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SWU Fellow Recognized


Congratulations to 2020-21 StandWithUs Emerson Fellow Sivan Barashy from UCSD who is the first place winner of the prestigious Roberta Seid Award for Courage and Leadership. Named in honor of SWU’s first Director of Research and Education Dr. Roberta Seid, Sivan is recognized from among 150 Emerson Fellows for her exemplary courage, leadership, and commitment to Israel activism on campus and beyond.

Despite the challenges of virtual programming, Sivan approached program-planning thoughtfully and creatively and through her work, educated her peers about Israel. She worked tirelessly to pass the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism. She coordinated efforts with the 10 different colleges that make up UC San Diego and ran a campaign that was adopted unanimously. Throughout the academic year, Sivan never backed down from any of the ongoing challenges and her efforts yielded significant results.

“My time as the Emerson Fellow has been extraordinary, even with the new online platform that SWU adapted to so smoothly,” Sivan said. “I hope to continue to positively affect the Jewish community with the help of StandWithUs.”

StandWithUs San Diego is pleased to welcome the 2021-22 Emerson Fellows Melina Aryan from UCSD, and Zev Sorokin from SDSU. The six Kenneth Leventhal High School Interns are: Liam Rosenberg, Canyon Crest; Julia Galperin, Frances Parker Upper School; Tamar Ladd, High Tech High Mesa; Ariela Moel, San Diego Jewish Academy; Iyar Galor, San Dieguito Academy and Esther Turquie, Chula Vista High School. Both campus and high school programs select and train student leaders to educate about Israel and combat Antisemitism.

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