Steve Kaplan is a 26 year-old newly-married alumnus of Ohr Somayach now living in Highland Park, NJ. Steve received his B.S. in Physics from Loyola University in Chicago and is now working toward his PhD in physics at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is currently working with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Steve was inspired by many staff members at the JET in Chicago to become observant. Foremost among them were Ohr Somayach alumni, Rabbis Shalom Garfinkel and Zev Kahn. Steve describes his connection to Ohr Somayach as follows: “In the middle of my senior year as an undergraduate I came to the realization that if I did not take off time to go to Yeshiva I would not have a firm basis in learning and hashkafa (Torah perspective). Since Rabbis Kahn and Garfinkel were Ohr Somayach alumni, Ohr Somayach seemed the natural choice. The Center Program molded me over the course of the year and taught me the skills that would enable me to pick up a gemara or another sefer and learn. I have a very high level of apprecition to the Center and Ohr Somayach for helping me to build me into the person that I am today.”