Amir Zinkow considers himself a Midwesterner, having spent his formative years in St. Paul, MN, and Columbus, OH. A week after graduating from The Ohio State University with a BA in Cultural Anthropology, Amir left for Uganda with American Jewish World Service – AJWS Volunteer Summer, where he spent two months learning about international development. He then went to Israel and, after three years, one spent volunteering with OTZMA and two learning full time at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Amir returned to the US. This move was precipitated by his matriculation into Chovevei, during which time he was awarded a Wexner Graduate Fellowship. He is currently a Judaic Studies Teacher at Solomon Schechter of Westchester Middle School. Amir likes discussing strategy and rules while watching baseball and football, as well as marveling at the wonders in God’s world, from the smallest insects to the highest mountains.