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Billy Crotty

Student President
The main thing we look for in a student president is an infectious smile, so Billy was a shoe-in. Billy joined The Vaad in the fall of his freshman year and has continually been involved in Meor at Yale ever since. Born in the Boston area, raised in Massachusetts and Connecticut, Billy loves the outdoors and makes time to enjoy it whenever he can. He is an avid fly fisherman (comes from a long line of Jewish fishermen starting with Jonah), a hiking enthusiast, a tennis player and a die hard New England sports fan. Billy is a premed majoring in biomedical engineering and is the Spiritual Life Chair for the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

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Amanda Lounsbury

Student Board

After growing up in Westport, CT and completing her B.A. and M.S. in sunny California (Occidental College and Stanford U, respectively), Amanda finds herself back in the temperamental seasonal climate of Connecticut to complete her PhD in Environmental Engineering. Amanda brings energy and enthusiasm to everything she does, whether it’s investigating the use of iron nanoparticles as green technology while boiling inside her anti-contamination suit, training for marathons, or sliding down a 100-meter zip-line in the Judean desert. Since coming to Yale, Amanda has enjoyed exploring her Jewish heritage through classes, trips and 1-on-1 learning. Amanda looks forward to continuing to learn and connect with others who are on their own unique paths of Jewish study.

Josh Feinzig

Student Board

Josh is a junior in Calhoun College, currently majoring in History. After being a part of the Meor Yale Vaad Adventure Trek, and given his certain academic interests in Jewish ethics and the philosophy of religion, Josh is excited to help foster an open Jewish intellectual community at Yale. Outside of the Vaad program, Josh enjoys playing bass, bluegrass music, and venturing through mountains. He is involved with the Yale Climbing Team, Project New Haven, L.E.A.D., and serves as vice president for Yale Friends of Israel.

Alyssa

Alyssa Miller

Student President

Alyssa is a Senior in Pierson College majoring in English and Creative Writing. After an amazing and powerful summer trip to Israel with MEOR, she is thrilled to be joining the board and MEOR life at Yale. A Colorado native, Alyssa loves to hike, ski, bike, run, kayak, and do almost anything outdooors. She is also an avid musician and performer, and has been involved in theater and a cappella at Yale since her freshman year.

Meet the Students

Billy-site-136x126

Billy Crotty

Student President

The main thing we look for in a student president is an infectious smile, so Billy was a shoe-in. Billy joined The Vaad in the fall of his freshman year and has continually been involved in Meor at Yale ever since. Born in the Boston area, raised in Massachusetts and Connecticut, Billy loves the outdoors and makes time to enjoy it whenever he can. He is an avid fly fisherman (comes from a long line of Jewish fishermen starting with Jonah), a hiking enthusiast, a tennis player and a die hard New England sports fan. Billy is a premed majoring in biomedical engineering and is the Spiritual Life Chair for the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

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Amanda Lounsbury

Student Board

After growing up in Westport, CT and completing her B.A. and M.S. in sunny California (Occidental College and Stanford U, respectively), Amanda finds herself back in the temperamental seasonal climate of Connecticut to complete her PhD in Environmental Engineering. Amanda brings energy and enthusiasm to everything she does, whether it’s investigating the use of iron nanoparticles as green technology while boiling inside her anti-contamination suit, training for marathons, or sliding down a 100-meter zip-line in the Judean desert. Since coming to Yale, Amanda has enjoyed exploring her Jewish heritage through classes, trips and 1-on-1 learning. Amanda looks forward to continuing to learn and connect with others who are on their own unique paths of Jewish study.

Josh Feinzig

Student Board

Josh is a junior in Calhoun College, currently majoring in History. After being a part of the Meor Yale Vaad Adventure Trek, and given his certain academic interests in Jewish ethics and the philosophy of religion, Josh is excited to help foster an open Jewish intellectual community at Yale. Outside of the Vaad program, Josh enjoys playing bass, bluegrass music, and venturing through mountains. He is involved with the Yale Climbing Team, Project New Haven, L.E.A.D., and serves as vice president for Yale Friends of Israel.

Alyssa

Alyssa Miller

Student President

Alyssa is a Senior in Pierson College majoring in English and Creative Writing. After an amazing and powerful summer trip to Israel with MEOR, she is thrilled to be joining the board and MEOR life at Yale. A Colorado native, Alyssa loves to hike, ski, bike, run, kayak, and do almost anything outdooors. She is also an avid musician and performer, and has been involved in theater and a cappella at Yale since her freshman year.

Former Student Board Members

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Josh Isackson

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Liz Jones

Meet the Staff

Rabbi Yaakov Lyons & Michaella Lyons