About Us/Staff

Kol Hamevaser is the monthly Jewish thought magazine of the Yeshiva University student body. Our primary contributors are undergraduates, although we include input from RIETS Roshei Yeshivah, YU Professors, and outside scholars. In addition to our print magazine, we sponsor special events that include speakers, discussion groups, conferences, and shabbatonim.

Kol Hamevaser was established in 2007-2008 by Mattan Erder, Gilah Kletenik, and David Lasher. It hearkens back to Hamevaser, a newspaper established in the 1960s by the Student Organization of Yeshiva (SOY) to compete with The Commentator. It later became a Jewish thought magazine, publishing its issues about twice a year until it was discontinued in 2002.

Today, Kol Hamevaser is dedicated to sparking discussion of Jewish issues on the Yeshiva University campus and beyond. The magazine hopes to facilitate the religious and intellectual growth of its readership. It provides opportunities for young scholars to grow in their intellectual pursuits and mature into confident Jewish leaders.

Meet Our Staff


 Eleorah Sandman Eleorah Sandman After graduating from the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School and attending Migdal Oz for a year, Eleorah arrived at Stern in Fall 2013. Now as a senior enrolled full-time in GPATS, Eleorah finally figured out how to have morning (and afternoon!) seder on the Beren Campus. When not in the beit midrash, in class, or working, Eleorah can be found taking extraordinarily long walks, forging friendships over food in the caf, and trying to get to bed earlier.
  Daniel Shlian Daniel, Central Jersey-born and bred and TABC- and Yeshivat Har Etzion-educated, is a third-year YC student majoring in chemistry and Jewish studies. On the occasions he is not writing or editing for Kol Hamevaser, studying in the beit midrash, researching in the chemistry lab, teaching science to local schoolkids, or tutoring in the Writing Center, Daniel can often be found in the YU library trying to explain the beauty of organic chemistry, the literary study of Tanakh, philosophy, or whatever else he happens to be reading to anyone who will listen.

Associate Editors

Sima Grossman Sima’s bio
  Matt Lubin grew up (mostly) in West Hempstead, NY. He attended Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh for two years before coming to Yeshiva University, where he’s currently studying Biochemistry at YC, Jewish Philosophy at Revel, and Masekhet Sanhedrin at RIETS. If he had any spare time, he’d probably spend it by reading books, drinking piña colada, and ice-climbing in Norway

Assistant Editors

  Elianne Neuman is from Toronto, Canada and studied at Nishmat before enrolling in Stern College. She is double majoring in History and Jewish Studies, and is in the joint BA/MA program with the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Aside from her involvement in Kol Hamevaser, Elianne serves as the CAO of College EDge and as a staff member for YUNMUN. When not in class, Elianne can generally be found studying in cubicle 1L of the reference library or exploring the streets of Manhattan.

Staff Writers

Miriam Pearl Klahr Miriam Pearl Klahr attended SKA High School and spent a formative gap year studying at Nishmat before coming to Stern College. She is currently a second year student, pursuing a double major in Physical Sciences and Judaic Studies. Miriam Pearl enjoys learning and exploring ideas as a teaching fellow at Ramaz, Vice-President of College-Edge, Features Editor of the Observer, and of course, staff writer for Kol HaMevaser. When not busy with these roles and schoolwork, she enjoys reading, running, watching Israeli films, and spending time with friends and family.
 Maged Alex Maged Alex is a senior at Yeshiva College majoring in political science. He attended Yeshivat Lev HaTorah, in Beit Shemesh, graduated from the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, and is an alum of the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel. He is also the president of the YC Tanach Club, a Wilf Student Ambassador, and the founder of www.WhatsPshat.org.
 VanAm Jennifer van Amerongen After graduating from Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central), Jen spent a year learning at Migdal Oz before returning to her YU roots at Stern College. She is a junior majoring in Jewish Studies and maybe also Philosophy with a minor in Art History. She is passionate about Torah and education and actively pursues these passions as the co-president of the SCW Beit Midrash Committee, a member of Bnei Akiva, and counselor at Camp Moshava IO. When she’s not pushing off writing a KHM article, you can find Jen napping or surfing Youtube for Chassidish Niggunim.
 WeinAvraham Avraham Wein Avraham was born and raised in Queens, New York. After attending MTA for High School he spent two years studying in Yeshivat Har Etzion and ran shabbatonim at an Ethiopian absorption center. Avraham is currently in his second year at YU and is studying Tractate Sanhedrin and majoring in Rabbi Carmy. During the summer Avraham can be found running the camp Kaylie Masmidim program or attending statistics conferences.


 JacobsonMiriam Miriam Jacobson
Miriam hails from Northeastern New Jersey and attended Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School. Following that she spent a year an a half in Midreshet HaRova and then continued on to Stern College. As a current senior, Miriam is excited to continue pursuing her degree in Graphic Design. She sincerely enjoys and is looking forward to being able to read the Kol Hamevaser articles as she lays them out for print for the second year. She hopes that this year will be a wonderful and happy year for everyone!
TroppRiva Riva Tropp An enthusiast of writing, coding, and Judaic Studies, Riva is currently the girl behind the website. She attended Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim Seminary, where she edited for the (deceptively similarly named) Kol Mevaseret Journal. She is now a senior at Stern majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Computer Science. Though she enjoys web-development, she plans to pursue a career in Data Science.

Event Coordinator

PerlowElana Elana Perlow Hailing from Northbrook, Illinois, a village on the outskirts of Chicago, Elana is thrilled to be the first events coordinator on Kol Hamevaser, a position she looks forward to designing as she goes along. After a splendid journey through the yellow brick walls of Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Elana continued her studies at MMY and is currently a Junior majoring in Biology at Stern. When not learning in the Beit Midrash, hiking through the forests of Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, or volunteering in public schools, Elana can be found quietly sitting in empty classrooms just thinking. Her interests include Ancient Near Eastern studies, folk rock, and peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

Copy Editors

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Michal Schechter Michal Schechter is from West Hempstead, NY. After attending Central High School, she spent a year learning in Migdal Oz. Michal is a senior at Stern College majoring in Biology and minoring in Political Science. She is excited to be a part of the Kol Hamevaser staff for a second year!