Reel-Yehudah Organization  Headquarters
990 Halsey Street 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11207, USA

©2019 by The Reel-Yehudah Hebrew Scholars Program.

THE REEL-YEHUDAH HEBREW SCHOLARS PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Here at The Reel-Yehudah Hebrew Scholars Program, we know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little support. Since our founding in 2019, we have been determined to make an impact specifically in the direction of Hebrew Israelite/Black/ African American Jews and other Jews of Color. The core of our efforts is to bring our team’s fresh ideas and passion to the range of activities and initiatives that will represent all Hebrews and their full educational, social, and professional potential with the hope that they will positively impact not only their community, but the world. Through all of our endeavors we hope to display the conviction behind our beliefs.

 

WELCOME TO
THE REEL-YEHUDAH HEBREW SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Where Hebrews are Scholars!

The Reel-Yehudah Scholarship Program/Fund (RYHSP/F) is a developing philanthropy scholars program modeled after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Gates Millennium Scholarship Program, the United Negro College Fund, and the Ron Brown Scholars Program to financially aid and mentor students of the Hebrew Israelite diaspora/Black & Latino Jews of African and/or Indian descent primarily in the United States, Israel, and other Hebrew Israelite communities around the world. Eligibility for the scholarship offers students who want to pursue collegiate, graduate, rabbinical, and/or vocational school studies in the specified fields below: 
S.T.E.M.A.H.V.E.R.B.S.L.I.P
-Science
-Technology 
-Engineering 
-Mathematics 
-Architecture

-Human Resources 
-Vocational Trades 
-Education 
-Rabbinical Studies
-Business 
-Social Work

-Law

-International Relations

-Political Science 

The program is designed to primarily highlight Torah study, scholarship, and practice while simultaneously advocating and actively supporting the Israelite diaspora to pursue professional degrees. 

The RYHSP/F will raise funds through various initiatives and proceeds will be allocated to a $4,444 annual scholarship fund (www.gofundme.com/reelyehudah-hebrew-scholarship-program)  expected to launch in the summer of 2019. As the program/organization and fund progresses, the scholarship grant will continuously increase periodically. Funds that exceed the annual goal will be allocated towards the following initiatives in the Israelite community:

1.) Rebuilding B'Nai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael -- www.gofundme.com/helpbnaiadath
2.) The Israelite Documentary led by Chief Uzziel Ben Lewi of Beit Da'ath, Chokmah, Binah (D.C.B.) -- www.gofundme.com/israeldocumentary 
3.) The Junior Board of B'Nai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael-- (Follow on Instagram @BAKBYJr & @BAKBYJuniorBoard)
4.) Birthright deposits for Israelite/Jews of Black/African/Sephardic/Indian descent to travel to Israel for free

via Israelite led groups and/or Taglit Birthright -- (www.freeisraeladventures.com

Partnerships of this program are linked with the Gates Millennium Scholarship funded by Bill and Melinda Gates towards the United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Ron Brown Scholars program, the Junior Board of B'Nai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael (Follow on Instagram @BAKBYJr & @bakbyjuniorboard), and the United Drummers of Yisrael

The overall goal is to produce and support Torah observant candidates with their professional endeavors who will dedicate their careers to the progression of the Israelite diaspora!  

 
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Son of a U.S. army vet, Albert Lee (Jezreel) Reel-Yehudah, December 6th 1950- March 27th 2017, served in the U.S. army during the Vietnam war, left a legacy of greatness to his children and other family members, and this scholarship is in honor of him, African American leaders/elders, and army personnel of Hebrew Israelite diaspora in the U.S. military and Israeli Defense Force.

"Doubt only exists when one intends to execute failure. If one eradicates doubt from their thought process, greatness and lessons  become the only result. There is no failure. There's only growth!"

