Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus
YIHY is proud to be among the 23 college communities nation-wide to participate in the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program. Through JLIC, our Orthodox rabbinic couple helps observant Jews thrive on Yale's campus by enhancing learning opportunities, strengthening key religious infrastructure, and providing spiritual guidance to all.
Rabbi Alex Ozar
Rabbi Alex Ozar grew up in St. Louis, MO. A fourth generation Missourian on both sides, he left home to spend two blissful years studying in Israel at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and then returned stateside to attend Yeshiva University, where he received his BA, MA and Semikha. A proud Bulldog himself, Alex is now pursuing his PhD at Yale in Philosophy and Religion, with a focus on prophetic witness and the how-to’s of pursuing justice in an often-indifferent world. He is especially excited that I-95 will no longer feature in his daily commute. Alex has worked for First Things magazine, as a Tikvah Fellow, and as a gemara teacher at Bi-Cultural Day School in Stamford, CT. In his spare time, he enjoys rocking out with the acclaimed band Three Rabbis and a Cik, exploring the outdoors, and solving the cosmos’ problems with friends and family.
Meet the Steinberg/Ozars
Rabbi Alex Ozar and Lauren Steinberg are thrilled to be the JLIC couple at Yale beginning in Summer 2018! Together with their son Noam and daughter Aviva Yona, they’re excited to learn and cultivate a positive, flourishing spiritual community together with students and the broader Slifka Center family.
Lauren Steinberg grew up in New City, NY and received her BA and MA in political science from Columbia University. After graduation, she worked as an assistant regional director for the Anti-Defamation League’s New York Regional Office, coordinating intergroup and interfaith affairs, and then as terrorism analyst at the ADL’s national Center on Extremism. Lauren traveled around the country briefing law enforcement and government officials on domestic recruitment and radicalization and was recognized for her expertise on the subject. For the past year, Lauren has directed the Jewish Community Relations Council in Stamford, Connecticut. She is excited to dive into this next chapter of her coalition and community building work, for the opportunity to learn Torah on the job, and just to be a part of the wonderful Yale and Slifka communities! In her spare time, she reads the news and as many books as possible from the library’s non-fiction new releases section and tries to get outside as much as possible.