“The Fellowship gave us great access to lots of inspiring, thought provoking social entrepreneurs, as well as helping us build a practical skill-set of our own through the workshops” – Josh, 2015 Fellow
“The Fellowship totally exceeded my expectations in every way. I was challenged more than I anticipated and formed new and beautiful connections and friendships. I feel each of us has been empowered and inspired to be better versions of ourselves and are burning with passion and enthusiasm to bring light to the world.” – Ryan, 2016 Fellow
Alexia has a strong interest in young people’s social and emotional development, and is passionate about advancing towards a more holistic educational system. She is also interested in how schools can encourage environmentally responsible practices, and recently completed a thesis on adolescent attitudes and behaviours towards the environment.
Ari has been actively involved with Stand Up since 2013, having contributed to the leadership and self development programs within the Jewish, Sudanese and various Aboriginal communities.She is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at Monash University, with a major in International Studies. After a year in Guadalajara (Mexico), Arielle undertook an Aurora internship with CAALAS (Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Services), as well as a seasonal clerkship at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. These experiences have further developed her interest in enabling marginalised groups access to justice.Ari also spends her time listening to great podcasts, struggling on her slackline, embodying Ilana Glazer, camping in pretty spots, learning languages and trying to be a better vegetarian and a more active feminist.
Dani graduated with a BA/LLB from Monash University, where she majored in History and Jewish Civilisations and minored in Spanish. Prior to her university studies, Dani spent a year in Israel on the Habonim Dror Shnat program before returning home to volunteer as a youth leader with the movement.
Dani began her career as a solicitor in the dispute resolution team of a commercial law firm and was admitted to practice as an Australian legal practitioner in 2015. Over the years, Dani has studied abroad and travelled extensively in an effort to expand her world view while immersing herself in different cultures. She is keen to explore social justice issues and focus on her personal development as a responsible global citizen.
For Dani, the fellowship is an opportunity to connect with, and be empowered by, a community of young and inspiring social impact leaders. She would relish the opportunity to channel her professional legal skills and creativity towards social justice initiatives.
Dani loves all things outdoors, prioritises travel, good food and reading and is happiest when she can combine all of the above.
A strong advocate for those marginalised, David believes that our greatest and most under valued asset are the people around us. He currently works in the Equality Branch in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. The Branch drives and co-ordinates whole-of-government LGBTI policy reform and projects. David is also currently managing a policy audit for Flying Fox – an organisation that offers respite care for families with kids that have special needs. Passionate, fiery and creative, David uses humour and innovation to bring people together to solve the problems that are left in the ‘let’s not even try’ pile. Previously David has helped with strategic communications for JOY FM – Melbourne’s LGBTI radio station and worked as a project manager at an Israeli start up called Dreame that turned people’s dreams into art. He has also written for Melbourne powerhouse publication Broadsheet and led multiple projects on mental health through one of headspace’s Youth Advisory Committees. He values conversations. David loves learning how to better his nearly masterchef quality skills in the kitchen and waking up early to do a hot yoga class.
Self-actualistaion and personal growth have been enduring interests in Gil’s life. Through various meditation retreats, he became fascinated by Eastern philosophy, spirituality and ‘the mind’. These interests, combined with a desire to help others, led him to undertake medical training and specialise in psychiatry.
An anthropologist at heart, Gil is also interested in traditional approaches to health and healing and aims to incorporate these into his conventional work as a doctor. He is fascinated by human diversity, culture and meaning, and has traveled extensively exploring various traditions and ways of life. This included a period where he ordained as a Buddhist monk in Burma (but is still very passionate about his Jewish identity!).
Otherwise Gil enjoys jogging to work, woodworking, watching his tomato plants grow, going to saunas and swimming in very cold bodies of water.
Originally from Sydney, Jacki relocated to Melbourne and studied Multimedia design at Monash University. After graduating she pursued a career in fashion design and is currently the Accessory Designer for Scanlan Theodore. Jacki is passionate about social causes and recently started a program with Rabbi Shlomo Nathanson from C-Care, providing knitting classes to the elderly Jewish community at the South Melbourne housing commission flats.
Jacki is motivated to make a change within the Jewish community and address issues of social isolation and hardship. Jacki likes traveling the world and expressing herself creatively through art, fashion and music. She is dedicated to her family and friends and loves to spend most of her free time with them.
Jason has been working in community mental health for 3 years. Jason enjoys advocating for people who feel unheard such as those with mental health issues or individuals with a disability . Jason often thinks outside the square and enjoyrs working in a team environment. Jason thrives on a challenge and high pressured environments . Jason enjoys outdoor adventures and s a quiet achiever.
Jessica is a keen observer of popular culture and the human condition, and believes that story-telling is the lifeblood of connectedness and compassion. After completing her undergraduate degree in English, Jessica went on to complete a Master’s degree in psychotherapy, and wrote her thesis on biculturalism and identity development in young Jewish people. Following this, Jessica spent time working as a psychotherapist in a community agency, conducting social research, editing non-fiction books, and volunteering with vulnerable members of the LGBT community. A lover of language, Jessica’s “night job” and great passion is writing poetry, prose, and opinion pieces which focus on Jewish identity, migration narratives, and private moments of beauty and bewilderment which give life colour and sparkle. She is currently developing a pre-teen magazine for Australian girls which focuses on empowerment, resilience, feminism, and positive modelling.
Jessica is a passionate advocate for both the Sciences and the Arts. After completing a Bachelor of Biomedicine she went on to pursue further studies in Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts. It was there that she discovered the power of art to create community engagement, prompt social change and promote wellbeing. Jessica has since founded and directed her own art gallery ‘The Attic Gallery’, worked as a gallery assistant for David Bromley and volunteered at The Dax Centre- a non-for-profit art organisation which aims to foster a better public understanding of mental illness through art appreciation.
