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Aaron is founder of startup GIV.global. He previously founded MakeThyDay, a Boulder startup focused on matching people with the activities going on around them. He helped design CSSWE and OCO-2, space-weather and CO2 monitoring satellites currently in orbit. He's been active with Chabad and Hillel and educational outreach, and helped found Selah Seattle Minyan and SGT's Student Outreach for Aspiring Rocketeers program. Aaron holds a M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering Systems and Control, with minors in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. GIV is a revolution in Jewish philanthropy. It is a web and mobile platform that is being created to help philanthropists engage the world by giving them the information they need to make informed decisions about giving. It helps people give to the causes that align with the changes they wish to see in the world. It is a web-based one-stop shop for Jewish giving that will make strategic and meaningful giving possible for young donors, while increasing access by non-profits to funding.
Aaron Taxy is a lifelong Jewish leader and political activist. Aaron attended Jewish day schools while growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. In high school, he attended the AIPAC High School Summit, which trained him to politically mobilize support for Israel at his school and jumpstarted his passion for political activism. Aaron later applied these skills at the University of Southern California to help restart his AIPAC campus cadre, which has won national distinction. Aaron has also asserted himself as a political leader on campus, having served as President of USC College Democrats during the 2012 elections. He graduated USC with a degree in International Relations in May of 2014, culminating a diverse array of experiences at USC ranging from hosting a political talk show on live television to interning for a video game technology company in Shanghai to his active involvement in Delta Omicron Zeta, USC’s premier leadership fraternity. Aaron is currently participating in the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, an intensive cross-sectoral civic leadership development program in Los Angeles. He looks forward to using Coro's distinct methodology to advance a life of service.
Alana is a junior at American University with a dual major in Arabic and National and Homeland Security Studies with a focus on terrorism. She is from Hamilton, NY, a small town in Upstate New York. The summer after her Freshman year she interned at a security think-tank, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. In high school, Alana went abroad to Israel for five months as a sophomore, and came back her junior year to study ulpan at the University of Haifa. While on campus, she is President of the organization “American University Students for Israel”, a sorority member of Alpha Epsilon Phi, teaches Zumba classes as a certified instructor for Hillel, a member of the dance team AU in Motion, and a Hebrew tutor. After Core18, Alana traveled to Amman, Jordan for the academic year. She spent her first semester at the Jordanian Institute of Diplomacy focusing on International Relations and Diplomacy. She is currently attending Princess Sumaya University for the second semester for an all intensive language program with all classes and coursework in Arabic as well as a required language pledge. Upon the end of the semester Alana will return to Israel to work for the Peres Center for Peace as their new Peace Education intern.
Alex is a co-founder and serves as Executive Director of the Delegation of Jewish American Students (DoJAS). Previously, he worked as an Associate at Capitol Media Partners, a global strategy firm based in Los Angeles. Alex graduated Northwestern University with Honors in Classics. His political writings have been featured in dozens of online and print publications. Fluent in three languages, Alex is a frequent traveler to Europe and the Middle East. DoJAS works with American Jewish students studying abroad to provide the resources, tools, and personal connections they need to meaningfully engage with their host Jewish communities and deepen their Jewish identity. Through an innovative Campus Outreach model, personal connections, and engaging programs, DoJAS empowers students to immerse themselves in the international Jewish community through collaboration, involvement, and activism.
Andrew is a venture capitalist at New Enterprise Associates, the world’s largest venture capital fund with over $14bn of assets under management. At NEA, Andrew is a member of the technology investing team where he focuses on $500k to $50mm investments in seed to growth stage technology companies. Prior to joining NEA, Andrew served as a Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst at The Blackstone Group in New York. Andrew’s previous work experience includes co-founding Flicstart, an on-demand movie screening startup, and serving as a special projects consultant to wine e-commerce startup Lot18. Andrew graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 2012, where he studied Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences and Science of Earth Systems in the College of Engineering. Andrew currently serves as the President Emeritus of the Cornell Venture Capital Club, and is a board member of the Udall Alumni Association, focusing on issues related to environmental sustainability.
