Dear Leigh,

2 years ago Adina Ichilov 0

Everyone who is a part of this incredible project has the privilege of knowing Leigh Hershkovich-loffe. If you do not know Leigh, she has been working for CTeen for the past six years as editor in Chief of ‘CTeen Connections’ and director of curriculum. Leigh has contributed more to CTeen than this article could do justice. She is always there, ready to listen and to give advice if need be. We can probably all agree that Leigh has inspired each of us in one way or another. If you searched up the definition of supportive, Leigh’s name would appear.

Leigh, we cannot thank you enough for the countless hours you have dedicated to CTeen and time you have spent just being there for us teens. Seriously, this article does not give you the honor you deserve. This article is just a tiny token of our appreciation. We are so thankful for everything you have done and cannot wait to see what you do next!

We love you <3,

Adina Ichilov, Shai Fichtelberg, and Shayna Solkowitz

CTeen Connection’s 2019-2020 Editorial Board


Hey Leigh. I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am to have you in my life. It was an absolute honor to work alongside you over this past year. You have been a great role model and a huge help. CTeen and CTeen Connections will not be the same without you. I wish you nothing but the best in your new journey. Will miss you dearly :’(

Thank you for everything <3 Adina Ichilov

Thank you Leigh for all you have done for the CTeen Connection family. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have been able to share my ideas and articles with the CTeen public. We will miss your contribution and hard work to the CTeen community. All the best!

Hatzlacha, Andrew Stein

Dear Leigh, You are the heart and soul of CTeen Connection. Thank you so much for the years of inspiration you have given Jewish writers, creators, and critical thinkers, and here’s to the years of inspiration you will give to hundreds of more people! I look up to you so much and wish you all the best in the world. Thank you thank you thank you for all you have done and will do. 

B’hatzlacha! Chana Butcher

Thank you for being by far one of the dopest, most inspiring people I’ve ever met. You impact the life of every person you meet in the most positive way and I completely admire that about you. So blessed to know your beautiful soul and self.

Love you, Danielle York

Thank you for being the most understanding and supportive role model – you really helped us all grow! I wish you all the happiness in the future.

I’ll miss you loads! Elie Glaser

Wow Leigh, it seems like yesterday that I was working with you on the Connection Team. You are a great role model and serve as a mentor for everyone. You have really helped to create the past and present leaders of not only CTeen, but the world. We are so grateful for your dedication that you have to CTeen, Judaism, and through helping others through your various avenues of writing, mental health and more. Thank you for everything, we love you!

Love you <3, Emily Glazer

Leigh, when we did this for your wedding I wrote about your red lipstick, so I feel like that’s worth mentioning. Thank you for your hours upon hours of work and dedication you gave to CTeen. When you told me all of your responsibilities, I was convinced you had more hours in your day than me; time turner? Thank you for making my experience in CTeen and beyond so important and memorable.

You are the best, Hannah Kaplun

Leigh, thank you so much for providing such a great experience for me these past few years. Without your guidance, I would never have gotten to where I am now in CTeen. You serve such an inspiration to me and to the entire CTeen community. Thank you for everything, and I wish you all the best!

Thank you, Mitchel Zilbershteyn

Leigh, thank you so much for being such an important part of our lives over the years. You were always welcoming, had a smile on your face when you greeted each person, and it made a lasting impact on me till this day. You were always ready to help at any given moment and gave great advice. I’ve learned a lot from you and consider you a role model and friend, I wish you nothing but success in this next journey!

Thank you, Netanel Ashkenazi

Leigh, thank you so much for everything you did for CTeen! You are an amazing person, and I am so lucky I was able to get to know you! I wish you all the best for your new journey. 

Love, Olivia Rubinsky

Hey Leigh. Thank you so much for all that you have done for me and for CTeen throughout the years. You are truly inspirational and your dedication in what you do is amazing! I wish you all the success in your future endeavors and just want to thank you again for your everlasting passion, care, and dedication for Cteen!

Thank you, Orli Richman

A huge thanks to Leigh, who had helped me write for CTeen Connection and was always here if I had any questions. CTeen Connection would never have been the same without her!

Thank you, Rachel Arrouas

Leigh, you have been the absolute best friend and support throughout our CTeen journey. We could not have made it through our journey together and to becoming frum without you <3

Thank you, Rachel and Joey Goffstein

Hey Leigh, I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you did for me and CTeen Connection during my time there. It was an absolute honour to work with someone as supportive and encouraging as you!! B’Hatzlacha with everything you do next!!

Lots of love, Rebecca Meyers

Leigh, Indirectly, you have been a big part of my life. Working with you has allowed me to expand my skills in Web development and whoever decides to hire you to take on projects in the future is very lucky to have someone as dedicated and as knowledgeable as you. May G-d bless you and your family and I hope you won’t forget about me too soon.

Thank you, Samuel Gabbay

Hey Leigh!! I wanted to thank you so much for all the effort you put in EVERYTHING you do. You are an amazing person and you have the kindest heart. We are all so lucky that we got to meet you!

Thank you, Sarah Hinkediker

Leigh you are a true gem. I love the way you care for us yet always push us to grow.

Thank you for everything! Sarah Salles

Thank you so much Leigh for all you have done for CTeen and for me personally. You have helped me grow as a writer and as a proud Jewish woman. I wish you the best in your future endeavors and I will miss you dearly!!! 

XOXOXO, Sarah Strent

Thank you Leigh for the years of guidance and encouragement as a writer and leader. You have always been there as a role model and I will continue to look up to you!

Miss you! Sara Weiss

Leigh, even though I only got to know you for a year, I have gotten to know you so well which makes writing this so challenging because there is so much I want to say. You had such an amazing influence on my life, you helped me grow and learn while working alongside you. Thank you for being such an amazing role model who has brightened so many worlds. While I am so sad that you are leaving CTeen, which isn’t really true because we all know you never really leave CTeen, I know you are going to continue to do amazing things and inspire so many people.

Love you so much, Shai Fichtelberg 

Whether it was 1am or 1pm, ever since I’ve gotten to know you Leigh, you’ve been there for me. You’ve been there to answer countless questions, listen as I rant, and comfort me in hard times. I’m not really sure there’s a way to thank you properly, so simple words will have to do. I’m so excited to see everything you accomplish and am honored to call you a friend.

Thank you Leigh for being my role model, Shayna Solkowitz

Leigh! Thank you so much for all that you have done for CTeen. Thank you for teaching me what it means to be a strong passionate Jewish woman. Leigh, I wish you nothing but the best!

Thank you, Shira Winawer

Leigh! Thank you for everything you’ve done for CTeen. My amazing 5 year experience would truly not have been the same without you being there. Being involved in CTeen connection with you helped me make long lasting friendships and many great memories. I know that wherever you go next you will be just as great and better! 

Thank you, Tomer Andegeko

Thank you, Leigh, for everything that you have done for CTeen. Both your intense physical contribution to CTeen and your massive spiritual impact that you have had on CTeeners is unfathomable. You have shown me and so many others what it means to be a ‘religious’ Jew—to do Torah and Mitzvos, yes, but equally as important, to be yourself and utilize your own special gifts and talents to serve Hashem and make a dwelling place for Him in this world!! Leigh, you’re the best!! CTeen will forever be lacking without you!

Thank you, Zack Horowitz