אלברט (יזרעאל) לי רייל בן יונתן בן רופה אלפונסו בן יוסף רייל-יהודה 
(27th of Kislev, 5711 - 29th of Adar, 5777)

 

OUR STORY

Expanding Educational, Social, and Professional Opportunities for those in the Hebrew Israelite/ Black/Sephardic Jew/ Jews of Color  Diaspora

Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. The Reel-Yehudah Hebrew Scholars Program emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 2019; Over 2000 years of exile from Jerusalem, Israel (70 C.E.) , centuries of migration and settlement into the continent of Africa and the rest of the world (70 C.E.-1619 A.D.), 400 years since the first documented slave ship landed in America carrying Israelites from the coasts of Africa as prophesied in Deuteronomy 28 (1619 -2019), over 210 years of reawakening of independent  Israelites in America (Israel Hill, Virginia USA circa 1810 A.D.), 100 years since the contemporary organized reawakening of Israelites of the African American diaspora under Rabbi Arnold Josiah Ford and Chief Rabbi W.A. Matthew (1919-2019), and finally 50 years since the return of Israelites of the African American diaspora who have settled in the land of Israel under the leadership of Ben Ammi Ben Israel (1969-2019), we’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Contact us to learn more and get involved.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER:

Nahtahniel Sahgeev Reel-Yehudah, E.I.T , 26,  Columbia SEAS '15/Adelphi '14,  is the founder of The Reel-Yehudah Scholarship Program/Fund. Upon receiving 2 collegiate degrees from Adelphi University (B.S. in Physics 2014) and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University (B.S.E in Civil Engineering 2015), he is currently working toward his M.S. in Construction Administration from Columbia University through the School of Professional Studies with a focus on 
Sustainable Structural Development, Construction Law, Safety, and Real Estate Business/Development. 

Nahtahniel is a direct descendant of the African American Israelite community that stems from Rabbi Arnold Josiah Ford and Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew. He constantly travels globally to connect the youth of his local and global community (U.S., Israel (North East Africa), Guyana, S.A, Latin America, Europe, and Africa) through youth driven initiatives such as this. He is expected to graduate with his 3rd degree by May 2020 from Columbia University. He started this scholarship initiative to honor his recently deceased father Albert (Jezreel) Lee Reel-Yehudah 1950-2017, a U.S. army vet, all deceased leaders/elders of the global Israelite diaspora, current Israelite/Black Jews serving in the U.S. military and the Israeli Defense Force. This Scholarship program was also formed as a response to the need for more Israelite youth and aspiring adults to pursue collegiate, graduate, rabbinical/Hebraic and/or vocational studies. He believes that through mentorship and exposure anyone can initiate strategic improvements in their personal lives as well as their local and global communities. 

Nahtahniel is currently an Engineer and Project Manager for high rise buildings and innovative engineering/construction projects  throughout New York City, USA. During his spare time he enjoys playing the conga drums, learning Hebrew and other languages, and mentoring youth in the Bronx, Harlem, and Brooklyn. He is dedicated to the current reconstruction of one of the recently destroyed places of worship in his community: B'Nai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael.  Visit their site at www.bnai-adath.org  and support their cause by donating using the link below:
www.gofundme.com/helpbnaiadath.com 

Contact/Profiles: 
Email: nahtahniel@gmail.com

Email:REEL.YEHUDAH.HEBREW.SCHOLARSHIP@gmail.com

Email: info@ryhsp.org

Nahtahniel on LinkedIn

Instagram: @NAHTAHNIEL , @Reel.Yehudah@Reel.Yehudah.HSP , @4th.Tribe,  @UDY613 , @PanthersToLions 

Societies/ Membership:

1.) Bill Gates Millennium Scholar/Alum (Cohort 2010), 
www.gmsp.org )

2.) Levermore Global Scholars Alum (Adelphi University)

3.) Global Kids, Inc.  Alum  ( www.Globalkids.org  )
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/from-the-bronx-to-columbi_b_5274604

4.) Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. 
(Sigma Mu Chapter Rechartering Founding Member- Adelphi University) 
ADELPHI UNIVERSITY SIGMA MU ALPHAS on INSTAGRAM 

5.) National Society of Black Engineers (N.S.B.E-Columbia University)
http://www.nsbe.org/home.aspx

6.) American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-Columbia University ) 
https://www.asce.org/

7.)National Society of Professional Engineers (N.S.P.E)
https://www.nspe.org/

8.) National Black Contractors Association (N.B.C.A) 
https://www.nationalbca.org/

9.) National Society of Minority Contractors
https://namcnational.org/

10.) Junior Board of B'Nai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael (President)
https://www.instagram.com/bakbyjr/


11.) Member of the Israelite Community Vision Council (ICVC-Youth Liaison) 

