Jewish Service Corps - Multi-Week

The JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps (JSC) Summer Fellowship is an opportunity to connect with overseas communities through an immersive volunteer experience for three to eight weeks.

JSC Summer fellows work with local partners and experts in the field to develop and implement programs that address critical global issues. The program is ideal for recent college graduates, students with long breaks, or young professionals who are seeking a meaningful experience while engaging in service through a Jewish lens. 

Upcoming Sessions Dates and Deadlines:

Applications for the JSC Summer Fellowship are now available! CLICK HERE for more information and to apply. 

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Rebecca Agami

Rebecca grew up in Sydney, Australia and attended Mount Sinai College Primary School (an Orthodox Jewish Day school), followed by Sydney Girls' High School (an academically-selective State High School). She then went on to earn her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney, which she completed in 2009. She has since worked for almost four years as a Physiotherapist across multiple clinical areas at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, which she has found interesting, meaningful and rewarding.

When Rebecca was 21, she studied for 6 months in a seminary to help her further understand and solidify her Jewish Heritage. Rebecca was involved in running Children’s Services at her local Synagogue, was a member and at one point President for her campus of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students at University, and currently plans on returning to Israel to further her study of Judaism in 2014.

Her goal is to increase happiness in others through helping them to feel validated, as well as empowering them to actualize their potential and achieve their goals in life. She is excited to achieve this goal and serve as an Multi-Week fellow with Gabriel Project Mumbai this spring.

Shira Atkins

Serving in Ukraine and Bulgaria, Shira will be helping to plan and run three summer camps in the region this summer, together with local young leaders and families.

Tanya Barth

Tanya was born and raised in London. She participated in Shnat Netzer, a Gap Year program in Israel and went on to earn a degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Manchester University. Following graduation, she began working for a national charity called Mitzvah Day, coordinating social action projects for offices, schools and universities. Tanya has been hugely involved in the youth movement RSY Netzer and was a group leader for one of their summer Israel Tours. For the past six years, she has been involved in running children’s summer camp, with the exception of one summer where she volunteered in Ghana with the organization ‘Tzedek.’ For the past year, Tanya has been involved in setting up a Social Justice themed Jewish Learning course called Takum Progressivi in London. She is passionate about Social Justice, exploring the world and spending time with friends.

Kate Belza

Serving in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Kate is working in the local Jewish community, supporting JDC's Baby Help center and at the LeDor VaDor senior complex.

Arielle Bernemen

Placement: Lod, Israel

Arielle is originally from New York and moved to San Diego about a year ago to pursue the California dream. She graduated from Johnson & Wales with a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. In her sorority Sigma Delta Tau, she was the Vice President of the Panhellenic Council and she helped to coordinate events with non-profit organizations. Arielle has been an executive assistant for many years and also works in real estate and investments. She has attended several Israel programs including Brightright. Arielle loves to travel and enjoys yoga and barre as her choice of work out.

Ellie Bressman

Serving in Addis Ababa, Ellie assisted Dr. Rick Hodes, JDC's Medical Director in Ethiopia, on JDC's extensive medical programs in the country, and contributed to JDC's educational efforts throughout the region.

Roxanne Brodsky

Roxanne Brodsky is currently studying to become an elementary school teacher. She has recently decided to teach at a Jewish school or abroad. Roxanne is involved with SDSU Hillel where she holds a position of Vice President of Tzedakah. In this role, she has instituted mitzvah projects once a month. She is a nanny and works at Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego as the 3rd grade Judaica teacher. When she is not working, she is usually doing community service with an organization in Hillcrest, CA, delivering food to people who are unable to leave their homes due to health issues. Roxanne also does yoga, bikes, hikes and surfs.

Kelsey Cannon

Placement: Tel Aviv, Israel

Kelsey is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a Master’s degree in Public Health. Kelsey is an expertise in global health, specifically the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. She currently works at Jhpiego, a global health non-profit specializing in innovations to improve child and maternal health. She assists with their family planning department on projects in West Africa. Prior to her graduate studies, Kelsey received her B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Westmont College. Kelsey then moved to Israel to begin work with an international medical relief non-profit, Shevet Achim. Working there for 2 years, she served as a project coordinator, assisting children and families from around the Middle East who receive heart surgery. When not working, Kelsey can be found running, reading, or enjoying time with friends. Kelsey recently finished her conversion and is interested in working with the JDC to help make a difference in the Jewish world.

Brittany Cooke

Brittany Cooke is from Miami, FL. She attended Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami’s Design District. Brittany enjoys sketching, painting and fine arts. She is also a member of Bass Art Museum. Brittany received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. During her time at UCF, she studied abroad at Edinburgh College of Arts for a summer semester. After graduation, she interned at TOMS Shoes Headquarters in Santa Monica, CA. Her duties as the Social Media intern included updating online viral accounts and monitoring multiple online social media and email marketing campaigns. Next, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa, where she was a Girls Education and Empowerment Volunteer. A large part of the program was to educate and inform villagers to help empower girls and women in the community and give them a voice. Currently, she is completing her last semester, working on her Master of Science in International and Intercultural Education at Florida International University, where she is also employed at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. She is an administrative assistant in the Office of Student Affairs. Brittany has previously worked at University of Central Florida and Rollins College.

Gabe Davidson

Placement: Gabriel Project Mumbai, India

Originally from Washington, DC, Gabriel Davidson is a junior at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where he is currently studying Philosophy, Jewish Studies, and Hispanic Studies. Gabriel has always had an interest in other languages, cultures, music, and playing the violin. Gabriel has been playing the violin since he was ten, and is currently a member of his College’s chamber orchestra. At present, Gabriel is an intern at the Rosenthall Judaica Collection in Charleston, South Carolina, where he uses his knowledge of Hebrew and Judaism to document postcards dating back to the early twentieth century. Gabe has previously worked as both a religious school teacher and a caddie at a golf club. Gabe is excited to utilize his experience with children to make an impact with GPM this summer.

