* Eliron Alberman * Reut Baer * Ari Benjamin * Tziona Breitbart * Arielle Fisher * Spencer Frankston * Carly Goldstein * Meghan Gross * Connie Hammond * Michelle Herman * Benjamin Hollander * Stephanie Jablon * Alex Johnson * Aaron Karas * Matan Neuman * Daphne Osakwe * Dalia Perez * Rachael Pollak * Hadassa Raice * Alex Schieber * Seth Schoenhaus * Scott Schultz * Arianne Storch * Tal Tahori * Stanley Taub *Jill Teitelbaum* Kirk Unger * Misha Vilenchuck * Ori Zaff *
Michael (Misha) Vilenchuk is a senior from Columbus, Ohio pursing degrees in Russian, Judaic Studies, and History at Brandeis University. Misha involves himself in dialogue, human rights issues, and Israel advocacy, including Black-Jewish Brandeis Bridges initiative. He is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Brandeis Alumni & Friends Scholarship and the Jerome A. Schiff Academic Fellowship, as well as is the reigning Greater Boston Chess Champion. Misha is also the founder and president of the Coalition Against Anti-Semitism in Europe (CAASE), the student-led grassroots initiative that documents anti-Semitism and works alongside European student counterparts.
Benjamin Hollander is a junior at Brooklyn College majoring in Accounting and Business. Ben currently serves on the executive board of the Israel club, which he became a member of after he returned from Taglit. He wants to get involved with CAMERA so he can help spread the truth about what's going on in Israel and to help provide others with reliable information that is not skewed by the media. Ben realized that when the topic of Israel is raised in the media, news outlets often use innaccurate headlines and the wrong type of terminology to grab people's attention. Ben noted that this happens not only in the news, but also on the internet as well.
He is very excited to be a CAMERA fellow and work with others who share the same passion for truth.
Rachael Pollak is a Sophmore undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University studying Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism with the dream of one day going to medical school. She also hopes to receive her masters in nutrition during her four years at CWRU. Born Catholic, Rachel converted to Judaism when she was five years old along with her mother, sister, and brother. Since then, Sarah's family has been very involved in advocating for Israel and her right to protect herself.
I joined Israel's CWRU when it was just forming as a student organization and took on the leadership role of Treasurer. With CAMERA's help, I hope to bring more awareness for Israel and her right to protect herself; as well as educate the campus about all that she has done for the advancement of the modern world.
Outside of advocating for Israel, Sarah is involved in SpartanTHON, her school's Dance Marathon that raises money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Phi Delta Epsilon, a Pre-Medical fraternity, and the sorority Pi Beta Phi.
California Polytechnic State University
Meghan Gross is a sophomore at California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo. She is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, but she grew up in San Diego, California. She is studying Business with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Religious Studies. Meghan has become very involved in her Jewish community by being on the executive boards of Mustangs United for Israel, and Hillel. In addition she teaches young children Judaica and Hebrew at Sunday school and she is a member of the Jewish Sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi.
At the age of 16, Meghan visited Israel and Poland with her summer camp, Camp Ramah, where she fell inlove with the country and its people, which motivates her to help share the real news of what is currently occurring in Israel with the world. She is very excited to Join the CAMERA organization and work with others who share her same passions.
Scott Schultz was born and raised in Long Beach, California. Growing up he went to the Albert Jewish Community Center and Temple Beth David. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California State University Long Beach in 2014. Currently he is a graduate student at the same University, earning his Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration. On campus Scott served as Acting Chief of Staff for ASI student government, lobbied for student resources in Sacramento, advocated for the Pause Sexual Assault Prevention Program, appeared in several campus acting productions, received the Exceptional Student Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts, and has been an active member of Beach Hillel and 49ers for Israel. His future aspirations are to start a nonprofit organization, run for public office, and act in feature films.
Scott has visited Israel and is a passionate supporter of the Jewish state. He is eager to work with CAMERA to combat negative portrayals of Israel in the media. He wants college students to know Judaism stands for peace, love, and life.
