I am a 3L and am interested in Family Law. Before I started undergrad, I took a gap year in Israel in the Tel Aviv area. I studied political science with a minor in communication in undergrad which led me to law school. I want Jews to have a safe space to come to when they are on campus. I enjoy meeting others and welcoming new students into the community.
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Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Jewish Law Students Association
Leah AvniSocial Media Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Rebecca FalkCo-President Hometown: Queens, NY
Rebecca Falk is a 3L and she is a Co-President of Hillel JD: Jewish Law Student Association. She pursued an undergraduate degree in chemistry at Binghamton University. Now she is hoping to pursue a legal career in life science/ pharmaceutical compliance or intellectual property. Rebecca loves the intersection of Judaism and law and discussing medical ethics dilemmas. She also enjoys celebrating Shabbat with her friends and family, and hopes to host Hofstra law students for Shabbat meals.
Evelyn GitsinEvent Coordinator Hometown: Woodmere
Evelyn Gitsin is a 2L who is interested in family law and criminal law. Evelyn has been a part of the Hillel JD since she started law school. She has a passion for spreading knowledge and awareness about Judaism. She believes that it’s important to have a safe space for people to talk and express their beliefs. She is always open to talk so feel free to reach out.
Joseph RabanipourTreasurer, JD HillelHometown: Great Neck
Joseph Rabanipour is a rising 2L who is pursuing a legal career in Real Estate. Joseph not only has a passion for Real Estate, but a strong love and commitment for Judaism. Studying religious studies seriously for a year in Israel, made me want to join and be a part of the Hillel JD, in order to ensure that he stays close to his religious side and spread acceptance and love to all people, no matter their religion.
Leor VakninCo-President Hometown: Albertson, New York
My name is Leor Vaknin and I’m a 3L at Hofstra Law. As co-president of Hofstra Hillel JD, I am committed to enhancing Jewish life both on and off campus. I went to HANC high school and took a gap year in Israel and plan on using those experiences to help achieve my goal. On a professional level, I’m looking to pursue a career in real estate law and international law.
Rachel YakubovSecretary Hometown: Long Beach
Rachel Yakubov Secretary Rachel Yakubov is a rising 2L concentrating in Health Law. She originally was a pre-med student and graduated from Touro college with a bachelor's degree in biology. She found herself interested in law, and therefore combined her interest with her studies. She joined Hillel JD to develop a place where Jewish students can unite and travel the journey together through law school and beyond.