Adam Davis

Adam is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and has been living in New York for over five years. Adam completed his Masters in Real Estate at NYU where he was active as a member of the student social committee and formed strong and lasting relationships. Adam established the New York office for Grocon, Australia's largest private development and construction firm. Additionally, Adam has established himself as a trusted “local” for private Australian families seeking US commercial real estate investments. In May 2013, Adam went on his first JDC Entwine Insider Trip for Young Professionals to Morocco, which was life changing on many levels, and which motivated him to establish a deeper involvement with Entwine. In October 2013, he was nominated to the Entwine Steering Committee and has represented the Steering Committee at JDC board events in Washington, DC and Jerusalem. After leading Entwine’s Inside Ethiopia trip this October, Adam will be participating in the 8-week Jewish Service Corps Multi-Week Fellowship in India. He feels privileged to be involved with JDC and is keen to grow the international awareness of Entwine, in particular amongst his Australian peers.

Deborah Dell'Ariccia

Deborah was born and raised in Rome, Italy. From a young age she was part of the Hashomer Hatzair (H.H) youth movement and has worked across Europe on informal Jewish Education programming. Deborah has helped facilitate a broad range of programs including the 2007 Maccabi Games in Rome, European Adrachà seminaries and local synagogue activities in Italy.

After making Aliyah in 2007, Deborah participated in the academic course "Education and Social Changes” where she volunteered in a variety of organizations, all focussing on children. In Israel, Deborah has volunteered at a babysitting center where she coordinated creative and educational activities for over 30 foreign chidlren, worked on leadership and group development with a group of North-African women and received a scholarship through "Shahak Project" where she was responsible for creative and recreational activities at an emergency center for abused children.

Leigh Evans

Placement: Gabriel Project Mumbai, India

Leigh is a second year student at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she is pursuing a double major in Sociology and Psychology with a minor in Education. She works part-time as a paid intern at the UCSB Alumni Association and is involved in a variety of activities including the College of Letters and Science Honors Program, the Isla Vista Tutoring Program, Active Minds, Hillel, and Gauchos for Education. The last organization is one that Leigh cofounded this past academic quarter along with four other members. Leigh hopes to apply her passion for education and background in Sociology and Psychology to her future career in education reform. She is deeply passionate about civil rights, social reform, education, animal welfare, environmental sustainability, arts and culture, and the promotion of tolerance.

Debra Feinberg

Debra Feinberg is a recent alumna of the prestigious non-profit, Teach for America. Debra’s two years in the Charlotte Corps were met with great success, most notably, creating an innovative financial literacy curriculum that culminated in leading a team of students to pitch a business proposal to the billionaire tycoon Warren Buffett. While teaching, Debra completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a change from her undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Connecticut. Presently, Debra is combining her passions for social justice and travel and is devoting the next year to educating herself through service initiatives around the world.

Maia Ferdman

Placement: Mumbai, India

Maia Ferdman is a graduating senior at the University of California, Los Angeles. She hopes to use her passion for writing and education to effect global change. Originally from San Diego, Maia grew up in an Argentinean and Jewish home. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Latin American Studies and B.A. in Global Studies with a minor in English. Maia hopes to pursue a career related to education and global conflict alleviation and development. She wrote her undergraduate thesis about how diaspora tourism has transformed the relationship of Jewish and Armenian diasporas with their homelands. She is continuing her research on immigration and the global hybridization of culture. Maia also worked as an opinion columnist for UCLA's Daily Bruin and a journalism intern for the International Rescue Committee's Los Angeles.

Alexandra Ferera

Placement: India

Alex was born in New York, lived in London until she was 9 years old and ultimately settled with her family in Vancouver B.C. Alex spent her high school years at King David High School, participating in a variety of school sports, which demonstrated leadership and teamwork. Alex was a camp counselor at Camp Solomon Schechter where she created programs for children and cared for their everyday needs. Alex is currently attending The University of Western Ontario, where she is studying in the faculty of Health Sciences. Alex hopes to follow up her degree in health science with a nursing degree. Alex is involved in the OHM Fashion Show club, which hosts a fashion show in order to raise money for cancer research. Alex enjoys sports, cooking, exercising, and socializing. In all activities, she is involved in, Alex exhibits kindness, dedication, and teamwork.

Brianna Fischer

Brianna recently graduated from UCLA, where she studied Anthropology and Middle Eastern studies. While at UCLA, she worked in the UCLA Special Events Office, planning major university events, as well as at the Daniel Pearl Foundation, organizing international and local events that promote peace. Brianna shows her love for humanitarian work through volunteering at Skid Row to combat poverty, organizing an alternative spring break trip with L.A.’s most under-served populations, working at a refugee center in Rome, volunteering as a camp counselor for disadvantaged children in Jerusalem, and volunteering in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She is also passionate about education, and has tutored at a local underprivileged middle school, taught international students and faculty at UCLA, and worked as a counselor at Camp Mountain Chai. Brianna spent last year studying and volunteering in Italy and New Zealand as a Kramer Global Scholar. In her free time, Brianna loves traveling, outdoor activities, sports (she is a die-hard Real Madrid fan), playing music and meeting new people. She strives to leave her mark in the world by inspiring others to become positive change-makers.

Basya Gartenstein

Basya started an active pursuit to understand her Jewish identity at a young age. She was raised in a diverse family which embodies many sects of Judaism. That, along with her participation in varied Jewish programs, developed her versatile understanding of Jewish identity. When she was 16, she left her home in the US to study Jewish Philosophy in Safed, Israel. She served as a role model for incoming students, developed fluency in Hebrew, worked for a local artist, and took a Birth Assistant training course. Basya earned her BA at IDC Herzliya in Conflict Resolution and International Relations and was selected for the David Project Fellowship for Leadership in Public Diplomacy. She interned at The GLORIA Center for Middle Eastern studies, was a part of the IDC delegation for a Model UN Conference, and interned for the Institute of Counter Terrorism which furthered her policy analysis capabilities.

