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Washington, DC 20016

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Our Student Team

Team Leaders

Rachel is a sophomore CLEG major theatre minor originally from Westchester, New York. Rachel is incredibly excited to take her passions for writing, editing, graphic design, and social media management and bring them together to help make the site as amazing as it can be. She is a sister and Health and Wellness chair of Sigma Delta Tau, and a stage manager both for AU student theatre, and in the wider DC area. 

Tom is a rising senior majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communications from the School of Communication and International Studies from the School of International Service at American University. He is planning to pursue a career in communications, client service, and marketing. He has interned at BluShark Digital, a local digital marketing firm in D.C. as well as Amnesty International USA. He is a strong supporter of Israel and AU’s Center for Israel Studies. And he’s interested in learning more about Israel.

Joshua Anthony is a freshman studying international relations here at AU. He is an active member in the AU Jewish community, often attending and participating in events planned by Hillel, HRW, and AUSFI. Josh loves to play soccer and plays intramural at AU. Some of his other interests include running, writing, vegetarian cooking, and learning Hebrew slowly via Duolingo. Josh is excited to raise awareness of Israel and its many facets with Student Israelity.

Jonah is a freshman studying history and SIS. He is originally from Oakland, California. Jonah is thrilled to bring his love of writing and lifelong fascination with all things Israel. As a new member of the team, Jonah is looking forward to contributing his skills and learning the ins and outs of the editing process.

Student Team

Mel is a senior studying environmental science, but she also enjoys taking sociology and international studies electives. She recently developed a passion for studying Israeli history and politics, which is what brings her to Student Israelity. Through editing, she gets to combine two of her favorite hobbies: learning about Israel and correcting people’s grammar!

Jennifer is an AU senior studying public relations and sustainability. Her passions lie in food and the environment. Jennifer is studying to find better means of communication for global issues, including climate change.  Jennifer looks to engage others in discussions about the crossroads of cuisine and climate, hoping to educate, inspire, and push individuals to take action. If not advocating, Jennifer can be found on the field hockey field representing the AU Eagles Club Field Hockey Team, or marketing for our on-campus student-run food publication, Spoon AU.

Maya is from Monterey, California and is a sophomore at American University. She is majoring in International Studies focusing on conflict resolution in the Middle East as well as minoring in journalism. She spent a gap year in Israel with Netzer Olami where she became interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Along with being part of the Student Israelity team, Maya is also an intern at Hillel and co-president of J Street U at American University. When not seen drinking coffee and talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Maya can be found playing hard on the Ultimate Frisbee field.

Amber is a current junior from Tampa, Florida, majoring in International Studies and minoring in Graphic Design. She is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Israel, and her hobbies include: drawing, cycling, listening to music, hiking, and traveling. She is also on the executive council of Sigma Kappa at American University and interns at the Embassy of Israel.