Reut Baer is a sophomore at Cornell University, majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations with a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Reut was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and was raised in Israel. After moving to the United States at age 11, she continued to strongly identify with the Israeli cause and the need for a safe Jewish state.
Reut involved herself with institutions that promoted Israel advocacy, such as summer camp, youth movements, schools, and AIPAC. On campus, she is the VP of Social Programming for the Center for Jewish Living and is involved with the Cornell Forensics Society. She currently holds the position of Chair of Advocacy for the Cornell Israel Public Affairs Committee (CIPAC), and is organizing several educational and advocacy training programs and a variety of speakers on campus.
- The Right to a Safe Campus and a Secure Israel (The Cornell Daily Sun)
- Presspectiva Analyst Speaks at Cornell (InFocus, CAMERAonCampus)
- Cornell Daily Sun Sets the Record Straight, with CAMERA’s Helpâ€‹ (The Cornell Daily Sun)
- Cornell hosts Yishai Goldflam (October 2014)
- Kasim Hafeez speaks to students (April 2015)
- Assi Azar gives presentation on LGBTQ rights in Israel (April 2015)
Name Withheld - was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1996, just two years after my family moved to the United States from Russia. They were among the millions of Soviet Jews who left to the United States and Israel after the collapse of the USSR. Though many chose to come to America, roughly half of my extended family moved to Israel as well, and so my family was split between the two countries.
Growing up, he learned from an early age about my Jewish identity, and particularly about my connection to Israel. Though his family did not come from a religious background, they embraced reviving the Jewish heritage that had been lost to them for decades in the Soviet Union. They started having Shabbat meals every Friday, eating only Kosher food, and celebrating the Jewish holidays. From kindergarten until the fifth grade he attended a Solomon Schechter Hebrew Day School, formally learning about Jewish history, the Torah, the Hebrew language, and Zionism. At home his grandparents told him stories about World War II, the holocaust, and Jewish life under the Soviet regime from their first-hand experiences. He always listened to their stories with curiosity, attention and a great sense of awe. He knew from a very young age that being born a Jew was the greatest thing that ever happened to me.
His Jewish identity and education did not end after he began attending regular New York public schools. More than ever, he became aware of the issues surrounding Israel, and he was determined to become educated on the matter. Though he had been to Israel a couple of times for family visits already, and had read countless books and articles, the first time he truly solidified his relationship with Israel was during a trip he took there in the Summer of 2012 with a youth program called Nesiya. He spent 6 weeks traveling the entire country with both American and Israeli Jews of every conviction; from the very orthodox to the non-practicing. There we engaged on topics of Jewish identity, Israeli history, the issue of settlements, Israel's future, and countless other things. His love and connection to Israel was forever solidified that Summer, and he vowed from then on to do my part in in the Jewish community to support it.
Today he is a sophomore at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in New York. He was a founding member of the Hunter Students for Israel club last year, and he currently sits on its board. On a campus frequently hostile to Israel, he has made it his mission to spread the truth of the Israeli story to my fellow Hunter College students. Hunter Students for Israel is one of the most exciting parts of my college life thus far, and he is proud to lead it.
Eliron Alberman is a 20 year-old college junior in Queens College and currently pursuing a Nutrition and Dietetics degree. She has been spending her summer volunteering in the campus garden and giving back to her community in various ways. She also enjoys being involved on campus as much as possible, with a variety of clubs and societies.
Eliron started as the the former Secretary for the Israel Student Association and is currently President. She is also an active member in the UNICEF club and NYPIRG, with special interest in consumer protection and environmental efforts. Eliron originally joined the Israel Student Association for the fun, Israeli atmosphere, as the other Jewish life organizations lacked the diversity for which she craved. When she saw the importance of being involved in the Zionist Group on campus, she decided to work hard for the cause. This year, Eliron expects a great challenge with the higher position, but nonetheless looks forward to a successful year.
