Featured Student: Yaakov Boxenbaum

Jan 04, 2017

Yaakov Boxenbaum grew up in Jupiter, Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from the University of South Florida. He then moved out to the “wild, wild West” to be an outdoor educator in Wyoming and then a park ranger in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. This led him to teach English to elementary school students in Be’er Sheva with Masa Israel Teaching Fellows before making Aliyah and eventually coming to Shapell’s.

It was while he was living in Be’er Sheva and volunteering at a religious school when Yaakov decided to go to yeshiva after his program was over in order to learn how to live life as an observant Jew. Yaakov chose Shapell’s for its diverse rabbis, talmidim and ideas, as well as for its serious approach to Torah learning and spiritual growth. While at Shapell’s, Yaakov is learning a lot about himself and the kind of Jew he wants to be. He shared that, “I have identified and resolved to work on certain character traits that I know I need to improve. I am constantly being challenged physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.” Yaakov is also making some really good friends.

Yaakov is so happy to be learning at Shapell’s that he sings out loud every morning, “Today is a good day to have a good day!” He also quotes Rabbi Nachman of Breslov to explain his typical day: “What must a man do in this world? He must only pray and study and pray…”

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