Spa night 2019

Aggies for Israel and Hillel put on their Annual Israel Spa Night on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019. Students came to learn about the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and relax with us before finals. There were also three masseuses, Dead Sea products to use and take home, soap making, and delicious snacks!


Voices from israel & palestine

Two speakers, one from Israel and one from Palestine, came to share their personal narratives at Hillel!

About New Story Leadership: A program for emerging Israeli and Palestinian leaders, ages 18-28. These brave young people come to Washington, DC where they live together, work together, and participate in an intensive summer of leadership courses.

About the Speakers:

Rawan Odeh is a Palestinian American. She lived half her life in New York and the other half in Nablus. She holds a BA degree in Accounting from An Najah National University. After graduating, she came to New Story Leadership - a leadership program that brings emerging young leaders from Palestine and Israel to Washington, DC. Since then, she's worked as a Mena Region Investment officer at Women’s World Banking and published research on the economic aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict at Kings College, London. She now runs New Story Leadership.

Bar Galin is an Israeli and lived for most of his life outside of Jerusalem. Bar served in the KARKAL infantry brigade so he resided in Hebron and areas of the West Bank. After the army, Bar worked with BINA: Movement for Social Justice and with Movement Israel 2050 for economic justice. His work was on the difference between East Jerusalem and West Jerusalem. He holds a BA from Haifa University in History and has a tour guide diploma from the Jerusalem Institute. Today, he is the Israel Fellow at American University Hillel.

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CPR/First aid lesson

Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Effective CPR provided by a bystander in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest can increase the chances of survival by 2x or 3x. To educate our members, Aggies for Israel brought in instructors for a CPR and basic first aid lesson at the Hillel House on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019.

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A meal that heals 2019

Aggies for Israel threw its annual philanthropy “A Meal that Heals” on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019. The goal of the event was to raise money for Save A Child’s Heart, a humanitarian organization with a mission to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and are unable to get adequate medical care in their home countries. AFI managed to raise $635 for this amazing organization!

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Israel 101

On Thursday, January 24th, StandWithUs partnered with AFI to bring forth Israel 101. A really interesting and informative presentation was given in regards to the history of Israel and its people. The event drew an amazing crowd and sparked much interest in the topics introduced. Shoutout to Danielle Younai for being the lead on this event!

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Holocaust survivor sami steigmann

AFI had the absolute pleasure of bringing Sami Steigmann, both a Holocaust survivor and motivational speaker, to Davis coincidentally on the day of International Holocaust Remembrance. Sami spoke passionately about his and his family's experiences during the Holocaust and after they survived it. He provided the group with many life lessons he has acquired over his life that he hopes we can take with us. His life and his story will continue being an inspiration to future generations to never forget.

"Forgive but don't forget"~Sami

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Edwin black

On Thursday, November 29th, AFI welcomed Edwin Black! Edwin has been researching and writing about the Middle East and its peoples, as well as the underlying forces that impact both—all within the context of human rights. During that same almost half-century of dogged journalism and historical investigation into the tragic world of human rights, he has focused on the arrogance of corporate-based philanthropic abuse. 

"My goal has always been to uncover the obscure forces that shape our world and the world of our ancestors—in the hope of making a better place for our descendants," ~Black



The Lemonade Stand is a campaign called Squeeze the Challenges in Your Life. The inspiration behind this campaign is drawn from the story of the Jewish people who overcame almost 2,000 years of racism, oppression, violence, and exile from their home. A community that barely survived, but never lost hope and went on to build one of the most diverse, creative, inspiring nations in the world. On May 3rd, AFI shared this campaign and inspired many of their fellow classmates to write down and squeeze their challenges.


In honor of Israel's 70th birthday, Aggies for Israel threw a grand celebration on April 14th. The party had a 70s theme with an educational component that exhibited the progress Israel has made since its founding in regards to technology, agriculture, and healthcare. The evening included: Israeli music, delicious Israeli food, a photo booth, DJ, a hookah bar, tons of swag, and amazing Israeli coffee. 



On March 7th, Aggies for Israel joined with AEPi to host a Meal that Heals to fundraise money. All profits were donated to Save a Child's Heart, an Israeli based organization that provides free heart surgery and follow up care to children in underdeveloped countries. Every ticket purchased for this event included an unlimited pasta bar hosted at the AEPi house, prepared by the Aggies for Israel board. The event was a total success with $341 raised for this incredible cause. 