Seth Schoenhaus is a sophomore a Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Hailing from upstate New York, Seth appreciates the multiple viewpoints to which he has been exposed throughout his life, relating to Israel security, Zionism, and Middle East affairs in general. While his affinity for Israel has grown with him, Seth is always happy to learn more about others' thoughts on the land he loves. That being said, his goal is to provide a source for accurate, non-biased information on campus. Seth looks forward to working with CAMERA this year, as well as growing Denison's pro-Israel advocacy group, DU It For Israel, of which he is Treasurer.
Carly Goldstein is a rising sophomore at Elon University. She is double majoring in Political Science and International Studies with two minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. She hopes to work in the State Department on counterterrorist efforts after living in Israel for a few years post-college.
Carly is the co-founder of Elon’s pro-Israel organization, IDEA (Israel Dialogue, Education and Advocacy), and has helped bring numerous pro-Israel events to her campus. Carly hopes to further her pro-Israel efforts with CAMERA’s help, and assist in educating students and faculty about Israel.
Aaron Karas is a senior from Newton, Massachusetts pursuing a degee in Biology at Emory University. Before entering college, Aaron was a participant on Young Judea Year Course, during which he volunteered and took classes in Israel for 9 moths. Aaron has long been passionate about Israel advocacy, and as President of Emory Students for Israel, Aaron strive to shae Israeli culture with students on campus. As a result of Aaron's work, he was awareded the 2015 Goodman Prize for Israel Engagement on Campus. Aaron is involved in many areas of campus as an Orientation Leader, a member of Student Programming Council, and an undergraduate research intern in the HLA Lab at Emory University Hospital.
Michelle Herman has been pursuing her love for Israel from a young age. She was involved with AIPAC and traveled to Washington D.C several times throughout high school. After she graduated from Weinbaum Yeshiva High School, Michelle went to Israel on a post gap year program called Machon Maayan. During this year Michelle realized that she wanted to get even more involved in advocating for Israel, and started writing for Jerusalem U. Throughout Michelle's freshman year of college, she participated in Owls for Israel, the AIPAC Cadre and the sorority Alpha Delta Pi; she also went on Hasbro Fellowships, in which she traveled to Israel during winter break. Michelle hopes to continue her involvement on campus and focus on making FAU as pro-Israel it can be!
Dalia Perez is a rising senior at Florida International University, studying International Relations and political science with a specialization in Middle East studies and Jewish Studies. She is originally from Bogota, Colombia, and moved to Miami, FL when she was six years old. Dalia grew up attending the Zionist youth movement Maccabi, where she cultivated and expanded her Zionism. Dalia took a gap year with Maccabi in Israel after high school, where she experienced every aspect of life from the Israeli perspective. Dalia lived in Jerusalem where she took classes about anything and everything Israel related and then spent two months in basic training in the IDF, followed by three months of kibbutz life. Dalia ended the year working and volunteering in Tel-Aviv.
Since her return to the States, she have been active with ShalomFIU, the pro-Israel group on campus. Dalia spent the last year as Vice President and is currently President. Dalia has also been extremely involved with AIPAC, for which she is interning, and started an AIPAC cadre at FIU. She has traveled to Israel with several organizations including ZOA, and also staffed a Birthright trip.
Dalia plans on making Aliyah in June, where she will pursue a masters degree.
Stephanie Jablon is a sophomore at Florida State University, studying Communication Science and Disorders in hopes of being a speech pathologist. Stephanie is passionate about working with children with special needs and the State of Israel. She did volunteer work with special needs children all through high school and was a counselor at Camp Kavod, the special needs part of the Boca Raton JCC. It was not until fairly recently that Stephanie discovered her knack for Israel advocacy at the Future Leaders for Israel conference in Boca Raton, Florida.
Stephanie has been to Israel three times and firmly believes in the right of the Jewish people to a homeland and in the survival of the only democracy in the Middle East. This is why she chose to become an activist. Stephanie is a member of the student board for Hillel at FSU with the position of Campus Liaison. This past December, she went on an alternative winter break trip with them to the Bahamas and did community service work in Nassau. She is also involved with Noles for Israel as Co-Education Chair. Her talents and hobbies include singing, running, blowing up social media with news updates, and talking with her mouth closed.
