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Alumni Spotlight: Leora Einleger (HS '14)

Leora Einleger (HS '14) is currently in her senior year at Barnard College, Columbia University where she is an Athena Women's Leadership Scholar studying Political Science and International Relations. Before attending Barnard, Leora spent a gap year on Kivunim.

In her short time away from Heschel, Leora has accomplished a lot, putting her academic interests into practice through various internships, including the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NY City Council Member Mark Levine. A highlight for Leora is having the opportunity to draft the questions that were asked before former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on women's health.

These experiences have allowed her to explore a variety of career options and she is now considering a career in international women's empowerment, reproductive rights law or even possibly running for office one day.

When asked to reflect on her Heschel experience, Leora says that "I truly would not be the person I am today without Heschel. In Middle School I became involved with the social action committee. We ran Dance-a-thons, student gatherings and other fundraisers to raise money for genocides and tsunamis happening all around the world. Then, in high school, I was a member of the Hesed Committee. Through our Hesed Days and various volunteer opportunities, Heschel taught me to have empathy for others. My career interests are geared towards helping and caring for other people, which are values that were instilled in me during my time at Heschel."