically with the Israeli Palestinian Conflict. While in University, she completed a semester abroad in Hebrew University, studying the conflict from an academic perspective, and engaging with Israelis and Palestinians with lived experience. Rachel recently completed a B.A and Masters in Public Policy and is committed to using her skills and experience to advocate for a more equitable society in Israel and an end to the Occupation.

Alex Richler

She/They

Alex is a queer disabled Jew who’s passionate about building spaces for intersectional togetherness. Whether it be a casual hang out to celebrate a big life transition or a 30 hour global Shavuot festival with 51 facilitators, Alex strives to build bridges and entry points across her/their many communities and identities while encouraging those around her/them to find unity, mutual respect and understanding, and joy in being in relationship with those different from ourselves. When Alex isn’t building intentional community, they can be found eating pickles, listening to pop punk, and/or swooning over dogs.

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