Shiraz Otani is an incoming senior majoring in political science and Judaic studies at Binghamton University. She is from Chicago and spent a gap year studying in Israel before college. She serves as the president of the Binghamton University Zionist Organization, better known as BUZO. BUZO is the only non-denominational Israel group on campus, which makes it accessible to all students at the University. Shiraz spent her summer interning for Israel Policy Forum, a think tank dedicated to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Shiraz has dedicated her time as president to educating the ignorant majority on campus about Israel. After graduating, Shiraz hopes to earn her master’s degree and work in counter-terrorism.
Nicole Shamash is in her junior year at Boston University aspiring to become a speech-language pathologist. She is a keen advocate for Israel and is proactive in educating others on campus about important facts and tackling misinformation. Nicole is extremely passionate and motivated to inform others as well as engage in meaningful dialogue.
Aliyah Jacobson was born in Austin, Texas and spent all of her childhood and teenage years there. She moved to New York City when she was twenty to pursue singing, acting, and to find the Jewish life that everyone spoke of back home. She has her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in English from Laguardia Community College. She is currently enrolled in her Bachelor of Arts degree at Brooklyn College pursuing an Early Childhood Degree with a concentration in music. She is a semi-professional singer who sings with the Brooklyn Community Chorus which performs concerts at her temple, Congregation Beth Elohim. She participates in a musical theater group every spring where they do Broadway covers. She serves on the board of the Chabad Young Professionals of Crown Heights, Brooklyn where she helps organize large Shabbat dinners, Purim and Chanukah events and is trying to bring community outreach to the community to the board. She is also a runner and a biker and brings all her energy, love for Israel and passion for writing with her as a fellow for Camera.
Monica Sager is a CAMERA Fellow from Clark University. She is striving toward a double major in psychology and a self-designed major in journalism, hoping to become an investigative journalist. Monica has also been published in her school’s newspaper, The Scarlet, as well as her school’s chapter of Her Campus. She has written for her hometown paper, The Pottstown Mercury, as well as Worcester’s Telegram and Gazette. When she is not writing, Monica loves going on adventures with her friends, reading, and running.
Marc Cohen was born and raised in New Jersey. Upon graduating high school in 2014, Marc spent a year and a half learning at Yeshiva University in Jerusalem. Following his studies, he enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces’ Kfir Brigade, serving as a combat soldier in the West Bank. After his release from the IDF, Marc enrolled in Columbia University where he is currently a junior studying economics and political science.
Josh Eibelman is an undergraduate at Cornell University studying biology and psychology on the pre-medical track. Aside from his Israel advocacy, he conducts psychology and neurology research, writes about science, and drinks lots of coffee.
Ben Stone is a rising senior at Duke University. Ben is studying evolutionary anthropology and decision sciences and is on the varsity fencing team. Ben has been learning about Israel from his parents and family since he was young and is passionate about protecting the values and rights of the State of Israel. In his free time, Ben enjoys cooking, playing pickup basketball, and annoying his roommate by playing electric guitar.
Candace Hall is a tea-drinking, hummus-eating, book-loving writer and world traveler who adores all things Israel and Jane Austen. She is currently completing her degree in History at Elon University and plans to graduate in May 2020. Even though she loves her home state of North Carolina, she hopes to live overseas one day, even though it would mean leaving behind her wonderful family and her beloved cat, Bella.
George Mason University
McKenna Bates is a junior majoring in government and international politics with a concentration in international relations and a minor in international security. She is also the president of the George Mason University Israel Student Association and a senator in George Mason University Student Government Student Senate. Her love for Israel and Jerusalem is what motivates her day to day and she hopes to live in the holy land one day!
Dov Guggenheim made Aliyah on his own at the age of 16 out of deeply ingrained Zionist and Jewish ideals, and his entire life has been dedicated to furthering these causes. Currently a student at Hebrew university and living in Jerusalem, Dov is involved in many student causes, as well as city and nation-wide movements. He also works at the Bank of Israel.
Matanya Harow is a twenty-four-year-old Israeli university student majoring in economics and international relations. He was raised in a home devoted to Israel advocacy and activism. A former commander in the IDF, he spent years (quite literally) involved in defending the Jewish state and now concentrates on strengthening its viability, global recognition, and future.
Keren Shaharabani was the youth parliament’s spokesperson in her hometown. She served in the army as a sports instructor in Givati’s special unit Rimon. After Operation Protective Edge in 2014, she was sent to an FIDF delegation. She speaks Hebrew, English, Spanish, Portuguese and studies Chinese! There is nothing more important to her than Israel’s image and truth.
Eitan Fischberger made Aliyah with his family in 2004 to Efrat in Gush Etzion and served for three years in the Israeli Air Force. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in government, diplomacy, and strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) in Israel. Previously, he interned at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations in New York, as well as the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). His articles have been published by the JCPA and the Jerusalem Post. Eitan hopes to play his part in the fight for Israel’s rights and legitimacy in the international arena.
