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CAMERA Fellows In Focus: Jason Storch

The CAMERA Fellowship program supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

CAMERA Fellow Jason Storch.

CAMERA Fellow Jason Storch.

Meet Jason Storch.

Currently a junior pre-med student at Vassar College, Jason studies Chemistry, Russian Studies, and History. He hopes to one day be a cardiovascular surgeon. Very focused on his studies, Jason always makes time to advocate for Israel in his personal life as well as on campus. In the past, he has written on Israel-related topics in the Times of Israel as well as the Jewish Daily Forward.  He is very excited to be a CAMERA Fellow and promote a positive and accurate view of Israel on his campus.

CAMERA Fellows In Focus: Eliav Terk

The CAMERA Fellowship program supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

Meet Eliav Terk.

Eliav TerkCurrently a freshman at the University of Texas, Eliav is studying Economics.

During high school, he became interested in Israel advocacy and interned for StandWithUs. Before beginning his first semester at the University of Texas, he spent the summer studying at the University of Haifa in Israel, preparing academically for college as well as immersing himself in Israeli culture. By living in Israel for the summer, he became more fluent in Hebrew and more capable of speaking accurately about life in Israel with fellow students at his campus in Texas.

Eliav is new to college life but has wasted no time to become involved with the pro-Israel activism on campus. In addition to being a board member of the Texans for Israel, a pro-Israel, Jewish-culture campus organization, Eliav is very excited to represent Israel this year as a CAMERA Fellow! He hopes to promote truthful and balanced discourse about Israel and the Middle East conflict among his peers. CAMERA on Campus is very excited to welcome Eliav to the CAMERA community and looks forward to seeing him develop as an Israel advocate.

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Jonathan Manevitch

The CAMERA Fellowship program supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

Meet Jonathan Manevitch.

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Many of the CAMERA Fellows advocate for Israel on American campuses and some speak up for Israel at their Israeli university campuses. Many work together with other Israel advocates or students who are very educated about Israel to counter anti-Zionism on their campuses. Over in Scotland, Jonathan stands very independently as a CAMERA Fellow and as a representative of Israel in the face of anti-Israel rhetoric at the University of Glasgow. His task is not easy in the slightest and his dedication to be the pro-Israel voice of his region is not to be overlooked.

Currently a fourth year student at the University of Glasgow, Jonathan studies Political Sciences.

Jonathan is a graduate of the EUJS seminar at the United Nations where he first developed a passion for international humanitarian law under the auspices of Ido Rosenzweig of Haifa’s Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions.

Jonathan has always been interested in politics. As his knowledge and perspective on political issues have developed, his interest in Israeli and Middle Eastern politics grew. However, Jonathan did not remain solely intellectually curious about Israel-related issues. Soon enough, he took action and gradually rose as a student leader in his Jewish student community.

As he came to understand that Israel is often held to a much higher standard than comparable nations involved in similar situations, Jonathan felt increasingly compelled and passionate about defending Israel and sharing the truth on his campus and in his community. In addition, Jonathan eventually came to the realization that the United Nations have abandoned principles formulated in the UN Charter, making it unfit for function, especially with regards to Israel.

Jonathan has studied Israel and Israeli politics very thoroughly on his own. He is very excited to now be involved with CAMERA on Campus. As a CAMERA Fellow, he knows he will be an even more successful Israel advocate on his campus this year. Oftentimes Israel advocates feel overwhelmed and intimidated by opposing views from their fellow students. Between his advanced and vast knowledge about Israel and now the support of the international CAMERA community, CAMERA on Campus knows Jonathan will make a great impact at the University of Glasgow and respond knowledgeably and appropriately to conflicting views–CAMERA on Campus is very excited to see his progress!

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Lily Greenberg Call

The CAMERA Fellowship supports student leaders to develop and strengthen their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

Meet Lily Greenberg Call.

Greenberg Call Lily fellowBorn and raised in California, Lily Greenberg Call is a rising sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley and is studying Political Science.

Lily’s interests in Israel advocacy began in high school. She was elected the president of her high school’s Israel advocacy club, and has been involved with AIPAC since her freshman year of high school.

