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Elliot Mathias 

Executive Director

Rabbi Elliot Mathias is the Founder and Executive Director of Hasbara Fellowships. Elliot founded Hasbara Fellowships in 2001 while studying in Jerusalem at Aish HaTorah. Elliot has led Hasbara’s growth into becoming one of the premier campus Israel advocacy organizations, having trained thousands of students to stand up for Israel on campus. Elliot is also a Board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ and is the Chair of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation. 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.

 

 

Fay Goldstein 

Managing Director 

Fay is the Managing Director for Hasbara Fellowships. From 2014-2016, Fay was the East Coast Regional Advisor for Hasbara. Prior to that, while on campus, Fay served as the President of Shalom FIU, as the social media manager for a student government political party, and as the Honor's College representative to the university's Board of Trustees. Fay graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Florida International University with an honors degree in International Relations, and minors in Political Science and Digital Media. 

Robert Walker 

Canadian Director 

Robert Walker, Canadian Director, has taken his past experience in the private sector to good use for Hasbara Fellowships. Robert studied Journalism at the University of Ottawa, and has worked for nearly 10 years in communications consulting and digital marketing, but his passion was always Israel advocacy. In the summer of 2014, during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, he launched a grassroots public rally for Israel which attracted more than 3,000 people, and was the first public show of support for Israel during the conflict. In March 2015, he organized a 9-hour long Israel advocacy training workshop, which attracted more than 400 attendees. In addition to working with students, Robert leads Hasbara Fellowships' Canadian development, including fundraising, marketing, and brand-building.

 

 

Ariella Daniels 

Regional Advisor, Canada 

Ariella Daniels, is a graduate of York University, and is the Canadian Campus Advisor for Hasbara Fellowships. Based out of Toronto, Ariella works closely with our Canadian Director Robert Walker, as well as Aish Toronto, and is responsible to work with pro-Israel students and organizations on Canadian campuses. Ariella has completed a Psychology degree at York University. She was involved with the pro-Israel club, Hasbara at York and was president of the organization for 2 years. She is a proud Hasbara alumn and since her trip in 2014, she has been highly involved in pro-Israel advocacy in Canada.

 

Carly Korman

Regional Advisor, East Coast 

Carly is from Manalapan, New Jersey. She is currently a senior at the University of Massachusetts, majoring in Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services (DDHS). She is a senior leader of the pro-Israel campus organization SAFI-Student Alliance For Israel, a sister of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, a Hasbara Fellow, a member of CJP's intercampus leadership council, and a fellow for multiple Israel advocacy organizations. Her involvement in interfaith work and Israel advocacy has led her to be well respected by students and faculty within her community.  

 

Robyn Frum 

Regional Advisor, New England 

Robyn Frum is the New England Regional Advisor for Hasbara Fellowships. Hailing from Cleveland Ohio, Robyn gradated with a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from The Ohio State University. As student she was an active Hasbara Fellow and those experiences inspired her to join the Hasbara Staff after graduating. While in college, Robyn founded and maintained an executive board member position in Buckeyes for Israel, their campus Israel activism organization. She played an active role in defeating BDS twice at OSU as well as bringing strong Israel programming to campus and building relationships with key players both in the campus community, and the Israel World. She enjoys teaching these skills to Hasbara Fellows.

 

Zach Rabinowitz 

Regional Advisor, West Coast 

Zach is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he majored in Communications. During college, Zach was thoroughly involved in the Jewish community. He served as a Hillel engagement intern, as well as served on the Chabad student board. Additionally, Zach was vice president to both the Jewish fraternity (Alpha Epsilon Pi) and the Minnesota chapter of Students Supporting Israel. Zach participated in the Hasbara Fellowships Israel Program during the summer of 2015.

 

 

Itai Weiss
Regional Advisor, Midwest

Itai is a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz where he received his B.A. in Politics. As a student, he was highly involved in both the Jewish and Israeli community. He became active with the pro-Israel organization on campus, Slugs for Israel, where he fought to promote dialogue with other student organizations about Israel on campus and fought BDS as one of Slugs for Israel's board members. Itai is now the Mid-West Regional Advisor for Hasbara Fellowships.

 



 

Amanda Gratz 

Program Coordinator 

Amanda is a graduate of the University at Albany where she received her B.A. in Communications and minored in both Business and Sociology. As a student, she became invovled in Aish Albany during her junior year, ultimately serving as Vice President. She is very proud of the role she played in helping Aish to become a recognized club on campus. Amanda manages the Hasbara Fellowships office in New York City and is responsible for the Israel Program application process and all pre-trip communication, as well as serving as support to all regional staff.

 

Haley Silverstein 

Start-Up Nation Tech Fair Coordinator

Haley is the program coordinator for Start-Up Nation Technology Fair. She graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. As a student, Haley served as the Vice President of the Binghamton University Zionist Organization, was the student editor of campus publications and wrote for Pipe Dream, the student newspaper. 

Eitan Rosenfeld

Israel Director 

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.

 

 

Yael Steinberg

Associate Director of Education

Yael Steinberg is a graduate from University of California, Davis, where she majored in English and Art Studio. While in college, Yael was actively involved in the UCD Jewish Community; working as a Hillel intern, Sunday school teacher, and serving as the President of the Jewish Sorority (Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi.) Yael was a founder and executive board member of UC Davis's Israel club, "Aggies for Israel." Yael attended Hasbara Fellowships as a student in Winter 2010, and was the West Coast Director for Hasbara Fellowships from 2012-2016. Yael specializes in countering BDS and Defeating Anti-Israel Propaganda. She is currently earning her M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Jewish Leadership from Hebrew University's Rothberg International School in Jerusalem.

Ephraim Shore

Co-Founder and 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 Toronto, 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.

 

 

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 Shabbos guests.

Alan Levine

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Alan Levine is the Director of Strategic Initiatives, responsible for engaging communities beyond campus and developing lay leadership in order to advance Hasbara Fellowship's mission on campuses.  Alan spent four years with Hasbara Fellowships as a Regional Advisor and then Managing Director upon completing his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a Hasbara Fellow and president of the pro-Israel student group. Subsequently, Alan received his masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he studied Arabic and specialized in the history of Syrian sectarian violence and the history of the US-Israel relationship.  He later spent two years as an associate area director in AIPAC’s Los Angeles office, but rejoined the Hasbara Fellowships team in February 2017.