Pictured: CAMERA on Campus staff Yoni Michanie, Alex Rittenberg, Aviva Rosenschein and Zac Schildcrout with Stein and O’Dowd (center) at CAMERA Gala 2019.
Two outstanding CAMERA Fellows were honored at our annual gala on June 2. Maynooth University Fellow Daniel O’Dowd received the David Bar-Illan Award for Outstanding Student Leadership, and Swarthmore University Fellow Matthew Stein received the David Bar-Illan Award for Outstanding Campus Activism. Both students faced especially grueling uphill battles on their campuses, yet tenaciously stood up for the truth; their activism led to tangible successes that left Zionist students with feelings of empowerment and pride in their beliefs.
HERE’S A LOOK AT WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED TOGETHER OVER THE PAST YEAR
AVIVA ROSENSCHEIN ADDRESSES SPREAD OF
CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM AT JERUSALEM PANEL
On June 11th, International Campus Director Aviva Rosenschein presented at a Jerusalem event hosted by CAMERA’s Israel office titled “The Mainstreaming of Antisemitism: The Media, BDS and Celebrated Bigotry.” Aviva’s presentation examined how groups like Students for Justice and Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace contribute to the growth of antisemitism on campuses. Read more here.
Listen to her interview about the topic on Israel’s Kan English Radio here (begins at 37:40).
CASUAL HATRED AT UMASS AMHERST
Speakers at a May 4th UMass event featured supporters of the BDS campaign, including musician Roger Waters, Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour, and professor and former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill.
“What is one to make of this UMass event, sponsored by a total of eight of its departments? For my part, I felt sorrier for the university and its students than I did about the unfair treatment that Israel received from the propagandists on the stage. The Jewish State has survived far worse than this ridiculously one-sided panel discussion in leafy New England. But it’s hard to see how UMass will continue as a viable academic institution if it continues to sponsor this kind of political theater. Sooner or later parents will choose to send their kids elsewhere, where viewpoint diversity is valued and taught,” writes CAMERA staff member and CAMERA Fellow alumnus, Patrick Fox, who attended the event.
Earlier this spring, Campus Advisor and Strategic Planner Yoni Michanie traveled with a group of 12 Boston Jewish community members to Guatemala with Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Project Inspire, which offers young adults from the Greater Boston area the opportunity to witness Israel’s global innovation and grassroots impact up close.
Part of the trip included a visit to the Eanor School of Agriculture (pictured) which operates with Israel’s financial and technical support and teaches teens how to farm and develop land. Israel has provided guidance on how to grow cherry tomatoes at the school. During the trip, Yoni also met with the Guatemalan Minister of Agriculture.
Fuller Theological Seminary CAMERA Fellow Douglas Sandoval wrote about the Jewish state’s relationship to Guatemala after his own trip there to learn about Israel’s projects in the region. Read his Op-Ed here.
LAST CHANCE TO APPLY FOR
THE 2019/20 CAMERA FELLOWSHIP!
If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the Fellowship last year, now is the time to apply for next year! All CAMERA Fellows will receive a stipend upon completing the requirements. To learn more about the Fellowship, click here.
If you are already in the midst of the Fellowship or won’t be able to apply for next year, please help us share this opportunity with your friends and Israel club members.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AUGUST 12-15
SIGN UP BY JULY 15TH!
Every year, CAMERA hosts student Israel activists from across North America, Europe and Israel for an all-expenses paid conference in Boston. Exclusively for CAMERA Fellows and CAMERA-supported group activists, the conference teaches students how to effectively combat anti-Israel and biased propaganda on college campuses. Register here for the ninth annual Student Leadership Conference!
BOOST YOUR ISRAEL GROUP ON CAMPUS – OR WE’LL HELP YOU CREATE ONE FROM SCRATCH!
Our CAMERA-supported group program provides educational and financial resources for student activists who want to either create a new Israel group on campus or strengthen their existing, but under-funded Israel group.
Groups supported by CAMERA receive up to $4000 a year in resources for speakers, films and other programming. Our resources and guidance help you build an effective, autonomous Israel group on campus. Members of CAMERA-supported groups learn life-long skills in debate, writing and public speaking, and benefit from close collaboration with CAMERA scholars. Students receive intensive training at CAMERA’s all expenses paid annual Student Leadership Conference in Boston, where they connect with an international community of like-minded students and activists.