Jessica also has a strong commitment to science education, communication and research. She has conducted breast cancer research at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, mentored science students at Simonds Catholic College and is currently working as a Clinical Trials Project Officer at The Alfred Hospital. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys getting her hands dirty on the pottery wheel, harvesting broad beans at CERES and cheap Mondays at Cinema Nova.
According to the Birthday Book, Lauren Hodes was born on the Day of Dignity (also known as April Fools Day).
Lauren is a full time social justice lawyer and part-time masters of public and international law candidate at the University of Melbourne. Day-to-day Lauren works to influence structural change and disrupt the status quo, to tackle social injustice in the legal system and the indicators of disadvantage that lead people into contact with it.
Lauren is an adventurer – inspired by the ocean, the sun and the magic moments that fall between.
Growing up as a young carer for her younger brother with a range of chronic health conditions, allergies and learning difficulties, Madeleine saw a gap in the family support – who was caring for the brother or sister in these families? At the age of 9 Madeleine stood outside her house and sold bouncy balls to people passing by to start raising money for a charity that had a Big Brother/Big Sister program Madeleine was accessing. She ran her first function at 9 years old with 50 people and newsreader Peter Mitchell at the Plaster Fun House. Another 10 fundraising events later Madeleine decided that it was time she acted to make her own change.
Aged 15, Madeleine started writing a business plan for a charity called Little Dreamers. It was at this time that her mum was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. While her mum was going through surgeries and chemotherapy, Madeleine used it as motivation to keep pushing forward. She knew, now more than ever, how important it was that young carers were supported in the community – because every child deserves a childhood.
At 16 years of age Madeleine registered and launched Little Dreamers Australia. Developed to support young people put into the position of caring for a parent or sibling with a chronic illness, mental illness, disability or drug/alcohol addiction, Madeleine has changed the lives for hundreds of young carers. Not only does she run programs to support these often forgotten young people, Madeleine has become a face for political reform and development for policies regarding young carers. Now, aged 23, Madeleine has been nominated for various young achiever and leadership award. She has been invited to the Forbes Under 30 Summit in USA and been honoured at Australia Day celebrations at Government House.
Madeleine has recently published her first book; My Brother is Sick Again – dealing with the challenges that face Young Carers.
Matti grew up in Melbourne, Sydney and Israel and has been involved in various communal organizations, including being a Madrich and Merakez of Bnei Akiva Melbourne and CSG. He has spent time learning in various yeshivot in Israel and volunteered to serve in the IDF in 2006 in a combat infantry unit. After working as a commercial lawyer and volunteering at legal clinics assisting refugees, he is now living the dream as a Jewish Studies teacher and Informal Jewish Educator at Mt Scopus Memorial College. Matti completed his LLB, BA (Jewish History) and Grad. Dip Ed at Monash University and his MA in Jewish Education at the Hebrew University. He is married to Mihal and is Gila and Benji’s Abba. Matti is passionate about Jewish life and education and trying to make the world a little bit of a better place. He finished his first marathon this past year and might do another if his creaky old knees let him.
Miriam graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling) and Masters of Social Work in 2013. Since then she has worked with vulnerable children, young people and families within schools, child protection, and disability agencies. She currently works as a Family Services Case Manager and group facilitator. Miriam loves working with children and is passionate about helping vulnerable young people who have experienced trauma through family violence, mental health challenges, drug and alcohol use and seeking asylum.
Her vision is to create a safe space for young people to develop their voice, relationships, resilience and sense of self. She aims to do this through group work, mentoring, and engagement in the creative arts.
When she isn’t hard at work, Miriam balances her lifestyle by practicing mindfulness and exploring her creative side through art, drama, singing and music.
Nomi is an eternal student, a passionate human and a proud member of the JC.
She is also an aspiring photographer, a baby Doctor, a community organisation slurry and an ageing footballer.
She is inspired and driven by a notorious 3rd generation holocaust mentality, a subconscious yearning for a pseudo-socialist reality and an all too elusive desire to change and impact upon the world.
Over the years she has dabbled in various community projects in both Sydney and Melbourne.
While these days she spends much of her time deciding what kind of doctor she might like to be when she grows up, and how best to combine a previous degree in genocide studies and Jewish history with a medical career.
She dreams of being a part communities’ of people who are proud to challenge the status quo, who continually challenge themselves to be better and more knowledgeable, who create a safe and accepting space for those within and out of its midst and who are ever-energised to do and make better with what the world offers.
Rachel Davis is passionate about education – educating herself and facilitating the education of others, to grow and empower individuals and communities. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics of Development) from Monash University, a Postgraduate Diploma of Education (Primary) from LaTrobe University and Master of Education Policy (International) from Melbourne University and has worked in education for over 10 years. She has worked in schools and as a Publisher on an aid-funded project with the Solomon Islands government to develop culturally relevant, curriculum-matched student and teacher resources. She has recently uncovered a dual passion of education with a focus on financial wellbeing and inclusion and sees effective self- and consumer-education as crucial for individuals to be free to do and be what they value and to enable the living of full, empowered and meaningful lives.
Srolic is a community activist with footprints in developing countries, remote townships and metropolitan cities around the world. His experiences with various cultures and communities have inspired his journey toward a Master of Educational Psychology, which he will tackle in 2017.
In his undergraduate studies, Srolic explored mental health and wellbeing concerns of a generation growing up in the digital age, a space that both intrigues and motivates him. During that time, he served as a board member for a community of young professionals in Melbourne’s south-east, where he piloted programs to enhance awareness and understanding of social and mental health issues. Currently, he volunteers for Stand Up, where he has connected with Indigenous Australian and refugee youth, and is a telephone supporter for individuals experiencing suicide ideation and other crises.
