DANA BENAVI
PRESIDENT

Shalom! My name is Dana Benavi and I’m a fourth year Communication major. Coming to UC Davis, at a time when anti-Semitism was at a high was incredibly nerve wracking. I was scared of telling people I was Jewish and that I was born in Israel. Joining Aggies for Israel has given me the confidence to be who I am and the platform to advocate for my home. A big assumption about me is that because I’m pro-Israel, I can’t be pro-peace or pro-Palestine. I hope to show that you can be both and you don’t have to stand on “one-side” only.

Shalom! My name is Dana Benavi and I’m a fourth year Communication major. Coming to UC Davis, at a time when anti-Semitism was at a high was incredibly nerve wracking. I was scared of telling people I was Jewish and that I was born in Israel. Joining Aggies for Israel has given me the confidence to be who I am and the platform to advocate for my home. A big assumption about me is that because I’m pro-Israel, I can’t be pro-peace or pro-Palestine. I hope to show that you can be both and you don’t have to stand on “one-side” only.


ASA JUNGREIS INREACH DIRECTOR

Hello! My name is Asa Jungreis and I am a second year Community & Regional Development Major. Before coming to Davis I spent a year living in Israel and working for environmental non profits and the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. During that time I became enamored with Israel's culture, food, and natural beauty. I was sad to leave Israel but have made sure to keep my connection to the country strong by returning by way of Davis Hillel's fantastic Fact Finders program and by becoming a member of Aggies For Israel. Aggies for Israel is my strongest link to the country that means the world to me, and I am thankful to have met so many friends and taken part in such an abundance of incredible activities. I am excited to face new challenges and find new friends this year, and am proud to be an Aggie For Israel.

Hello! My name is Asa Jungreis and I am a second year Community & Regional Development Major. Before coming to Davis I spent a year living in Israel and working for environmental non profits and the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. During that time I became enamored with Israel's culture, food, and natural beauty. I was sad to leave Israel but have made sure to keep my connection to the country strong by returning by way of Davis Hillel's fantastic Fact Finders program and by becoming a member of Aggies For Israel. Aggies for Israel is my strongest link to the country that means the world to me, and I am thankful to have met so many friends and taken part in such an abundance of incredible activities. I am excited to face new challenges and find new friends this year, and am proud to be an Aggie For Israel.


SASCHA RECHT  
ICC FELLOW

I am an Aggie for Israel because as a Jew, I feel a strong connection to Israel and Judaism is one of the most important things in my life. Being able to advocate for the Jewish State is one of the most honorable and rewarding things I think I could ever be a part of. I am looking forward to educating people about Israel and sharing how beautiful it is.

I am an Aggie for Israel because as a Jew, I feel a strong connection to Israel and Judaism is one of the most important things in my life. Being able to advocate for the Jewish State is one of the most honorable and rewarding things I think I could ever be a part of. I am looking forward to educating people about Israel and sharing how beautiful it is.


NAVA NASSIRI
PROGRAMING DIRECTOR

My name is Nava Nassiri and I’m a fourth year Managerial Economics major with a minor in Public Health Sciences. Throughout my years at Davis, I have learned the importance of having a voice and speaking up in order for positive change to occur on a campus level, as well as on a community level. AFI has created a safe environment for me to fight for what I believe in with the support of my peers. I have recently had the opportunity to get involved with an amazing organization called IsraAid, which is an Israel-based humanitarian group that responds to emergencies all over the world. IsraAid brings all different types of professions and backgrounds to come in solidarity for one cause. Organizations like these remind me to continue to fight to be an Aggie for Israel.

My name is Nava Nassiri and I’m a fourth year Managerial Economics major with a minor in Public Health Sciences. Throughout my years at Davis, I have learned the importance of having a voice and speaking up in order for positive change to occur on a campus level, as well as on a community level. AFI has created a safe environment for me to fight for what I believe in with the support of my peers. I have recently had the opportunity to get involved with an amazing organization called IsraAid, which is an Israel-based humanitarian group that responds to emergencies all over the world. IsraAid brings all different types of professions and backgrounds to come in solidarity for one cause. Organizations like these remind me to continue to fight to be an Aggie for Israel.