Aggies for Israel celebrated Purim by putting on an event at the Quad onWednesday, February 28th. Purim is a Jewish holiday celebrating the Book of Esther and the saving of the Jews from Haman. It is celebrated by dressing up, eating Hamantaschen, making Mishloach Manot (packaging goods and giving them to others), and listening to festive music. At the Quad, students had the opportunity to dress up, take funny pictures, eat Hamantaschen and other Israeli snacks, and most importantly make Mishloach Manot. These were later donated to Friends of the Israeli Defense Force, an organization that helps lone soldiers in Israel and educates people about the IDF and Israel. 



On February 21st, Aggies for Israel, along with CAMERA, had the honor of welcoming Hen Mazzig. An icon in Israel and across the states, Hen is an openly gay Iraqi-Israeli who served as a commander in the Israeli Defense Force. He is also an activist, international speaker, and writer born in Tel-Aviv with a passion for humanitarian affairs. Hen's unique experience offered a insightful perspective on life in Israel and opened new doors for discussion in the Jewish community. He spoke about his life, his hardships in the IDF, and his struggles coming out to his family.


Bowling night

On January 24th, over a hundred people made their way to the bowling alleys at the Memorial Union. In addition to bowling and fantastic food, all those who attended got to learn about Israel's connection and humanitarian aid in foreign nations. To say the least, it was a striking night.


Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement, encouraging college students at more than 150 campuses across the country to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network hospital in their community. The 12 hour long event included dancing, games, food, and mingling and took place onSunday, February 18th! 



Princess Pals is an organization that allows UC Davis students to give back to the community while dressed up in princess costumes. The organization consists of undergraduate students hoping to make dreams come true for children everywhere by paying monthly visits to children's hospitals, homeless shelters, and elementary schools, organizing arts and crafts, storytelling, sing alongs, and other interactive activities. From Wednesday, February 7th to the14th, Princess Pals joined AFI for a Valentine's fundraiser at the Silo. At this royal event, we sold rose grams, lip balms, and assorted baked goods. 



On October 24th, two inspiring young Israelis shared stories of their struggles, successes, military service, and their hopes and dreams. By asking the tough questions, the audience got valuable insight on what it is actually like to live in a country that is the subject of so much discussion in the media and on campus.   


Israel week: Israel carnival 

We celebrated Israel's 69th Independence Day with FREE Israeli BBQ, FREE swag, Israeli music, a super cool photo contest, awesome activities, and even better company! This was definitely one event you should not have missed!

This was held on Tuesday, May 2 from 6-8pm at Hillel (328 A St.) 


Aggies for Israel hosted a Mimouna to celebrate the end of Passover, a Jewish holiday, for some free food and fun times!
The Mimouna is a three century-old North African Jewish tradition. It marks the return of Spring and eating chametz (leavened bread and ready by-products, which are forbidden during the week of Passover. There was entertainment, hennas and lots of food!
This was held on Wednesday, April 19 from 6:30-8:30pm at Hillel (328 A St.)

Forgotten Refugees Movie Screening 

Aggies for Israel and The David Project hosted The Forgotten Refugees documentary screening and discussion about contemporary refugees and migration. Light kosher for Passover refreshments was provided.
As we celebrate the Jewish exile from Egypt during Passover, The Forgotten Refugees includes personal accounts of Jewish-Middle Eastern heritage and their journeys as refugees to Israel. Learn about Jewish Middle Eastern culture, and discuss how their migration experience remains pertinent to refugees and migration today. 

The documentary explores the history, culture, and forced exodus of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities in the second half of the 20th century. Using extensive testimony of refugees from Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and Morocco, the film weaves personal stories with dramatic archival footage of rescue missions, historic images of exodus and resettlement, and analyses by contemporary scholars to tell the story of how and why the Jewish population in the Middle East and North Africa declined from one million in 1945 to several thousand today.
This was held on Tuesday, April 18 from 7-9pm in Wellman 212

#ChooseLove Campaign 

In a world that thrives off of division and cynicism, it is always important to #ChooseLove - especially this week! We encourage you to change your profile pictures by sending us an email at

This was held Thursday, April 13th at the MU Patio from 12-4pm where we gave out free shirts with "Love" in three different and unique languages!