In his down time, Srolic skips rope, watches too much English football, and is slowly building a small, personal library.
Tal is a corporate M&A lawyer who is passionate about the possibility for social change through legal action and advocacy. During his time at KWM, Tal represented homeless clients through Justice Connect, established the Aboriginal Rights focus area of the KWM Human Rights Law Group, helped launch KWM’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan and undertook advocacy projects through Liberty Victoria’s Young Liberty for Law Reform program.
Tal also believes in the power of education and empowerment in creating social change. He volunteers at Stand Up, leading trips to the remote Aboriginal communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla. He has also led a number of international immersion experiences, most recently leading a group of young Jewish leaders to the US, Hungary and Israel on the AUJS Leadership Development Program.
Tal is a slightly obsessed Demons fan and loves travelling, scuba diving and vegemite on toast. He will spend the first few months of 2017 as a secondee lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre.
Veronica graduated with a Bachelor of Environments from the University of Melbourne, and is currently an Urban Planning and Design Graduate in the Land Planning Environment Team at Melbourne Metro Rail Authority.
Veronica is passionate about the environment, design, and the way that urban planning and projects can improve the health, connectivity and resilience of cities.
Through volunteering experiences in Israel, the United States, and with Stand Up’s women’s group, Veronica is passionate about social justice and the strength of community. She is looking forward to engaging with the Jewish and not-for-profit community in a meaningful way through the fellowship.
Tali always knew that she wanted to be able to embark on a career in which she could help people, but didn’t know where to start. After completing a BA-Politics and a Masters of Legal Studies along with numerous internships and volunteering experiences, she entered the workforce with a small not-for-profit. After years spent brokering relationships between Corporates and Charities at another not-for-profit, Tali entered the corporate world in the corporate social responsibility space at Telstra.
Leveraging the resources and skills of a big corporate to help grow not-for-profit capacity is a passion for Tali and something she hopes to continue doing in the future.
When she isn’t attempting to save the world, Tali enjoys hanging out with friends and going on food-based adventures.
Rivka took a few years off after graduating high school to spend some time experiencing different cultures around the world. She began with a 6 month stint in Israel on the IBC program which included a week spent in Poland on a Holocaust memorial journey which re-affirmed and strengthened her connection to Judaism. In subsequent trips, she spent 2 months in India and then 7 months travelling throughout Europe. All these travels deepened Rivka’s desire to be a proactive and responsible global citizen.
Putting the travel bug to bed long enough to begin university, Rivka began a degree in nutrition with the aim of educating teenagers about positive body image and eating for nourishment. Realising her true passion and skills lay in education, in 2017 she began a degree in Secondary education which she is enjoying immensely.
Rivka loves cooking while listening to podcasts, reading and playing with her puppy, Mabel.
Daniel Samowitz was born in South Africa before immigrating to Australia
at the age of 14. In 2009 Daniel made Aliyah and was living in Israel, he has gained extensive experience over the past decade in the world of Jewish and Zionist education. Daniel is currently building an
informal education department at the Emanuel school and is the head of youth education at Emanuel synagogue.
Daniel has been active in the youth movement world for 15 years. For the last 4 years he was appointed as the educational director of World Habonim Dror in Israel. A vast majority of time and energy was invested in various programs involving university-aged students who came to Israel in different capacities; Shnat, leadership training courses, national executives trainings and international conferences in Israel and Europe.
Daniel sees himself as a guide/mentor for the future generations of Australian Jewry towards responsibility over Australia, Israel and the Jewish people. He loves pizza long walks on the beach, and Moanna.
Genevieve is a Registered Nurse and the CEO and Founder of the Australian charity, Gennarosity Abroad based in Kenya, East Africa. Genevieve is currently studying International Aid and Development and Sustainable Development part-time online at Murdoch University. Genevieve is interested in leadership, international development, sustainability, health, education, poverty alleviation, human rights, social justice, project management, volunteering and fundraising.
Hannah is an artist and theatre-maker with a specific focus on socially-engaged practice and working with young people. She has worked extensively with young offenders, school pupils, young parents, young victims of crime, peer youth workers, asylum seekers and refugees, young people with mental health diagnoses and young people with physical and learning disabilities. Hannah is passionate about the role of the arts for social change and community development.
Hannah holds and MA in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2006) where she focussed on working with young people and vulnerable groups. Hannah’s career began in London, working with organisations including Immediate Theatre and Leap Confronting Conflict and in 2010 she embarked on a new adventure launching Theatre:Connect – an international youth arts project working in Singapore, India, Vietnam, Norway and the UK. Her travels eventually led her to Australia, and she’s been living in Sydney since the end of 2012. Hannah has been working at Shopfront Arts Co-op since 2013, and in 2016 she travelled to Puebla, Mexico for an Arts Education residency with Arquetopia.
Hannah works as the Director of Socially-Engaged Programs for Shopfront Arts Co-op and is on the board of Matriark Theatre Company as Education and Communities specialist.
Enthusiastic and creative soul, Ash is passionate about caring for others. Combining this with her love of exercise, as a physiotherapist she aims to inspire others to improve their health by finding enjoyment in being physically active. She has a particular interest in women’s health, aged care and in disability, which developed through her long-term leadership roles in Sababa Lagamba, a holiday respite camp for young adults with special needs.
Ash’s strong sense of Jewish identity is continuously evolving – from her five month volunteering program in Israel, through her contribution to the CSG and the AJF’s LaunchPad program. Personal growth and development have always been on the fore of Ash’s journey and she is always up for a new challenge. In her spare time, you’ll find her running or hiking in nature, meditating peacefully, experimenting in the kitchen or on a canvas, or deep in a great book.
