For Tamas (Tomi) Buchler, it all began when he was a madrich (counselor) for Birthright. While he had grown up with a strong connection to his Jewish heritage and community, he began to understand that among Jewish young adults in Eastern Europe, this was the exception—not the norm. Fast-forward nine years: Tamas is now working for the Jewish Agency’s Global Leadership Institute as the director of Minyanim, a network of young Jewish community activists from Central/Eastern Europe. Tomi holds an M.A. in Law and Political Science from the ELTE University in Budapest, and also undertook teacher training in Jewish studies. He also graduated from the University of Haifa’s program in Peace and Conflict Studies. Tamas is involved with Limmud International, has been a PresenTense Global Fellow, a Schusterman Fellow, a Rene Cassin Fellow and a member of the ROI Community. Tomi is a proud volunteer educator at the Haver Foundation.