My community organizing experience and education both stem from my involvement over the past three years with J Street U, the student-organizing arm of J Street, where I have served in local, regional, and national positions. I have learned and utilized multiple community organizing tools, and have had the opportunity to train other students. I have had experience in planning and organizing multiple gatherings including two Northeast Strategy Sessions, both with close to fifty students, and a Boston community gathering with numerous Jewish community members. In addition, I have attended multiple meetings with major donors, politicians, and heads of Jewish organizations and worked to publish a major Boston Globe advertisement against settlement expansion (pictured at right). In the winter of 2017, I lead the team of students who organized the #FightForDemocracy: Standing Up for Our Values at Home and in Israel rally at J Street's National Conference in Washington D.C. (photo shown below). I was able to publish one of my personal narratives on J Street's blog.
In May 2017, I had the opportunity to take part in a delegation with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence. We traveled to Israel/Palestine to do solidarity work with Israelis and Palestinians on the ground, including helping to establish Sumud Freedom Camp (pictured above) with an unprecedented coalition of partner organizations. I was able to publish a piece about my experiences in the Palestine-Israel Journal.
As the culmination of four months spent studying in Nepal, I completed a month-long research project about post-earthquake relief efforts and foreign aid. My research focused on the difference in relief efforts between governments, international NGOs, and local NGOs. In my field work, I interviewed close to forty-five subjects, including politicians, representatives from aid organizations, and recipients of aid. My report was published in the School for International Training's Donald B. Watt Library.
As part of my report, I was fortunate enough to join a Nepali Times journalist in the Sindhupalchok region, one of the areas hardest hit by the earthquake. My photographs (including the one above) were published alongside the article.
I was the student speaker at the 2014 RFK Center for Human Rights annual fundraising gala, which honored Hillary Clinton, Robert De Niro, and Tony Bennett for their achievements in advancing human rights.