JACOB GREENSTEIN CO-DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH

My name is Jacob Greenstein and I am a third year economics and international relations major. Israel has always been an integral part of my education and identity as a Jew. I believe that there is an inherit connection between liberal democratic values and the state of Israel and it is my mission to make this connection clear to all. Being a board member of AFI has given me the platform to express myself as a proud Zionist Jew. It is difficult to support Israel on college campus and I am grateful to be part of an organization that helps me in this endeavor.

My name is Jacob Greenstein and I am a third year economics and international relations major. Israel has always been an integral part of my education and identity as a Jew. I believe that there is an inherit connection between liberal democratic values and the state of Israel and it is my mission to make this connection clear to all. Being a board member of AFI has given me the platform to express myself as a proud Zionist Jew. It is difficult to support Israel on college campus and I am grateful to be part of an organization that helps me in this endeavor.


JULES LOPEZ SECRETARY

Hi! My name is Jules López and I am a third year Economics and Spanish major. I am from Stockton, California, in the central valley, with a very small, but tight-knit Jewish community. Although I love my hometown, living in Davis and being a part of AFI has widened my horizons both academically and politically. Growing up I always felt a strong affinity towards Israel and it has only grown while being a part of this organization. Education is essential, especially when it comes to understanding the middle east. My hope as an AFI member is to open up the lines of communication and have those difficult conversations. Coming from a family with a background in social justice activism, especially when it concerns my Latino as well as my Jewish community, I feel I have a unique opportunity to be a part of something I am so passionate about. This is why I am an Aggie for Israel.

Hi! My name is Jules López and I am a third year Economics and Spanish major. I am from Stockton, California, in the central valley, with a very small, but tight-knit Jewish community. Although I love my hometown, living in Davis and being a part of AFI has widened my horizons both academically and politically. Growing up I always felt a strong affinity towards Israel and it has only grown while being a part of this organization. Education is essential, especially when it comes to understanding the middle east. My hope as an AFI member is to open up the lines of communication and have those difficult conversations. Coming from a family with a background in social justice activism, especially when it concerns my Latino as well as my Jewish community, I feel I have a unique opportunity to be a part of something I am so passionate about. This is why I am an Aggie for Israel.


SAMANTHA BOUDAIE DIRECTOR OF DESIGN

Hey! Shalom! ¡Hola! Salam! My name is Samantha and I’m a first year here at UC Davis! I was born to Iranian immigrants in SoCal and was raised in West Los Angeles. Growing up in a community of different religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, the importance of diversity has always been clear to me. I learned that there is great value in taking the time to understand another person’s experiences to openly discuss issues and disagreements. I am pro-peace, pro-Israel, and pro-Palestine. I strongly believe that Israel can exist without Palestinian suffering and that when there is unity, there can be peace. I am a fierce proponent of human rights, accessible and affordable education, female reproductive rights, environmental advocacy, and LGBTQIA+ rights to name a few. Coming to UC Davis this year has been an amazing experience and Aggies for Israel has provided me with a safe place to discuss and debate a variety of topics.

Hey! Shalom! ¡Hola! Salam! My name is Samantha and I’m a first year here at UC Davis! I was born to Iranian immigrants in SoCal and was raised in West Los Angeles. Growing up in a community of different religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, the importance of diversity has always been clear to me. I learned that there is great value in taking the time to understand another person’s experiences to openly discuss issues and disagreements. I am pro-peace, pro-Israel, and pro-Palestine. I strongly believe that Israel can exist without Palestinian suffering and that when there is unity, there can be peace. I am a fierce proponent of human rights, accessible and affordable education, female reproductive rights, environmental advocacy, and LGBTQIA+ rights to name a few. Coming to UC Davis this year has been an amazing experience and Aggies for Israel has provided me with a safe place to discuss and debate a variety of topics.

