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Ari Mittleman, a 2002 Pesach Project Fellow and this year’s Student Coordinator, is in his final year at The George Washington University. He will graduate from the University Honors Program with a degree in American Studies and a concentration in Urban Planning and Policy. Ari is originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of nine years of Jewish Day School.

Katie Levine will be staffing this year’s Pesach Project through Hillel of Greater Washington. Katie currently works at HoGW as the Director of GAP and Community Programs, planning events for the Graduate Student and Young Professional population of the Greater Washington Jewish community. Katie is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in Creative Writing and Religious Studies. Throughout her college career she dedicated much of her time to Hillel on the campus, state and international levels. She spent her Senior year at CU as the Hillel at CU Student President and also served on the Hillel of Colorado Lay Board.

The students selected as Fellows for the Pesach Project 5764/2004 are: Dorie Ain of Potomac, MD, a junior at The George Washington University; Allison Kessler of Lebanon, NJ, a junior at American University; Aaron Laurito of Northfield, IL, a sophomore at The George Washington University; Arianna Levitus of Minnetonka, MN, a freshman at The George Washington University; Helene Martel of Portland, OR, a sophomore at The George Washington University; Jeremy Monosov of Calabasas, CA, a senior at The George Washington University; Louis Poppler of Boise, ID, a junior at Georgetown University; Gillian Safdie-Miller of Nashville, TN, a sophomore at American University; Benjamin Silverberg of Norwich, CT, a graduate student at Georgetown University School of Medicine; Dana Tarley of Monsey, NY, a freshman at American University.
Dorie Ain is currently a junior at George Washington University, originally from Potomac, MD, majoring in both political science and Judaic studies. On campus she is involved in all different types of activities ranging from the Sigma Kappa sorority to Hillel as well. Throughout her life Dorie has been very involved in all different types of Jewish activities ranging from Camp Ramah in New England, United Synagogue Youth as well as 7 years as a student at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, while in college she was fortunate to be an Avi Chai Fellow for 2002-2003. Dorie has just returned from studying for six months in London, England, and is anticipating a wonderful semester. She has also had the opportunity to travel to Poland and Israel, during her senior year of high school, and cannot wait to embark on the journey of a lifetime to Ukraine for Passover!

Allison Kessler is a junior at American University majoring in sociology with particular interest in gender studies. Allison is originally from Hunterdon County, New Jersey where she was active in Or Chadash Temple Youth. In high school, Allison spent an entire semester of her junior year in Israel and more recently Allison visited Israel as an Avi Chai fellow. She has also worked as a counselor at UAHC Kutz camp for numerous summers and has interned at Hadassah's Washington, DC office.

Aaron Laurito is a sophomore at The George Washington University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Music. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Aaron has been actively involved at GW through the music department and his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi. He hopes to become more involved at Hillel through the Jewish Progressive Political Association. Aaron enjoys traveling and is very excited to be a part of Pesach Project. He knows this opportunity to travel to Ukraine will be a memorable experience.

Arianna Levitus is a freshman at George Washington University, hoping to double major in Political Communication and Middle Eastern Studies. She is from Minnetonka, Minnesota where she was involved in the Jewish Community through her congregation Bet Shalom and the NFTY Northern Region. Through GW Hillel she is involved in the newly created Jewish Progressive Political Association and serves as chair of it's environmental issues committee. She is also a tutor in the Heads-Up After School program.

Helene Martel comes to Washington DC from Portland, Oregon. She is currently a sophomore at The George Washington University, double majoring in Political Science and Fine Arts Photography. Helene loves to travel and has spent a lot of time abroad including a year in Israel and a year in Japan. She keeps herself continuously involved on the GWU campus through Mock Trial, Student Theater, and Elements (GW Hillel's Outdoors Club). She is also the Historian for Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a community service sorority. Helene has held many internships in Washington, ranging from CNN's Crossfire to Capitol Hill. But, at the end of the day, she enjoys spending times with her friends, taking photos, and just being a kid. She is extremely excited about the Pesach Project and the friendships and experiences that will soon unfold.

Jeremy Monosov is in his final year at The George Washington University. Graduating from the University Honors Program in May, Jeremy will have a degree in International Affairs with a secondary field of study in Spanish Language and Literature. Throughout his college career Jeremy has taught Hebrew at a Washington area religious school. Originally from Calabasas, CA, Jeremy is a graduate of Los Angeles Hebrew High School and spent a summer during high school studying in Israel.

Louis Poppler is currently a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University studying Science and Technology in International Affairs. Originally from Boise, ID, Louis enjoys cross-cultural communications and one day hopes to be a Doctor Without Borders. Louis attended high school in France and hopes to study abroad in Russia as well as South Africa. Louis has particularly enjoyed rediscovering his Jewish heritage at Georgetown and ironically calls Georgetown University the most Jewish environment in which he has ever lived. He is very involved as an Israel activist with the Georgetown Israel Alliance as well as the Jewish Student Association. Louis is also a brother of AEPi. He plans to have a Bar Mitzvah next fall and is extremely excited to spend Passover in Ukraine because he hopes it will reconnect him with his past.

Gillian Safdie-Miller is a sophomore in the KOGOD School of Business at American University. She is originally from Nashville, TN. She is a peer mentor in KOGOD, a Hillel Programming Intern and a member of Alpha Chi Omega. Gillian loves to travel and recently went on the Birthright March of the Living trip to Poland and Israel. She is planning on studying abroad in France and Israel next year. Gillian also enjoys playing tennis and reading and is excited to go to Ukraine in April!

Benjamin Silverberg, a graduate student at Georgetown Medical School, joins the Pesach Project by way of North Carolina. Originally from the small Connecticut town of Quaker Hill, Ben graduated salutatory from Waterford High School and then went on to study chemistry and dramatic arts at the University of North Carolina. In college, he experienced his own Jewish renaissance and became active in North Carolina Hillel and had a decisive hand in re-colonizing the Omega chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi. Before graduating with honors in December 2002, he studied in Jerusalem, London, Paris, and at Columbia University in New York City. Following family tradition, Ben has started teaching this year and truly enjoys the work. He also volunteers for the student EMS squad at Georgetown.

Dana Tarley is currently a freshman from American University. Dana is presently serving as the 2003-2004 North American Social Action Vice President for the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), the youth movement of the Union for Reform Judaism. She hails from Monsey, New York and spent a semester of her junior year in Israel on the NFTY Eisnedrath International Exchange Program. Over winter break Dana traveled on the Hillel tzedek Mission to Israel. At American University in DC, Dana is involved with College Democrats, Hillel, American University Students for Israel, as well as spending a few days a week working at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Dana's is very excited to be traveling to the Former Soviet Union, as her mother is originally from Riga, Latvia.


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