Membership Spotlight: Nathan Peyzner and Daniel Rappoport
Meet Nathan Peyzner and Daniel Rappoport, two of our Hagigah and Sunday Program madrichim! Nathan and Daniel’s friendship goes back to when they were just three years old at My Jewish Discovery, a program for Russian Jewish immigrant families at Beth Am. Although they first met when they were in preschool, their ancestors met in the former Soviet Union. The families discovered years later at Beth Am that Nathan’s great-grandpa taught Daniel’s grandpa chemistry in St. Petersburg.
Both Nathan and Daniel look back at their experiences at Beth Am with pride and joy, going from My Jewish Journey, to Shabbaton, to Sunday Program, to Avodah, to Confirmation, and finally to becoming madrichim. They couldn’t hide their smiles when talking about the tight-knit community of Russian-speaking Jews, and how thankful they were for Beth Am’s welcoming nature.
Their favorite experiences at Beth Am have been when they were given the opportunity to use their voices. Both Nathan and Daniel have particularly fond memories of their time in Confirmation, and attending the RAC’s high school social justice seminar in Washington, D.C. They said this was an eye-opening experience that taught them the importance of asking critical questions and keeping up with current events.
Nathan and Daniel have found a home in Reform Judaism and love giving back to the students in our various programs. They both feel like they’ve learned the most through working as madrichim in our programs, as they’ve been able to apply and use the values and lessons they’ve learned at Beth Am. As seniors, they have the pleasure of watching some of the kids they've worked with grow up to become madrichim themselves. Daniel says, "It shows you made an impact, and makes you feel respected." We're lucky to have Daniel and Nathan on our education team -- say hello if you see them around campus!