ELLA SCHIFFER
VICE PRESIDENT  

Hello! My name is Ella Schiffer and I’m a third year English and International Relations major. This last summer I was lucky enough to spend three months in Israel. I had the opportunity to work in Israel advocacy and learn not only about the conflict, but also about the passionate and rich culture Israel has to offer. I gained experiences and tools that have guided me in showing the world that Israel is not just how it’s portrayed in the media. Joining AFI was the best decision I’ve made so far in my years of college, and I am constantly surrounded by such educated and driven people who inspire me everyday. Aggies for Israel has allowed me to bring the place that I love so much to my university, where I’ve made friends and experiences that I will remember forever. This is why I am an Aggie for Israel.

Hello! My name is Ella Schiffer and I’m a third year English and International Relations major. This last summer I was lucky enough to spend three months in Israel. I had the opportunity to work in Israel advocacy and learn not only about the conflict, but also about the passionate and rich culture Israel has to offer. I gained experiences and tools that have guided me in showing the world that Israel is not just how it’s portrayed in the media. Joining AFI was the best decision I’ve made so far in my years of college, and I am constantly surrounded by such educated and driven people who inspire me everyday. Aggies for Israel has allowed me to bring the place that I love so much to my university, where I’ve made friends and experiences that I will remember forever. This is why I am an Aggie for Israel.


DANIELLE ORINSHTEYN
CO-OUTREACH DIRECTOR

The first time I visited Israel was my junior year of high school and ever since the plane landed I have never been the same. I immediately fell in love with the culture, the people and most importantly I felt at home. It is a place where I am spiritually at peace. Being on AFI board is my chance to show people the real Israel and create a positive association with the country.

The first time I visited Israel was my junior year of high school and ever since the plane landed I have never been the same. I immediately fell in love with the culture, the people and most importantly I felt at home. It is a place where I am spiritually at peace. Being on AFI board is my chance to show people the real Israel and create a positive association with the country.


YAEL VAINBERG
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & TECHNOLOGY

Hi! My name is Yael Vainberg and I’m a second year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major. I am an Aggie for Israel because contributing to the Jewish community is a part of me. Having the privilege of growing up in Israel I cringe when the first word that comes to people's’ minds is “war torn” whenever Israel is mentioned. My home is a place of innovation, leadership, pride, and community. It may look small on a map but but it has contributed so much to this world with very little recognition. This organization is my way of giving back to a nation that has given me so much. And despite common misconception, I’m simultaneously pro-Zionist, pro-peace, an LGBTQIA+ rights and environmental protection advocate.

Hi! My name is Yael Vainberg and I’m a second year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major. I am an Aggie for Israel because contributing to the Jewish community is a part of me. Having the privilege of growing up in Israel I cringe when the first word that comes to people's’ minds is “war torn” whenever Israel is mentioned. My home is a place of innovation, leadership, pride, and community. It may look small on a map but but it has contributed so much to this world with very little recognition. This organization is my way of giving back to a nation that has given me so much. And despite common misconception, I’m simultaneously pro-Zionist, pro-peace, an LGBTQIA+ rights and environmental protection advocate.


DANIELLE YOUNAI
STANDWITHUS EMERSON FELLOW

Coming from a family of immigrants who had to flee their home countries because they were Jewish, I’ve understood from a young age the importance of not only my Jewish identity, but the existence of the Jewish State. Israel is a country I will always fight for because it embodies the values I hold dear to my heart of compassion, persistence, and diversity. I’ve been lucky in my life to visit and live in Israel for periods of time, and the feeling upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport is immeasurably special. It’s a beautifully complex and misunderstood country with a rich culture that through AFI and StandWithUs I hope to educate my peers about. These organizations have given me the tools and platform to truly make a difference at UC Davis and why I’m proud to be an Aggie for Israel.

Coming from a family of immigrants who had to flee their home countries because they were Jewish, I’ve understood from a young age the importance of not only my Jewish identity, but the existence of the Jewish State. Israel is a country I will always fight for because it embodies the values I hold dear to my heart of compassion, persistence, and diversity. I’ve been lucky in my life to visit and live in Israel for periods of time, and the feeling upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport is immeasurably special. It’s a beautifully complex and misunderstood country with a rich culture that through AFI and StandWithUs I hope to educate my peers about. These organizations have given me the tools and platform to truly make a difference at UC Davis and why I’m proud to be an Aggie for Israel.


