OK, so I got it wrong on my previous post. I thought it was worth a shot. Sue me! Apologies to NASDAQ employee Erika Farber for messing up. But enough about that, let’s talk about Miss Lowenthall! As was previously mentioned, she works at the communications department of the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York. She’s 26, and has never been to Israel. YNetNews claims she’s from a Reform-turned-Conservative family (it also says that she’s the 1000,000th participant too. I don’t look for this stuff, it just happens. Incessantly.). The JTA says that she described her family as “pretty Conservative,” and The New York Sun (which birthright philanthropist Michael Steinhardt is a part owner of) says she’s “a self-described unaffiliated Jew.” She’s had a bat mitzvah and studied Hebrew but remembers none of the language.
In that respect she’s a typical North American birthright israel participant. Her trip provider is Shorashim – which describes itself as being committed to a pluralistic Jewish experience where she will “see Israel with Israelis” on a trip that is both kosher and shomer shabbat. How exotic!
Other fun details? Stephanie is from Queens, she and a friend once won the New York Post’s Be A Rock Star For a Day contest (where she got a free makeover and tickets to the Grammys) and she attended Tyler Hills camp (she’s on the extreme right) as both a participant and a counsellor. Stephanie already has a boyfriend so she’s not looking to hook up with anyone in Israel. What she is looking forward to is floating in the Dead Sea. I really hope they’ll spring for confetti for her at the airport…
Sounds awesome Stephanie! See ya in Israel!