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Mayanot Gathers Hundreds for Gala in Manhattan

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Miri Birk and her husband Dovid drove five-and-a-half hours in a snowstorm to attend the Mayanot Leadership Gala. The event, which took place at the Hilton in Manhattan, on Dec 17, was a chance to reconnect with a special community of friends and teachers while supporting an organization close to their hearts, she says.
Today she is the outreach director at the Roitman Chabad Center at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Birk found Mayanot to be a tremendous starting point and a place she gained both the skills to study on her own, as well as a community she continues to cherish.
The program was also ultimately a stepping stone in shaping her Jewish journey, she explains, teaching her how to live a Jewish lifestyle “not just viewing it from the outside as a participant, but being a player in your own Jewish journey.”
Over cocktails and dinner, nearly 600 Mayanot alumni and supporters shared an evening of warmth and inspiration with friends, whom participants say they consider family. T…