- David Sheen, Lying Machine (InFocus, CAMERAonCampus)
Ari Benjamin is a sophomore at George Mason University, majoring in International Business and Management. After graduating high school, Ari moved to Israel, became a citizen and joined the IDF. He served in a Special Forces unit for 3 years. Ari loves Israel and it will always be his home. After 5 years in Israel he made the decision to come back to the States to start college. Ari's career goal is to bring American and European business to Israel and strengthen the International relationships between Israel and the rest of the world. One day Ari hopes to move back to Israel. Currently Ari is the treasurer of the Israel Student Association (ISA) at George Mason and the Shabbat chair for the Mason Hillel.
Noah Bloch is a senior at Haverford College studying biology, with a concentration in biochemistry. Noah became engaged in Israel throughout his day school education. After high school, Noah studied for a year at the Technion through the Freshman Year of Engineering program in the international school. Upon returning to the States and starting at Haverford College, Noah revitalized the presence of Israel advocacy on campus. Noah has enjoyed working with CAMERA to expand programming and to provide balance to discussions on campus.
Kirk Unger is studying forensic science at Laurentian University, after working as a geologist in mineral and gold exploration in northern Canada for almost 4 years. This summer he is researching drug and drug metabolite recovery and quantification from decomposed bone tissue as part of his second B.Sc. Kirk learned about CAMERA during volunteer research with the president of the Laurentian University Jewish Student Association. He was interested in CAMERA's mandate for fairness and balance in Middle Eastern issues and events. It was around this time that unsanctioned posters promoting films and lectures on "Palestinian apartheid" were posted throughout campus, the presentation which was smacked of propaganda and certainly lacked fairness or balance. Further, following the most recent Palestine-Israel military action, Kirk was aware of what he thought were unbalanced, anti-Israel sentiments presented in media and news reports. Because of these anti-Israel sentiments on campus and a lack of balanced reporting, Kirk chose to learn more about supporting fairness in Middle Eastern reporting. Krik hopes to foster support for Israel, both on his campus today and for his campus of tomorrow. Sparked by CAMERA, Kirk learned that he is a Zionist and his support for the existence of Israel will always be beyond politics, distorted news and popular opinions.
Jill Teitelbaum is a freshman at Miami University studying Business. She is from Arlington, VA. Her close proximity to Washington, D.C., in addition to having family in Israel, have inspired her to become a vocal advocate of Israel in the political and social spheres. She re-established Miami Students for Israel, and serves as its president. She is religious and active in Hillel, including being on its Israel Committee. Jill hopes to further her pro-Israel efforts on campus with CAMERA’s help.
Arielle Fisher is a senior at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is majoring in Media, Culture, and Communication, and aspires to attend law school after she graduates. Arielle serves as a board member of the Realize Israel Club at NYU and is an active member of the TAMID Business Club. Arielle is involved in CAMERA because she sees the value in forging meaningful connections between Jewish organizations. She would like to note how thankful NYU’s Jewish community is to CAMERA for helping to empower us by providing funding and guest speakers. United, nothing can stop us from achieving our goals of spreading positive Israel advocacy.
Connie Hammond is currently a second year student at her dream school, Oral Roberts University, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a classic mountain girl, Connie grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak. Some of Connie’s favorite activities include advocating for Israel, learning about new topics and viewpoints, skiing, hiking, whitewater rafting, caving, eating sushi, traveling, and Zumba dancing. Studying social work at Oral Roberts University, Connie enjoys interacting with diverse populations and hearing their stories. As an officer for the Campus Israel Alliance, an EMET for Israel student organization, Connie looks forward to furthering the pro-Israel activism on her campus by bestowing her passion for Israel upon everyone she meets. Connie is overjoyed and abundantly thankful for the distinct opportunity to deepen her knowledge and understanding of Israel and the Jewish people through the trip to Israel with CAMERA, which she recognizes as a true pleasure, privilege, and honor.
