Jessica Plotnikov is a 3rd year medical student at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. She was born and raised in a Russian-Jewish immigrant home in Brooklyn. Jessica studied neuroscience at Bates College, with concentrations in public health and Russian. Jessica is in the process of exploring what medical specialty to pursue for residency and her dream is to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading about history with a hot cup of tea in hand, and meeting people from all walks of life. Throughout her life, Judaism has always been important to Jessica and she is passionate about being a part of growing the Jewish community at Stony Brook, while simultaneously growing her own Jewish identity.
David grew up in Chicago and majored in mathematics and computer science at Grinnell College. David spent time in Jeruslem, studying in yeshiva as well as engaging with the local tech startup scene. He enjoys a formidable reputation as a challah baker and cholent chef and enjoys running, playing the viola, and adding to his unhealthy large collection of textbooks. He is excited to participate in helping foster Jewish life in Stony Brook.
PhD student, Applied Mathematics and Statistics.
Eli grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and underwent the Pittsburgh yeshiva education. After spending a year in Yeshiva Derech Ertz Chaim in Jerusalem and finishing his undergraduate degree in physics Eli joined the graduate physics program at Stony Brook University and is now starting his second year. When not studying he can be found hiking, skiing and indulging his YouTube mania. Eli enjoyed the Jewish community at Stony Brook thus far, calling is "small but charismatic." Eli is looking forward to being an integral part of it, and developing a quantum computer to keep track of the aliyot.
PhD student, Physics
Mordechai was born in Queens NY, but was raised in Bergenfield NJ. After graduating TABC high school in 2012, Mordechai attended Yeshivat Yishrei Lev in Israel for two years, and graduated Touro NYSCAS with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Mordechai loves medicine and takes pride in being a NJ stated EMT working for the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps for over four years. He has moved to Stony Brook in order to be in closer proximity to his graduate school, Touro College School of Health and Science in Bayshore Long Island, in which he will pursue a master's degree in physician assistant studies. Mordechai finds great value in his Jewish identity and is very excited to be part of the Jewish Community. Additionally, he looks forward to help build the growing Jewish community.
Physician's Assistant student
Akiva was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. After attending Fuchs Mizrachi School for high school followed by Yeshivat Shaalavim for his gap year in Israel, Akiva returned to America to pursue his passion for the Science and studied biology and neuroscience at Queens College. As an active member of his community in Queens Akiva is excited to participate in developing the Stony Brook Jewish community. When not Studying or engaged with his community catch Akiva skydiving, hiking, playing clarinet, or running.