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Daniel Aires is a sophomore at The George Washington University, majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in the Middle East, and a second Major in Judaic Studies. Daniel serves as the Chairman of the World-Wide Youth Advisory Committee for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Daniel also serves as the Director of Freshman Policy for the Student Association of the George Washington University. Daniel is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to La Jolla, CA at age 8. Daniel attended the YPO Junior Leadership University in Leysin, Switzerland where he learned valuable leadership and communication skills. While in high school, Daniel served as his Youth Group Vice President and as President of his Youth and Government Delegation.

Ben Caplan is currently in his second year at The George Washington University as a Business Administration Major with a concentration in Marketing and International Business. Ben spent his first year of college studying at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem on the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's Nativ College Leadership Program. He has spent the past two summers working for United Synagogue, most recently as a staff member on a summer long North American bus tour for Jewish teens. Originally from Highland Park, Illinois, Ben attended Solomon Schechter Day School through his elementary school years. Throughout high school, Ben was active in United Synagogue Youth serving two years on the regional executive board for the Midwest region as Communications VP as well as Regional President.

Julie Fishman is a junior at American University majoring in International Service and CLEG (communications, law, economics, and government). Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Julie is President of the Jewish Student Association at AU and is also involved in AU Students for Israel and the Women's Initiative.

Steve Glickman is a B.A/M.A student at Georgetown University studying American Politics. Currently, he is in the process of applying to law schools with the intent to study criminal prosecution. Steve was heavily active in Jewish life through extracurricular activities and internships, serving as President of the Georgetown University Jewish Student Association, a representative of the United States to the 2000 and 2001 World Union of Jewish Students Congresses in Israel, and a Ira Silverman National Legislative Fellow for the American Jewish Committee. Both of his maternal grandparents are Holocaust survivors were originally from a small shtetl in the Ukraine. Steve is originally from Woodland Hills, California where he was heavily involved in Jewish life and student leadership as Co-chair of the Los Angeles Jewish Youth Council and Student Body Vice-President of El Camino Real High School.

Rachel Grunberger is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, pursuing a double major in English and Psychology. She grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. There, she served as president of her class, in-depth editor of the high school newspaper, and captain of the volleyball team. Currently, Rachel is the Training Director and a counselor for the University of Maryland HelpCenter, the crisis hotline on campus. After a wonderful experience last summer on a different UJC program, where she taught English to Israeli children at a summer camp in Israel, Rachel is looking forward to participating in Pesach Project 2002.

Daniela Ari Horniker is a junior at the University of Maryland majoring in Art History and minoring in Rhetoric. She is dedicated to Holocaust awareness in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she has educated high school students on this topic as well as spoke about her experiences as a participant on the March of the Living at the 60th Anniversary of the St. Louis with attendees such as former first lady Hillary Clinton. Daniela started an orthodox prayer qorum at her former school, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is very excited about meeting new people and being a part of this amazing project that is dedicated to bring together Jews in the USA with their counterparts in Europe.

Ari Mittleman is enrolled in his first year of the Honors Program at The George Washington University. He serves as Executive Secretary for the Programming Council, is an active member in Hillel, and is co-director for the Freedom Quilt. Ari represents the Mount Vernon Campus of the George Washington University as student liaison to the Palisades Citizens Association. Ari was raised in Pennsylvania where he attended the Jewish Day School of Allentown for nine years.

Marianne Perez is a senior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University majoring in Culture and Politics in International Relations. Most recently from Mamaroneck, New York, Marianne serves as the Interfaith Chair of the Jewish Student Association and as Vice-President of the French Cultural Association. Marianne's passion is travel. After her trip to Ukraine, she will have visited four of the seven countries in the world that start with the letter "U" (Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Uzbekistan), but hopes to get to the others soon (Uganda, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay).

Ben Robbins is currently a sophomore at The George Washington University pursuing a major in International Affairs, with additional interests in Japanese, Computer Science, and music. He participated in the Birthright Israel 2000 program, considering the program memorable and valuable. eBen is originally from Andover, Massachusetts.

Jeffrey Rothenberg is a sophomore at American University working toward a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Japanese. Jeffrey has a long history of involvement with Jewish activities, including a deep commitment to the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization. Jeffrey also serves as the President of the Kogod School of Business, and is a brother of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is originally from Amherst, Massachusetts.

Matthew Scott, a freshman International Politics major at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As President of his Forensics Team, Vice President of his Model United Nations Club, and Officer in the National Honor Society, he gained leadership skills and an understanding of the value of community service. At Georgetown, Matt has extended his involvement in Model United Nations to the collegiate level and began studying Chinese. In addition, he enjoys studying various cultures and religions. Matthew eagerly looks forward to learning about the culture of his grandparents' nation of origin, Ukraine.

Lisa Toff is a Fine Arts and Art History major at The George Washington University. Lisa's passion has always been creating arts, specifically photography. Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, she played an active role in the local B'nai B'rith Youth Organization chapter. Currently Lisa is secretary of the Jewish Student Association, Graphics Editor of the GW Journal and a freshman advising workshop peer advisor. As her mother and all of her extended family are originally from the former Soviet Union, Lisa is very excited to be a part of the Pesach Project, which she knows will be an incredibly valuable experience.

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