Daniel N. Levy
I was born in Mexico City on September 12, 1993. I lived in Mexico for about 6 years and half where I attended a Hebrew day school named “Colegio`Hebreo Tarbut.” My pre-school and kindergarten years were just like any other child going to a private Hebrew school in Mexico City. We would learn the history and values of our people. There were about 5-8 Jewish schools in Mexico around this time. Mexico City has one of the largest Jewish populations in the world. There are about 70,000 – 100,000 estimated Jews living in Mexico right now. When I ended kindergarten my parents decided to move to the U.S in search of a better life.
When I arrived in San Diego in the summer of 99 my life changed. I lived in a small apartment house in La Jolla for the first year until my parents found a house in Del Mar. Due to my lack of English my parents decided it would be best for me to start school from kindergarten. This would be better for me since 1st grade students where already applying the alphabet into words and everyone knew how to read. I attended San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) since the first day I came to San Diego until the last day I graduated. I have always gone to a Jewish school where learning Hebrew was mandatory in order to graduate. I graduated as a senior from SDJA on June 16, 2012. I received my diploma and a golden ribbon which represented the highest level of accomplishment. I had over 250+ hours of community service.
On April 26, 2012 I went to a school program in Israel named “Alexander Muss High School in Israel” (HMHSI). I took part of a program that took us to Poland, and all across Israel. I learned about Jewish history during WWII while visiting Poland. In Israel we learned about the history of the Jews since 2500 B.C.E.
When I became a junior in high school I decided to apply for an eight month leadership program called Manhigim. The Manhigim Institute is ADL’s highly regarded Jewish teen leadership development program for students in the 10th and 11th grades. I was accepted into this program a few months later. Being a “Manhig” (Leader) and a member of ADL allowed me to further develop my Leadership skills and understand the role of being Jewish in a modern world full of anti-Semitism.
Since 2001 I have been a member of Ken Jewish Community in San Diego. Ken Jewish Community is the place where Latin Jewish families find friends for life who share their beliefs, values and traditions. Its members strengthen their Jewish identity, build a connection with Israel, and maintain their Latin culture. I was a “janij” (member) until I became a “madrij” (leader/counselor) in 2009. I was the leader of two groups of kids. In 2009 I was the counselor of 2nd grade boys, and in 2011 I was the counselor of 6th grade boys.
In 2012 I became the Varsity Golf captain of my school’s team. I was responsible and the leader of the team. I always played in the first group which meant I had to play the other schools captain. I made sure everyone attended practices and matches. Also, I was part of the Men’s Varsity soccer team throughout my four years of high school.
In 2011 I worked for a computer repair company named BP Network Solutions. I was in charge of all the non-corporate operations. I repaired home/personal computers instead of servers, and IT systems. I worked there for about a year until my partner Barry Picker moved to South Africa. I continued to fix computers on my own, and I still do.
On August 21, 2012 I officially moved to Chapman University. Hopefully I will graduate from Chapman University in 2016, as a Business Major with a minor in Computer Science.