Shira Gelfand

Placement: Summer Camp

Shira Gelfand recently graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in English and a minor in women’s studies. During University, she was the president of the Treblemakers a cappella group, the editor of the creative writing section of the Free Press and worked as a resident assistant, for the University President, and at the University’s literary journal. Shira attended Jewish day schools throughout high school and grew up spending summers at a Jewish summer camp. In addition to being a camper, Shira has many years of experience as a camp counselor, and has worked as a lifeguard and art teacher at Jewish summer camps. Before beginning University, Shira spent a year in Israel, studying Torah and art and volunteering at a day care for vulnerable children in Jerusalem.

Miriam Gold

Miriam recently completed her A Level studies at North London Collegiate School in the UK and is currently taking a gap year before pursuing a university degree in History of Art. Miriam is excited to be a Multi-Week Fellow with GPM during her gap year and will also spend three months taking various History of Art courses at the British Institute in Florence, studying the history of Italian painting. During her time at North London Collegiate School, Miriam served as First School assistant in which she helped girls aged 4-6 with reading and writing. As Chair of Art Society, she also organized the school's annual charity event 'Fantasy Fashion': a student-led competition in which all the proceeds raised from the event went to KSDP, a charity supporting refugees in Burma. Furthermore, Miriam made regular weekly visits to the Ruislip senior home. Miriam has had various work experience positions including the HR department at British Telecom, Leagas Delaney (advertising company) and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (architects). She also worked part time as a shop assistant in a Pharmacy. Currently she is working part-time as a waitress. Miriam's passions include art, photography, baking and travelling. Miriam is excited to come to India and have such a meaningful experience over her gap year.

Baily Goldstein

Placement: Ramla, Israel

Bailey is a recent graduate from The University of Kansas, with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Leadership Studies. She was a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies Honors Society and certification in Service Learning. Bailey is currently a receptionist at Zen Massage as well as a desk assistant in the Communications Studies Department on campus. Bailey has remained connected within the Jewish community through her involvement with KU Hillel and Chabad on campus. She has interned for KU Hillel’s Senior Jewish Educator, Rabbi Neal Schuster. Through her involvement in Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she served as Fall Formal Recruitment Chair and Leadership Chair.

Danya Gorel

Placement: Tel Aviv, Israel

Danya is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, double majoring in Theatre and Dance with the College of Fine Arts and majoring in Rhetoric and Writing with the College of Liberal Arts. She is also pursuing a Bridging Disciplines Certification in Environmental Studies. Danya interned with the Austin Water Center for Environmental Research, where she documented and calculated carbon sequestration data from a 200 year old forest. In addition, she participates with the Austin Youth River Watch Program, testing water quality levels throughout Austin with at-risk students. Danya also interned with the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, increasing her professional insight regarding environmental legislation in Texas. She served as Vice President of Jewish Youth Group (BEFTY), and was an office assistant for Congregation Beth El. Danya has participated in Jewish Leadership Fellowships, Birthright, HaMerkaz, Livnot U’lehibanot and the JDC Entwine Program to Hungary/ Romania. Danya jumps on the opportunity to go hiking, swimming, running, climbing, an bouldering.

Ariella Gould

Placement: Tel Aviv, Israel

Ariella is a graduating senior at Old Dominion University, studying International Studies. She was founder and president of the ODU Club Swim Team and participated as a staff photographer on the ODU school newspaper, the Mace and Crown. During her sophomore year she became the newspaper's assistant photo editor where she helped select and format photos for print. Arielle was a Head Lifeguard for the on campus Student Recreation Center and obtained her certification to teach CPR/AED/First Aid and Lifeguard classes to students and the community. In her final semester at ODU, Ariella earned an internship position with Operation Smile in the Medical Records department. She was also heavily involved with the campus Hillel and participated in a number of events, including an alternative spring break where she and other members were involved in multiple community service projects in inner city schools of Los Angeles. Ariella has always been passionate about volunteering and giving back to the community.

Stephanie Graber

Placement: Lod, Israel

Stephanie is graduating from the University of Delaware with a major in International Relations, a minor in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Language, and a Certificate in Business Essentials. She is involved in the Blue Hen Ambassador program at school, where she is a tour guide and student representative in the Office of Admissions. At school she plays intramural soccer for fun with her friends. Stephanie has a strong thirst to travel and explore new places. She loves Israel and is passionate about advocating for the State. She has been to Israel three times and cannot wait to go back. Stephanie is a fun person to be around and is always striving to make others happy. She is always looking for a good time, willing to make new friends wherever she goes, and will eat anything.

Louisa Green

Placement: Gabriel Project Mumbai, India

Louisa is currently studying theatre and performance arts at the American University in London, with the hope of pursuing a career in teaching. She has always been passionate about working with children and the idea of helping other people. Louisa is from a large and very close family and has grown up with both older and much younger siblings. Louisa was elected Deputy Head Girl of her high school, held different leadership positions at her secondary school and has worked at restaurants and cafes. She has participated in several summer camps and was involved in the FZY Israel Tour, where she spent a month in Israel. Louisa is excited to volunteer in Mumbai and experience its unique culture.

Shira Heilbrunn

Shira grew up in Israel and majored in computer science at Beit Shulamit High School for girls in Ramot, Jerusalem. After completing her high school degree, she went on to do a Year of National Service in Yad Sarah, an organization that works with Israel’s sick, disabled and elderly population through lending medical and rehabilitative equipment. Shira’s work included helping handicapped tourists by supplying medical equipment and working to address their basic needs, as well as in the public relations department communicating with the organization’s donors. .