After high school, she began to cover the events leading up to Operation Protective Edge during the summer of 2014. Lily continued to report throughout the operation as part of Write on For Israel, an Israel journalism and advocacy program. Following that summer, Lily spent a year in Israel on the Young Judea gap year program which incorporates trips around Israel, educational courses, and volunteer work around the country.

With a passion for Israel, Lily now serves on the Board of Bears for Israel, a CAMERA-supported group. This September, she was quoted in the Algemeiner following the discovery of a controversial anti-Israel course called “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis.” She is excited to be a CAMERA Fellow this coming year and strengthen her abilities to advocate and defend Israel on a campus with such a harsh anti-Israel bias.

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Orly Margulis

The CAMERA Fellowship supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

Meet Orly Margulis.

Margulis Orly fellowOrly Margulis was born and raised in Venezuela. Growing up, she was an active member of the Jewish Community of Caracas, Venezuela where she learned all about Zionism, Jewish history, and Judaism.

Now a rising junior at Drexel University, Orly is studying Public Relations with a double minor in writing and marketing. When she became a Drexel Dragon, Orly yearned to once again be involved in Israel and Jewish activism as she was growing up. She soon joined CAMERA-supported group Dragons for Israel and participated in Chabad and Hillel. Orly volunteered to update Drexel Hillel’s social media pages and helps to organize pro-Israel events. In addition, Orly has written blogs in the Times of Israel about her college experience as a Jew and about the importance of Israel.

In the following quick question-answer session, Orly shares some of her experiences, on and off campus, regarding anti-Semitism and thoughts about this year’s Student Leadership and Advocacy Training Conference:

In Venezuela, did you face anti-Zionism or anti-Semitism? How did you react at the time?

I have never experienced anti-Semitism myself, but my community has faced it a lot. In 2009, some people broke in into one of the synagogues in Caracas, and defaced the entire place. The Torah books were stepped on and left on the floor, swastikas were drawn all over the walls and a lot of documents were stolen. President Chavez was extremely anti-Semitic, and he constantly targeted the Jewish community of Venezuela. More than once he cursed Israel and the Jewish people.

What kind of anti-Semitic and/or anti-Israel issues have you faced on campus?

One time, I met another student at a party and we were just talking while other people were playing some drinking games. He saw my Magen David (Star of David) necklace and immediately called me a “baby killer” and an “effing Jew.” Then, a few months later, one of my friends walked into his room, and saw a swastika painted beside his Israeli flag.

What prompted you to become involved in Israel advocacy?

I grew up going to a Jewish school and being part of the Jewish community of Venezuela, so I was always learning about Israel and the great things that Israel does. For me, being Zionist was never a question, but something innate. I was extremely involved with Jewish memorial ceremonies, Israel activism and the Jewish youth movement in Venezuela. I felt that I needed to continue this path once I started my college career. I also wanted to make my grandmother proud. She was such a Zionist—a pro-Israel activist who spoke about the Holocaust—that I wanted to give her nachas, or joy, in how I follow her example. I know she is looking down at me from heaven and is proud of my Israel advocacy work.

What do you think you gained at the conference? Do you feel more prepared now to respond to anti-Zionism? And if so, how exactly are you more prepared now?

I learned a lot during this conference! I met incredible people who gave me ideas for events and tables on campus. I became part of the greater CAMERA network—it is a support system in which I can request advice from expert Israel advocates on how to reply to an anti-Semitic comment on social media or just talk to when I am having a bad day. I am more prepared to react to anti-Zionism not only because I have a booklet full of strategies and information, but because I can depend on CAMERA’s support system. I am more confident now about how to set up a successful Israel advocacy table on our campus, how to speak up for Israel in front of a big crowd and how to be an advocate without fear.

What surprised you or what did you find particularly interesting at the conference?

The amount of questions anti-Israel activists ask! We had mock sessions in order to practice reacting to questions or statements against Israel. The same ridiculous questions kept coming up. The arguments against Israel are so far from the truth, yet anti-Israel activists hide behind them and refuse to listen to the whole story about Israel. Thankfully, Drexel is a university where that does not often happen so I had never been exposed to these kinds of outrageous questions before.

Most of the attendees at the conference were American-born. What do you think you contributed to the conference from your non-American perspective?

Because I go to college in United States, I don’t consider my non-American perspective as relevant to the conference. I am still a proud Venezuelan, but the strategies and ideas I learned at the conference are geared to help me advocate better at my university in America.

