Parliamentarian – Michal Ashkenazi

In the depths of Cedar Sinai Hospital on October 11, 1996 a beautiful baby girl was born. You may be wondering, who was this beautiful child? That child was me, Michal Ashkenazi, and I am honored and proud to be Far West USY’s Parlimentarian for the 2013-2014 year.

Since I was a young one, Sinai Temple has been my home. I attended Sinai Akiba Academy since pre-school and continued until 8th grade. I was involved in Kadima back in the “old days” of Sinai Temple USY, and attended services on a pretty regular basis. As time past, community and USYer involvement in our chapter depleted.

Following my graduation from eighth grade, and at the start of my Milken Community High School career, a friend and I were told about our community’s desire to rebuild our chapter. Excited about this new opportunity, we rose to the challenge, and after two years of hard work with the help of an amazing youth director, Sinai Temple USY was reborn.

In the 2010-2011 year, our chapter had only three members. The following year our membership grew to five. Now, going into the 2013-2014 year, our chapter has thirty-seven incredible members. In fact, we had over 150 Sinai Temple teens come to our “amazeballs” events this past year.

As a result of this experience, I feel like I am more confident, more of a leader, and am more capable to take on the role of Parliamentarian.

In my free time I enjoy long walks on the beach, watching California sunsets, and of course shopping. But seriously. I enjoy playing volleyball with my high school team as well as my good friend David Gottlieb. I am spending my tenth summer at Camp Ramah in California and am looking forward to my first year as a counselor.

I am so grateful for all that Far West has given me, and I am excited by the opportunity to give something back in return.