After completing her Year of National Service, Shira began studying Economics and Management at Bar–Ilan University in Ramat Gan. During her second year of university, Shira volunteered in the PRAS program where she mentored a child who had just made Aliyah, helping the child adjust to life in Israel, teaching Hebrew, assisting with school work and serving as a role model.

Rebecca Hirschfeld

Serving in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rebecca is working in the local Jewish community, supporting JDC's Baby Help center and at the LeDor VaDor senior complex.

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Elianna Hoffmitz

Placement: Gabriel Project Mumbai, India

Elianna Hoffmitz is currently completing her third year of a four year honors psychology program at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is working as a minute taker for a company called Minutes by Minute and has previously worked at a jewelry store. Elianna volunteers at her synagogue, both with the children's groups and with the collection of charity. She volunteers for an anti-bullying organization called Peace by PEACE which runs in classrooms all over Toronto. Elianna is also currently volunteering for the Jewish Toronto International Film Festival and enjoys drawing, painting, reading, and writing in her free time.

Sami Holder

Placement: Summer Camp

Sami Holder grew up in Westchester, NY and is now a rising junior at the University of Maryland, majoring in psychology. She is on the pre-dentistry track and wishes to become an oral surgeon. On campus, Sami works for Help Center, a student-run crisis intervention and peer-counseling hotline. Sami is also involved in the Jewish sorority Sigma Delta Tau, as well as the Pre-Dental Society. She also enjoys staying in shape by kickboxing and running with friends. Most importantly, Sami has a passion for volunteering – Sami volunteered at an educational biology center, teaching kids ages 5-14 about marine biology and in the past year has been tremendously involved with Maryland Hillel’s community service events, like Good Deeds Day. Sami has both attended and worked at Jewish summer camps for many years, most recently as the head counselor for fourth grade girls. Sami loves the camp environment and has experience with all types of dance, including Israeli dance.

Harry Ingram

Placement: Gabriel Project Mumbai, India

Harry attended the University College School where he ran the Jewish society and will soon go on to study international relations and politics at the University of Bristol. From a young age, Harry was involved in fundraising for Magen David Adom and by the age of 12 he had raised £5000 for the organization. The Chief Rabbi of Israel read about his story and subsequently attended Harry’s bar mitzvah in the UK. Harry just spent three months teaching English in the Galapagos Islands and traveling around South and Central America. He previously volunteered at an orphanage in Goa and has had the privilege to visit India a number of times. Harry spent the past months working long hours at Heathrow airport to raise money for his travels and enjoys giving his all to anything he puts his mind to.

Benjamin Jaeger

Benjamin Jaeger was born and raised in Needham, Massachusetts. He recently graduated from Cornell University with a Masters of Engineering degree for Computer Science.

Throughout college he was a member of the Men’s Fencing Club and attended various competitions. In 2012, he was invited to travel to Israel with the UC San Diego Rady School of Management to learn about Israel’s unique and successful technology startup scene. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors, running, and hiking.

In April 2014 he will be starting as a Software Engineer at Facebook in New York. Prior to beginning his career, Benjamin wanted to the opportunity to volunteer and is excited to be doing so with Entwine and Gabriel Project Mumbai.

Victoria Kahn

Victoria grew up in London, England and is a recent Geography graduate from the University of Birmingham. She is currently taking a post university gap year before she begins her professional career at Deloitte on their Audit team in September 2014. After finishing school and securing employment, Victoria felt strongly about taking a year to give back and hopefully make an impact in a different community. Because of this, she decided that Gabriel Mumbai Project would be the perfect way to start.

In her free time, Victoria enjoys playing sports, including netball and basketball. She loves spending time with her family and friends and always enjoys getting to know new people and places. Victoria is looking forward to giving back and learning about the local community in India.

Hannah Kazis-Taylor

Placement: Lod, Israel

Hannah was born in Ireland and currently lives in New York City, where she is a senior in the Fieldston High School. She was a student at the Ivry Prozdor Jewish High School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and previously attended the Abraham Joshua Heschel School. She lived in Jerusalem for one year, where she was active in Sayarut youth movement. Hannah is currently studying Arabic and has received several state writing awards. Hannah has volunteered at the World Jewish Restitution Organization and STAR Tutoring in NYC. She is interested in art, architecture, history and theater.

Rena Kirshblum

Placement: Mumbai, India

Rena Kirshblum lives in New York City and is currently a teacher at Manhattan Day School. She has a BA in Jewish Education from Stern College and two Master’s Degrees; one in Jewish Education from Azrieli with and a second one in Early Childhood and Special Education from Touro College. As an active member of the Washington Heights community, she is a member of the Mount Sinai Young Leadership committee. She has a history of volunteering in nursing homes and fundraising for Israel, but her true passion is working with children. Rena enjoys baking, hanging out with her friends, and kickboxing. Rena traveled on JDC’s Entwine Insider trip to India in January 2015.

Samantha Klazkin

Sami Klazkin is a senior at the University of Florida where she is majoring in International Studies with a focus on the Middle East. Sami is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi where she served as Philanthropy Chair on the executive board, and is extremely involved with Gators for Israel. She was born and raised in South Florida where she attended a Jewish Day School from kindergarten to twelfth grade. There, she learnt the importance of Tikun Olam and being active in the pro-Israel community. She has volunteered in both Ecuador and Israel, which happen to be her most coveted experiences. Last summer, Sami had the opportunity and honor to intern at AIPAC in Washington, D.C. Sami’s number one passion is traveling and learning about different cultures. She cannot be more excited to embark on this journey to India where she hopes to come back with new experiences and friends.

