Meet Our Rishon

Oz Pingle

 An Updated Message from OZ

Shalom Melissa
I hope you and your family and community all are doing well in this challenging time.
Attached is a video sent by Oz to the community. We encourage you to share it widely so those who may not have heard about his departure will understand the situation.
Please share the following note from Oz as well:
Hi everyone, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was required to return to Israel. I am hopeful that I will be able to come back to NJ soon! TBA has become my second home for the last six months and I am so thankful for everything we have learned and experienced together. I already miss everyone I met and experiences we shared. You are all part of my heart, so for now Ill say lhitraot (see you soon) and not goodbye. Please stay in touch and stay healthy!
Love, oz
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Ozs email address:
In addition, if there is any way our team can be helpful during this situation, please let me know. We have 4 shlichim still in NJ, and the Rishonim are preparing some online resources as well.
Shabbat Shalom

Oz Pingle

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!

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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!”


The JLP is virtual! Stay safe and well!

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