Mentor Profiles

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Michal Coret

Medical Student at UofT

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Expertise: General advice for undergradApplying to grad school Moving away from home during/after university Med school Research Advocacy

I am a medical student at the University of Toronto. I previously completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University. In my third year of undergraduate studies, I was the President of Israel on Campus, and in my fourth year, I was the President of Hillel. I am happy to discuss topics such as advocacy, leadership, medical school, research, and Jewish identity.

Dan Fridmar

Principal Lawyer

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Expertise: General advice for undergradApplying to grad school ⬝ Life advice

Dan went to York University for his undergraduate and law degree, where he spent three years with Hillel. During this time, Dan actively participated in leadership roles with the Jewski initiative, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, and other on-campus initiatives. Recently, Dan started his own legal practice where he focuses on assisting clients with construction, real estate, and bankruptcy law issues. He has spearheaded many academic initiatives, including authorship of legal blogs and articles, presenting at various professional development lectures, and acting as a content-producer/course-designer at the Credit Institute of Canada. In his limited spare time, Dan loves to perform at (now virtual) Open-Mics with his guitar, cook a creative variety of meals, and mentor high school and university students. He is also heavily involved in the Russian-speaking Jewish community.

Hayley Goldfarb

Associate Lawyer

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Expertise: Writing resumes Job search General advice for undergradApplying to grad school Moving away from home during/after university 

Hayley Goldfarb is a lawyer working as a litigation associate at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. She maintains a general litigation practice that includes professional liability and corporate commercial litigation. Hayley received her Juris Doctor with Honours from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. While completing her Juris Doctor, Hayley assisted clients through pro bono initiatives, participated in competitive mooting, and acted as a student mentor.

Prior to law school, Hayley obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science from McMaster University. While at McMaster, she was heavily involved in the Jewish community. She was President of McMaster Hillel in 2015-2016 and was the Interfaith Outreach Coordinator for the McMaster Student Union Diversity Services. Prior to being President, Hayley was involved in a number of different roles with McMaster Hillel including acting as the Jewish Engagement Chair. In this role she coordinated McMaster Hillel’s Holocaust Education Week and Interfaith Shabbat Dinner.

Noah Guttmann

Law Student at Queen’s

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Expertise: General advice for undergradApplying to grad school

I am a 1L at Queen’s U law and graduated from York U in 2020 as a Bio major. I know undergrad can be a challenging time between school and deciding which path you want to follow. For example, I started undergrad expecting to head to med school but decided it wasn’t the right path for me. Instead, I wrote both the LSAT and DAT and applied to law school. I’d be happy to talk about undergrad, applications to professional school, or even just listen. Feel free to reach out.

David Korn

Associate (Import & Export)

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Expertise: General advice for undergradMoving away from home during/after university 

Ilana Lazar

Arts and Phys Ed Teacher

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Expertise: General advice for undergradMoving away from home during/after university 

Ilana Lazar is a recent graduate of York University’s Concurrent Education program. During her time at York, Ilana was involved with Hillel York as their Vice President of Jewish Life and was elected as the undergraduate student on the University Board of Governors. Ilana currently works as a dance and gym teacher at Bnei Akiva Schools.

Max Librach

Physiology Student at UofT

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Hi everyone! My name is Max, and I am a recent graduate of McMaster University’s Arts and Science (“Artsci”) program (Class of 2020)! I am currently enrolled in a thesis-based Master’s of Physiology (MSc) degree program at the University of Toronto! I am hoping to eventually pursue a career in medicine, with a potential focus in either developmental pediatrics or neurology (but open to everything!). I am so grateful to be a part of the Alumni Mentorship program, and am so happy to help with everything from MCAT advice, to med and grad school apps, to even just study tips or moral support! I am here in whatever way you need help!

Riley Noik

Grad Student (Masters of Social Work) at UofT

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Expertise: General advice for undergradApplying to grad school Moving away from home during/after university 

Hi! My name is Riley Noik and I graduated from the University of Guelph in 2019. I studied Criminal Justice and Public Policy. I am now in my first year of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of Toronto! In Guelph, I was very involved with Hillel and I was Co-President in my final year! I am excited to be working with Hillel again!

Daniel Safran

Graphic Designer & Communications Specialist

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Expertise: Writing resumes Job search General advice for undergrad

Born and raised in Toronto, Daniel Safran is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management, earning his Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) in 2020. While completing his degree, Daniel worked with many Jewish organizations across the GTA, most recently overseeing marketing and development for OU-JLIC Toronto. Since November 2018, Daniel has been the layout designer of Tzurba M’Rabanan, a Jewish learning program with over 20,000 learners in communities all over the world. Daniel currently works at Bnei Akiva Schools in the role of Graphic Designer & Communications Associate.

Hannah Samuels

Resident Psychiatrist

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Expertise: Job search General advice for undergradApplying to grad school

My name is Hannah Samuels and I am a psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto (U of T). I also completed my undergraduate degree in Life Sciences and my medical school training at U of T. Outside of medicine, I enjoy baking, crocheting, hiking and reading. I like meeting new people and learning about their unique journeys and am thrilled to be a part of this mentorship program.

Shira Sasson

Lawyer

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Expertise: Writing resumes General advice for undergradApplying to grad school Moving away from home during/after university 

I graduated from Queen’s in 2011, and have since taken a bunch of twists and turns to get to where I am now. Currently, I am working as an Intellectual Property and Health Regulatory lawyer. I’d love to be a soundboard for you as you navigate your own path towards your version of success (personally, professionally, Jewishly, etc.).

Stefanie Stockhamer

M.D. Candidate

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Expertise: General advice for undergradApplying to grad school Moving away from home during/after university ⬝ Students interested in doing grad school/med school in Israel

Stefanie is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph (‘20), where she studied Biomedical Science and minored in Family and Child Studies. She’s currently a first-year medical student at Ben Gurion Medical School for International Health in Be’er Sheva, Israel. She was a very active member of Guelph Hillel for all four years of undergrad, where she served as a first-year chair, VP of Jewish Education for 2 years, and spearheaded the Jewish Heritage Week in her final year of studies. Some of her favourite Hillel memories include Shabbat dinners, Holocaust Education Week, the cross-campus Shabbaton in March 2019, and Tu Bishvat terrarium building (Baruch Hashem her plant babies from 2 years ago are still alive today!). She’s looking forward to giving back to the Hillel Ontario community by being part of the Hillel alumni mentorship network.

Toby Wercberger

Grad Student (Masters of Management) at Schulich School of Business

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Expertise: General advice for undergrad ⬝ Navigating contacting professors (e.g. about Jewish Holidays)

Hi! My name is Toby Wercberger. I’m a born and raised Toronto girl who has always loved the sciences. I graduated with my Bachelor Honours degree in Biology from York University in 2020. I am now completing my one year Masters of Management degree at the Schulich School of Business. During my undergraduate degree, I was very involved with Hillel York and JLIC. In my fourth year I was JLIC co-president and on the Jewish Life Committee for Hillel York. My interests include music and photography, I even took a photography elective in undergrad! I hope to be able to help undergraduate students in any way possible!

Dana Yablonovich

 

 

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Expertise: Writing resumes General advice for undergradApplying to grad school Moving away from home during/after university 

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