Arielle Koppell

From Melville, New York, Arielle is a junior at Cornell University, currently pursuing a year abroad at the University of Oxford, as part of her studies in Industrial and Labor Relations. She is very passionate about human rights and development issues, and is completing a virtual research internship with the US State Department this year in the field of human trafficking. At Cornell, she is a Tradition Fellow in Public Service, the former President of ILR Global Affairs Club, a competitive debater for Cornell Forensics Society, and an executive editor of CU Law and Society Review. In her free time, she loves to read historical novels and sing with her a cappella group.

Jesse Kornbluth

Placement: Gabriel Project Mumbai, India

The oldest of four, Jesse was born and raised in New York City and Northern New Jersey. He attended an egalitarian, Jewish boarding highschool in North Carolina and spent a summer travelling to rural Jewish communities in West Virginia and Tennessee. Before attending college, Jesse spent a year in Israel studying history and conflict and volunteering with The Magen David Adom Ambulance Corps and Greenpeace Tel Aviv. Jesse studied Cultural Anthropology and Global Health at Boston University and spent a semester abroad in Tanzania and Vietnam, studying Global Health and International Development. Since graduating college, Jesse worked with Sudanese refugees in Tel Aviv, he worked at the Libertas Center for Health and Human Rights, the Elmhurst hospital in New York City, as a healthcare coordinator and community health researcher in Nicaragua and spent a year as a patient advocate at a hospital ER. Jesse will begin a dual degree Master's program this fall.

Shoshana Leshaw

Placement: Ramla, Israel

Shoshana graduated from CUNY Queens College last year with a BA in Psychology. She currently works as an Assistant Special Education Teacher for 3rd and 4th grade boys at a day school in Manhattan. She has volunteered at several organizations in NY including DOROT, Music for Veterans and Seniors, and Friendship Circle. Shoshana loves to sing and play guitar, piano and drums, and is currently applying to Master’s programs in Music Therapy for the upcoming academic year

Yael Lesin-Davis

Placement: Mumbai, India

Yael is from a small but active and Zionistic Jewish community in Liverpool, North West UK. In high school, she was a founding member of Nishnoshim, a group dedicated in providing informal Jewish education to the school. Some of the Nishnoshim activities included teacher education sessions, Chanukah/Purim plays and charity drives. In her final year of high school, Yael was chosen to be Deputy Head girl, a role that involved representing the school. Yael has participated in many youth movements, including BBYO, Bnei Akiva, FZY. At the age of 13, Yael participated in a 3 month residential trip to Israel on Kibbutz Lavi, where she learnt about Israeli culture and volunteered. After high school, Yael began her higher education at Leeds University studying Neuroscience. Yael was a committee member of the Jewish Society, volunteered for the Leeds marrow charity as well as for the British Science Association. Yael did a year in Industry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she was an undergraduate researcher.

Adina Lichtman

Adina Lichtman is currently a student at NYU who is very involved in Jewish life on and off campus. She is studying Social Work and minoring in art. Adina is the Hillel Community Service chair and plans many activities such as PB&J making for the homeless, Blood drive, Friday visits to the Senior Center and many more. On Sundays Adina is the Art teacher at Hebrew School in a Special Ed program.

Adina recently started a new initiative on college campuses throughout NYC called Knock Knock' Give a Sock. This initiative collects socks from all different floors throughout NYC and brings them to different Drop-off Locations in NY on Dec 12th and all socks go to the Homeless. Adina often spends her time invested in activities that work with people in the community who need help.

Adina is taking a semester off of school before graduating in the spring, to have a meaningful volunteer experience and give back with Entwine and GPM.

Ariel Lieberman

Placement: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ariel Lieberman graduated from McGill University with an undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations. She recently finished her role as the financial and administrative coordinator at a Non-Profit organization in Montreal, ICAN McGill, and plans to pursue work in related fields in the future. Through her degree, service work, travelling and studying abroad she has developed a keen interest in international law and human rights, and hopes to apply her experience and education to solving both local and global conflicts. Ariel is a dedicated artist and has been published in a number of magazines. She is also passionate about working with children and has served as a camp counselor at Camp Ramah Palmer. Ariel speaks conversational Spanish.

Ethan Litvin

Ethan Litvin is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and holds a B.A. in Psychology. After giving a presentation to one of his college classes about Anti-Semitism, Ethan was inspired to establish his own Jewish community at his small liberal arts college and founded the university’s Hillel. Since then, he has served as a Hillel Director at Virginia Commonwealth University, Assistant Director of Youth and Family services at the Weinstein JCC in Richmond VA, as well as a MASA Israel participant where he recently spent 6 months working, studying Hebrew, and volunteering in Israeli society. Ethan has been very active in Young Adult Leadership at the Jewish Federation of Greater Richmond, as well as Relay for Life. Ethan hopes that his passion for non-profit management and Jewish communal work, will lead him to a bright future in helping to strengthen Jewish communities around the world.

Samantha Magnes

Placement: Summer Camp

Samantha grew up in Long Island, New York and went on to attend the University of Virginia where she now studies economics. Samantha is very involved with campus life and is active in Hillel, Greek life, and student ambassadors, and is currently helping to start up J-Street U at her school. She hopes to graduate University in three years and spend her fourth year pursuing a Masters in public policy. She hopes that getting involved with policy will give her an opportunity to help not only with domestic policy, but also foreign policy. Hopefully, she will one day work in Middle Eastern politics, especially concerning Israel. Samantha loves working with children and has previously worked at a summer camp that provides therapeutic horseback riding for children with disabilities. She is also a skilled artist and has had her work displayed in galleries and exhibitions.

Zahava Mandelbaum

Based in Tel Aviv, Zehava is working on JDC programs serving individuals with disabilities at the Center for Independent Living, based in Tel Aviv, and will also work on a variety of programs through JDC-Israel's Immigrant Integration division.

