Campus Awards Nominees 2014/15

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HASBARA FELLOW/ CAMPUS/ PARTNER OF THE MONTH 2014/15

HASBARA FELLOWSHIPS IS EXCITED TO HIGHLIGHT OUR BEST STUDENT LEADERS AND CAMPUS PARTNERS. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WE WILL BE HIGHLIGHTING DIFFERENT STUDENTS AND PARTNERS AND AT THE END OF THE YEAR THE HASBARA FELLOW, CAMPUS AND PARTNER OF THE YEAR WILL BE CHOSEN.

APRIL

HASBARA FELLOW

AMIT BOUKAI, INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Amit Boukai is a Hasbara Fellowships Senior Fellow, and participated in Impact Planning with Students Supporting Israel at Indiana University. In the beginning of April, she helped organize three days of Israel Peace Week tabling, which ended with Israelpalooza: Declare Your Freedom. Over the past 5 months, Amit has led the way to plan this Zionist-related daylong cultural and music festival. Israelpalooza featured different tents and stations about Israel, as well as a concert that headlined Matisyahu. Amit's tenacity and zeal as an activist continues to successfully guide her; and for her meritorious performance this month, Amit is proudly names Hasbara Fellowships' Fellow of the Month.

CAMPUS

CAL STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH

Cal State University, Long Beach has been doing an excellent job advocacting for Israel on campus. Beach Hillel and the newly founded 49ers for Israel have been tabling regularly and putting on impressive programming. The groups have used the positive messages of Israel Peace Week, raised funds for the Peres Center for Peace in "Challah for Peace", and promoted a fantastic Israel Independence celebration. 49ers for Israel has been holding regular group meetings and growing as an organization. In April, the 49ers for Israel hosted Hasbara Fellowships' Social Media Consultant and BOMAH Founder, Itzik Yarkoni, to help build the group's social media strategy. Israel Fellow Shelly Korenboim and Hillel Program Director Jonathan Grunin really help pro-Israel students achieve greatness. Beach Hillel staff is in great communication with Hasbara Fellowships regional staff, and have been wonderful on-campus support system for our Hasbara Fellows Jenna Jacoby, Tali Shadai, as well as our newest Hasbara Fellow Ben Gaster.

CAMPUS PARTNER

ZINA RAKHAMILOVA, STANDWITHUS

 
Zina Rakhamilova has been a crucial partner for Hasbara Fellowships in Canada. As a Hasbara Fellowships Alumnus and now StandWithUs's Canadian Coordinator, she demonstrated the importance of group co-operation between StandWithUs Emerson Felows and Hasbara Fellows. She has always been a supportive partner and continues to encourage students to spread Israel's positive message. This past year she has worked with Hasbara Fellowships staff to engage Canadian students and has collaborated on a number of successful programs. Zina is the truest example of collaboration amongst different organizational staff in Israel advocacy. Her commitment to empower students and work together organizationally has earned her a spot as Partner of the Month.

 

FEBRUARY

HASBARA FELLOW

GREG KOMMEL, CAL POLY POMONA

Greg Kommel, has been an exemplary Hasbara Fellow! As an active participant of Broncos for Israel, Greg returned from his winter Hasbara Fellowships advocacy training in Israel and hit the ground running by tabling for the BFI Save a Child's Heart Blood Drive - the same day he returned to campus! Greg has written blogs for the theHasbara Campus Blog, and hadtwo articles published in the CPP newspaper, "The Poly Post". We are very proud of all the hard work that Greg has put into making sure that Broncos for Israel does successful programming and tabling events. Mazal tov Greg! 

CAMPUS

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

On University of Georgia's campus, there are two thriving Israel organizations with Hasbara Fellows; both Dawgs for Israel, with Hasbara Fellow Neta Kanny, and SSI at UGA with Hasbara Fellow David Feldman have hosted incredible programs and initiatives this past month. 
 
University of Georgia's Dawgs for Israel had a very interactive and informative 'I Vote Israel' tabling session, where they engaged students about Israel's thriving democracy. SSI also tabled at UGA's Spring Activity Fair, where they represented SSI and were able to recruit new members and inform the campus about their organization. Both Dawgs for Israel and SSI tabled together for Israel Peace Week with materials provided by Hasbara Fellowships and effectively and proudly represented Israel. 
 