Hayim is committed to justice, and also believes in everyone having the opportunity to lead rich and fulfilling lives, however they imagine them. Since we live in societies, and on a shared planet, nurturing these opportunities is a responsibility that we all hold to each other, requiring compromise, compassion and respect.
Eternally curious and in awe of the universe, Hayim trained as a scientist in physics and neuroscience, though he harbours a desire to go back to school to become ‘that kind of doctor’. He also loves to travel to learn a little about how other societies and cultures organise their lives, and also see the non-human inhabitants of this earth and the landscapes they live on. He loves being in nature, floating out beyond the break, and tending to his small garden.
Gaby has been working in the aged care industry since she graduated as an Exercise Physiologist from UNSW in 2009. In the last two years she has pivoted from a clinical work environment to corporate, focusing on building relationships with aged care service providers to deliver allied health services to people at home. She is passionate about understanding the aged care industry to ensure older people remain living independently in their homes with the highest quality of care. She is a strong believer in keeping active as we age.
Gaby is on the steering committee of the Wolfy Foundation, which works closely with Cure Brain Cancer Foundation to raise funds for brain cancer research.
She is always busy and loves being active. She and her husband often escape the city on weekends to go on surf trips with family and friends.
Karmi was born in Israel and moved to Australia in 2008. In November 2017, Karmi will be graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Business Information Systems, Management and Modern Hebrew). In 2017 Karmi is the acting NSW President for the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS).
Having recently brought together student leaders from 5 different cultural backgrounds to discuss key community issues, as part of a major AUJS NSW project, Karmi aims to use the StandUp Fellowship as a springboard to expand his work within the realm of social justice and multiculturalism.
Outside of work and study, Karmi absolutely loves snowboarding, scuba-diving, travelling and spending time with family and friends
Kez is passionate about community development and has worked in the field in both Australia and Africa. With a background in nursing and community services Kez is driven to facilitate healing and growth through listening and building trusting and respectful partnerships. Wearing a few hats, including stand ups indigenous partnerships director and a birth doula, Kez loves nothing more than being a mama to her two beautiful boys.
Aaron graduated from Medicine/Arts and is training to be a neurologist. He completed a stint with Habonim Dror, coordinated the academic program at the inaugural Global Ideas Forum, founded a science story – telling night ‘The Laborastory’, created a play at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and spent some time at the lab bench researching Alzheimer’s Disease. He hopes to pursue further science research and believes science is undervalued in our society.
Ryan completed a Bachelor of Property at RMIT University. Whilst working in the corporate world, it became apparent that commerce was not his passion. This realization inspired Ryan to return to university where he completed a Graduate Diploma of Psychology. This, he felt, was more aligned with his vision of living a life of purpose and benefit to others. Whilst studying Psychology, Ryan started a business in real estate to support his involvement with a not-for-profit organisation, focusing on wellbeing and human empowerment. To this end, Ryan travels extensively for several months each year during which time he helps run the organisation’s centres in Sweden and India. Ryan is a firm believer in the power of social change and social entrepreneurship. He spends significant time and energy on his own self and professional development with the intention of expanding his intellect and capabilities for the betterment of society both within the Jewish community and wider society. Ryan is committed to a healthy and mindful lifestyle, engaging in a twice-daily meditation practice, regular exercise and a balanced diet.
While completing a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), Michelle felt drawn to a career through which she could contribute to the community and engage with young people. Understanding the power of education, she undertook a Masters of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Melbourne and, since graduating, has worked as a Year 1 class teacher.
Having explored the challenges facing many Indigenous communities during her University studies and sparked by her travels in Israel and Poland on a heritage tour, Michelle applied to volunteer for Stand Up’s Indigenous partnerships program. Since 2013, she has journeyed to several remote communities, working together with and empowering Indigenous children and young adults to build positive relationships, lifelong skills and well-being.
Michelle is committed to harnessing her skills and experiences to develop a strong and enduring social justice program at her School and remains dedicated to the Stand Up mission.
Leah graduated with a BA/LLB from the University of New South Wales and recently moved from Sydney to take up a position as solicitor at a Community Legal Centre – The Tenants Union of Victoria.
Leah began her career at a commercial law firm in Sydney in its Mergers & Acquisitions Team and Commercial Property Team and was admitted to practice in 2012 as an Australian Practitioner.
Leah is passionate about increasing social justice and driving social change. It is this desire that has led her to undertake various volunteer roles in the community, including a social justice internship and at various community legal centres, and ultimately transition to the community sector. Leah believes strongly in the need to develop further services to address gaps in the community and is seeking to develop her professional legal and advocacy skills to increase access to justice and undertake public interest projects.
Leah loves to travel, explore new cultures, and spend time with her friends and family.
Lauren is passionate about understanding herself and her fellow human beings. She has a background in counselling, music and working with children.
After many years of seeking, song writing and sharing her discoveries through song, she has decided to become a primary school teacher, another avenue of learning and contributing.
Lauren has spent many years working as a professional song writer and musician. She endeavours to use her talents to empower others to open up and share their gifts and experiences.
Lauren is planning to develop a program to empower young people to identify their unique skills and talents so they can step into adulthood with the confidence, compassion and resilience needed to embrace the world wholeheartedly.
Karen graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology. She spent 5 years as a volunteer in the Community Security Group. She became a scenario instructor and then the head of the scenario-training department, working with a dedicated team to ensure the protection of the Jewish Community.
Seeking further growth and development opportunities, Karen joined Victoria Police where she has been based for the past 6 years. During this time she worked on several task forces focused on increasing public safety, community engagement and the targeting of statewide and national drug trafficking syndicates. She now works as a Detective in the Major Crime Department.