Ilana Marcus

Ilana Marcus loves teaching, volunteering, languages, ultimate frisbee, and creative writing. She graduated from Tufts University in 2009, where she studied computer science and Arabic. Ilana attended Gann Academy (The New Jewish High School) in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she participated in a pluralistic Jewish community.

Ilana took a gap year during which she served with City Year Boston, a full-time Americorps program. As a City Year corps member, Ilana taught a youth civics curriculum to fourth graders along with her teammates, writing lesson plans on active citizenship and supporting the after school homework program. Since graduating from Tufts four years ago, Ilana has been employed as a web developer, most recently working for a company that builds sites for major foundations and non-profit organizations. She has taken advantage of the 9-5 schedule and participated in a number of extra-curricular activities as a young professional. She volunteered as a math tutor, working with adults one on one to improve their math skills in preparation to take the GED high school equivalency exam. Next, she led an after-school class on website building for 7th- and 8th grade girls from underserved communities.

Ilana is excited to use her experience working with children and apply it to the volunteer work with GPM in the slums of India.

Shira Margolis

Shira Margolis, a graduate of The Frisch School, recently earned her degree at the Culinary Institute of America. She interned at The Spaghettis (an Italian restaurant in Jerusalem), at well-known Blue Hill at Stone Farms, and at award-winning ABC Kitchen in Manhattan. She has also worked at various events an independent caterer. Eager to contribute to the world around her, Shira spent some time doing community service in Jerusalem and in Ecuador. When she's not experimenting in the kitchen, Shira can be found immersed in her photography, entertaining her friends, or curled up and reading a novel.

Shira is excited to bring her passion, creativity, and culinary skills to Mumbai.

Natalie McCauley

Placement: Ramla, Israel

Natalie McCauley graduated from New York University in 2015 with a BA with Honors in International Relations and Environmental Studies and a French minor. She grew up in Austin, Texas where she developed an affinity for local businesses and a taste for iced coffee. In her quest to become an informed global citizen, Natalie has studied in Abu Dhabi, Dakar, London, and Paris and traveled to Mumbai, Accra, and Florence. Natalie is passionate about sustainable international development, specifically equal access to clean drinking water and economic opportunity worldwide. At NYU, Natalie worked as a tour guide and peer tutor, lead NYU's global student government, and directed plays. Natalie plans to attend law school and impact international sustainable development policy.

Adam Moscoe

Based in Jerusalem, Israel, Adam is working on a variety of programs that benefit the elderly through JDC-Israel's ESHEL programs, which operate throughout the county.

Doreet Nagatti

Placement: Lod, Israel

Doreet is a sophomore studying Biology & Biotechnology, with a Pre-medicine focus. She is involved with many organizations on campus including the Pre-health honors society, the Social Committee, Hillel, and the sorority Alpha Phi. She is the Historian for the pre-health honors society, in which she documents organization activities and pictures. She is also the Annual Events Chair and Membership & Marketing Chair for the social committee in which she manages a committee, advertises, and plans events for the campus. For Hillel, she has served as the Treasurer and is currently the Vice President, planning events and delegating tasks to the executive board. In Alpha Phi she served as the director of Programming, in which she planned educational and fun activities for the sorority. Outside of school she enjoys sports and is volunteering at a local hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit, where she shadows the doctors.

Perry Pickei

Placement: Gabriel Project Mumbai, India

Perry is currently in his junior year at the University of Texas at Austin studying public health. He is a member of the fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu, and has held many leadership positions including The College of Natural Science’s Representative in Student Government, is an active board member of the University Co-op and became a member of The Natural Science Council and Texas Public Health. Perry previously interned in Washington DC for URAC, an accreditation company and has worked for the second largest health system in United States, North Shore LIJ. There he worked underneath the Senior VP of Strategy and Business Informatics to develop awareness and promote the utilization of health care databases between providers and patients. In his free time, Perry enjoys exploring the food and nature scene of Austin, as well as kayaking and playing tennis.

Rose Pollard

Rose is a recent graduate of Tufts University, now holding a degree in International Relations and Music. With her childhood and teen years focused on violin and voice, she enjoyed a satisfying journey finding a passion for international development and global health. It led her to direct a social justice initiative through Tufts Hillel focusing on food justice, conduct research on traditional remedies to chronic disease in the Dominican Republic, and intern at Partners In Health. After graduation, Rose worked at a Boston-based nonprofit incubator called the Next Mile Project, providing administration support and communications consulting. Rose immensely enjoys vegan food, biking, exploring new places, and playing folk music with others.

Harmony Richman

Placement: Gabriel Project Mumbai, India

Harmony is currently a pre-law student double majoring in Sociology and Race and Ethnic Studies at Barnard and hopes to pursue a career in either juvenile justice or Civil Rights. Harmony has volunteered with DOROT, a Jewish organization that takes care of the elderly living in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, with Peace by PEACE at a Harlem elementary school, taught a special education fourth grade class about peaceful conflict resolution and spent the past semester interning at the Children’s Law Center. Harmony is currently a member of Barnard's Social Justice House, formed this year to raise the awareness of the Columbia/Barnard community about current and past social injustices. Harmony is passionate about juvenile justice for at-risk youth, which comes in part from the two summers she spent teaching English in an orphanage in Taiwan. During her senior year of high school, she founded a club called Kids Without Borders that was dedicated to fundraising for the orphanage and raised over $1000 for food, medicine, clothing, and school supplies.

