We are excited to welcome interim OU-JLIC Directors at Cornell, Rav Benjy Koslowe and Tamar Yastrab!
Rav Benjy Koslowe is originally from Bergenfield, New Jersey. After graduating from Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC), he learned at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush) for two years. He then attended Yeshiva University where he learned in the Mazer Yeshiva Program, majored in Mathematics and Philosophy, and served as editor-in-chief of the independent student newspaper, The Commentator. Benjy continued his studies at Columbia Law School where he received his J.D. this past spring. He is slated to begin working in intellectual property transactional law at Ropes & Gray LLP this fall. Benjy has worked in informal Torah education and delivered chaburot at TABC, Gush, Camp Stone, and Yavneh at the Columbia/Barnard Hillel.
Tamar Yastrab grew up in Woodmere, New York. She learned in Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) for one year and graduated from Stern College with a B.A. in Computer Science. She has learned in Moshava’s Beit Midrash Program, Rabbi Aryeh Klapper’s Summer Beit Midrash, taught at Drisha’s High School Summer Program, and even spent one summer coding for Sefaria. This past year, Tamar worked as a software engineer on a risk management team at J.P. Morgan. She was fortunate to take GPATS classes as an undergraduate and looks forward to continuing her studies in Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Study full-time this year, working toward her master’s degree in Biblical and Talmudic Interpretation.