Our First Shabbat

Hi! I’m Gabriel Melmed. I’m from Denver, Colorado and I decided to do Tzedek America because I won’t have another opportunity like it. I want to get involved in social justice issues in a way that goes beyond talking about them, and I want to enter college with the assurance that I’m ready to commit to…

Understanding My City

My name is Emily Heaps, and I’m overjoyed to be a part of Tzedek America. I have lived in Los Angeles all my life, and when I graduated high school, I felt that I needed to have another year to explore more of my city. Since I was very young, I have studied theater and…

Our Internships

My name is Emily Bakal, and I am proud to be one of six guinea pigs in the Tzedek America Gap Year Program. I grew up in the Chicagoland area and this is my first time in Los Angeles. Although I seemed to stumble upon Tzedek America, I chose to take a year off to explore…