Abe is simultaneously completing his Bachelors in Classics and
Comparative Literature and a Masters in Classics at NYU. Abe is also
one of NYU's Student Ambassadors, where he leads guided tours to
prospective students at NYU and assists with the orchestration of
admission recruitment events.
Abe is active within the Jewish community at NYU, serving as the President of NYU's Hillel this past year. As President, he partnered with numerous student clubs and community organizations to develop programming and collaborate on communal projects.
Ever since Abe learned how to read torah, or layn, for his bar mitzvah, he has not stopped. He reads in his local synagogue during the High Holidays and continues to read at NYU. Before entering college, Abe spent a gap year studying at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, an Israeli religious institution located in northern Israel. There he focused on Hebrew language and Judaic studies, immersing himself in Bible, Talmud, and Law as well as Jewish philosophy and history. Abe is proficient in both Modern & Biblical Hebrew and has studied a wide range of Hebrew/Judaic texts. This past year, he piloted a 9th grade class on Current Events in Israel at the Town & Village Synagogue in New York City and also privately tutored Bar and Bat Mitzvah students.
While school is not in session, Abe has participated in various alternative break programs, including a Jewish spirituality retreat, studying at Yeshivat Hadar a Jewish egalitarian institution, traveling to China with NYU's Scholars Program, working on an organic farm through the Jewish Farm School, and even volunteering within the Jewish community of Almaty, Kazakhstan.