Tziona Breitbart is a senior at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is majoring in History with a focus on Russian history. She is also completing the Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration with a focus on community organizing. She hopes to work with a non-profit that advocates and aids homeless youth post-college. While at Smith, she is a member of the varsity crew team and is chair of the community service board. She is also the co-president of the Smith Israel alliance and is helping to create a pro-Israel voice on campus and build up the Smith Israel Alliance organization. With her organization, she hopes to educate and inform students and faculty about Israel and, specifically, that it is more than just the conflict.
Alex Schieber is a senior at The State University of New York at Albany dual majoring in Political Science & Economics and minoring in Judaic Studies. Alex was born and raised in Plainview, New York on Long Island. He is the current President and previous Vice-President of Great Danes for Israel, the Emet for Israel group at UAlbany. He is also the President and Founder of a not-for-profit organization, Swipe With A Purpose, that helps feed the hungry and needy in the Albany area using students’ otherwise wasted meal money. He also held the position of Social Action Chair for Hillel in his sophomore year.
Alex loves travelling and studied abroad on The Atlantic Voyage through Semester at Sea, the Institute of Shipboard Education. This past summer, Alex interned in Washington, D.C at The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET). In addition, he is also a special education Hebrew School teacher at Temple Beth Emeth and a sponsor to a needy family through the Lend a Hand Project. Alex is an avid supporter and advocate for Israel, having visited twice. He is looking forward to working with CAMERA this upcoming year.
Arianne Storch, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, is a senior at Binghamton University, studying Psychology and Health and Wellness Studies. Post high school, Arianne attended The Israel Experience gap year program at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan.
Arianne’s love for Israel was fostered by her upbringing and summers at Camp Ramah in California. She is currently the president of BUZO- Binghamton University Zionist Organization, and has been involved with Israel advocacy since her first year on campus.
Arianne is an active member of the Binghamton Jewish community, conducts research about tobacco usage on campus, and works as a group fitness instructor.
Hadassa Raice is a student at SUNY Rockland in Monsey, NY, where she started the first Israel Advocacy club on campus, Friends of Israel. She is currently studying Nursing, and is headed toward a career as a midwife.
Hadassa's passion for Israel started when she was very young, and only grew as she spent more time there. She decided to pursue her passion for her homeland and make a difference in her campus community after spending a year in Israel engaging in Talmudic studies.
Hadassa tries to bring Israeli culture to her campus, and help students fall in love with Israel the way that she has. She enjoys political debates about all things Israel, and is incredibly passionate in issues of human rights. Her dream is to make Aliyah and practice as a midwife in Jerusalem.
Spencer Frankston is a senior at Tulane University studying Political Science and International Relations on a prelaw track.
He was born and raised in New York City, and one day hopes to be a lawyer in his hometown. Spencer's goal is to fight anti-Israel propaganda on campus, and replace it with real facts and appropriate information. After his cousin was injured while serving in Operation Protective Edge, and witnessing the rapid expansion of anti-semitism and anti-Israel rhetoric while abroad in Europe, Spencer takes the continued success of Israel very personally. He currently serves as the President of Tulane University Students Supporting Israel, and additionally volunteers as an English teacher to foreign exchange students on campus. He speaks 7 languages, and hopes to reach the 10-language mark in the next 10 years.
Maria Lilly is a Junior at the University of Alaska Anchorage pursuing her BA in Journalism and Public Communications and minoring in Political Science. Maria has been interested in Israel from a young age. At some point became so frustrated with media bias that she gave up her study of Israel. As she entered college, she came across Christians United for Israel, a pro-Israel organization dedicated to advocating for Israel. Maria found herself again immersed in the study of Israel, but this time the facts she was finding were verifiable and she had found support and resources from a plethora of pro-Israel organizations, one of which was CAMERA. Now as President of her campus' only pro-Israel organization, Maria seeks to provide students on her campus with the resources and fact based knowledge about Israel which she had herself once sought but was unable to find.