Isaiah Rothstein

Placement: Gabriel Project Mumbai, India

Though Isaiah is originally from Monsey, NY, his family history is unique for his community and circle of influence. Being a direct product of the Civil Rights movement, Isaiah's ancestors have empowered him to be a stronger leader and Jew. His mother, a black convert, his father a Lubavitch-Chabad Chassid; sharing in diversified extended familial relationships, not to mention their religious identities as Muslims, Buddhists and Methodist, has charged Isaiah to educate and empower the next generation of leadership. Isaiah is currently the youth director for the Young Israel of Stamford and considers himself to be a passionate Jewish educator. Isaiah is also a singer-songwriter and has his Masters in Social Work. Isaiah just finished his final year in rabbinical school at Yeshiva University and is excited to join the team of educators at Carmel Academy and to infusing spirituality into every interaction.

Hayeem Rudy

Placement: Mumbai, India

Hayeem was born and raised in Brooklyn, and is a senior at the City University of New York – Brooklyn College studying Biology and Chemistry. He hopes to attend medical school next year. Hayeem’s Jewish roots extend back to Syria and Poland. In summer of 2012, Hayeem embarked on a medical mission to Jerusalem, where he served as a volunteer first responder with Magen David Adom, Israel’s primary emergency medical response organization. He has been involved in fundraising efforts for the American Friends of Magen David Adom and consulting with Artists 4 Israel, a group that uses art therapy to prevent post-traumatic stress disorder in war-affected children. Hayeem has worked closely with the Sephardic Bikur Holim in Brooklyn, an organization that serves needy, Sephardic immigrant Jewish families. Hayeem is involved in Israel advocacy and is currently a fellow for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

Melissa Rutman

Melissa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with a BA in Philosophy and Political Science. At Penn, Melissa was involved in the Hillel as well as the International Affairs Association. For the past two years, Melissa has been working as a paralegal in her hometown, New York City. She will begin law school this fall. Melissa enjoys many types of travel, from family trips to China to backpacking through Eastern Europe. Throughout her travels, Melissa tries to learn and practice foreign languages such as French, Hebrew and a smattering of Russian. She is currently working on her Spanish.

Rocky Salomon

Serving in Israel this summer, Rachel will be working on a variety of programs that benefit the elderly through JDC-Israel's ESHEL programs throughout the country.

Rachel Salston

Rachel Salston, age 23, holds a BA in Neuroscience with a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Rachel is a rising first-year student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of American Jewish University. Rachel is an alumna of Yeshivat Hadar and a current part-time Talmud student at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Currently, Rachel works part-time as a trained Soferet STaM, a Jewish ritual scribe. In her work, Rachel repairs Torah scrolls, teaches in various locations around the United States about scribery and Torah maintenance, and writes mezuzot. She trained under Jen Taylor Friedman, the first woman in modern times to write a Sefer Torah. The majority of Rachel’s time is spent as a chaplain at Robert Wood Johnson University, where she is a student in the Clinical Pastoral Education program. At the hospital, Rachel works as a pediatric and women’s services chaplain several hours a week and takes 12-hour on call shifts in the hospital (in which she is the only Pastoral Care staff member in a 200 bed hospital) twice a month. As another component of the program, Rachel participates in weekly seminars on chaplaincy, interpersonal relationships, and communication. Rachel also spends time working on the nascent egalitarian minyan at the East Brunswick Jewish Center, a project she has been helping develop for over 2 years. She currently serves as one of the gabbaiim (service coordinators) and is a regular Torah reader and service leader. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys paper and glass crafting, baking, swimming, going for walks, and cooking various international cuisines.

Jennifer Samad

Jennifer Samad graduated from Rutgers University in the spring of 2013 with a degree in Art History and a double minor in History and Religion. She is currently taking courses at Hunter College, working towards a certificate in Graphic Design. At Rutgers, Jennifer served as the Communications Chair for the Hillel board from 2010 to 2012 and served on the Art History Students Association board from 2010 to 2013. Responsibilities for both of these groups included advertising for various campus-wide events and planning and overseeing the events through completion.

Jennifer participated in study abroad programs in France, where she studies Parisian art and in Vrindavin, India where she learned about Hinduism at the Jiva Institute. In 2012, Jennifer served as a student docent at the Zimmerli Art Museum and worked as a curatorial intern assisting with the art gallery’s basic operations. Jennifer spent the summer of 2012 in London working as an office assistant in a property management firm and spent this past year assisting a Rutgers professor with cataloging, filing and various research projects.

Talia Samuelson

Placement: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Talia Samuelson graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations, focusing on human rights and post-conflict reconciliation. While in St. Louis she volunteered in the community on adjacent projects, primarily with the Each One Teach One literacy project in St. Louis to teach reading to pre-kindergarteners. After graduation Talia lived in Madrid working as an English teacher and continued to teach when she returned to the states at a charter after school program in Washington DC. She left teaching to work at the Smithsonian Institution as an assistant to the Director of the Traveling Exhibition Service. Talia currently works for a real estate development company in Washington DC, working with Mayor Bowser’s initiative to find housing solutions for families living below the poverty line. Talia speaks basic Spanish.

Ben Scheiner

Ben Scheiner is a 24 year old American Jew living in New York City. Originally from Boca Raton Florida, He graduated from Yeshiva University this past September with a BA in Philosophy and Political Science. Since then, Ben has worked part time at the Rapaport Diamond Auction and as a marketing intern for the off Broadway musical "Soul Doctor". In 2012, Ben traveled with JDC Entwine to Kharkov, Ukraine to connect with and volunteer in the local Jewish community. He also spent two summers in Dimona creating and facilitating summer camps for vulnerable and at-risk youth in Israel. Ben enjoys comedy and music in all forms and is an aspiring hiking and fitness buff during his free time. He is still determining his long term career goals and believes exploration will bring some answers.

