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Elliot Mathias
Executive Director

Elliot Mathias is the Founder and Director of Hasbara Fellowships, a leading pro-Israel campus activism organization working with over 100 universities across North America. Elliot founded Hasbara Fellowships in 2001. Hasbara Fellowships trains and supports students on universities to defend and promote Israel, providing them with information, tools, materials and motivation to stand up to the wide range of anti-Israel activism and propaganda prevalent on university campuses. Elliot frequently speaks both on and off campus about topics relating to Israel, Israel activism and Jewish education. Elliot graduated from Northwestern University in 1997 with a degree in Communications and received his Rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem in 2007.


Ephraim Shore
Israel Director

Ephraim Shore received ordination at Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem. As a student, he founded the Jerusalem Fellowships program, which has become the most popular study program for college students in Israel. He founded Aish HaTorah's successful branch in South Florida, then became the Executive Director of Aish HaTorah Toranto, overseeing the building of two major community centers, and the expansion into 4 separate Aish centers. He co-founded Hasbara Fellowships and works at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem in new projects, fundraising and public relations.



Barry Jakob
Regional Advisor, Midwest

Barry Jakob grew up in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the University ofCalifornia, Santa Cruz. He has extensive history as a student activist, having served as the Stevenson College Student Union Assembly (SUA) Representative, the SUA External Vice-Chair's Vote Coordinator, the Co-President of the Santa Cruz Israel Action Committee, the President of the Israel Coexistence Committee and the Chief of Staff to the SUA's Internal Vice-Chair. Mr. Jakob played an instrumental role in helping defeat the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement at UCSC in June 2013. He currently works in New York City as the Midwest Regional Advisor for Hasbara Fellowships.


Galia Nurko

Regional Advisor, Mid-Atlantic

Galia Nurko graduated from The Ohio State University where she studied history and minored in security and intelligence. After graduating Galia worked for a small think-tank where she conducted research on Iranian penetration into Latin America and the ongoing development of nuclear weapons. Prior to that she served as a Hasbara Fellowships Campus Coordinator for Ohio and Pittsburgh universities, interned at the Embassy of Israel and was a leading Israel activist on her campus. Galia speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and English and is based in Washington D.C.


Eitan Rosenfeld
Regional Advisor, New England

Born and raised in Cleveland OH, Eitan Rosenfeld studied Shakespeare and Drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, UK before spending a gap year in Israel as a participant on Aardvark Israel.  It was during his first year in Israel that he developed his passion for Israel Advocacy and for the Jewish People. Eitan went on to study Communication and Psychology at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA where he was President of The Israel Action Committee and attended Hasbara Fellowships in the winter of 2011-2012.  Following his time at AJU he studied Talmud at Yeshivat Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem, Israel.  Eitan is incredibly proud to be Hasbara Fellowships’ new Regional Advisor for New England.  He is based in Boston, Ma.

Netanella Refael
Associate Director

Netanella Refael is the Associate Director of Hasbara Fellowships. She is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology. As a freshman in CUNY John Jay, Netanella helped renew and form the Hillel where she served as the Treasurer, Vice President and then President. Netanella attended the Hasbara Fellowships program in 2009 and became an active fellow on her campus and in the New York City area. Additionally, Netanella was the New York Campus Coordinator for Hasbara Fellowships during her senior year and later the Administrative and Programming Coordinator. She is fluent in English and Hebrew, and is very excited to continue working with Hasbara Fellowships.


Yael Steinberg
Regional Advisor, West Coast

Yael Steinberg is a graduate from University of California Davis, where she majored in English and Art Studio. While in college, she was actively involved in the UCD Jewish community; working as a Hillel intern, Sunday school teacher, and as the President of the Jewish sorority (Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi).  She became involved in Israel advocacy after attending “Israel Amplified,” which inspired her to become a founder and executive board member of “Aggies for Israel.” Yael attended Hasbara Fellowships as a student in Winter 2010, and loves being a member of the Hasbara Fellowshipsteam as West Coast Regional Advisor.


Itzik Yarkoni
Social Media Consultant

Itzik earned his BA in Communications at Sapir College in Sderot, Israel and is currently finishing his MA in International Conflict Resolution at Bar Ilan University. In order to raise awareness about the intolerable situation in Sderot, Itzik joined the Sderot Media Center as the Director of Marketing and New Media. After more than three years with the SMC, he became the Israel Fellow at UC Irvine where he launched the first social media team to effectively help students tell their personal stories of the skewed media coverage on campus to the world at large. Itzik is the founder of BOMAH- The Brand of Milk & Honey an organization that positively re-brands Israel by identifying why Israel is important and demonstrating how to share personal stories through social media.  His focus is to help Hasbara Fellows translate their personal Israel experiences into inspirational messages for others.

Danielle Freedman
Social Media Coordinator

Danielle Freedman is originally from South Africa and is currently a senior at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is enrolled in the honors program, double majoring in Film & Media Studies and Global Studies. Danielle attended the Hasbara Fellowships Israel program in the summer of 2011 and was the Social Media Coordinator for Hasbara Fellowships last year. Danielle is an executive member in Gauchos for Israel and also serves as the founder and president of Jews in Greek Life (JIGL) at UCSB.


Tzvi Raviv
Senior Strategic Consultant

Tzvi Raviv was the founding Director of Rutgers Hillel Israel Engagement. During his time with Rutgers Hillel, Tzvi created nationally recognized campaigns to promote Israel on campus. Prior to that, Tzvi gained invaluable campus experience by working for two years as the Israel Fellow/Shaliach at UC, Irvine Hillel. He was honored by the Jewish Agency for Israel for being an outstanding emissary at UC Irvine. Tzvi received his MBA in non-profit management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and his MA in Jewish professional leadership from the Hornstein Professional Leadership program.

Chananel Weiner
Director of New England Region

Rabbi Chananel Weiner is the director of both the Hasbara Fellowships' New England Region and Aish Campus Boston. Rabbi Chananel's passion is to develop leaders while engaging students on important issues relevant to their lives. His personable and approachable style and ability to connect to people of all backgrounds makes him a much sought after leader for Boston's Jewish students. Rabbi Chananel earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland, his rabbinical training was conducted at Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem, Israel and he was a visiting contributor to Harvard’s ILR program in a course on Israel and the Middle East conflict.    Rabbi Weiner has spoken on topics pertaining to the Jewish future and Israel issues in North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.Rabbi Chananel lives in Boston with his wonderful British born wife and three "enthusiastic" children, all of whom enjoy shabbas guests.

Logistical Staff

David Danzig
Database Administrator

Shmuel Kuhnreich
Israel Program Director

Cindy Romand
Travel Coordinator

Gershon Rossman
Israel Program Coordinator