Matan Neuman is a 2nd year at UCLA, studying Political Science with a focus on international relations. He is involved in the pro-Israel movement on cam[us through his role as Director of Public Relations of Bruins for Israel, UCLA’s largest pro-Israel student group.
Matan has spent plenty of time visiting and working in Israel with a side of his family still currently residing in the Tel Aviv suburbs. He is looking forward to working with the Camera team to ensure that Israel has a positive and fair voice on UCLA’s campus. As shown by last year’s events on UCLA’s campus a fair and accurate voice about Israel is truly needed on this campus.
Stanley Traub is a Sophomore Business Management Major at UC Santa Cruz. He has always been passionate about pro-Israel politics, but he truly became engaged after experiencing the anti-Israel climate at his school. Stanley’s favorite place in the world is Israel, and he someday hopes to make Aliyah and work in an Israeli venture capitalist firm.
At UC Santa Cruz, Stanley is the Vice President of Slugs for Israel as well as the AIPAC UCSC Campus Liaison. Stanley also serves on the executive board of Santa Cruz Hillel.
Ori Zaff is a rising sophomore at the University of Delaware Honors Program. He is half Israeli and has gone back to Israel almost every summer of his life. Ori considers Israel to be like his second home - and no one likes to see his home attacked. That's why for the past year and a half he's been trying to get involved wherever Israel activism calls, from campus groups to pro-Israel video programs. Ori is excited to intern for CAMERA this year and continue showing the world the truth about the Middle East.
Tal Tahori is a sophomore at the University of Miami, majoring in finance and accounting. She was born and raised in Yavne, Israel and just recently moved to Tel Aviv. She served in the IDF for 2 years as an Excellent Athlete, a position she earned due to excellence in swimming, which also brought her to the U.S.
She is the current president of Emet Israel, the pro-Israel student organization at the University of Miami. Her passion for Israel comes from her need to be the voice of her country on campus, and to get as many students as possible involved in Israel advocacy. Her dream is to bring a real change one day and get people closer together through a shared love to animals.
Alex Johnson is a Senior at the University of South Florida and majoring in Criminology with a minor in Leadership Studies. He is a member of the Air Force ROTC program, has served in his school's Student Government for three years, and has also been a Resident Assistant. He is a proud member of Bulls for Israel.
After College Alex plans on going into the U.S. Air Force as a Security Forces Officer.
Rebecca Schwartz is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying Economics and International Studies. She grew up in Stamford, CT and attended SAR High School in Riverdale, NY. Throughout high school, Rebecca was a member of Write On For Israel at Columbia University and Stand Up for Israel through her local JCC. After graduating
SAR in 2013, Rebecca attended a gap year in Israel on Bnei Akiva program called Hachshara-
Lehava. She was involved with AIPAC and traveled to Washington D.C several times for the convention throughout high school and college. Currently, Rebecca is on the board on MIC, Madison Israel Club, in addition to being a member of Tamid, the on campus Israeli investment club. Rebecca has enjoyed working with CAMERA both as the intern and as a board member to expand the Pro-Israel community on campus through programming. She hopes to be able to provide balance in Israel discussions on
Nativ Daphne Osakwe was born and partially raised in Afula, Israel. She is currently in her fourth and final year at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada; pursuing a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Communications, Media and Film.
Nativ has been the Undergraduate Student Representative for the University of Windsor Jewish Students Association (UWJSA) for the past two years and has been heavily involved in all Jewish, Israeli and Middle Eastern related affairs on and off campus. She is currently an intern for CAMERA.
She is also the president and co-founder of the Windsor Filmmakers Association which has over 300 film enthusiasts and professionals as members.
In her spare time, Nativ is a freelance makeup artist that loves to experiment with special FX makeup, watch soccer and take long walks down the gorgeous riverside.