Madeline Kohn is from Lower Merion, PA and is the youngest of 7 siblings. Having grown up within a large family and tight-knit community she is fascinated by and passionate about facilitating meaningful gatherings and interpersonal discovery. Whether in Penn Hillel, her dorm, the streets of Philadelphia, or somewhere in nature, she wants to hear what’s on your mind, and will happily return the favor. There isn’t exactly a major for that, so for the time being she is pursuing some combination of Cognitive Science, Economics, and Eastern European Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Before coming to Penn, Madeline took a gap year studying in Jerusalem at the Hartman Institute. There, she studied Hebrew, Jewish philosophy, Israeli politics, and religious texts. Now on campus, Jewish community building is a priority for her. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, live music, DIY projects, and long walks on the beach. She doesn’t like dogs or the sound of Styrofoam egg cartons (or Styrofoam in general).
She applied to the SNF Paideia program primarily because of the length and depth of the program. She looks forward to learning and developing as a thinker and individual with her cohort over the next three years.