We are thrilled (and admittedly a little sad, too) to cast a spotlight today on Leah Kramer, a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin, who has completed her internship with the Buffalo Jewish Federation. Leah leaves for Israel later this month to participate in the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program in Haifa.
Daughter of Leslie and Jim Kramer, Leah grew up in Buffalo and attended Buffalo Seminary for High School. She was active at Temple Beth Tzedek in USY and attended Hebrew High before heading to college in Madison. Like many college students, Leah had big plans involving internships and work experiences to give her real-world practice for when she graduated from school. But when the pandemic began back in March 2020, Leah quickly realized the rest of her junior year and summer were going to look a lot different.
One Zoom call later, Leah officially became Federation’s Media and Communications Intern in May 2020. This unique virtual summer internship opportunity gave Leah the freedom to develop Pandemix, her weekly podcast featured in My Jewish Buffalo that highlighted recipes people were making during the pandemic. You can listen to them here: Earl Grey Yogurt Cake, Babka Challah, Uncle Buddha’s Thai Chicken Noodle Dish, Vegan Shakshuka, Dad’s Chicken and Leeks, New York Style Bagels, Vegan Lunch & Julie’s Eclair Cake, Smoked Pastrami Deli Style.
The internship was such a blast that Leah agreed to stay on throughout her senior year! She revived the Federation’s Instagram page, assisted in editing the Jewish Journal, and created videos and unique content for the Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning’s Love in a Box, Box of Light, and Celebration of Learning.
Among her many talents, Leah used her writing skills and love of food to create a funny and charming Nosh of the Week column in My Jewish Buffalo. She is one of the only people who can make even the most mundane vegetable sound exciting!
On behalf of the Buffalo Jewish Federation, and all the loyal Nosh of the Week readers, we say lehitraot (goodbye for now), and thank you, Leah, for all of all that you’ve contributed to Jewish Buffalo over the past 1.5 years!