Reclaiming our Narrative 

Our Narrative brings a delegation of young South African leaders from a group called Africans for Peace to US campuses. Africans for Peace is a collective of independent students, scholars, and activists who focus on a variety of issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their delegation is coming to share their experiences, learn from, and build relationships American student leaders from diverse communities. Through tabling, student leadership dinners, and other events the speakers will discuss issues such as affordable education and racism, as well as their experiences in Israel and why they believe their people and narrative are being exploited for political gain by anti-Israel extremists.

This was held on Tuesday, April 4 from 6:30-8p.m. in Wellman 126 

Speaker Bios: 
Yolanda Makhasi is a 25-year-old Primary School Educator and part time student doing Honors degree in the History of African Exudation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a Branch Executive member of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in Ward 35, Durban, Umhlanga. She was a member of the House Committee at the University of Witwatersrand where she completed her Degree in Politics and Anthropology. Currently, together with a partner, she has been working on an NGO called UbuhleBemfundo. This NGO strives to provide guidance and mentoring programs for Primary and High School kids. They have done sanitary aid drives for a few government schools were they providing girls with sanitary pads for the school holidays. The campaign will form partnerships with local schools in the INK area as well as universities such as University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban University of Technology and Mangosuthu University of Technology.

Klaas Mokgomole is a former Wits University Student Representative Council Member, former African National Congress Wits Branch Treasurer, former Wits Law Students Council Member, former Wits Sports Council member and Former Wits University 1st team Volleyball player. He has been part of an organization called ZayRah, the organization deals with developing the youth of African countries, gives them leadership skills and business or entrepreneurial skills. Klaas is the founder and coach of Brainwashers Netball team. The team plays inn the Wits and the Johannesburg league and other tournament held in the Gauteng province. Klaas has been part of South African Democratic Teachers Union career guidance team. The team goes to villages and other disadvantaged areas in South Africa and helps the Grade 12 learners on how to choose a career path and how to apply for funding and admission into institution of higher learning. Klaas believes that whenever you set your mind on something you can achieve.

ShaLOM Yoga

Noa Raman, StandWithUs Northwest Campus Coordinator AND Yoga Instructor held a fun yoga class to help destress for finals. And after there was an opportunity to drink smoothies and discuss building bridges within your Davis community.

This was held on  Thursday, March 16 @ 7:30 p.m. 

Krispy kreme fundraiser

Aggies for Israel sold donuts for $1 and all proceeds went to Syrian refugees! This was held on Wednesday, February 22 in front of the MU from 11am-1pm  

Israeli Soldiers' Tour 

This was an innovative program featuring a diverse group of young reserve Israeli soldiers. Where we met these citizen soldiers with combat experience who served in the IDF during missions in Gaza, Lebanon, and the West Bank. We Heard their personal stories from the front lines that you would not be able to read in the headlines. 
This was held at Hillel House  (328 A St. Davis CA 95616) on Wednesday February 15th; 6pm-7pm

UC Davis was lucky enough to get two amazing citizen soliders. Their bios are below: 
      Itay is a third year student of political science and communications at Bar Ilan University. He served in the IDF for five years as a human resources officer. His most recent role was in the Medical Corps where he continues to serve in his reserve duty. One of his roles was to coordinate the construction of a field hospital to treat those wounded in the Syrian conflict. In addition to his studies, Itay works for the Ministery of Tourism as an assistant spokesperson and social media manager. In 2015, Itay participated in the Israeli delegation to South Korea as a part of the "Intergovernmental Youth Exchange Program." Last year he participated in the StandWithUs Fellowship Program. 
      Yuval is twenty-five years old and lives in northern Israel. She studies Industrial Engineering and Management at Ben Gurion University in Beer-Sheva. While at BGU Yuval took part in the StandWithUs Israel Fellowship. During her military service, she served as a medic in the Paratroopers Brigade. She currently serves in the reserves in a search and rescue unit in the Home Front Command. In 2014, she served during Operation Protective Edge, where she was stationed on the Gaza border. Yuval loves to travel, and after her military service she traveled for four months in the United States and South America. In her free time, she volunteers with middle school students teaching them robotics.

Israel 101

Thursday, October 27th, from 7:30pm-8:30pm at Hillel there was a StandWithUS sponsored presentation on Israel. We helped build peoples understanding as well as gave a brief crash course on the history of Israel, The Jewish people and the Arab-Israeli conflict.  


