Board Members 2020-2021

Adam Sharf,

Adam Sharf

Adam is a 2L from San Diego, California (go Padres!) and will be serving as the JLSA president for the 2020-2021 academic year.

During quarantine, Adam has become an expert quesadilla maker and learned to play four Taylor Swift songs on the piano.

His first year at HLS was made special by the strong Jewish community at HLS, and he can’t wait to welcome new students into JLSA’s diverse community!

Adin Goldstein,
Vice President, Education

Adin Goldstein

Adin is a rising 3L from New York. For his 1L summer, he worked as a foreign law clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel and spent this past summer at Quinn Emanuel. Feel free to hit him up with questions about navigating the various Jewish communities in Cambridge, Ames Moot Court, and opportunities for HLS students in Israel.

Benzion Edelman,

Benzion Edelman

Benzi Edelman is a 3L from Brooklyn, NY. Benzi is a graduate of Touro College, where he majored in Accounting. Prior to HLS, Benzi studied at some of the best Yeshivas in Israel, worked at an accounting firm and real estate group, and volunteered with the ROHR Chabad Jewish Center at Pratt University.  This summer, he was a summer associate at Ropes & Gray LLP. During 2L, Benzi was the JLSA Fundraising Chair. He is also involved in the Harvard Journal on Legislation, Harvard Bankruptcy Roundtable, Harvard Tax Clinic, Harvard Tax Help, and Harvard Federalist Society. In his free time, he enjoys basketball, chess, playing with his baby daughter, and learning the daf.

Yonah Goldschmidt,

Yonah Goldschmidt

Yonah is originally from London and graduated from the University of Leeds in 2018. He’s a 3L and will be working at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett in New York upon graduation. Yonah’s favorite pastime is hanging out with his wife and daughter. His least favorite pastime is watching his beloved soccer team, Watford F.C., lose almost every week.

Yonah’s role as comms officer largely entails sending out the weekly email to keep you informed of what JLSA activities are coming up. Watch out for the traditional topical Jewish-themed gif at the bottom!

Feel free to reach out to Yonah if you want to ask questions about law school, firm recruiting, life as international student, soccer or just life in general—he’d love to hear from you!

Tzivya Beck,

Tzivya Beck

Tzivya Beck (’21) is from Monsey, New York. She graduated from Yeshiva University with a B.A. in Political Science in 2017. She spent her 1L summer at the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in the Appeals Unit and her 2L summer at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (remotely!). On campus, Tzivya serves as a Notes Editor on the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, she will clerk for the Honorable Paul G. Gardephe in the Southern District of New York and the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr. on the Second Circuit.

She’s always down for a virtual or socially-distant hang-out session — feel free to reach out about anything EIP, journal, or clerkship-related!

Adam Toobin,
Social Chair

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Adam grew up in New York City before heading out to Rhode Island for college. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in History, he stayed in the Ocean State to complete a term as an AmeriCorps VISTA working on juvenile justice issues, and, later, to serve as Press Secretary to Congressman David Cicilline. He’s a lifelong soccer player and represented the US in the 2009 Maccabiah tournament in Israel (soccer) and the 2015 Maccabi Pan-American Games in Santiago, Chile (futsal). In law school, he’s enjoying exploring issues surrounding technology governance, and criminal justice.

He hopes to see you at one of our upcoming events, whether remote or in person!

Joshua “Jo Jo” Freundel,
Ritual Chair

Joshua Freundel

Joshua “Jo Jo” Freundel (JD ’22) was born and raised in Washington, D.C. The son of Jewish educators, he has always valued the importance of Judaism as a lived identity and a religious guidepost. After high school, Jo Jo spent two years studying in Jerusalem, and then spent almost a decade in New York City attending college and working. He is interested in practical scholarship related to the many ways that law serves as a nexus between disparate fields.

Jo Jo hosts classes on topics of Jewish thought from time to time, so please feel free to ask him if something interests you!

Lily Cohen,
Social Justice Chair

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Lily is a rising 2L from Connecticut. Before law school, she was an Arctic climate change researcher, and now focuses on environmental law. She spends as much time on rivers, mountains, and bikes as possible.

Chaim Herbstman,
Fundraising Chair

Chaim Herbstman

Chaim is a rising 2L, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and (happily!) moved up to Boston with his family this past fall.  On campus (and online), he is a senior submissions editor for the Harvard Business Law Review and a line editor for the Journal of Legislation. When he is not preoccupied with law school, he can be found playing with or reading to his boys, grilling, or shooting hoops.

As fundraising chair, his job is to ensure funds will be available so JLSA can continue with its vital mission—be it in person or virtual.

Nika Shahery,
Diversity Coalition Chair

Nika Shahery

Nika is a third-year law student at Harvard Law School, from Los Angeles, California. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a BA in International Relations and a BS in Planning, Policy, and Development. Nika spent her 1L summer clerking at the Senate Judiciary Committee and working at a real estate development firm and her 2L summer at Gibson Dunn in Los Angeles, where she will return after graduation. Prior to law school, she interned at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division. Outside of her interests in the law, Nika enjoys swimming, running, biking and spending most days at the beach.