Since I now live in America, I did not feel very different from the mostly American group of advocates at the conference. But, of course, I have a great accent, which makes me a bit different from the American-born students.

As a Venezuelan, do you feel you bring an interesting perspective as an Israel advocate on campus? If so, how does this influence other students?

Venezuela, as many other Latin American countries, faces a lot of anti-Semitism. I went to a Jewish school my whole life, so I never encountered the misfortune of someone screaming anti-Semitic things at me in a school hallway. I feel that rather than bringing a different perspective, I bring my energy and eagerness to do more for Israel.

Do you think there are any Israel or advocacy-related issues that were not covered and discussed at the conference but that are still very important and should be taken note of?

Not really. The CAMERA conference was a great opportunity for me to learn a lot and be part of something bigger. I learned immensely from each session, the CAMERA staff, and my fellow students.

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Matan Lifshitz

The CAMERA Fellowship supports student leaders to develop and strengthen their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

CAMERA Fellow Matan Lifshitz

CAMERA Fellow Matan Lifshitz

Meet Matan Lifshitz.

While students are combating anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on campuses across the world, Matan Lifshitz among others, is working hard to educate Israelis on the BDS movement and how they can help combat anti-Israel activity around the world.

Currently a second year student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Matan is studying International Relations and Communications.

Like most Israelis, Matan drafted into the Israel Defense Forces at age 18 and was accepted into the Oketz Unit, a unit that works with dogs to search for explosives and mines in the field or within cities.

During his first year at Hebrew University, he was a StandWithUs Fellow. Matan also writes a column for The Scholar Web. As Matan wrote in The Scholar Web, Israel is not only home for him–he explains that the country is also a beacon of democracy and hope for the future of the Middle East. This past year, Matan also helped lead CAMERA at Hebrew University and is excited to serve as a CAMERA Fellow this year. CAMERA on Campus is excited for Matan to develop his pro-Israel skills as a CAMERA Fellow and looks forward to seeing his contributions to Israel activism on campus.

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Eden Adler

The CAMERA Fellowship supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows, who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

Meet Eden Adler.

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CAMERA Fellow Eden Adler

While students are combating anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on campuses across the world, students in Israel like Eden Adler are working hard to promote Israel from within Israeli campuses as well.

A second year student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Eden is studying Political Science and International Relations.  He was born in Israel and grew up in the community of Kfar Roses. Like most Israelis, Eden drafted into the Israel Defense Forces at age 18 and was accepted into the 101st Paratroopers Brigade. Following rigorous combat training, Eden went onto become an officer. By the age of 20, Eden commanded and trained over 40 soldiers. In the summer of 2014, he led his soldiers into Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.

Eden Adler has been featured in two Jerusalem U films, Beneath the Helmet and Mekonen, which present the intimate stories of a few IDF soldiers. As the films portray, Eden Adler experienced a challenging, emotionally-charged, yet extremely meaningful military service.

Upon completing his military service, Eden continued to defend and promote Israel. Following his service, he began to work for Israel’s public relations and speak on behalf of Israel in the United States, Canada, and Geneva. During the past school year, Eden served as president of the newly founded CAMERA at Hebrew University HUJI.

Eden is excited to be a CAMERA Fellow this coming year. He enjoyed attending the 2016 CAMERA Student Leadership and Advocacy Training Conference in Boston this past summer and now feels more prepared to advocate for Israel at Hebrew University. The conference provided him with a unique opportunity to talk to students from across the world and learn about Israel advocacy in the context of American campuses. Eden returns this year to Hebrew University with a lot of new ideas for CAMERA at HUJI, and is prepared to help American and British students combat anti-Israel activity in any way he can. CAMERA on Campus welcomes Eden to the CAMERA community and is excited to see how he develops as a CAMERA Fellow and Israel activist.

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Joshua Kauderer

The CAMERA Fellowship program supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows, who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

CAMERA Fellow Joshua Kauderer

CAMERA Fellow Joshua Kauderer

Meet Joshua Kauderer.

Currently a Sophomore at Dartmouth College, Joshua is studying History and Government.

As a child, Joshua attended Jewish day school at The Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County. There, his passion for Israel began to bloom.

