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Max August is an investor for General Atlantic at the Tel Aviv branch and was instrumental in opening the company's office in Israel.
Max is crazy about Israel and Israeli tech.
In today's episode, Max August takes a different route and shares his journey with his Jewish identity and connection to Israel. Max grew up in New York City in a family with some Jewish identity but was not particularly observant. However, his mother's encounter with Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis sparked a deeper connection to Judaism in Max's family.
Max attended Horace Mann School, where he was one of the few who observed some level of kosher. During college at Harvard, he met Israelis and modern Orthodox Jews, which deepened his connection to Israel and sparked his interest in Israeli tech.
After spending time in Israel, Max decided it was time to add to his Shabbat observance, and it has become a life-changing experience for him.
Throughout his journey, Max has navigated challenges with work and family, but his family has been supportive overall.
He encourages others to explore their Jewish identity, understand Jewish history, and learn more about Israel.
Max knows that exploring one's identity and connecting to Jewish history can be eye-opening and lead to a deeper understanding of Jewish values and teachings.