Thursday, March 3, 2016

Welcome to GPM Spring 2016 Session - JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps fellows

Naomi is a recent graduate from Yeshiva University where she studied Psychology and English. She is pursuing career in Forensic Psychology and currently works as a victim advocate and as a research assistant studying addiction and substance abuse. Naomi's long term goals are to work with children who are in the legal system. Naomi is a very passionate and creative person, she paints, dances, teaches yoga and is on various sports teams.

Avigayil, 23, is from Modiin Israel. She studied in the local 'Yachad' school with a mixture of religious ans non-religious student body that teaches the values of tolerance and pluralism. She matriculated with 5 units of Physics, Psychology and Arabic. As a teen she volunteered in the 'Noam' youth movement, counselling 3rd-6th graders and participated in the American day camp 'Ramah'. She took part in a mechina - gap year in the north of Israel 'in Emek Hamaayanot' where she was one of 50 pre-army recruits. After that Avigayil served as a commanding officer in the Intelligence Unit in the IDF for 3.5 years, supervising a team of soldiers. She loves travelling with friends, volunteering, sport, music and art, interesting books and a good cup of hot chocolate.

Layah wants to live a life in which no stone is left unturned. Curious, empathetic, and spirited, she seeks experiences that deepen and widen her human understanding. Layah's love of writing and art led her to study English literature and art history at Lander College for Women, a small, private Jewish women's college in New York City. She is proud to have been an active student on campus, organizing Israel Advocacy events, National Poetry Month readings, and even founding her own club, "Ladies of the Round Table". In her senior year of college, she served as Vice President of student government and ran a month-long initiative called "Project Beautiful," to promote awareness of self-bullying. Simultaneously, she founded a grassroots online lit and culture magazine, interned at Writopia Lab, and attempted to study Latin. After graduating, she spent a semester in Israel beforereturning to NYC. She currently writes content, takes photographs, maintains social media pages and updates website information as the Web Coordinator and Online Content Writer at Lander College. She also works part time in sales at AuH2O Thriftique in the East Village.

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