Eizenstat Grantees

A first set of undergraduates were selected for the Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grant Program in 2015-2016. 

For further information about the awards and deadlines for applications, click here.

Undergraduate Grantees 2015-2016

Our first two grantees for 2015-2016 are Sophie Brickman '16 who double-majors in Psychology and Health: Science, Society and Policy; and Gabriel Sanders '17 whose double-major is Economics and Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies.

At the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma: "I always thought I wanted to work with people in a clinical setting, which I still enjoy, but my work at the center has helped me discover how much I love research." More from Sophie's blog...

Gabriel will be completing a Spring semester abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Undergraduate Grantees 2014-2015

Emily Dworkin studies politics and economics and is enrolled in the Harvard spring honors program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

"Taking economics classes at Hebrew University, interacting with professors and interning in Jerusalem will all offer me a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about Israel through a hands-on approach." More...

Ohad Elhelo is a Slifka Scholar at Brandeis, studying business and economics. In July 2014 he returned to Israel to serve with fellow military reservists in Operation Protective Edge. Upon his return he spoke to a crowd of 3,000 people about the need for a 'new infrascructure of hope' and the speech went viral.

Ohad utilized the travel grant to expand the work of "Our Generation Speaks," formed to empower young Israeli, Palestinian and American college students and to promote productive conversation surrounding the conflict.
See Ohad's blog...

Hannah Kober is double-majoring in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and language and linguistics. In Israel, she conducted research for her senior honors thesis on the motivations of Mizrahi youth to participate in Arabic language programs in Israel. From her blog...

Ilana Rosenbaum majors in psychology with a minor in health policy and Near Eastern and Judaic studies. Having a leadership position in the TAMID Israel Investment Group at Brandeis, she is able to fuse her passion about Israel and innovation together with her academic pursuits at her internship with Innovation: Africa (iA). 

"iA is a non-profit organization that brings Israeli solar and agricultural technologies to African villages to improve the lives of rural African people and, in doing so, improves the image of Israel around the world." More from her blog... 
From her podcast...

Ethan Stein graduates in 2015 with a triple-major in computer science, film, and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He spent two weeks in Israel researching the Israeli technology sector and start-up scene, particularly with regards to cyber security. Stein is both an entrepreneur, having launched CyberSecurityPlan, and an award-winning student filmmaker.

Coming from a frigid, record-breaking winter in Waltham, nothing was more exciting to me than visiting the warm region in the Middle East...or so I thought. As my first meeting grew closer, news came that Jerusalem was expecting a major snow storm. Just my luck! More from his blog...

Undergraduate Grantees 2013-2014

Mirit Gendelman double-majored in International & Global Studies and Business. She used her award to study at Hebrew University, Spring 2014, in the Jerusalem Honors Program at the Rothberg International School. Gendelman appreciated the opportunity to immerse herself in Israeli society, and further her understanding of Israeli economic and business practices. 

"Hierarchy systems in Israeli companies are for the most part pretty lax in comparison to the US. For instance, I was constantly having one-on-one meetings with the managing partner." More from Mirit's blog...

Kochava Ayoun is double majoring in Psychology and International & Global Studies, with a minor in Film. The grant is funding her senior thesis research on the gap between the intentions and implementations of international treaties pertaining to women and children. While in Israel she will interview women, their children, judges, lawyers and social workers to gain insight into the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction as applied in Israeli courts. From Kochava's blog...

Viktoria Bedo majored in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. In Israel she interned as a research assistant in the Hartman Institute's iEngage program. Her impetus for working there was to narrow her research focus, and prepare for the rigor needed for graduate study in the field of modern Jewish studies.

"First, I worked on a preparing a source sheet for a lecture my mentor was giving on the value of compromise, with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." More from Viki's blog post

Eliezer Buechler majored in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He assisted on an archaeological dig at Tel Abel Beth Maacah in Northern Israel. The excavation is a joint project between Azusa Pacific University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in collaboration with Cornell University.

"The archaeological dig at Abel Beth Maacah is entering its third week of excavations.  I have worked for the past three weeks in Area ‘F’ unearthing the once powerful Aramean city in Northern Israel." More from Eliezer's blog post...

Catriona Stewart majored in English. She spent the summer of 2014 as a Resource Development intern for Kav LaOved, a non-profit organization that aims to protect and promote the rights of the most disadvantaged workers in Israel. From Catriona's blog...