The Tribe. Miami Jews.
A snapshot of our leaders.
Our innovative leaders are well regarded in their professional fields, share a pasion for being a positive force in our community and fully represent Miami's diverse Jewish community. You can check out our leadership youtube video here. Through The Tribe, leaders receive special opportunities to enhance their skills. If you have a passion for community and are ready to lead, please contact us. We are always looking to grow our leadership circle.
Heather Bernstein Yurovsky, a 27 year old Florida-native, is Assistant Director of Marketing for Independence Spirits Co. Complimented by her law background, Heather's creative approach to making an impact in the community has proven to be a great asset to The Tribe's board. Heather is "not religious" and never went to synagogue as a child. She has great admiration of The Tribe's vision is the "inclusivity and diverse composition of the organization."
Helena Cohen is a 30-year-old business relations manager for a finance firm. She is also the co-founder of The Tribe and, as a lifetime member of a Reform synagogue, has been actively involved in promoting Jewish life in South Florida for several years. Her commitment has helped hundreds “reclaim the sense of community and Jewish identify” that she fondly remembers from her childhood.
Emily Kapit, whose 20s are still fresh in her mind, is the Lead Career Strategist and Head Resume Writer for ReFresh Your Step, LLC, a Miami-based career advisory firm. Her upbringing in North Carolina included both Jewish camp and BBYO but the dearth of a strong Jewish population in her hometown made a lasting impression. Following time spent in Manhattan, and Atlanta, Emily and her husband are proud to call Miami home; each city where she has lived furthered Emily's belief that connecting Jews in meaningful ways--traditionally, culturally, socially, and spiritually--is the surest way to perpetually strengthen Jewish bonds. She is delighted not just that The Tribe exists but that she can be apart of its wonderful work.
Jessica Moreno’s zeal for the importance of sustainable Jewish life recently prompted her to leave behind a career in sales and marketing to follow her true passion – building Jewish community. She just launched Chaisocial.com, an all-encompassing website designed to unite and engage Jewish people with varying religious viewpoints. Originally from a suburb just outside of Boston, Jessica is 31 years old and considers herself "traditionally Jewish from both Ashkenazi and Sephardi backgrounds".
Dean Neiger, is a Belgian Israeli born entrepreneur that migrated to Miami 6 years ago. Having lived and felt anti-Semitism on a daily basis in Belgium, Dean understands the importance of Jewish identity and continuity. "Being able to express and live your Judaism freely is a luxury that many Jews around the world do not have," he says, "Yet paradoxically, this freedom is among the motivators that allow the younger members of the community to take their Jewish roots for granted". Dean was never involved in organized Jewish life before he encountered The Tribe. He is currently Chair of the Executive Board.
Rebecca Behar Notik is a 26 year old Cuban Jew. She specializes in event planning for a hotel and plans weddings, galas, and other events. She is "Modern Orthodox" and is passionate about connecting to her Jewish roots in ways that are fun, unique and meaningful. She enjoys helping out her community in whatever ways possible and coming up with fresh ideas for memorable programs.
David Notik is the founder of Woven, a web startup dedicated to helping people work together better. One of 7 siblings raised in a Chabad household, David believes the greatest way to strengthen our Jewish community is to help facilitate mutual awareness and collaboration amongst all its stakeholders. He believes in being aware of our place in a global community, and in our moral obligation to make meaningful contributions to it. David spent much of his formative years in Seattle and Manhattan before moving to Miami a few years ago.
David Prager is a 29 year old originally from Los Angeles. Professionally, he helped found a recruiting firm servicing the financial services sector and consults to non profit organizations. Being raised in a Conservative home, a Reform synagogue, and an Orthodox school, David had the benefit of witnessing what each of the denominations had to offer its constituents. David practices as a modern-Orthodox Jew believing that it most provides for him a certain level of consistency in his practice while also maintaining an acceptance of the way other people practice their Judaism.
Brenda Rachel Bracha Vargas, a 29 year old Cuban-Columbia Jew-by-choice, brings her newfound passion for Judaism to everything she does. Her work as a professional financial planner has helped her build an impressive network throughout South Florida. Brenda is spear-heading The Tribe's Service Learning Project launched in partnership with Repair the World.
Simone Weissman is a 26-year-old events planner turned real estate sales professional born and raised in Miami. Her parents were lifetime members of a Conservative synagogue, but she doesn’t consider herself religious. She is an active member of The Tribe because she “likes to work with people who are doing great things.”
Vladi Yurovsky immigrated to Miami in 1989 from the former USSR. Since then, he has devoted himself to putting smiles on people's faces in one way or another. Vladi sits on the boards and committees of several non-profit organizations as well as selling Israel Bonds professionally. After several years in the investment and marketing arenas, he has committed himself to being more involved in the community.