Jacob Meiner is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, with a concentration in Modern Arabic and Hebrew Studies, in the College of Arts and Sciences and economics at the Wharton School of Business. He has always been passionate about Middle Eastern politics, history, and religion. This past year, he authored a paper on the development of early Israeli folk culture through folk dance, entitled Dancing Toward Zion, for Professor Heather J. Sharkey’s seminar, “Middle East Through Many Lenses.” At Penn, Jacob is theSchool ofArts and Sciences Chair for the 2015 Class Board and a Tour Guide and Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions through Kite and Key, Penn’s largest service organization. Originally fromNew Rochelle, New York, he served in various leadership roles in the Reform Jewish youth movement throughout high school. Jacob was the Programming Vice President and then President of the North American Federation of Temple Youth – New York Area Region, overseeing the Reform Jewish youth movement in the New York metropolitan area that serviced over 75 congregations with 500 active participants. In this capacity, he also served as the co-author of two North American study initiatives for the North American Federation of Temple Youth. Aside from his interests in theMiddle East and Jewish life, Jacob is an avid singer, a member of The Pennchants, Penn’s premier all-male a cappella group, and a New York State School Music Association Conference All-State Vocalist. Jacob graduated in 2011 from New Rochelle High School as Valedictorian, where he also received both the University of Pennsylvania Alumae Book Award and the Brand Award for Political Science. He is a 2011 National Merit Scholar. Jacob is also a lover of good music, Lost Generation literature, Harry Potter, any type of food (seriously), and the “West Wing.” In fact, he aspires to be as awesome as C.J. Cregg one day.