Throughout high school, Josh participated in Write On For Israel, a program that educates high-school students about Israel and effective speaking and advocacy skills. After completing Write On For Israel, Joshua felt like a capable Israel advocate, but understood that advocating for Israel is not a simple task; there is always more to learn about Israel advocacy. Independently, he researched media bias against Israel and studied the correlation between anti-Israel views and anti-Semitism. Just as he did in high school, Joshua tries his best to stay informed about Israel and understand the pro-Israel, anti-Israel dialogue on a higher academic level.

Now at Dartmouth, Joshua serves as an editor of The Dartmouth Review. He participates in the Dartmouth Students for Israel organization and is a founding member of the TAMID campus chapter at Dartmouth, a student program which collaborates with Israeli startup companies.

Joshua looks forward to developing his Israel Advocacy skills this academic year as a CAMERA Fellow. With the support of the CAMERA Fellowship, Joshua is confident he can make a big impact on campus and raise awareness about Israel among the Dartmouth student body. CAMERA on Campus is excited to see the progress Joshua will make!

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Josh Elkouby

The CAMERA Fellowship supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows who are working hard to promote the facts about Israel on campus.

CAMERA Fellow Josh Elkouby

CAMERA Fellow Josh Elkouby

Meet Josh Elkouby.

Now a sophomore at Cornell University, Josh is studies at Dyson Business School. He is concentrating in Finance and minoring in Real Estate.

Josh grew up with a strong Jewish identity and is now a proud, vocal Zionist. He attended a Jewish day school, Rambam, where he served as student body president during his high school career there. In addition, Josh created several Israel clubs. Collaborating with fellow students in these clubs, he organized pro-Israel rallies, fundraisers and care-package assembling events for IDF soldiers.

After graduating high school, Josh decided to spend a gap-year in Israel before beginning college. He attended Yeshivat Torat Shraga, a Judaic Studies program in Jerusalem. As he delved into the ancient, sacred books of Judaism, Josh was also able to see and travel through the land which these texts describe and discuss. After his full-year experience in Israel, Josh can speak first-hand about Israel and the day-to-day life there.

At Cornell University, Josh serves as Treasurer for Cornellians For Israel (CFI). He also participates in the Hillel Finance Committee, combining his pro-Israel interests as well as his business-oriented mind. In addition, Josh is an active member of the Center for Jewish Living on campus.

Josh makes Israel advocacy a priority during the semester. He understands the need to stand up for Israel and to speak about Israel in a knowledgeable and unbiased manner. As a CAMERA Fellow, Josh hopes to challenge himself this year to learn more about Israel and its history as well as to develop his skills as a pro-Israel advocate on campus. CAMERA on Campus is excited to see Josh progress as a CAMERA Fellow! Between his business skills, passion for Israel, and strong voice, Josh has great potential to represent Israel at Cornell and beyond.

CAMERA Fellows in Focus: Ariel Avgi

The CAMERA Fellowship program supports student leaders in developing and strengthening their pro-Israel activism on campus. With the school year underway, InFocus is giving you an inside look into the lives of the 2016-17 CAMERA Fellows who are working hard to promote the facts on Israel on campus.

professional-photosMeet Ariel Avgi.

A sophomore at The City College of New York, Ariel is studying International Relations and Applied Mathematics. She attends the The Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York.

Growing up in Queens and Long Island, New York, Ariel was raised with a love for Israel and a strong connection to her family’s Israeli roots. Over the years, she has visited Israel on multiple occasions. Ariel’s devotion to Israel and Israel advocacy work is mainly inspired by a sense of moral obligation to help Israel and a desire to express her love for Israel from afar. Since she always enjoys returning to Israel and considers the country her second home, Ariel promotes Israel on campus and tries to spread knowledge about the wonderful, developing democracy of the Middle East as much as she can.

On campus, Ariel serves as an active member of City College’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institute. This past year, she wrote and published a policy proposal in its 10 Ideas Journal for Defense and Diplomacy.  Ariel is also a co-founder of the Students Supporting Israel chapter on her campus.

As a CAMERA Fellow, Ariel plans to further develop pro-Israel advocacy and to grow as a student leader and influential voice for Israel. With the support of the CAMERA Fellowship, Ariel now feels fully capable of educating fellow students and faculty on Israeli history and culture. CAMERA on Campus is excited to support Ariel in her endeavors!