Arielle is very excited to be participating in the first cohort of the Core18 Leadership Lab. Originally from Melville, New York, she is a senior at Cornell University, studying Industrial and Labor Relations, with minors in International Relations, Law and Society, and East Asian studies. She is currently pursuing her studies at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She aspires towards a career improving the effectiveness of developmental policies, both domestically and abroad, in order to eradicate poverty, eliminate social injustice, and decrease inequality. She is passionate about combining community service with her love for Judaism, allowing her commitment to each to drive the other. She wants to empower others to serve their communities and hopes to create social ventures that nurture the empathy and initiative that Jews draw from, in furthering the vision of Tikkun Olam in their local and global communities.
Aryeh is constantly striving to develop and strengthen authentic Jewish community. Born and raised in San Francisco, he gained an appreciation for environmental care and Jewish values. Moving to Montreal Quebec he studied Sustainability and Urban systems at McGill University. There, he helped run the Ghetto Shul-a student run synagogue. His accomplishments included transforming its purchasing policies to locally and organically grown food, and taking over its fundraising roles after the Rabbi retired. Aryeh now lives in Jerusalem and is producing a street festival, Festival Rabot Hadrachim, based on the street names of Jerusalem. Rabot Ha’Drachim develops and manages street festivals based on Jerusalem’s street names. The company strives to nurture a positive conversation about the Jewish people in an innovative way. The festival is a fun way to enjoy the night out in Jerusalem with friends but also an opportunity to learn about Jewish peoplehood. Rabot Ha’Drachim will give all Jews an opportunity to take Jewish history seriously and to see what this history has to offer for creating a better Jewish present and future.
Bat-el has been living in Jerusalem for the last four years but was born and raised in a small town near Haifa called Kiryat Motzkin. Ochana worked for several years in the Jewish agency's summer camps where she was exposed to the tight-knit relationship between Israel, North America and the Jewish diaspora in general. She is in the third year of her BA in Jewish History and Biblical studies in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Bat-el works in the University's Hillel, where she serves as the coordinator of a project that deals with issues of state and religion. Bat-el likes traveling around the world but most of all loves coming back to Israel and especially to Jerusalem which she believes to be one of the most unique and amazing places around.
Caroline Mehl serves as a Fellow at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Previously, Caroline was an Analyst at Blackstone, where she worked in the Private Equity Business Development and Investor Relations group. Caroline received a B.A. from Yale University, where she graduated with Honors and with Distinction in the English Major. Caroline was named a Yale Westchester Alumni Association Scholar and a Nelson DeMille Endowed Scholar. Caroline is the founder of the Yale Jewish Alumni Association, and she has worked closely with the Ramaz School Alumni Association on alumni programming. While at Blackstone, Caroline was involved in a number of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation's initiatives, including serving on the inaugural Blackstone Veteran Hiring RFP Review Committee, and assisting with Blackstone LaunchPad, a national program that fosters entrepreneurship through higher education. Caroline has also served as a member of the Junior Board of the New York Center for Child Development.
Chantal is currently pursuing a BS in Nursing with a concentration in Healthcare Management at the University of Pennsylvania. She served in the IDF as a lone soldier in 2011-12 where she specialized in relations between Israel and Jordan as a Foreign Liaison NCO. One of the highlights of her service was leading a Birthright trip for ten days. Chantal is involved on-campus as a contributing member of PIPAC (Penn Israel Public Affairs Committee) on its education committee and is Head of the Chai Lifeline-Penn volunteer program. She also is a TA for the Pipeline Educational Program at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, an educational initiative that teaches fundamental principles of medicine to underserved public high school students in Philly. This past summer she interned at IBM’s Global Technology Unit in Israel where she was responsible for the business development of the eight startups in IBM's first accelerator, AlphaZone. Chantal is fluent in three languages and is proficient in Mandarin. Chantal recently co-founded "Rodef Shalom," an organization that distributes shoes to underprivileged communities around the world.
Dan is currently working at American Express as a financial analyst. He recently graduated from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan studying finance and entrepreneurship. He currently serves as the Co-Chairman of the TAMID National Board. Dan also chaired the 2012 Go Blue Wear Pink campaign, the University of Michigan’s most successful Breast Cancer research and awareness fundraiser. Dan has a long history of Jewish leadership as a former Diller Teen Fellow and as an active AIPAC advocate.