MIKA BEKKERMAN TREASURER

Shalom chaverim! My name is Mika Bekkerman and I’m a third year Sociology and Russian double major. As a daughter of immigrants from the Soviet Union, I was blessed with the opportunity to form my own unique and independent Jewish identity. This vibrant and infinitely powerful culture, religion, and community that accompanies my Jewish faith is strengthened with the existence of Israel. In my eyes, Israel functions as the glue that binds people all over the world in solidarity and support for its right to exist. Israel provides safety, undying support, and love to its communities. Without ignoring the complexities and intricacies that accompany Israel’s past, present, and future, I am an Aggie for Israel because to me, Israel is so much more than a country. It is more than a home for the Jewish people. Israel is a symbol of the possibility to achieve anything we, as a Jewish collective, can achieve.

Shalom chaverim! My name is Mika Bekkerman and I’m a third year Sociology and Russian double major. As a daughter of immigrants from the Soviet Union, I was blessed with the opportunity to form my own unique and independent Jewish identity. This vibrant and infinitely powerful culture, religion, and community that accompanies my Jewish faith is strengthened with the existence of Israel. In my eyes, Israel functions as the glue that binds people all over the world in solidarity and support for its right to exist. Israel provides safety, undying support, and love to its communities. Without ignoring the complexities and intricacies that accompany Israel’s past, present, and future, I am an Aggie for Israel because to me, Israel is so much more than a country. It is more than a home for the Jewish people. Israel is a symbol of the possibility to achieve anything we, as a Jewish collective, can achieve.


ARIELLE ZUR OUTREACH COMMITTEE

Hi! My name is Arielle Zur and I am a third year Biotechnology major. As a Jewish American and daughter of an Israeli, Israel has always been a big part of my life and considered my second home. Not only do I have family there but I also spent a year living in Israel after high school and before college. Living there on my own brought about in me a new kind of love and appreciation for my homeland. I joined Aggies for Israel because Israel needs and deserves our support as there are so many positive and progressive aspects about the country. My hope for us is to show the world an accurate view of Israel beyond what the news says. I also hope that every jew can know what it’s like to land at Ben Gurion and to feel that they’ve arrived home. I am always excited to share my love for Israel and try to give back to the country that has given me so much.

Hi! My name is Arielle Zur and I am a third year Biotechnology major. As a Jewish American and daughter of an Israeli, Israel has always been a big part of my life and considered my second home. Not only do I have family there but I also spent a year living in Israel after high school and before college. Living there on my own brought about in me a new kind of love and appreciation for my homeland. I joined Aggies for Israel because Israel needs and deserves our support as there are so many positive and progressive aspects about the country. My hope for us is to show the world an accurate view of Israel beyond what the news says. I also hope that every jew can know what it’s like to land at Ben Gurion and to feel that they’ve arrived home. I am always excited to share my love for Israel and try to give back to the country that has given me so much.


NETA HART MISHELANU FELLOW

Hello! My name is Neta Hart and I am a third year majoring in Genetics and Genomics. I was born and raised in Israel, but when I moved to the US I was saddened by how little people knew about the beautiful Israeli culture. Politics is a major aspect of Israel, but without its culture, Israel is just another speck on the map. From food and music to nature and people, Israeli culture is incredibly unique as it combines influences from a multitude of countries around the world. The reason I joined AFI is to enlighten the UC Davis community about the beauty of Israel so it is no longer just a nation distraught by its politics.

Hello! My name is Neta Hart and I am a third year majoring in Genetics and Genomics. I was born and raised in Israel, but when I moved to the US I was saddened by how little people knew about the beautiful Israeli culture. Politics is a major aspect of Israel, but without its culture, Israel is just another speck on the map. From food and music to nature and people, Israeli culture is incredibly unique as it combines influences from a multitude of countries around the world. The reason I joined AFI is to enlighten the UC Davis community about the beauty of Israel so it is no longer just a nation distraught by its politics.