Noa Rekanaty is a first-year government student at IDC Herzliya. Her passion for Israeli foreign affairs and advocacy started at a young age, leading her to study communications in the United States following to her military service in the IDF. While abroad, Noa was exposed to BDS for the first time and boycott activities on different campuses. After those events, she decided to go back to Israel and pursue her studies in government in order to work for an advocacy organization after she graduates. She is very passionate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is taking some action on campus to raise the awareness for the topic as a part of her studies.
John Jay College for Criminal Justice
Tzvia Waronker, Brooklyn born, is a freshman at John Jay. She is majoring in forensic psychology and wants to work with prison reformation. Tzvia has volunteered at Yale New Haven Health Hospital and will also be volunteering for the NYPD auxiliary unit. In 2018-2019, Tzvia directed/co-directed two short films about the power of perspective.
King’s College London
Elliot Orenstein is a final-year Mathematics student at King’s College London with a penchant for fact and statistics-based arguments. He relishes proving people wrong. His favorite activities are playing Settlers of Catan and watching the first season of Jersey Shore on loop. He is a loving and loyal servant of Her Majesty The Queen.
King’s College London
Esther Walker is a third-year student at King’s College London pursuing her bachelor’s degree in history. Attending an increasingly hostile and highly politicized university has encouraged Esther to be proactive about her beliefs; she is extremely passionate about advocating for Israel.
London School of Economics
Avraham Spraragen is a rising junior at Cornell University majoring in government with a double minor in Near Eastern studies and history. He served as a 2018-2019 CAMERA Fellow. Before college, Avraham studied the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at Hebrew University. He previously interned at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Israel Policy Forum, and Foundation for Defense of Democracies. This summer, Avraham studied at Tel Aviv University and interned with UN Watch. He was accepted to the London School of Economics for his junior year abroad. After college, Avraham intends to pursue a career in Middle East conflict resolution.
Guadalupe Cabrera is a freshman at Manhattan College studying finance. She has previously been involved with StandWithUS and Christians United for Israel. CAMERA has given her the tools to pursue both passions at the same time, as well as educate and make a difference in her community. Guadalupe also loves sports and rows for her college.
New York University
Ben Newhouse is a rising junior studying business at NYU Stern. He is committed to spreading the truth about Israel and engaging students from various backgrounds in Israel advocacy. A frequent traveler to Tel Aviv, Ben has personally experienced the beauty of Israel and hopes to share that with others. He is excited to join the CAMERA program as a 2019 fellow. Yalla!
New York University
Javier Cohen is an undergraduate at the NYU Stern School of Business studying finance and management. Javier has also completed a minor in Hebrew and Judaic Studies and spent a semester studying at the NYU Tel Aviv campus. He enjoys Israel activism on campus and serves on the board of TorchPAC – a political student group that advocates for the U.S.-Israel alliance on campus. Javier comes from an Argentine family and speaks fluent Spanish, but looks to add Hebrew as his third language. Javier is looking to pursue a career in finance after graduation.
Shira Seltzer is a student at CUNY Queens College majoring in History 7-12. When she earns her BA, she plans to do MASA Teaching Fellows and will hopefully teach English in Israel in the future.
San Francisco State University
Daniel Yeluashvili grew up as a child of immigrants from what used to be the Soviet Union, where politics were synonymous with corruption and bloodied hands. He was raised with negative assumptions about political involvement, extending to the study thereof. This did not stop him from engaging in political activism from an early age, from beach cleanups with his local oceanography club to protesting the election of Vladimir Putin in Russia outside San Francisco’s former Russian consulate. Daniel’s goal to hold elected office did not arise, however, until his time at San Francisco State University. Here, he is a student in political science and Jewish Studies, a proud liberal, and a staunch Zionist. Daniel is a member of San Francisco Hillel and the president of I Team, SFSU’s pro-Israel organization. He has also worked with the David Project on campus.
Justine Brooke Murray is a sophomore at The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where she is pursuing double majors in political science and citizenship & civic engagement. Justine is a correspondent for Campus Reform and has been published in the Algemeiner. She works for the Prager University Video Production Committee and reports for CitrusTV, the student television station at Syracuse University. Additionally, Justine worked as an intern for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the last two years of his administration, where she witnessed him sign a bill that made New Jersey the tenth state to adopt a formal anti-BDS policy, punishing companies that engage in financial efforts to undermine Israel.
Yael Pasumansky is a sophomore studying political science and philosophy at Tulane University and is originally from Seattle, Washington. She is passionate about international relations, immigration, and Middle Eastern politics, and hopes to attend law school upon graduating college. She previously interned for StandWithUs. Yael spent the summer of 2019 living in Israel and interning at a law firm in Tel Aviv. She is involved in the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, Mock Trial Team, Tulane Israel Political Action Committee, and Chabad on Campus. Yael is excited to utilize CAMERA as a tool for spreading education about Israel.