(A division under the International Israelite Board of Rabbis


Awards/Recognition:
Adelphi University Career Center Alumni Recognition (2019)

Adelphi University's 10 Under 10 Alumni Recognition (2017)

Huffington Post Article: An Engineering Student Working to Improve His Community

(Written while studying at Columbia University for Civil Engineering)


Turner Construction Youth Force 2020 Annual Staff Award (2016/2017)


Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship Recipient/Alum 
(www.gmsp.org)

 

MEET THE TEAM

Committed to inspiring the current and next generations of elite Hebrew Israelite scholars, professionals, leaders, entrepreneurs, and visionaries

Below is the Executive Leadership Team of Reel-Yehudah Hebrew Scholars Program

 

NAHTAHNIEL SAHGEEV REEL-YEHUDAH, E.I.T
נתנאל שגיב רייל- יהודה

Civil Engineer & Project Manager   
Founder and CEO | Reel-Yehudah Hebrew Scholars Program
Columbia University | M.S. Candidate
Columbia University '15 | B.S.E Civil Engineering 
Adelphi University '14 | B.S. Physics
President | Reel-Yehudah Org.
President | Junior Board B'Nai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael
International Representative of Hebrew Israelite Youth Worldwide

As an engineer in training with many years of studying as a scholar, Nahtahniel Sahgeev Reel-Yehudah has contributed to the project management and construction of four projects while working at Turner Construction Company: David H. Koch Ambulatory Care Center of the New York Presbyterian Hospital, the world’s tallest modular building at 461 Dean St. in Brooklyn,NY, an extension/renovation of the Verrazzano Middle School (PS.101K) in Brooklyn, NY, and the ongoing retail expansion of Boston Properties’ 767 5th Ave General Motors Building for Apple Inc. Headquarters. As an engineer, Nahtahniel
serves as a coordinator between the owner, architect, design team, and subcontractors on all phases of the construction process. He is currently an engineering project manager for one of the tallest plaza hospitality infrastructure developing projects in Rockefeller Center, New York City. During his free time, Nahtahniel mentors middle and high school students interested in STEM fields in order to inspire underprivileged youth in the Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn, and Israel to pursue careers in STEM, design, and construction. Nahtahniel was the valedictorian of his high school and hopes to produce more Hebrew Israelite youth who are at the top of their classes.  His passion for development and renovation stems from his ongoing efforts to fully renovate a historic temple in the Williamsburg/Bushwick area of Brooklyn, NY, which has been occupied by a distinct community of Jews of African descent for approximately 100 years. Nahtahniel founded the Reel-Yehudah Scholars Program as a vision to continuously aid Hebrew Israelites to reach their full potential. He is currently pursuing a master of science joint degree in construction administration and business at Columbia University, holds a B.S.E degree in civil engineering from Columbia University (2015), and a B.S. degree in physics from Adelphi University (2014). Nahtahniel is also the president/CEO of the Reel-Yehudah Organization; the conglomerate organization managed by the Reel-Yehudah family, president of the Junior Board of B'Nai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael under the auspices of International Board of Rabbis, and the head advocate for the Global Israelite Exodus Initiative 2070. 

NOTABLE LEADERS

The Reel-Yehudah Scholarship Program recognizes all past, present, and future leaders of the global Hebrew Israelite/Black/African American Hebraic community. As stated in Jeremiah 3:15 ; "and I (YHWH) will give you shepherds according to My heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."

 

RABBI HA-GADOL ARNOLD JOSIAH FORD

Rabbi Ford (1877-1935) was the first Black rabbi of contemporary Hebrew Israelite/Black Jew history in the United States. He was a leader of the Universal Negro Improvement Association founded by Marcus Garvey,composed the the Ethiopian National Anthem, and assisted with the creation of the Pan-African national flag of red, black, and green. He was the founder of Beth Bnai Abraham in Harlem before emigrating to Ethiopia and acquiring approximately 800 acres of land to build a Hebrew Israelite community as a companion of Haile Selassie I (Emperor of Ethiopia 1930-1974).

CONTACT THE REEL-YEHUDAH HEBREW SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Reel-Yehudah Organization  Headquarters
990 Halsey Street 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11207, USA

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GET INVOLVED & DONATE

You Can Make a Difference

Your support is important to our work at The Reel-Yehudah Hebrew Scholars Program. There are many ways you can contribute towards our causes, and every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfill our mission. Whether you become a mentor, tutor, role model, or donate, learn more about how you can get involved and take advantage of the opportunity to do some good.

