Featured Student: Roger (Reuven) Goldberg

Mar 13, 2016

Roger GoldbergRoger Goldberg was born in Israel to American and Russian parents, and moved to Columbus Ohio at the age of 5. Both multi-lingual and an avid traveler, Roger took every opportunity available to him to embark on adventures, including a year-long high school exchange program in Venezuela, 2.5 years in Europe that included work and study programs in Amsterdam, Prague, and Berlin, and 2 months in southern India teaching design fundamentals to high school students.

Roger is a graduate of Brandeis University and holds graduate degrees in Psychology and Graphic Design from The New School for Social Research and Parsons School of Design. In 2004 Roger received scholarships from the German government, Brandeis University, and the German run Future Foundation for a year-long academic stay in Berlin. During this time he worked as an intern at the Berlin Center for the Treatment of Torture Victims, and published an online photo essay documenting the Berlin graffiti scene.

Since completing his graduate studies in 2010, Roger’s professional life has included stints in psychology, documentary film production, design instruction, and technology/real estate startups.

In 2010 Roger co-founded Reward Volunteers, a volunteer tracking and incentive platform which was acquired in 2012 by Vermont based Cabot Creamery Cooperative. In 2013, Roger spent 4 months living in Jerusalem, and on the suggestion of a friend, sat in on several lectures at Aish HaTorah’s essentials program. The rest, as they say, is Jewish history. After returning to New York in early 2014, Roger became involved with a number of Jewish organizations, including Project Inspire, Manhattan Jewish Experience, the Jewish Enrichment Center, Chabad of Bushwick, and Ohr Yitzhok Yeshiva in Flatbush, where he deepened his commitment to learning more about Judaism.

During a 2015 summer trip to Israel as part of the Manhattan Jewish Experience fellowship program, Roger decided that it was time to come home and take the next step in his Jewish journey. To that end, in October, 2015 (after 9 years in Brooklyn) Roger made Aliyah and enrolled at Shapells, where he is currently in Rabbi Silverberg’s Gemara shiur. In addition to yeshiva learning, Roger writes a blog at the Times of Israel and at www.hodgepodgerog.com, and recently had one of his articles published on aish.com. He was also recently featured in a Project Inspire video called “Paving the Road to Yeshiva.” Post yeshiva, Roger hopes to settle in the north and get more involved in teaching.

We are pleased to be part of this talented young man’s Jewish journey!

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