University of California – Davis
Jacob Greenstein is a fourth-year economics and international relations student at UC Davis. He was born in Los Angeles, California, but spent most of his childhood raised in San Diego. He began a Jewish education at a young age with the San Diego Jewish Academy, Congregation Beth Am SD, and Camp Ramah in California, where he worked. He had an interest in Judaism and Israel, which influenced his choice to study international relations in the Middle East. His hobbies include cooking for friends and hiking. Jacob plans to attend law school after graduating from UC Davis to pursue a career in international law.
University of California – Los Angeles
Jessica Khalili is a senior serving as the president of Students Supporting Israel at UCLA. She also holds seven leadership positions on Jewish, pro-Israel, and pre-law executive boards. Jessica is completing her bachelor’s in political Science and a minor in Israel studies. Her goals include transferring to law school and becoming a well-rounded leader, writer, philanthropist, and attorney. Jessica is inspired by the Lawfare Project, which provides pro bono legal services to protect the civil rights of the Jewish people worldwide. She seeks to incorporate this mission into her work in law and activism in the pro-Israel community at large.
University of California – San Diego
Bianca Kermani is an incoming third-year international studies and linguistics major with a minor in general biology on a premedical school track at UC San Diego. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Bianca grew up with incredibly strong ties to the Jewish homeland, as her mother sought refuge there amidst the turmoil of the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
University College London
Aaron Seitler is from sunny Manchester in northwest England. After he graduated from Yavneh King David in 2016, he headed to the Old City of Jerusalem for a two-year stint at Yeshivat HaKotel. He’s now studying history at UCL and plans to go into the Israeli Foreign Office.
University of Arkansas
Noah Bradshaw is a Junior at the University of Arkansas where he is studying Political Science. After graduation he plans to attend law school and work with a pro-Israel group. On campus Noah is involved in greek life, student government, and his universities rugby team. Last year he authored and passed an anti-BDS resolution through his student government. This work inspired him to further his Israeli advocacy on campus, and he plans to utilize the CAMERA fellowship to continue on that work in the upcoming year. He is interning this summer in Jerusalem as a researcher for Kohelet Policy Forum, where he is working on International law regarding Israel, as well as the United Nations policies towards Israel. On a casual note he enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and rousing political debates.
University of California – Berkeley
Maya Reuven is currently a second-year student at the University of California – Berkeley studying economics and data science. Maya serves as vice president of Bears for Israel and as an executive board member of Tikvah: The Zionist Voice at Berkeley, two pro-Israel groups on campus. She also writes for the Berkeley Political Review, and is a member of the Delta Gamma sorority.
University of Chicago
Yakir Zwebner is a second-year at The University of Chicago, where he plans to major in neuroscience on a pre-med track. On campus, Yakir is excited to share his passion for Israel with anyone who will let him. Yakir enjoys the intimate nature of the close-knit community at The University of Chicago and is thrilled to be a CAMERA fellow, as he believes it is a tremendous opportunity to connect with other Israel leaders from a host of different backgrounds, as well as a vehicle to bolster the Israel climate at UChicago. Through the CAMERA fellowship, Yakir hopes to improve his leadership abilities and continue to run better and more successful programming and initiatives on campus.
University of Florida
Taylor Roth is a writer and student at the University of Florida, where she is pursuing a degree in public relations. As the founder of her university’s Christians United For Israel chapter, she strives to remain a constant voice for Israel. Taylor has previously served as a Bonhoeffer Fellow with Christians United For Israel, which provided her with the opportunity to journey to Israel and see first-hand the struggles the country faces and the breakthroughs it continues to achieve. She hopes to continue speaking up for the Jewish State through accurate and dignified reporting on the issues the country faces.
University of Leeds
Millie Walker is a first-year undergraduate at the University of Leeds studying ancient history and history. She has completed a leadership program with StandWithUs and has acted as an assistant team leader on NCS. She developed a strong passion for Israel by witnessing the inherent biases against the country in the media and the hypocrisies and misconceptions surrounding it.
University of Nottingham
Daniel Marcus is studying American studies with English literature at The University of Nottingham and is the current Israel campaigns officer of the Nottingham JSOC. Since starting this role, his passion for Israel advocacy in the media and on campus has only grown. He looks forward to building a stronger advocacy community for Nottingham students and alumni and is incredibly excited to work with CAMERA to spread the truth about Israel.
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Libby Fern is from Minnetonka, MN and will be an incoming freshman at University of Wisconsin – Madison this upcoming fall. She recently finished a gap year on Kivunim in Israel and has explored Jewish communities around the world. She is excited to utilize her college experience and resources at UW Madison to become a more educated and skilled Israel activist.
Avi Feygin is an engineering student at York University. He is currently working on various projects related both to his engineering degree and the global and local political situation regarding Israel.