Meet our 2018 Naomi Chazan Fellows

Naomi Chazan Fellows 2018

The Naomi Chazan Fellowship is a year-long program that begins with a subsidized, 10-day study tour in Israel this summer. New Israel Fund of Canada’s four 2018-19 fellows will join two dozen changemakers in their 20s and 30s from across the UK, Australia, and the U.S. Through their tour, they’ll explore social justice issues in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The fellows will then return home to Canada and work to engage Canadian Jewry on the issues, as well as take part in leadership seminars, and become part of a global network of young Jewish progressives.

The Naomi Chazan Fellowship is entering its fourth year. This is the first year Canadians will also participate. Click here to learn more about the fellowship.

We owe many thanks to Bev Chernos for generously supporting this program.

Meet our fellows:

Rachel Shenhav-Goldberg immigrated to Canada after growing up in Israel. She is currently finishing her second year of post doctoral work at the University of Toronto. She received a BSW, MSW, and PhD in Social Work from Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on anti-racism in Israel and anti-semitism in North America. In Israel, Shenhav-Goldberg was deeply engaged in promoting social change. She worked as a social worker with young, at-risk girls and with children in boarding schools. She is a certified group facilitator and has facilitated communication groups for Jews and Arabs, as well as therapeutic groups. She has instructed teachers on how to deal with racism in the classroom. Her volunteer work has included work in a rape crisis center in Israel and the counselling of at-risk, adolescent girls.

Jacob Shuster graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Political Science and History. He is currently completing a master’s degree in History at the University of Windsor. He is deeply passionate about refugee issues, and has worked on numerous projects helping refugees from Eritrea and Sudan in Israel, and with Syrian students, through the Toronto organization COSTI. He recently completed an internship with the United States Consulate General, where he was involved in organizing cultural events and promoting bilateral exchanges between the U.S. and Canada. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling and learning languages. He knows Russian, German and some Japanese. Shuster is excited to be a fellow with the New Israel Fund of Canada, and to become more involved in human rights issues in Israel.

Sterling Stutz is a community builder, organizer and educator from Toronto whose work is rooted in the Jewish principles of tzedek and tikkun olam. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Health and Environmental Studies from York University, Glendon College. Currently, Stutz is the development and operations manager at MAZON Canada and a B’nai Mitzvah teacher at the Morris Winchevsky Sunday School. Stutz is also a leader with IfNotNow Toronto and an educator who facilitates workshops and discussions on a broad range of topics, especially the responsibility of the Canadian Jewish community to engage in the work of reconciliation with Indigenous communities. Stutz is committed to participating in and facilitating complex community discussions. She believes in the power of communities to create meaningful and lasting change.

Enbal Singer studied political science and Canadian Ethnic and Racial Studies at McGill University. She is entering her final year of law school at the University of Toronto, where she received extensive training in social justice advocacy through its International Human Rights Program. Singer has been involved in refugee advocacy in Canada through the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. She was previously an NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellow and was involved with the New Israel Fund of Canada’s African asylum seeker campaign. Singer is inspired by her grandparents’ Holocaust survival stories to advocate for African asylum seekers in Israel, and she has been doing so since 2010. She is looking forward to working with the fellowship cohort on this pressing issue, and to holding Israel accountable to its commitment under the UN Refugee Convention. She previously worked in Israel at the African Refugee Development Center and Workers Hotline (Kav LaOved). In her free time, she likes to cook, bake, and try to exercise.

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