Michaela Fried is a student leader in LAVI and current president of Tikvah Students for Israel at UC Berkeley. She also serves the Berkeley pro-Israel community as aHasbara Fellow and held theStandWithUs Emerson Fellow position on her campus for the 2013-14 school year.Michaelawas a leading organizer in the fight against BDS (Boycott Divestments Sanctions) and works year round against anti-Israel sentiment on campus. Growing up in Los Angeles, Michaela experienced her Jewish identity and connection to Israel assuperficial and unexplored. Through her involvement with LAVI, she has come to the belief that some of the greatest threats facing the Jewish people today result from a lack of depth in Diaspora Zionist education. She is seeking to participate in the next World Zionist Congress in hopes of promoting a more compelling Zionism that can inspire her generation.
As the former director of Mayanot’s Birthright Israel program, YosefEsshaghiancontinues to lead yearly trips to Israel on which he works to connect students and young adults to their Jewish identities, culture and homeland. He also organizes many Birthright follow-up programs in the Los Angeles area for participants seeking to deepen their Jewish knowledge in the wake of their Israel experience. An active member of LA’s growing Jewlicious movement, Yosef and his wife Jamie received the organization’s community leadership award in 2013. He also serves as the official gabbai at Jewlicious’snew Pico Shul.