Daniel is a candidate for M.Sc. in Computer Science at the Technion Institute of Technology. Previously, he worked as a Marketing Data Analyst and project manager at Seeking Alpha, in Israel. Daniel is a graduate of Columbia University School of Engineering. Daniel is currently working on WeMeal - wemealapp.com - a web app to help Jews meet over Shabbat dinner. WeMeal app is a platform that enables you to meet friends and organize Shabbat meals on a consistent basis wherever you are in the world. The app empowers you to create your own Shabbat meal instead of waiting for a large Jewish organization to organize a meal. The WeMeal app streamlines the process of reciprocating meal invitations and reconnecting you to people you’ve already met. It empowers Jews to organize their own Shabbat meals in a simple and efficient way on a consistent basis so that Jews don’t need to rely on other Jews to practice their Judaism.
David is a Senior Development Officer at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), Greater Boston’s Jewish Federation. He raises funds by engaging donors from myriad of backgrounds with CJP's work. In his spare time, he serves as an elected member of Brookline Town Meeting, the legislative body of Brookline. Before working at CJP, David worked as the Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Prozdor, the High School of Hebrew College. He attended Emory University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Inter-Disciplinary Studies in Society and Culture.
Delavar currently lives in Tarzana, California and is studying for the California bar after spending a year studying at Machon Shlomo. He attained his Juris Doctorate at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where Delavar was the President of the Jewish Law Students Association and introduced Jerusalem U’s Step Up for Israel course. Delavar is a board member of a handful of outreach organizations in Los Angeles and New York and is currently working introducing crowd-sourcing to help propel Hebrew literacy and Jewish education in the Los Angeles through his venture, Netz. Ner Tzedek (Netz) has been formed. as an independent and non-affiliated Jewish NGO, to compliment pre-existing Jewish programming and community centers. Netz was inspired by a few Jewish kids from LA and is a byproduct of the upbringing these kids had. Netz is premised on the belief that efforts by the few, while righteous and well meaning, have had the negative effect of creating a generation of entitled and disassociated Jews who seem motivated to participate only through incentives and have been conditioned to receive but not to give back. Netz believes that through a systematically structured suite of projects it can help reverse feeling of entitlement, promote giving back, and foster a genuine want to participate individually on a communal level.
Originally from Rimmonim (next to Jerusalem). Ehud lives in Herzliya, Israel. Ehud managed a branch of the Hebrew scouts at Rimmonim before his military service. Ehud served in the IDF for 6 years and was released from his service as a Captain. Ehud was an educational officer in the northern Gaza strip where he used to command the IDF education soldier’s course, and was the head of the “Rova Yehudi” unit, which guides soldiers and officers in the city of Jerusalem. Nowadays Ehud is in his third year at the IDC Herzliya studying law and government, and he is active in the student union in the “Ahavat Israel” unit. Ehud holds a major role in the youth wing of the Herzliya municipality as the leadership coordinator. 7 Species is an educational program to empower both Israeli and Jewish identity and increase knowledge about the heritage and values of the State of Israel through an educational program in schools. The program is divided into seven short half-day seminars over the course of the school year or as part of a week-long intensive program. It uses the 7 species -- wheat, barley, wine, figs, pomegrantes, olives and dates -- to help teens learn about and explore important values.
Eliana Rudee is a senior at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. During her participation with the Career Israel program in Jerusalem, Eliana spoke at the Israeli Presidential Conference about the future of Jewish leadership. For her five-month program in Israel, Eliana interned at the Institute for Terrorism Research and Response, a private security firm. Eliana was a fellow of Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), which helped her start Claremont Students for Israel. She is the recipient of CAMERA’s “David Bar-Illan Award for Outstanding Student Leadership,” and is the first recipient of the Hilda Specter Morgenstern Merit Scholarship. At Scripps, Eliana received the Esterly award for her summer internship at the American Jewish Committee and the Johnson Award to research women’s agency in terrorism. Eliana is passionate about the Jewish world and is excited to lead in a related field after her graduation in May 2014.
