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 very nerve racking. I was scared of saying that I was Jewish and that I was born in Israel. Joining Aggies for Israel has made me more confident in being who I am. It has given me the confidence to advocate for my home, my country and to not be scared of saying where I come from. Recently I was able to visit the Save A Child's Heart home (an organization in Israel that provides pediatric heart surgery to children from developing countries) and got to sit down with two children. These two children and many more have had to face so much darkness in their lives and to have an organization in Israel do so much to help them reminds me of why I advocate for Israel and why I am an Aggie for Israel.

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 very nerve racking. I was scared of saying that I was Jewish and that I was born in Israel. Joining Aggies for Israel has made me more confident in being who I am. It has given me the confidence to advocate for my home, my country and to not be scared of saying where I come from. Recently I was able to visit the Save A Child's Heart home (an organization in Israel that provides pediatric heart surgery to children from developing countries) and got to sit down with two children. These two children and many more have had to face so much darkness in their lives and to have an organization in Israel do so much to help them reminds me of why I advocate for Israel and why I am an Aggie for Israel.


ASA JUNGREIS OUTREACH 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.


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 first 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.” Israel is state of innovation, leadership, pride, and community. It may look small on a map but but it has contributed so much to this world with little recognition. This organization is my way of giving back to my home; a place where my family resides and has the best falafel in the world.

Hi! My name is Yael Vainberg and I’m a first 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.” Israel is state of innovation, leadership, pride, and community. It may look small on a map but but it has contributed so much to this world with little recognition. This organization is my way of giving back to my home; a place where my family resides and has the best falafel in the world.


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.

JULIA LOPEZ
SECRETARY

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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.