Karen has recently taken on a volunteer role within JEMP – the Jewish Emergency Management Plan. She is excited to further develop her passion for emergency management and to assist in the education and preparedness of both Jewish and wider communities. In her spare time Karen is an avid reader, she sings with the Liron choir and she is passionate about meditation and positive social change.
Justin graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Monash University and is currently an Associate at PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) in the Management Consulting division.
He has worked at community legal services and contributed towards both Jewish and non-Jewish organisations in Australia and Israel. He is passionate about social entrepreneurship and is excited about the opportunity to use both his professional and persona l skills to give back to causes both locally and internationally, with the aim of leading to the improvement of society.
In his spare time, Justin loves to travel, watch and play sports, exercise, seek out new gadgets and read books on behavioural psychology.
Jeremy has completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University, and is now completing his Chartered Accountancy accreditation. Jeremy worked as an accountant and has now moved onto a new role within Business Development within the Travel Industry.
After spending a gap year in Israel with the Bnei Akiva Shnat Program, Jeremy
volunteered in both Bnei Akiva and The Jewish Student Network. More recently, Jeremy has been an active member in his workplace giving program, dedicating time out of work to various charity organisations.
Jeremy has a passion for leadership and social entrepreneurship. Jeremy also has a keen interest to travel and constantly experience different cultures and ideas.
After resigning from her job as a property valuer in 2012, Hannah dived into a new field – Social Work.
Hannah has worked as a Disability Support Worker for nearly 8 years, and has continued to show support for a range of community organisations including the Access Inc. After completing her Masters of Social Work, Hannah spent 10 months working and living in Darwin in order to learn about the social and political issues Indigenous communities are currently facing in the Northern Territory. In Darwin, she worked for the department of Children and family with Foster carers and also volunteered for ‘Total Recreation’, a community group for people with disabilities, in which she got the opportunity to volunteer on a group trip to Singapore.
Travel and adventure has been a huge part of Hannah’s last 10 years, and she thoroughly enjoys outdoor activities, such as snow and water skiing, as well as the Melbourne’s food and wine scene and spending time with her friends and family.
Ellie has been an active member of the Melbourne and Australian Jewish community for as long as she can remember. Despite spending most of her student life focused on Zionist Youth movement activities, she managed to graduate from Monash University with Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education. She has worked in schools and community organisations as an informal educator and program coordinator. She is currently the director of the Melbourne branch of the Diller Teen Fellows.
Ellie aims to instill in students a deep sense of belonging to the Jewish People and ensure that they actively engage with the world around them.
Ellie has a secret passion for learning languages, and would like to add to the four that she already knows. When she isn’t travelling for work, Ellie enjoys yoga, swimming and knitting.
Devin is currently studying his fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws, where his Arts majors were politics and literary studies. During his studies, Devin has worked at various law firms, including Arnold Bloch Leibler, a commercial firm in Melbourne, and Arizona Capital Representation Project, a capital defence law firm in the United States. He has also served as State Policy Manager for the Left Right Think Tank Policy Fellowship Program, where he developed an interest in policymaking. Devin is currently engaged in the start-up space with #Corporate Advice, an organisation that provides legal, accounting and strategic assistance to start-ups, charities and social entrepreneurs. He is also working as a volunteer with Reprieve Australia.
Devin is passionate about animal rights and sustainability and has a strong interest in literature, politics, travel and food.
Dean is a social entrepreneur and social activist. He is the Founder of education technology start-up, vTextbook and Campaign Director at Stand Up. He is fiercely passionate about achieving positive, systemic social change.
While completing his Arts/Law degree at Monash University, Dean is pioneering Project Mamilla, a project aimed at inspiring and empowering a generation of entrepreneurs in the Australian community via mentorship and networking initiatives.
He was an Australian ambassador to the World Youth Congress and an inaugural fellow at the Centre for Australian Progress. He is also a keen but decidedly average yoga goer
Beth is passionate about education and the change it can bring to society. After completing a Bachelor of Primary Education at the University of Sydney in 2014, Beth packed her bags and moved to Melbourne and is currently in her second year of work as a Year 3 teacher. Beth used her time at university to volunteer with AIME as a student mentor to Indigenous high school students and to work with children with disabilities through both Camp Sababa and Bnei Akiva. Her interest in using teaching as a tool for change, as well as her passion for learning about Indigenous culture, pushed her to pursue both elective classes and placements in Indigenous areas. Beth has been involved in Stand-Up’s indigenous partnerships program and looks forward to continuing to be involved in the future. In her spare time, Beth loves reading, baking exotic cakes and when she has the time, dabbles in a bit of slam poetry.
Asher is deeply passionate about leveraging the power of game design and digital media to help people to better their lives and the lives of others. Currently, he works with small teams to produce mobile games that provide social benefit and others that offer casual entertainment. He also works as a gamification consultant and a maths tutor.
Asher holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Arts & Finance (Monash University) and Game Development (SAE). His past volunteering roles include State Director and National Education Director at Betar, curriculum and UX design at JWOC (Secondary school in Cambodia), and facilitation roles at various game design events.
In his spare time, Asher enjoys playing various sports, reading deeply, and spending time
in nature. Ultimately, Asher aspires to live “the good life”. For him, finding ways to inspire the world to better itself is an essential part of that.
Alice Chipkin is passionate about stories, especially the ones we tell about ourselves. She is an emerging comics maker, writer and youth educator. After finishing her undergraduate degree and two years as the Federal Mazkira of Netzer Australia, Alice spent time in Austin Texas immersing herself as a volunteer in the world of performance poetry and youth mentoring. She recently moved to Melbourne where she completed her Honours in English and wrote her thesis on queer comics, psychoanalysis and autobiography. She enjoys moving between different kehilot and has found a range of meaningful connections to the Jewish community in Melbourne.