Etay Furman is completing his B.A in Political Science and Middle East studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is currently working at the Jewish Agency for Israel in the recruitment and marketing department for the ‘Young Shaliach’ program, and also at Hillel Israel as the Marketing Coordinator for Hillel Ben Gurion. This year Etay acted as the head of the fundraising team at the StandWithUs Ben-Gurion program, where alongside his teammates, he raised 60,000 NIS in 4 months ($17,000). He was also elected to the student council where he managed to pass a law that had immediate effects on the entire night life of Be’er Sheva. Etay is an active member at the “Parliament of the Young Adults of the Negev,” a lobby organization that promotes the needs of the young adults of the Negev through the Knesset and dialogue with decision-makers. Before Etay went to university he served as the first Community Shaliach at Indianapolis, Indiana, for two years, where he worked mainly with college students and teenagers from the Jewish community
Originally from Orinda, California, Eva graduated from Barnard College in 2014 with a degree in Economics. She is currently working at Twilio as a Field Marketing Associate. While in college, Eva launched TappMob, a mobile applications company which won the People’s Choice Award at MobileBeat 2011 and has been featured in many notable press outlets. She worked at Google as an Associate Product Marketing Management intern on the Gmail team, and has been active in Jewish organizations throughout her life. Fore Core18, Eva is working on a social, local, mobile application to introduce young Jewish adults in urban centers to one another through their common interests. Come Along! is an online platform that introduces young Jewish adults in urban centers to one another through their common interests. In a secular world, it is important to find and nurture connections with other Jews in all walks of life, in and outside of Judaism. Interests or hobbies could serve as a strong starting point to forming bonds, just what the young disconnected Jewish U.S. community needs to develop a stronger sense of community, unity and belonging, and to tighten the spider web that connects all of us, as Jews, as a family.
Ezra recently graduated New York University studying Management, Organizational Management, and Web Development and Applications. Ezra has been involved in several start-up ventures through high school and into college. Most recently, he was Cofounder and CEO of edtech startup “Exceleratr” - a website designed to aggregate everything ‘extra-curricular’ for high school students. Ezra has been featured in several business plan competitions, including NYU’s 200k New Venture Challenge and Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. He is also using his education technology experience to launch a project called Mitzvah Mogul, that aims to increase Jewish retention through continued Jewish learning experiences that are relevant, tangible and social. Ezra is working on his venture Mitzvah Mogul with Chantal Low.
Heather Renetzky is a senior at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she is majoring in psychology and minoring in religious studies. An active leader in religious life on campus, Heather is a co-leader of Macalester Jewish Organization and a member of Multifaith Council, a committee that fosters interfaith dialogue across campus. Heather works as a writing tutor on campus and received the College Reading and Learning Association International Tutor Training Program Certification. She is a Psychology Club leader and a member of Medicinal Melodies, a community service group that provides music to those suffering from illness in the Twin Cities. This past summer, Heather interned at the Academy for Jewish Religion through the Collegiate Leadership Internship Program, helping to improve communication and technology strategies.
Howard is currently a junior at Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania), majoring in Law and Policy and Middle East Studies. At Dickinson he serves as the President of the Class of 2016, the Vice President of the Dickinson College Republicans, and a John Montgomery Service Leader. He is currently studying abroad at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Copenhagen, Denmark). He is active in numerous Jewish organizations and volunteers his time at the United Way as a tutor for young students.
Jackie is the Executive Director of Spark (sparksf.org), the largest network of Millennials focused on helping women and girls. Prior to working at Spark, Jackie founded Everybody Dance Now! (EDN!) at age 14 to provide free hip-hop dance programs to young people who could otherwise not afford access. Under Jackie’s leadership, EDN! served 3,500 youth in 14 cities throughout the US. Jackie raised over $400,000 and mobilized dozens of young people to direct EDN! chapters in what has become a national, youth-led movement. Jackie also worked as an Associate Consultant at the world’s leading nonprofit consulting firm, The Bridgespan Group. In 2012, Jackie obtained a BA in Public Policy from Stanford, with a concentration in International Development. Jackie has been featured as one of Glamour Magazine’s “Top Ten College Women;” Google’s Zeitgeist’s Young Minds; and a Do Something Award Finalist, Helen Diller Tikkun Olam Award Winner, and Coca-Cola Scholar. Rak Rikud will use the successful Everybody Dance Now! program to revive a sense of Jewish culture and community in young people. Our vision is to ensure that Jewish young people in America have access to creative, healthy and productive outlets such as dance to discover their sense of a Jewish self. We plan to bring the program to youth through synagogues and Jewish community centers beginning in Chicago and expanding to other cities in the future.
Jared Kash is currently a senior at the University of Florida, triple majoring in Film, Anthropology, and Advertising. He is also a member of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity. Over the last two summers Jared studied abroad in Barcelona, Greece, and Australia. Recently, he founded a social media company, Time Flash, which is a digital time capsule service. Kash serves as the CEO with employees and subcontractors in New York, Israel, and Russia. Time Flash has completed its first financing with angel investors from around the globe and will be launching in 2014. In high school, Kash earned a black belt in Muay Thai Karate after a decade of studying. His passions include screenwriting, scuba diving, kite surfing, playing tennis, and is always game for a philosophical conversation.
