Sammy Kanter is a third year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, where he is also a Weitzman Fellow with the American Joint Distribution Committee. He has a certificate in non-profit management from the Zelikow School at HUC. Prior to his studies, Sammy was the Director of the Selma and Lawrence Ruben Center for 20s and 30s and Out at the J Programs at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Before that role, he brought to life the Becker Center for Networking and Mentoring at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, a groundbreaking initiative to reexamine how Jewish Cincinnati attracts, connects, and engages young adults. He was in the inaugural class of both Birthright Israel Fellows and Cincinnati’s Jewish Non-Profit Leadership Institute, has led six Birthright trips, and is a Facilitation Fellow with the JCPA’s Resetting the Table. A published writer, his opinion pieces have appeared in the Forward, Jerusalem Post, Cincinnati Enquirer, and eJewishphilanthropy.com. Sammy holds a B.S. in Journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. In his free time, you can find him teaching indoor cycling, singing show tunes, or catching up on podcasts!