 
Throughout this semester, both Dawgs for Israel and SSI have been planning and expertly executing programs, events and initiatives such as a 'Beneath The Helmet' film screening, a StandwithUs soldiers tour, an Israeli Shabbat with Hussein Abubaker, a joint program with CUFI and Dumisani Washington, inspirational speaker Izzy Ezagui, passing a pro-Israel resolution in the student government, hosting an Israel Advocacy 101 session, and hosting Hasbara Fellowships' 'Answering the Most Difficult Questions' session.
 
We are so proud of all the incredible work that our University of Georgia Hasbara Fellows have accomplished and we look forward to seeing more!

CAMPUS PARTNER


ISRAEL IDEAS

 
Over the past month, Hasbara Fellowships and Israel Ideasteamed up to organize two "Innovation Fairs" at George Washington University and New York University.  
 
"Israel Ideas" is dedicated to spreading awareness and education regarding Israel's incredible technology and innovation scene to the broader American community.  Each Innovation Fair included displays from 15 different Israel based or Israeli run tech companies. The fairs/expos attracted more than 400 students in Washington DC and NYC and reached a very large and broad audience- engaging them in a positive Israel discussion. 
 
 
While "Israel Ideas" organized the recruitment of the tech companies, Hasbara Fellowships worked with Hasbara Fellows, other pro-Israel student leaders and Hillel staff members to organize the events on the ground.  Hasbara Fellowships worked with the students to promote the events, including extensive advertising on social media.  Hasbara Fellowships also reached out to other pro-Israel organizations to partner and support the events, including StandWithUs, Israel on Campus Coalition, The David Project, Masa, JNF, WZO, ZOA, and IAC Mishelanu.  
 
The Israel Innovation Fairs were a huge success and accomplished all set aims - to educate the broader campus community, to engage the disengaged, and to strengthen the average student's connection to Israel. Israel Ideas and its founder and president, Mark Cohen were absolutely incredible to work with and Hasbara Fellowships looks forward to our future endeavors with them. 

 

January

HASBARA FELLOW

RAYNA EXELBIERD, FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

Rayna Exelbierd has shown an incredible commitment to planning and actualizing impressive Israel programming on campus since the very start of the semester. Rayna helped implement Israel Awareness Month, which included a variey of activities such as: #IAMFAU an interactive social media campaign, Artists4Israel, a Human Rights Activist speaker, and a Bedouin Shabbat Dinner, Rayna has also been active in tabling every week as well as managing and maintaining a very successful social media page. She has used her new status as House of Representative in FAU's student government to expand the impact of the Israel club farther than before. Rayna has helped bring Owls for Israel to the forefront of her campus through her dedication and creativity.

CAMPUS

UCLA

Pro-Israel students at UCLA have been dealing with huge amounts of Anti-Israel Propaganda, but this hasn't stopped Bruins for Israel! 

The group engaged with their campus, spoke out against Anti-Israel hatred and continued with their positive campus programming. This month Bruins for Israel held a membership retreat, put on a screening of Beneath the Helmet, planned for their annual Save a Child's Heart fundraiser "Achy Breaky Heart" and published op-eds. Students also spearheaded the fight against UCSA Divestment by orchestrating a UC wide protest against anti-Israel bigotry, and hosted students from the entire UC system. 

Honorable Hasbara Fellow Mentions: President of UCLA Bruins for Israel, Eytan Davidovits. Jacob Finn, who coordinated with all of the UC Pro-Israel groups to organize the largest protest against UCSA hatred, and Tammy Rubin who wrote a stellar op-ed. Special thanks to Israel Fellow Yair Vardi for supporting and mentoring UCLA pro-Israel students as well as keeping his students motivated and educated on campus.

CAMPUS PARTNER


YONI MANN, JERUSALEM U/BENEATH THE HELMET

 

Hasbara Fellowships partnered with Jerusalem U to screen "Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front" on campuses throughout North America. "Beneath the Helmet" is a coming-of-age story which follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country. 
 
