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Katie Levine will be staffing the 2005 Pesach Project Fellowship of Hillel of Greater Washington. This will be her 2nd year staffing the project and she is very excited to work with a new group of enthusiastic students throughout their Fellowship. Katie works at the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning in the Hillel Department as the GAP Director & Community Initiatives Specialist. Primarily, she works with the graduate student and young professional population of the Greater Washington Jewish Community. She started her career with Hillel in Fall of 2003 after graduating from the University of Colorado Ė Boulder with a degree in English and Religious Studies.

Dorie Ain, a Pesach Project fellow in 2004, and the student coordinator for 2005 is extremely excited to be returning to Ukraine. She is in her final year at The George Washington University and will graduate with majors in Political Science and Judaic Studies. Dorie is originally from Potomac, Maryland and is highly involved in many different aspects of campus life at The George Washington University.

This yearís Fellows are:
Steven Bennet of Manalapan, NJ, a Junior at The George Washington University; Evan Caplan of Great Neck, NY, a Sophomore at Georgetown University; Charlotte Davis of Portsmouth, VA, a Senior at George Mason University; Liora Gelblum of Cupertino, CA, a Senior at Georgetown University; Blake Harris of Cross River, NY, a Senior at Georgetown University; Jacqueline Lilinshtein of Livingston, NJ, a Sophomore at The George Washington University; Naomi Schimmel of New York, NY, a Senior at The George Washington University; Rachel Seitz of Sammamish, WA, a Sophomore at American University; Sam Seligman of Rockville, MD, a Freshman at The University of Maryland-College Park; Naomi Wolf of Waltham, MA, a Junior at The George Washington University.

Steven Bennet is a Junior at the George Washington University majoring in Finance. Steven is originally from Manalapan, NJ where he was active, during high school, in United Synagogue Youth and is currently an active participant in the GW Hillel. Steven enjoys cooking, outdoor activities such as camping, traveling and is very excited to interact with the Jewish community in the Ukraine.

Evan Caplan is currently a sophomore at Georgetown University. He is from the center of the Jewish universe, Long Island, New York, where he became Bar Mitzvah and was Confirmed. An International History major in the School of Foreign Service, Evan enjoys being an active part of the JSA-Hillel community. He is also very involved with the College Democrats and diversity leadership and programming at Georgetown. Evan was able to go to Israel for the first time with Birthright in Winter 2004-05, and interned at United Jewish Communities in New York City last summer. He is honored and excited to be a part of this yearís Pesach Project and looks forward to all it has to offer.

Charlotte Davis, from Portsmouth, VA, is a Senior at George Mason University studying Government and International Politics. She is planning to continue at George Mason next year, studying for a Masterís degree in education and plans to become a teacher. She has been involved in Hillel and the Jewish community during college through Israel advocacy and excitement for Jewish community and spirituality. She is grateful to be a part of the Purim Project, where she will get to further her experiences in the ever connected Jewish world.

Liora Gelblum is a senior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is an International Economics major and a Latin American studies minor. Liora loves to travel and spent the fall semester of her junior studying in Santo Domingo and the spring semester in Budapest. She came to Georgetown University on a tennis scholarship and represented the team as the number one singles player before joining this year's Pesach Project. Liora is very involved in Georgetown's Jewish community and particularly with the Middle East Listeining and Dialogue Initiative, an on-campus organization dedicated to promoting understanding and dialogue among Jews and Arabs. She is very excited to be a part of this year's experience with the Ukranian Jewish community.

Blake J. Harris is a Senior at Georgetown University. Originally, he began the college experience in the business school, but midway through, he transferred to the College, to major in English, a language he has spoken for over twenty years. He spent the spring of his Junior year abroad to study Spanish, a language that he has not spoken for over twenty years and causes him considerable stress. Blake is the Alumni chair of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and considers this Jewish fraternity the most fun and interesting part of his collegiate life. He founded the Georgetown University Book Club. His favorite ice cream is banana.

Jacqueline Lilinshtein is currently a sophomore at The George Washington University. She is majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in International Economics and Europe. She is minoring in Art History, also a personal interest of hers. Jacqueline is from Livingston, New Jersey and attended Solomon Schecter Day School, a conservative Jewish school. During her senior year in high school she spent two months traveling around Israel. While attending high school she was very involved in the Jewish community, participating in various events and organizations and members of her synagogue, Bínai Shalom in West Orange. At George Washington, she continues her involvement in the Jewish community and Hillel. She is very excited about her visit to Ukraine, to reconnect with the Jewish community abroad and she hopes to come back speaking better Russian.

Naomi Schimmel is a Senior at The George Washington University. She is majoring in Psychology and is interested in working in a school. She is originally from New York City and went to a Jewish Day School for ten years. She grew up participating in Young Judaea and spent a year in Israel on their Year Course program before coming to GW. Throughout college she has taught at a Hebrew School in DC and has been active in the GW Hillel. She canít wait to go to Ukraine!

Rachel Seitz, originally from Seattle, WA, is currently a student at American University, majoring in International Studies. Rachel has been actively involved at AU through CORE, teaching at Temple Micah, working as a research assistant at the National Defense Council Foundation, and working with her sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi. In high school, Rachel was involved with USY and traveled to Israel through the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. She has also traveled with the People to People Student Ambassador Program. Rachel loves visiting other countries and immersing in their culture and therefore looks forward to an unforgettable experience in Ukraine!

Sam Seligman is a Freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is studying anthropology and has a deep interested in biblical archeology and history. His family originally hailing from Eastern Europe, Sam hopes to reconnect with his Jewish roots while in Ukraine. He believes the Purim Project to be the opportunity of a lifetime.

Naomi Wolf is currently a Junior at The George Washington University, majoring in psychology. Originally from Western Massachusetts, Naomi has moved around quite a bit, also experiencing life in Atlanta, Boston and most recently, Philadelphia. Throughout her life, Naomi has been very involved in the Jewish community, as a camper at Camp Ramah in New England and as an active member of United Synagogue Youth. She remains active in the Jewish scene at college by being an integral part of the Hillel community and as an AVI CHAI Fellow for the 2003-2004 school year. Having done very little traveling abroad, Naomi is anxiously looking forward to the upcoming trip to Ukraine.


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