Jason is curator/coordinator of the Diarna Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life, is a social entrepreneur who specializes in building broad coalitions and melding intellectual and technical innovation. A summa cum laude graduate of Sacred Heart University and founding Executive Director of Digital Heritage Mapping, Jason was named in Connecticut Magazine’s “40 under 40” and in the Jewish Week’s “36 under 36” for 2012 . He has presented at Stanford University’s Digital Humanities Center as well as at conferences of the Association of Jewish Studies and Center for Jewish History, guest lectured classes at Harvard’s Middle East Studies Center and at Wellesley College, served on the Council of Young Jewish Presidents, and written for AJS Perspectives, Sh’ma Journal, Wexner Foundation Newsletter, The Algemeiner, and MyJewishLearning.com. Jason is an alumnus of the Tikvah Fund’s second fellowship class (2012-2013). Jewish Atlas through digital mapping technology seeks to bring together a vast array of desperate and disappearing data points into a single, constantly evolving multimedia database of Jewish heritage sites around the world to virtually preserve Jewish heritage from Belfast to Baghdad, Buenos Aires, and beyond. We are going to create web/mobile application that will empower individuals to preserve their own roots and, in the process, document the rich mosaic of Jewish heritage sites globally.
Joshua Lipson is a senior at Harvard, concentrating in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, with a focus on modern Middle Eastern history and Arabic language. He is originally from New Jersey, and has lived in both Jerusalem and Alexandria, Egypt. He is the founder of a small translation and tutoring service that addresses clients’ needs in both Hebrew and Arabic. Moreover, he has worked for the Council on Foreign Relations and The Jerusalem Post, and writes currently for the Harvard Political Review and The Harvard Crimson. His long-term interests include emerging-market entrepreneurship, diplomacy, and overseas journalism. He values open-mindedness and interdisciplinary thinking, and hopes to see his liberal arts background in critical thinking vindicated in the professional world.
Justin Hefter is a senior analyst at Avascent, where he works to develop business strategies for the world’s largest defense and aerospace companies. A graduate of Stanford University, Justin was the President of the Stanford Israel Alliance and member of the Jewish Leadership Council. In addition to his business and academic pursuits, Justin is a storyteller and standup comedian and has performed at clubs, colleges and fundraising events across the United States. Through CORE18, Justin hopes to develop a tech-based social enterprise focused on helping Israeli and Palestinian Youth.
Max is the founder of JewishInsider.com, a news digest focused on U.S. politics and business news with a Jewish angle. In addition, Max has worked on and with several U.S. political campaigns including, during the recent 2012 presidential election, as the Jewish Outreach Director for Jon Huntsman. Combining his interest in politics and policy with his passion for Jewish communal affairs is what led Max to collaborate with several top Jewish leaders to develop and launch Jewish Insider. In his spare time, Max is working towards an undergraduate degree in Business Management with Touro. Max grew up in Baltimore County but tends to call the Acela Corridor home. JewishInsider.com seeks to strengthen and expand the connected Jewish community by building a business network around news content. They plan to identify “rising stars” in the Jewish world and introduce them through Jewish Insider to the extensive business network that is the connected Jewish community. Jewish Insider hopes that increased business collaboration among Jewish individuals will lead to increased Jewish involvement and collaboration down the line. Max is the founder of JewishInsider.com, a news digest focused on U.S. politics and business news with a Jewish angle. In addition, Max has worked on and with several U.S. political campaigns including, during the recent 2012 presidential election, as the Jewish Outreach Director for Jon Huntsman. Combining his interest in politics and policy with his passion for Jewish communal affairs is what led Max to collaborate with several top Jewish leaders to develop and launch Jewish Insider. In his spare time, Max is working towards an undergraduate degree in Business Management with Touro. Max grew up in Baltimore County but tends to call the Acela Corridor home. JewishInsider.com seeks to strengthen and expand the connected Jewish community by building a business network around news content. They plan to identify “rising stars” in the Jewish world and introduce them through Jewish Insider to the extensive business network that is the connected Jewish community. Jewish Insider hopes that increased business collaboration among Jewish individuals will lead to increased Jewish involvement and collaboration down the line. Max is the founder of JewishInsider.com, a news digest focused on U.S. politics and business news with a Jewish angle. In addition, Max has worked on and with several U.S. political campaigns including, during the recent 2012 presidential election, as the Jewish Outreach Director for Jon Huntsman. Combining his interest in politics and policy with his