Alice volunteers with the Stella Prize schools program, which promotes women’s writing in Australia and facilitates discussions on gender equality with young people. When she is not selling books, doing long distance hikes or wielding power tools at CERES, Alice is helping get the Bloom Collective off the ground. She is committed to developing models of education that empower young people with platforms and tools for self-exploration.
Adrienne is passionate about designing innovative solutions that create positive social change. She feels a deep connection to work that empowers humanity. She began her career studying psychology at the University of Sydney, learning about individual suffering and wellbeing. Adrienne went on to become a skilled researcher working for 5 years at the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders, at the University of Sydney. As their lead operations and project manager, she was involved in designing Australia’s first eating disorders eClinic and an online treatment program for binge eating funded by the NSW Government Health. Adrienne has also volunteered in mental health rehabilitation centres and in crisis support. Adrienne’s deep interest in finding new approaches to systemic challenges has led her to explore traditional indigenous practices and travel around the world. Her understanding of communities and wellness changed on her most recent trip to the USA where she lived for a year in Portland, Oregon. There she experienced a deep sense of connectedness among the local community through resource sharing, individual acceptance, sliding scale fees and a slower pace of living. She also believes being strongly connected to your roots is vital, her lineages are Jewish and Native American. Today, she is involved in starting a social enterprise, Wellschool, that sources education from leading experts and brings people together in Wellcircles to learn, share and support each other to be well.
After recently resigning from her job as a property lawyer, Hannah has dived into a new eld – health/ medical law.
Hannah has worked at various community legal services during her university studies before
being admitted as a lawyer, and has continued
to show support for a range of community organisations including the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, where she regularly volunteers. Inspired by a stint in Darwin assisting indigenous communities with native title applications, Hannah
uses her legal expertise to support organisations and causes she is passionate about. Hannah is interested in developing her professional legal skills in the public health area in order to support policy and social justice initiatives in the future.
Travel takes up lots of Hannah’s spare time, as does bike riding, Melbourne’s food and wine scene and spending time with her friends and family.
Josh graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Arts and RMIT with a Masters in Communications. However, it has been the experience he gained from volunteering in East Africa that has truly inspired him since completing school. In East Africa Josh helped build classrooms in Butiki, Uganda and the implemented a kitchen garden program for ten primary schools in the East Kano region of Kenya. These experiences imparted in him a strong love and interest in all things African.
When he’s not fundraising for these projects or planning his next trip back to East Africa Josh works as a digital analyst: monitoring and analysing the online presence of a wide array of clients. The ever-changing digital landscape is an area that he believes holds important significance in bringing about and stimulating social change in today’s society.
Romy is Legal Counsel at the Impact Investment Group (IIG), a privately owned impact funds management business which invests for social and environmental impact alongside financial returns. Prior to joining IIG, Romy worked at the Small Giants family office. She began her career at Arnold Bloch Leibler as a solicitor in the commercial dispute resolution team and was admitted to practice in 2012 as an Australian legal practitioner. She has worked in human rights law for Indigenous communities both in Victoria and the Northern Territory. Romy has held a range of roles in non-profit organisations in Melbourne and in Israel. Romy is currently ion the committee of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce Young Business Forum and sits on the Monash University advisory board of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation. Romy has a BA/LLB from Monash University.
Ellie is a keen communicator and an avid listener. Her passion to communicate and to question and empathize with the world around her has taken her on many journeys. From completing a Performing Arts degree to volunteering for multiple organizations such as The Oaktree Foundation, International Volunteers HQ in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and even the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, to travelling across the globe to engage with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, Ellie has learnt the importance and impact of using communication and collaboration as tools to create meaningful social change.
Currently undertaking a Professional Communication Degree at RMIT, Ellie’s vocational dream is to contribute to the development of social enterprises, harnessing the power of business to galvanize social and environmental change within the Australian community.
Ariel is passionate about social entrepreneurship and the shift of big business towards creating shared value. He is a Senior Business Analyst at A.T. Kearney, with four years experience as a strategy consultant and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Commerce under his belt. Out of the office, he volunteers his time and expertise at Kickstart International, developing their investment strategy for additional income streams that will be locally based in Nairobi, Kenya to support an orphanage. Ariel has volunteered for a variety of community organisations around the world including Cambodia where he developed a funding request for new financial literacy programs on local television, the Beacon Foundation, an organisation that supports disadvantaged youth to join the workforce and Bnei Akiva, acting as both Treasurer and Rosh Minyan in his three years as a leader.
Ariel is currently enjoying life as a new dad and spends any free time watching sport on the TV.
Ben completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Laws at Monash University in 2010 and has been working as an accountant in professional practice for the past three-and-a-half years. He completed his Chartered Accountancy accreditation in 2013 and has been enjoying some time off from study since then.
As a university student Ben volunteered with numerous Jewish and non-Jewish organisations and in the workforce he has been an active member of his firm’s Reconciliation Action Plan committee and worked on campaigns aimed at helping regenerate bushfire affected parts of Victoria. These experiences have encouraged Ben to continue to use his skills for the betterment of society.
Ben is passionate about social justice and social entrepreneurship and would like to use this experience as a platform for making a social impact.
Born and raised in Israel, Yarden has always felt deeply passionate about the environment and the society in which we live. After completing her high school studies in Israel she decided to postpone her military service and volunteer for a year in a home for children who had been removed from their homes by court order. Yarden then ventured to Laos After completing her compulsory military service where she volunteered in a small village helping a local community develop sustainable, strong and durable housing as a response to the changing weather. It was in this village she realised that she wants to dedicate her energy and skills to promote behaviour that generates sustainable environmental outcomes.
