Editor in Chief – Celeste Marcus
Celeste Marcus is an intellectual history major in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Philomathean Society at the University of Pennsylvania; intern at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem where she currently works with the curator of the modern art department while on semester abroad at Hebrew University; and a founder of the organization Helping Hand which facilitates the coupling and exchange of supplies between inner city public schools and private schools in Philadelphia and its suburbs.
Philosophy Editor – Leora Balinsky
Leora began her studies at Barnard College in the fall after learning for two years at Migdal Oz, an Israeli Beit Midrash for women. Though she has not yet decided on a major, she is currently interested in philosophy and religion. Leora spends much of her more productive free time studying Talmud and attempting to decipher Chassidic texts. She can also be found cackling loudly at 30 Rock and Arab Labor.
Senior Managing Editor – Naomi Kadish
Naomi is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Intellectual History and minoring in Computer Science. She sits on the board of Women’s Political League, is a Steward of Innovation for WeissLabs, a student run incubator, is an active member of Penn Israel Public Affairs Committee and of the Women’s club frisbee team. In her free time, Naomi enjoys Jewish Philosophy, concerts, drinking chai tea lattes, and reading venture capital blogs. She is excited to be serving as the Senior Managing Editor for The Or Journal.
Layout Editor – Evan Risch
Evan is a junior at Yale University and is studying biomedical sciences. He plans to receive an MD further down the road. He is currently a fellow with the William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale, an active member of the Yale Political Union’s Independent Party, and an undergraduate fellow at the Lombroso Lab, a Laboratory for the Study of Neuroscience and Molecular Neurobiology. He is also a gabbai at Yale’s, Hillel, the Slifka Center. In his free time, Evan enjoys playing the piano and the harpsichord, reading and discussing Jewish philosophy, and designing houses.
Finance Manager – Eli Cohn
Eli Cohn is a sophomore at Brandeis University double majoring in computer science and economics. He spent a gap year in Israel learning at Yeshivat Har Etzion. During the summer, he works in the campus department at CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America), and this summer will be returning as the conference logistics consultant. Eli enjoys reading and going on hikes with his family and friends.
Jewish Thought Editor – Albert Kohn
Albert is in his second year in the joint program between Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary where he studies Religion, Philosophy and Medieval Jewish Intellectual Life. While spending two years studying at Yeshivat Orayta in Jerusalem he developed an immense love and respect for Jewish thought and experience, which has only expanded since to include all religious traditions. He is especially interested in the experience of faith in the medieval period. Albert is involved around his campus and serves on the board of Sapir, the Columbia University Student Journal of Jewish Scholarship.
Jewish Thought Editor – Sam Mellins
Sam Mellins is a first-year philosophy major at the University of Chicago. He is also an alumnus of Hunter College High School and the Hevruta gap-year program at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He is a reporter for Grey City, the investigative section of the Chicago Maroon, the newspaper of the University of Chicago, and a member of several musical ensembles at the University. He can often be found listening to all kinds of music, reading historical non-fiction, and scouring the internet for new sources of memes.
History and Politics Editor – Jonathan Deluty
Jonathan Deluty is a junior at Columbia University double majoring in economics and music. A native of Englewood, New Jersey, Jonathan attended Ramaz High School and studied in Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel. In 2013, Jonathan enlisted in the IDF and served in the Paratroopers 101st battalion. He went on to serve in combat in the summer of 2014. He is now the Political Affairs Director for Aryeh, the largest pro-Israel group on Columbia campus, and a Tikvah Fellow. Jonathan curates a classical music radio show on Thursday mornings for 89.9 WKCR, Columbia’s broadcast radio station. To relax, Jonathan plays acoustic guitar with the Columbia Bluegrass Ensemble and consumes an inordinate amount of Arrested Development.
Culture Editor – David Quintas
David Quintas is a student at Columbia University where he studies Political Science and FIlm Studies. At Columbia, he is a staff writer for the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review and an editor and writer for Double Exposure, the undergraduate film journal, and a member the Hillel’s student Executive Board. He enjoys running, reading and writing film criticism, and taking Sporcle quizzes.
Culture Editor – Dalia Wolfson
A graduate of the seminary Nishmat, Dalia Wolfson is a senior studying Comparative Literature at the University of Pensylvania. She is interested in homiletic stories and creative writing, and is excited about artistic content that engages with both.
Culture Editor – Noa Baker
Noa Baker, from Lower Merion, PA, is a freshman at UPenn studying fine arts. She spent last year in Israel at Bezalel Art Academy focusing on painting and drawing after graduating from Kohelet Yeshiva high school in Merion Station, PA. When she is not slaving away in the art studio and questioning her studio art life choices, she is either visiting her cats, wishing she was in Israel, or writing aggressively for Or. You might also find her in the dance studio, in the library with her nose in a book, or at any vegan restaurant that Philadelphia has to offer.
Philosophy Editor – Matthew Kritz
A graduate of Berman Hebrew Academy and Yeshivat Har Etzion, Matthew Kritz is currently studying Philosophy and Global Health Policy at Princeton University (2018). He is a staff writer for the Princeton Journal of Bioethics, a Tikvah Fund Campus Fellow, and PR Manager for Princeton’s inaugural Undergraduate Judaic Studies Conference. His study interests include Rabbinics (especially the Palestinian Talmud), extra-moral virtues, truth/narrative, and food security policy. Matthew’s preferred Western thinker is Rousseau, although he reminds potential writers that “West” is not a time or place, but a direction.