The film has had an incredible impact on students, many of whom had the opportunity to meet the featured soldiers at premiere screenings of the film. 
 
Yoni Mann, Campus Director at Jerusalem U, has been working with Hasbara Fellowships to help encourage students and Hasbara Fellows to plan successful broad based events with many campus coalition partners and to ensure the events are successful.
 
Jerusalem U & Hasbara Fellowships also offer for students a film based educational series called Israel Inside/Out, which gives the inside story on why Israel is so important today, and throughout world history. The series features commentary from world-renowned experts on Israel and the Middle East, including Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz and Princeton professor Bernard Lewis. For more information about Israel Inside/Out click here.

NOVEMBER

HASBARA FELLOW

ALEXANDRA BRENNER, CARLETON UNIVERSITY

Alexandra Brenner, a Hasbara Fellow at Carleton University, has done an amazing job since coming on Hasbara Fellowships this past summer. She has taken on a leadership position in the Israel Awareness Committee in Ottawa. Over the past month, Lexi organized an "Answering the Most Difficult Questions" session with Executive Director, Elliot Mathias in which both board members and some newly involved students attended. In addition, Lexi was one of the main organizers of an "Israeli Wine & Canadian Cheese" event, with the help of the Ottawa Hillel, that hosted 3 Canadian Members of Parliament who talked about the shared values between Canada and Israel. Over 100 students attended including members of the Kurdish and Armenian student groups who Lexi reached out to.

 

CAMPUS

SUNY, Binghamton

Binghamton University's pro-Israel community, consisting of BUZO (Binghamton University Zionist Organization) and Bearcats for Israel, started November off with hosting Israeli photo-journalist Gil Cohen-Magen. Bearcats for Israel brought comedian Benji Lovitt, held an engaging discussion on current events, hosted an intensive evening of Krav Maga, and raised donations for lone soldiers in Israel. Additionally, BUZO organized "Israel 101" - an educational series.  On the Sunday before Thanksgiving break, Bearcats organized Aroma Cafe, its largest annual event of the Fall semester, with over 300 students in attendance  Co-sponsored with the Culinary Student Association.

One of the proudest accomplishments, ZED, took place on November 24th. ZED, an acronym for Zionist Education Development, was a spin-off of TED Talks.  BUZO brought in four diverse keynote speakers including Environmental Studies Professor Robert Holahan, who spoke about the increasingly urgent water conservation situation in Israel; Judaic Studies Professor Jonathan Karp, who spoke about Zionism as a liberal ideal; and Chuka Ikpeze, a Nigerian immigrant to America who shared stories about his positive experience as a Black Christian man touring Israel. Co-sponsors included Bearcats for Israel, Black Student Union, African Student Organization, Engineers Without Borders, Africana Studies Department, Judaic Studies Department, and the Environmental Department.
 
Find BUZO and Bearcats for Israel on Facebook for more highlights!

CAMPUS PARTNER


ISRAEL CAMPUS ROUNDTABLE

 
The Israel Campus Roundtable connects pro-Israel students across Boston-area universities, providing them with support from local organizations and the broader community.  They are the campus arm of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and seek to bridge the community and campus. This semester ICR has been instrumental in helping New England Based students receive additional scholarships to attend Hasbara Fellowships' Winter Israel Advocacy Training Program to Israel.  ICR provides this support as they know that upon the student's return to campus, strategic advocacy will be implemented to advance the values and messages of the Pro Israel movement.  
 
Additionally, at the end of last month, the ICR brought together over 150 Pro Israel students and professionals for a an Israel Education summit at Northeastern University.  Hasbara Fellowships was excited to participate in the summit, leading training sessions, as well as having many of our Hasbara Fellows attend.
 
We thank you for your great work and your partnership!

 

OCTOBER

HASBARA FELLOW

ROBYN FRUM, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Robyn Frum is a Hasbara Fellow and leader of Buckeyes for Israel at Ohio State University. Robyn has been involved in creating BFI's impact plan- and most importantly, implementing the goals of the impact plan over the past month. In addition, she is playing a central role in organizing Ohio Loves Israel, a weeklong  series of advocacy events for thousands of Ohio college students. Robyn also created Buckeyes for Israel's social media page and pioneered successful social media strategies still being used today. Based off her hard work and effort, Hasbara is proud to name Robyn Frum as October's Fellow of the Month.