With a Bachelor of Environmental Science, Yarden has worked for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and is currently the Sustainable Coordinator at the Impact Investment Group. Yarden is interested in a grassroots approach toward sustainable, socially-minded project and believes in the power of business to create positive change in the world.
Luke completed a Bachelor of Arts in 2013, and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology in 2014. Luke is currently completing his Masters in Psychology, with a focus on Education and Development.
Prior to his university studies, Luke spent a year in Israel as a participant of the Habonim Dror Shnat program, followed by a three-year service as a volunteer youth leader. In addition to Habo, Luke has also been involved in a variety of community-orientated organizations, including Building Bridges, Jewish Care Young Achievers Program, the Ajax Senior Football Club Social Committee and AJF’s LaunchPad and has recently joined the NextStep committee.
Recently Luke began working for Stand Up Australia as a facilitator of the Stand Up ABC program. Luke has also volunteered as a camp leader as part of Stand Up’s Yorta Yorta program.
Samantha has always cared about people and place. Trained as a community psychologist, she has dedicated the last 10 years working to enhance human wellbeing and development. Currently the Executive Officer of Youth Services within a post-disaster region, Samantha is performing the first and only role of its kind in Australia. Her research and work in community-based responses to youth renewal and development post disaster has been published and presented in Australia, Uganda, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Samantha is determined to take her insatiable curiosity and questioning nature to now create innovative systems of accountability that lead to new strategies for working together to achieve the greatest good.
Jeremy is currently completing a Doctor of Medicine at Melbourne University. After spending a year in Israel after high school on the Bnei Akiva Shnat program, he subsequently spent three years as a youth leader in Melbourne, including 12 months as President of Bnei Akiva Australia.
In 2012 Jeremy also took part in Stand Up’s Derech Eretz program in Northern NSW, aimed at uniting Indigenous and Jewish Australian communities. In his lack of spare time, Jeremy loves reading, swimming, studying Jewish philosophy and eating anything that can be fried.
Jeremy would ultimately like to use his Medical Degree to be able to develop health care in Australia and overseas, especially helping disadvantaged individuals and communities.
Prior to moving from New Zealand to Melbourne in August 2013, Daniel spent the first few years of his career working as a corporate lawyer, specialising in mergers and acquisitions for some of New Zealand’s largest companies. In Melbourne, Daniel continues to practice as a lawyer with a focus on providing strategic legal advice to private and family businesses on a range of corporate issues. Daniel has a passion for innovation and has more recently started working with entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.
Daniel is also passionate about initiatives that create a positive social impact. For a number of years he worked as a telephone counselor and mentor for the not-for-profit counseling organisation, Kidsline. He was also involved with the University of Auckland Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme (MATES), which supports selected students from low-decile schools by giving them the necessary tools to succeed in their university entry examinations. Daniel also sat on the executive committee for the New Zealand branch of AUJS and has been a leader and team manager for the New Zealand Maccabi Junior Carnival team.
In his spare time, Daniel loves to travel and is an enthusiastic marathon and trail-runner. He is currently training for his first half-ironman in mid-2015.
Jason is an ardent animal rights activist and passionate member of the Jewish tribe.
Holding a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University Jason has decided to undertake a new challenge, and divert his energy into a Juris Doctor at Melbourne University.
After spending his gap year in Israel with Habonim Dror, Jason dedicated himself to the youth movement as a leader for three years where he eventually established a Secular-Humanist Jewish congregation. His time with Habonim Dror very much shaped his Jewish identity and sense of responsibility within the community and broader society.
Jason is looking to fuse his future legal practice with his passion for animal rights, advocating for the rights of the voiceless.
Ella is a biomedical engineer who is excited about scientific discovery through biomedical research. Her passion is to develop her knowledge and skills to create solutions in the biomedical industry that make a difference in peoples’ lives. She is currently working on a novel therapy for treating cancer and a bio-electrical device for epilepsy, while completing her Masters in Biomedical Engineering at University of Melbourne. She also completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne, during which time she undertook an internship on the Bionic Eye Project.
Ella is also passionate about developing the role of women in the Modern Orthodox community. She has been teaching Bat Mizvah girls for the last couple of years and has developed a mother-daughter Bat Mitzvah weekend program. In recent Ella has also been an active participant in services run by the Orthodox Womens’ Network. She spent a year after high school learning and studying Orthodox Judaism in a Seminary in Jerusalem, and developed and ran informal Jewish education programs for high school students as a youth leader for Bnei Akiva both in Israel and in Melbourne.
Ella is a dedicated vegetarian and integrates yoga practice and meditation into her day as often as possible. She loves to travel and learn about different people and cultures.
Sian is a storyteller, inspired by ideas that promote positive social impact and specialising in creative communication that connects those ideas with audiences. Filmmaking is Darling’s tool for engaging audiences and delivering entertaining work to widen worlds.
Holding a Master of Media & Communication, Darling began her studies in Anthropology and English, forever fascinated by cultures and human stories. She was previously the General Manager of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. Darling is a contributor to entertainment, film and photography sites The Reel World and Excerpt Magazine, sits on the Board of Directors for Right Now Inc. and works under her own name, producing creative videos for a range of inspiring clients.
Sarah is a first year lawyer, passionate about ensuring each Australian citizen, and each person who arrives on our shores, is able to exercise the highest standard of human rights. She believes the key to ensuring access to and advancing human rights is by working with grassroots organizations which are committed to listening to the needs and desires of those affected, and responding accordingly.