 

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MAKE A DONATION TO SUPPORT THE NEXT GENERATION OF HEBREW SCHOLARS

Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making The Reel-Yehudah Hebrew Scholars Program an even better Non-Profit Organization than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.

THE HEBREW SCHOLARS' COLLECTION

Learn and support the Reel-Yehudah Hebrew Scholars Program by purchasing an item related to the Hebrew Israelite/Black Jew Community. All items purchased will support the ongoing efforts to financially aid our scholars in college, rabbinical school, vocational school, and travel application/expenses to Israel.

Important Instructions for Purchasing items*:

1.) Decide which item(s) you want.  

2.) Click on the link under each item  and that will direct you to our crowdfunding page.

3.) Donate the specified total amount(s) of your item(s) on our GoFundMe page OR 

via CashApp ($ReelYehudah) AND specifically list the item(s) in the comments. 

4.) In the same comment OR via email (reel.yehudah@gmail.com), please remember to provide your:

  • Name 

  • Mailing Address 

  • Contact Number

Note: All funds donated go towards the total scholarship amount for all recipients and Israel application/travel expenses.

*All items are new or in just used condition 

TIKKUN KORIM
(THE KESTENBAUM EDITION)

$85

The Kestenbaum Edition Tikkun consists of Modern/Block Hebrew with and without vowels for reading the Torah along with the English translation and even some commentary. This book, although very massive, saves the reader time with going to other books for translation as one side has Hebrew (with and without vowels) while the other has the English translation and commentary. This book also shares graphics pertaining to some Torah descriptions  for a more visual understanding. 

A standard donation is included in your purchase of this item as it also supports our scholar recipients.

THE TORAH IN ANCIENT/PALEO HEBREW

$50

This book allows the reader to read the entire Torah with Ancient/Paleo Hebrew alphabet characters. This ancient text may take time to learn even if the reader knows fluent Hebrew as the letters used in this ancient text are not frequently used in modern Hebrew. However, this text is definitely more closer to what the ancient Hebrew Israelites used during ancient days in the land of Canaan. In fact, many ancient Canaanite tribes have various connections to this text. Much study is needed to perfectly read this text but more value and respect is granted to the reader as they in engage in perfecting their understanding of it.

A standard donation is included in your purchase of this item as it also supports our scholar recipients.

TIKKUN KORIM GADOL

$44

This "Tikkun Korim Gadol" (Large Modern/Block Hebrew Torah with and without vowels) is for practicing reading the Torah in Hebrew with and without vowels. This Tikkun also clearly identifies the specific portions for each Aliyah (Torah Reader) per portion.

A standard donation is included in your purchase of this item as it also supports our scholar recipients.

TIKKUN KORIM KATAN

$33

This "Tikkun Korim Katan" (Small Modern/Block Hebrew Torah with and without vowels) is for practicing reading the Torah in Hebrew with and without vowels. This Tikkun also clearly identifies the specific portions for each Aliyah (Torah Reader) per portion. The pages and format of this book are the exact same as the larger Tikkun just on a smaller scale. 

A standard donation is included in your purchase of this item as it also supports our scholar recipients.

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

$25

The Holy Scriptures According to the Masoretic Text allows the read the Old Testament/Tanach in English with the most accurate translation from the original text in which the Old Testament was written; Hebrew. With this book, the readers gets a clearer understanding of the correct Hebrew translation with less interpretation as some books have various translations that may relate but  do not exactly equate to the original Hebrew text. This book also provides specific Hebrew meanings for Hebrew terms mentioned throughout the Holy Scriptures as well as Torah and Maftir portions for each Shabbat/ Holy day throughout Hebrew Year. This is the standard book used within most Hebrew communities as the Torah is read for translation and teachings within the community.

A standard donation is included in your purchase of this item as it also supports our scholar recipients.

THE APOCRYPHA: TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL TONGUES

$20

The Biblical Apocrypha denotes the collection of apocryphal ancient books thought to have been written some time between 200 BCE and 400 CE.

A standard donation is included in your purchase of this item as it also supports our scholar recipients.