 

CAMPUS

CUNY, BARUCH

As an Impact Planning campus, CUNY Baruch has done an incredible job with Israel education and programming since the start of the Fall semester! Along with the Hillel, the student led Israel club, YOFI (Youth Organization for Israel), has been hosting events and discussions weekly, ranging from a coalition event with the advertising club "Ads", to hosting speakers and Israel discussions during their every-other-week iLounge.
 
YOFI has already participated in two workshops with Hasbara Fellowships, Israel 360 and a 'Communicating Effectively' presentation and are planning a practical advocacy session with Hasbara Fellowships for their next iLounge. While putting a large amount of effort in following up with their social media and coalition building Impact Plans, they have also been planning meetings with groups such as the Health and Wellness group, Fusion, the Asian Student Alliance, the Business Clubs on campus and more.
 
Find YOFI on Facebook for more highlights!

CAMPUS PARTNER


SAMARA KATZ, HILLEL PROFESSIONAL

@ GEORGIA TECH, "YELLOWJACKETS FOR ISRAEL"

 

 
Samara Katz is the epitome of what a Hillel professional should be; she is warm, welcoming, inspiring and encouraging to the many students under her leadership. Hasbara Fellowships, as well as the Jewish and pro-Israel students at Georgia Tech and Georgia State Hillels are lucky to know and be engaged with Samara. She welcomed Hasbara Fellowships with open arms to teach an Communicating Effectively for Israel and is encouraging students daily to get involved with Israel advocacy. She has also been helping recruit students from Georgia Tech to participate in the Hasbara Fellowships training program in Israel - and 2 students will joining us this winter! Samara is the backbone behind the newly formed Georgia Tech "Yellowjackets for Israel" and is constantly looking for ways to educate her students about Israel.

 

SEPTEMBER

HASBARA FELLOW

MICHAELA FRIED, UC BERKELEY

Michaela Jo Fried (Hasbara Winter 2013-14') is a junior at UC Berkeley and the President of Tikvah Students for Israel. This past month Michaela co-sponsored "A Bill in Support of the Free Flow of Ideas and International Academic Collaboration" which was presented to student government in response to the Anti-Israel "day of solidarity" calling for the stifling of academic involvement with educational opportunities related to Israel.  In response to this same Anti-Israel campus movement, Michaela led the "#CutTheTape" initiative, a counter-protest against this discrimination. Michaela authored an op-ed to the Daily Californian and was featured in both JWeekly, and the Jerusalem Post.

To learn more about Tikvah at UC Berkeley click here.

Learn more about the "Cut The Tape" initiative, and watch a video that Michaela narrated.

CAMPUS

YORK UNIVERSITY

York University has two pro-Israel groups run by Hasbara Fellows- Ariella Daniels at Hasbara @ York, and Jessica Cherkasov at York Students for Israel. Both groups are Impact Planning groups and they are working on Coalition Building and Public Engagement. This campus has been very active working with Hasbara, including tabling at Yorkfest with Hasbara materials, setting up a tabling campaign called "Pumped for Peace", participating and helping organize the Toronto Consulate's Social Media Conference, setting up workshops, social media webinars, and being diligent in following up with Hasbara staff.

CAMPUS PARTNER


STANDWITH US CAMPUS STAFF

 

The StandwithUs Campus Staff are helpful resources for the Hasbara Fellowships staff and continually work together on campuses. Our shared goals and commitment to supporting campuses and students around the US & Canada are examples of a true partnership. We would like to acknowledge our shared vision for a strong future of pro-Israel advocacy on college campuses. A special shout-out and thank you to the following SWU Campus Coordinators:
Aviva Malveira - New England Coordinator
Lauren Weissman - Southeast Coordinator
Assaf Grumberg - Central Coordinator
Jennifer Halperin - West Coast Coordinator
Johanna Wilder - Pacific Northwest Columbia Coordinator