Eizenstat Grantees

Meet the undergraduates selected for the Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grant Program in 2015-2016. 

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Travel Grant Recipients, 2016-17

Maytal Babajanian ‘19 double majors in Biology and the Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) program. She is spending August through December of 2017 participating in Tel Aviv University’s Voyage to Medicine fall semester program. Through the program, Maytal is gaining experience in one of the Tel Aviv area's finest hospitals and its medical institutions, taking academic courses and getting hands-on hospital experience, under the tutelage of expert physicians in the field. That hands-on experience includes shadowing medical professionals, volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and spending time in various medical units, including the ER and OR, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, and Gynecology.

Mya Goodman ’18 double majors in Education Studies and African and Afro-American Studies. This summer Mya interned with Onward Israel’s Diversity and Social Justice Program in Haifa. In her time there, Mya developed skills in cross-cultural communication and community organizing. She appreciated the opportunity to help facilitate positive relationships amongst Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs at her internship as well as in her day-to-day interactions with Haifa residents. Read blog post

Rebecca Hersch ‘19, a Sociology major double minoring in Religious Studies and Near Eastern and Judaic studies, interned with the Yerushalmit movement, through the Onward Israel program. The internship involved community organizing for Israeli sociopolitical change, including fieldwork, promoting grassroots campaigns and conducting fundraising research. The Yerushalmit Movement works to empower social activists and foster pluralism in neighborhoods throughout Jerusalem, with the aim of strengthening the city’s human capital, improving quality of life and preventing negative migration. Read blog post

Yael Jaffe ‘18 triple majors in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Sociology. This summer, she participated in the Hartman Institute's iEngage Internship, serving as a research assistant and attending classes taught by Hartman faculty. Yael enjoyed the opportunity to develop connections with the other students in her cohort and with the Institute as whole. During her time at the Hartman Institute, she worked to develop salient connections between academia and lived Jewish experiences. Read blog post

Tova Perlman ‘18, an Art History major, spent her winter break researching the politics of street art and issues of gentrification and urbanization in Tel Aviv for her senior thesis. After spending the previous summer in Harlem working on murals and street art, Tova became fascinated with the positive and negative impacts that street art can have on a neighborhood. She decided to use Tel Aviv as a case study for cross-cultural analysis and comparison, exploring the relationship between residents of Tel Aviv and the street artists who operate there. Read blog post

Doron Shapir ‘19, who majors in International and Global Studies is preparing for a political career in Israel, where he hopes to work towards a better reality and a peaceful future in Israel. He began that journey this summer when he interns with Israeli Member of Knesset Yoel Hasson, gaining hands-on experience in the political and legislative work he plans to pursue after he graduates. In tandem with his Knesset internship, Doron also interned with Roots, an initiative led by a joint Palestinian and Israeli committee, based in the West Bank, which endeavors to lay the groundwork for “a reality in which future agreements between our governments can be built.” Doron assisted Roots’ efforts to coordinate between Palestinian communities and the Israel Civil Administration. Read blog post

Read more about past grantees and their projects in Israel