Moroccan cooking with Afi, a mini series 

This event consisted of a brief meeting on campus climate, current Israeli politics, a lesson on the Moroccan Jewry and a short interactive cooking session with our past president Zach Nelson. 
This event was held on Wednesday, October 19 from 4:30-5:30pm at Hillel. 
There are 3 essentials to Moroccan cooking: 
Spices, spices and lemons 

We are excited to announce our Aggies for Israel mini series, Cooking with AFI!

Perhaps the best kept secret of all is our lemons and we have lots and lots of lemons! Zach taught us the art of pickling lemons, a quick and easy ingredient that adds incredible freshness and flavor to nay dish. On top of that, we made fresh salad with ready made pickled lemons. 
All who participated made their own pickled lemons that were then packaged into a masson jar to be sent home. 


General Meeting

September 22nd, 7:30pm, @Hillel


September 18-24 @ Hillel

Israeli Style BBQ 



artists 4 Israel 

The UC Davis Jewish community, Hillel at Davis and SacramentoSigma Alpha Epsilon Pi at UC DavisUC Davis Alpha Epsilon Pi, PJAC: Persian Jews in American Culture, and mishelanu would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this beautiful mural! One we will save and display as a testament to our schools student body. We wish to spread the אהבא | love to all of you. And a special thanks to ASUCD Club Finance Council - CFCHillel International, Hillel HinenuStandWithUsAlpha Epsilon PiThe David ProjectAdam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation and of course Artists 4 Israel for making this event possible!

Israeli independence bbq

On May 12th, AFI hosted a BBQ for over 200 students celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut as part of our annual Israel week!

Israeli soldiers tour

April 6th, 6pm @ Hillel

On April 6th we heard from two former Israeli Soldiers as they shared their incredible stories about serving in the IDF. Part of a larger series to inform people of the role of the IDF in the region and its practices.


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Afi and Pjac Joint Spring quarter Barbecue Kickoff

On March 31st Aggies for Israel partnered with the student organization Persian Jews in American Culture to host a spring quarter barbecue kickoff! We proudly served over 300 students with Israeli/Persian cuisine and immersed ourselves in Israeli and Iranian music as we welcomed in the new quarter.

George Deek

On March 7th, AFI hosted Speaker George Deek spoke about why he identifies as an Arab Israeli and not as a Palestinian refugee. He used his family's history to weave a story through generations of Arab-Israeli history, ending in present day with what he thinks is possible for the next generation.


On November 11th AFI hosted a Pizza Party to the community. On November 22nd AFI with the help from Standwithus put on "Falafel Feast in the Middle East" a dinner celebrating Israeli cuisine at a local restaurant, Chickpeas. All part of our growing community initiative. 

Neil lazarus

Neil Lazarus is an internationally acclaimed expert in the fields of Middle East Politics, Public Diplomacy, and Effective Communication Training. He is fast emerging as one of Israel's leading key note speakers. "At age 18 while studying political science in ales, he was the only jew attending the University of Swansea. 'I was met with a barrage of anti-semitism and was put in the strange situation of being the spokesman for Israel, a place I had barely visited,' he recalls. After graduation in 1988, Lazarus Decided to spend six months getting to know the country he'd been defending. 'Twenty years later, I'm still on my year out,' he chuckles." -Times of Israel. @StandWithUs, November 3, 2015.


Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. born in Rehovot, Israel, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the IDF and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the 1980s he wrote for the progressive weekly Koteret Rashit, in the early 1980s he was chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and in 1995 he joined Haaretz, where he serves on the editorial board. Shavit is also a leading commentator on Israeli public television.

I Stand With Israel.            vigil for victims of terror

on wednesday october 14th, we came together as a community to mourn and reconcile the unrest in israel and its influence here on our campus.

Israeli Independence  2015





Hussein Aboubakr was born in 1989 to an Arab Muslim family in Cairo, Egypt. Hussein studied Jewish and Middle Eastern history and Hebrew literature at the Faculty of Arts and Oriental Studies Department at Cairo University. Persecuted by state police for his research at the Israeli Academic Center of Cairo, Hussein participated in the Egyptian revolution until he was forced to depart Egypt as a political refugee. He now lives in the United States. He is a member of JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa an organization based in San Francisco. @StandWithUs, January 23,2015.