Sarah has acted as an Independent Person with the Youth Referral and Independent Persons Program, a mentor with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and, due to her keen interest in Indigenous Australian legal issues, has volunteered and worked at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency and Native Title Services NSW. In 2012, Sarah represented Australia at the UNESCO 8th International Global Leadership Training Programme, which aimed to facilitate the sharing of ideas of young people from around the world involved with grassroots human rights organisations.
Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Eyal Halamish is a former college campus activist and now works as an ‘activist in a suit.’ He is the CEO of OurSay, an online platform that connects the public with leaders in our community. In the last year, OurSay has worked with corporate chief executives, prime ministers, state premiers and local government to ensure people’s questions are answered and profiled at large.
Eyal is a World Economic Forum Global Hub Shaper, in 2012 was selected as an Unreasonable Institute Fellow and in 2009 a Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellow. In 2011 OurSay received a Crikey Innovation Award and in 2013 an International Association for Public Participation Victorian Project of the Year award. Prior to OurSay, Eyal worked as a management consultant in the natural resource, banking and government sectors.
Eyal has presented about changing the political-media landscape at TedX UniMelb, Melbourne Writers Festival, New News Conferences, and Emerging Writers’ Festival. He has also been part of the UK’s Chinwag Digital Mission to Washington in 2011 and presented to local and state government practitioners about government 2.0
Jasmine endeavours to always seek out new experiences. She loves to travel and her camera is her companion. Jasmine’s adventures have taken her from India to Iceland and across Europe and Asia. Jasmine is acutely aware of her DNA and her family and friends play a central role in her life.
After graduating from Bialik College, Jasmine spent a year in Israel during which she immersed herself in a number of volunteering projects. Upon her return Jasmine helped establish ‘Challah For Hunger’ in Melbourne, an initiative that brings people together to bake and sell challah in an effort to raise funds and awareness for pressing social justice causes. In 2012 Jasmine volunteered in Jewish Aid Australia’s Derech Eretz program whose aim is to bring Jewish and Indigenous Australian communities together through youth leadership training and educational activities. Jasmine completed a Bachelor of Professional Communications at Monash University and in 2014 commences a Masters in Social Work at Melbourne University.
Stephanie graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law with a major in philosophy and a minor in history. She was admitted into legal practice in December 2013. Since completing VCE at Mount Scopus Memorial College in 2006, Stephanie has volunteered at the Oaktree Foundation, Jewish Aid Australia and Springvale Monash Legal Service. Stephanie has travelled to many exciting places, yet still believes that “home is where the heart is” and “the best things in life are free.” Stephanie loves long walks on the beach, boot camp in the park and spending time with close family and friends. She aims to use her knowledge, experience and skills to assist and empower disadvantaged members of the community and her dream is to pursue a meaningful career that allows her to be an advocate for social justice.
Helen is currently undertaking her Honours in Psychology. She is deeply passionate about people, volunteering and society. After completing her VCE at Mount Scopus Memorial College in 2008, she spent a year in Israel on Israel By Choice (IBC). Combining her passion for Israel and volunteering, Helen now coordinates IBC and also works at Jewish Care in the volunteer department. Helen has been a facilitator for Building Bridges, a program that provides an opportunity for young people to share experiences of different faiths. More recently she co-founded the Melbourne chapter of Challah for Hunger, an initiative that brings people together to bake and sell challah, to raise money and awareness for social justice causes. When she’s not volunteering Helen takes every chance she can get to travel the world.
Gideon is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at Monash University. Gideon’s passion for volunteering has led him to the Oaktree Foundation, a movement of young people aiming to end extreme poverty. Gideon’s interests vary and include: Wikipedia, Arts essays, comic books, Justin Timberlake, Warren Buffet, Ellen Degenerous, Top Gear, bike riding and Seinfeld. Gideon aims to continually challenge himself and step beyond his comfort zone. Gideon is passionate about equal opportunity, education, philosophy and anything that demonstrates or represents the creativity and ingenuity of the human race.
Talia graduated from Monash University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Health Science with a major in International Public Health and Program Planning. Talia is interested in innovative grassroots approaches to public health. She harnesses this passion at Insulin For Life (IFL), which sends life saving medical supplies to countries in need. In her role as Social Media and Communications Manager at IFL, Talia has visited several recipient countries and assisted at international medical conferences.
She volunteered as an educational facilitator in the Jewish Christian Muslim Association Building Bridges Program for high schools in 2013, and was an intern at Diabetes Prevention Health in Los Angeles and California in 2011. She is currently employed at Monash University researching innovative approaches to the care of people with disabilities.
Ben is nearing the end of a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at Monash University. After spending a year in Israel participating in the Habonim Dror Shnat program, Ben spent three years as a youth leader, including a stint as chairperson of Habonim Dror Melbourne in 2011. In 2013 Ben was a youth leader on the March of the Living program, leading a cohort of year-11 students on an intensive, two-week educational journey through Poland and Israel.
Ben has worked as an integration aide at Bialik College, helping students with disabilities to integrate into the social dynamics of the classroom. Having recently spent a semester abroad studying at Leeds University in England, he is looking to expand his vision of experiential education to schools across Australia to benefit from a new model of informal education.
Jarrod is completing a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Monash University. Aside from working on placements with a wide array of high prevalence disorders, Jarrod is conducting research focussing on the notion of trauma and it’s cross-cultural application. In particular Jarrod is dedicated to integrating the role of mental health into the sector of social justice and uncovering social factors amongst various cultures, which predispose and perpetuate a seeming increase in “poor” mental health today. He is also dedicated to advocating for the rights of vulnerable and minority groups. Jarrod was the founder of the Friday night youth minyan which began in 2010, a leader with March of the Living in 2012, and has loved playing footy for Ajax Seniors for the past seven years. He has been working with Jewish Aid Australia’s homework club in 2013 and is looking to mentor Sudanese VCE students in 2014.