Meet Our RishonOz Pingle
This year marks the 17th successful year of the “Rishonim” program of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. The young Israeli emissaries are chosen each year from a large pool of applicants. Prior experience in group work, leadership, and English language skills are just a few of the criteria. These talented young people have made the difficult decision to defer their army service for a year and offer themselves as ambassadors of their country in service to the Jewish people.
Melissa Weiner, TBA Director of Jewish Learning noted, “Oz will teach and share with the students of the TBA Jewish Learning Program, grades K-12, the amazing world of Israel, our Jewish homeland, and the importance of our understanding of own personal connection to it! We welcome Oz to the TBA family!”
MEET OZ PINGLE
My name is Oz Pingle (Remember, OZ rhymes with TOES). I live in Shoham, Israel. I have four siblings— one sister and three brothers. I also have two nephews and one niece. I studied at the religious high school in Shoham. In my free time, I like to play my electric guitar and ukulele, and of course hang out with my friends. Last year I was a head of a team in B’nei Akiva that oversaw the activities of the graduates. In tenth grade, I was in Diller Teen Fellows, and last year I was part of Tzama (NTF), which is the national task force of the program. I can’t wait to meet each of you!