Emily Siegler

Placement: Ramla, Israel

Emily is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas with a major in Applied Behavior Science with an emphasis on community health. She plans to get a Master's degree in Social Welfare. She is currently an active at Chabad on campus as a board member and is a study abroad ambassador, and an API study abroad campus advocate. Emily has worked as a camp counselor, a restaurant hostess, and at the University of Kansas recreation services. She has also interned at a public relations company called Combustion as well as the Exchange Club Family Center of Memphis where she worked with both domestic violence victims and offenders. Emily spends free time with good food, good friends, and family. Emily is outgoing and proactive and appreciates little things in life such as smiles, homemade ice cream, and the feeling at the end of a hot yoga class.

Mira Simon

Placement: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mira Simon was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2012 from Goucher College , in Baltimore Maryland with a major of Studio Art and a minor in Communications. As part of her major, she spent a year abroad studying art in Europe, based at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Mira currently spends her days working as an Administrative Assistant at a Beverly Hills security firm and fills her nights advancing her freelance art career. Experiencing new cultures and traveling is something Mira is extremely passionate about. At the age of 24, Mira has visited over 20 countries, the majority of which she visited independently. Mira speaks basic Spanish.

Evie Taylor

Placement: Gabriel Project Mumbai, India

Evie Taylor grew up in London, UK and is currently working towards a degree in English literature at the University of Bristol. Evie previously worked as the President of the Bristol Jewish Society, one of the fastest growing Jewish student groups in the country. She also enjoys playing netball and working as a student ambassador for her university. Since the age of 10, Evie has been an active member of Noam, a Masorti youth group. Having spent three years volunteering as a summer counsellor, she worked as a line manager last summer, which involved creating a residential summer program for British Jewish children. She is also involved with the Forum for Jewish Leadership, through whom she had the amazing opportunity to intern for a large broadcasting company last summer in New York. Evie enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves travelling. Having enjoyed volunteering in South-East Asia, she wanted to spend this summer embarking on a new challenge in India. She is very excited to immerse herself in a new culture and hopefully to make an impact on a community so different to her own.

Ellen Tein

Placement: Mumbai, India

Ellen Tein was born in Australia and currently lives in New York City. She attends Barnard College of Columbia University, as a pre-medical student intending to study Molecular Neuroscience. Outside of school, Ellen is working towards her New York State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification. This certification means being CPR certified, as well as trained in a vast array of emergency medical techniques. She plans on serving as an EMT on her school campus in the upcoming fall 2015. Ellen is great with children, having closely worked with them in as a care-giver as well as in an educational capacity. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys volunteering in her community at a local hospital and soup-kitchens.

Megan Weil

Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Megan is working in the local Jewish community with a focus on working on programs at the Baby Help center and at the LeDor VaDor senior complex.

Molly Weilbacher

Placement: Mumbai, India

Molly Weilbacher is a sophomore at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts studying International Development and Social Change with a concentration in Gender Studies. At school, Molly is President of J Street and is a NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts intern on campus, leading the club as the Membership Coordinator. She also works in the Worcester community with refugees from Somalia, teaching them English as a second language and citizenship classes. Some of Molly’s unique skills are theatre performance and being a certified cake decorator.

Emily Weinstein

Emily is a Fordham University graduate with degrees in Anthropology, International Humanitarian Affairs and Visual Arts. For years, Emily has worked in the sectors of humanitarian assistance, human rights protection and socioeconomic development in countries such as Ghana, Nicaragua and the United States. In Ghana, Emily facilitated an intestacy outreach program, implemented human rights clubs in local high schools and assisted the development of an English-assessment curriculum for child trafficking rescues. Emily has also worked to develop programs at leading New York City based nonprofits dedicated to promoting international dialogue and education. This includes utilizing an art advocacy campaign promoting solidarity with survivors of the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia, as well as managing several projects dedicated to furthering the transformation of Ethiopia. Most recently, Emily worked as a consultant for a renowned humanitarian training institution.

Elana Winchester

Elana grew up in a small town in New Jersey. She was active in her local community from a young age, leading programming for the children at her synagogue, organizing programs to visit local old age homes, volunteering at soup kitchens and helping to run her high school’s annual color war. Elana went on to attend Rutgers University where she studied Communication and French. She became the President of the Orthodox Community in her Hillel and created events like Cholympics (an annual cholent competition- yum!), Winter Wonderland, and Cupcake Wars. Since graduating, Elana has been pursuing a career in marketing where she used her communication and creative skills to drive new business, manage social media platforms and create innovative campaigns. She recently left her job to pursue a different path and her hope is to continue to bring her creativity and passion for connecting with others to the next stage in life!

Elianna Zeller

Placement: Gabriel Project Mumbai, India

Elianna was born and lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan until second grade when she and her family made Aliyah to Modiin, Israel. She attended a school for both secular and religious Jews where she studied film, Arabic, and philosophy. Elianna has worked as a day camp counselor at All Star Israel, a babysitter, a math tutor and at restaurants. She is passionate about sports and has played in both soccer and flag football leagues, as well as was on the National Israeli Flag Football Team. She also enjoys reading, sleeping, hanging out with friends and family and listening to music.

Eden Zurek

Eden Zurek is 20 years old and will finish her service in the Navy of the Israel Defense Forces in October 2013. Eden lives in Modiin, Israel with her parents and twin sister and graduated from Yachad High School - a pluralistic school focused on religious and secular students learning together. Eden was active in the NOAM youth movement, first as a young participant and then as a counselor. At 15, she worked at a Jewish day camp in the United States as a junior counselor and worked in various part-time jobs, including retail clothing stores, pizza shops, catering, tutoring, and babysitting before joining the IDF.

Eden is passionate about traveling and has visited places such as Greece and Czech Republic and has been fortunate to be able to visit her grandparents every year who live in New York. At the beginning of summer 2013, Eden had the honor of joining a Birthright/Taglit program in Israel and was proud to represent the IDF to her American peers. One of the most meaningful and formative experiences Eden has had was a class trip to Poland where she visited the Nazi concentration camps and the villages where her ancestors lived.

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