passion for Jewish communal affairs is what led Max to collaborate with several top Jewish leaders to develop and launch Jewish Insider. In his spare time, Max is working towards an undergraduate degree in Business Management with Touro. Max grew up in Baltimore County but tends to call the Acela Corridor home. JewishInsider.com seeks to strengthen and expand the connected Jewish community by building a business network around news content. They plan to identify “rising stars” in the Jewish world and introduce them through Jewish Insider to the extensive business network that is the connected Jewish community. Jewish Insider hopes that increased business collaboration among Jewish individuals will lead to increased Jewish involvement and collaboration down the line. Max is the founder of JewishInsider.com, a news digest focused on U.S. politics and business news with a Jewish angle. In addition, Max has worked on and with several U.S. political campaigns including, during the recent 2012 presidential election, as the Jewish Outreach Director for Jon Huntsman. Combining his interest in politics and policy with his passion for Jewish communal affairs is what led Max to collaborate with several top Jewish leaders to develop and launch Jewish Insider. In his spare time, Max is working towards an undergraduate degree in Business Management with Touro. Max grew up in Baltimore County but tends to call the Acela Corridor home. JewishInsider.com seeks to strengthen and expand the connected Jewish community by building a business network around news content. They plan to identify “rising stars” in the Jewish world and introduce them through Jewish Insider to the extensive business network that is the connected Jewish community. Jewish Insider hopes that increased business collaboration among Jewish individuals will lead to increased Jewish involvement and collaboration down the line,
Morgan Furlong is pursuing her B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Playwriting from the University of Southern California. At USC she co-founded Interfaith Ambassadors (iFam), a program through which she teaches the basics of different religions to high school students of low-income backgrounds in order to enhance religious literacy and promote interfaith understanding. She participated in a summer course on conflict resolution and peace research in Cambodia, where she interviewed survivors of the Cambodian genocide and researched how to develop the genocide education project in Cambodia. Morgan spent a summer in Geneva, Switzerland interning for a non-governmental organization focused on women’s rights.
Tomer is a BA student studying Economics and Business at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. While at University, he co-founded a national shipping brand with MANO MARITIME LTD, a special application for students, and took part in the student union of the Ben-Gurion University. He is a graduate of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award program in Israel and one of the founders of their Alumni Association in Israel. Tomer is primarily interested in the U.S.-Israel technology and startup ecosystem. Currently, he serves as the Technion's BizTEC Accelerator Executive Director and is responsible for the marketing-side of the Technion's entrepreneurship center with the ecosystem. Further, he is the founder of Negev-Jobs. Negev Jobs helps people find jobs and new opportunities in the Negev. It aims to create a simple way to aggregate and correlate job searches, house searches, and cultural data in targeted geographical areas to help people make decisions about where they should live.
Tova is a 23-year-old recent graduate from UCLA Art School, with a focus on painting and photography. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and has recently moved to Tel Aviv to work on her new venture, Tikkun Olam Journeys. She is also a local ambassador for Innovation: Africa, a nonprofit organization that uses Israeli technology to transform the quality of life in African villages. Tikkun Olam Nation targets young liberal Jews and helps them to experience an Israel that fits with their liberal values and encourages them to become involved in helping Israel become a better place. They will participate in an 8-day Tikkun Olam Tour introducing them to a cross section of social causes in Israel with the goal of creating human connections and deeper emotional bonds to Israel. In exchange for a free trip, students would commit to becoming involved with their favorite cause. Tova is a 23-year-old recent graduate from UCLA Art School, with a focus on painting and photography. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and has recently moved to Tel Aviv to work on her new venture, Tikkun Olam Journeys. She is also a local ambassador for Innovation: Africa, a nonprofit organization that uses Israeli technology to transform the quality of life in African villages. Tikkun Olam Nation targets young liberal Jews and helps them to experience an Israel that fits with their liberal values and encourages them to become involved in helping Israel become a better place. They will participate in an 8-day Tikkun Olam Tour introducing them to a cross section of social causes in Israel with the goal of creating human connections and deeper emotional bonds to Israel. In exchange for a free trip, students would commit to becoming involved with their favorite cause.
