Amanda Parker of Englewood, a New York University graduate, was named one of three of Yachad’s Daner Communal Fellows. The fellows were chosen from 30 applicants from across North America.
Yachad, the flagship program of the Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities, provides social, educational, and recreational programs for people with learning, developmental, and physical disabilities. The program’s goal is to promote their inclusion in the life of the Jewish community.
“The program, now in its second year, is named in memory of Jewish community professional/lay leader Joel Daner, who exemplified what it meant to be a leader in the Jewish community,” said Eli Hagler, Yachad’s associate director.
The fellowship will support the fellows’ professional development. They will be full members of Yachad’s staff, working out of its national headquarters in lower Manhattan, and each will be assigned a primary mentor. Each fellow, with supervisory support, will be responsible for beginning or continuing a special project, or researching a topic of interest.
Amanda Parker majored in applied psychology and global public health and minored in Hebrew and Judaic studies at NYU. She was active in both the Hillel and the OU’s Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus and was a peer mentor.
For information about Yachad’s Daner Communal Fellowship, go to www.yachad.org/Fellowship or call (212) 613-8299.