Samantha Hea is a senior majoring in Political Science at Rice University, and is originally from Littleton, Colorado. While at Rice, Samantha has been involved in student government as the Martel College Senator to the Student Association. In the past, she has served as an intern in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, and she currently serves as the intern in the office of Ambassador Edward Djerejian, Director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Samantha has also worked with Rose Community Foundation as an intern and as a member of Rose Youth Foundation. She is interested in philanthropy, strategic giving, and nonprofit organizations as vehicles of change. After graduating in May, she will join Teach For America as a corps member in Kansas City, MO teaching early childhood education.
Sarah Tazazo is twenty-five years old and is in her second year as a student of Law and Government at IDC. This year ,Sarah is serving as a fellow in the "Stand With Us" program. Last summer, Tazazo interned at the Holocaust memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked at "Mircaz Kivunim Lehazlacha"- Young Adults Center (in the Bat-Yam municipality). As Coordinator for high education and employment, Sarah directed the program for young people and adults for career advancement. This position included providing guidance for young people and recruiting people for various projects held in the center.
Sophie Galant is a student at Claremont McKenna College, majoring in Organizational Studies with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship. She is a program assistant at the Kravis Leadership Institute and a founding member of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She was distinguished as a top young entrepreneur in Texas for the nonprofit organization he founded, Kids Teach Kids. Sophie participated in the Kivunim gap year program based in Jerusalem, and has since gone back to Israel to help run a theater camp for a Jewish-Arab school in Ramle. In the summer of 2012 she worked in Washington, D.C. at Ashoka, an international network of social entrepreneurs, with the venture selection committee and on the empathy initiative. Sophie is spending her junior year solidifying her Chinese and French while working in South East Asia, San Francisco, Shanghai, and France for various start-ups, including CodeHS, Serengetee, and SideChef.
Sophie was born in Russia and moved to Israel in the 1990s. She served as an ICT and operation officer in the IDF 8200 Unit. She did her B.A. in Government, Strategy and Diplomacy at the IDC and was an Argov Fellow. Now, she is doing her M.A. in Political Science, specializing on Russia's domestic politics, at the Hebrew University. Currently she works as a technical support engineer at Perigen, a high tech company. Previously during her B.A. studies she was a coordinator at Hillel and participated delegations to the US. Sophie also volunteers as an "Absorption Friend" at the Jewish Agency. She speaks Russian, Hebrew and English. She is working on her venture Nitzanim with Yuval Minnema. Nitzanim seeks to create a professional platform to help the Haredim (ultra-religious) in their initial steps of entering the labor market in Israel by assisting them in developing their small and medium-sized businesses. The assistance will come from the secular sector, where help will be provided by secular, professional mentors together with students from universities around Israel. Bringing the Haredi and secular communities together completes Nitzanim’s second goal of facilitating work and communication between these groups in order to help bridge the existing ideological divide. The aim is to bring people from both sides together and to sit and understand each other.
Zisa Levin is the creator and director of the Yehi Ohr program at Jewish Community Services of South Florida, which provides culturally sensitive services to the Orthodox community. Additionally, she directs the 'Safety Kid Program', a child sexual abuse prevention program for Orthodox Jewish Day Schools. She began her community activism at the age of ten, as an energetic Chai Lifeline volunteer, bringing joy to families dealing with pediatric illness. Zisa began her professional career with Chai Lifeline Southeast and became their Director of Development. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business at Hebrew Theological College in Chicago and a Master’s Degree from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York. As the graduate salutatorian, Zisa received Wurzweiler’s School of Social Work Elaine Schott Advocacy Award for Community Initiative and Social Change.
Yuval was born in Kfar Saba, Israel. He studied in Galili High School in Kfar Saba. He did his compulsory military service for 3 years in the IDF. Afterwards he served as an officer in an elite unit “Yahalom”, where he was responsible for physical combat training. After Yuval’s release from the Army, he began studying Economics and Sustainability at IDC University. During the first year at IDC, he participated in the “Nitzanim” project at Hillel where he helped a small business to make a profit. This year, he and a fellow student started to manage the same “Nitzanim” project for a larger group of students. Yuval is working on his venture Nitzanim with Sophie Kobzanstev.