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December 03, 2009 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-12-03

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December 3 = 2009

Student Leaders

Emerson Fellows chosen on 3 state
campuses to advocate for Israel.

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hree Michigan student lead-
ers have been designated
Emerson Fellows, a campus
initiative entering its third year from
StandWithUs, the nonprofit, interna-
tional Israel education organization.
They are: Jackie Swartz, Michigan
State University; Benjamin Kaminsky,
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
and Foster Davis, University of
Michigan-Flint.
The annual Fellowship selects and
trains students from campuses across
America and Canada to run events
that teach about Israel; 39 student
leaders from 39 campuses have been
hired for the 2009-10 school year. It
is funded by philanthropists Rita and
Steve Emerson.(www.emersonfellow-
ship.com ).
Majoring in social work at MSU,
Schwartz is president of the Israeli
Culture Club, TIP-C: Team Israel
Programming Committee. In October,
she organized a movie night, showing
Yossi and Jagger and is planning Israel
Fest, showcasing Israel beyond the
conflict.
Kaminsky is majoring in finance
and is vice president of the Tamid Israel
Investment Group at the University of
Michigan. He "hopes to better educate
people about the realities in the Middle
East, and create support for Israeli poli-
cies." His first project was a screening
of The Forgotten Refugees about the
mass expulsion of Jews from Arab
countries and Iran when the State of
Israel was created in 1948. Also, Avi
Jorisch will speak about his experi-
ences embedded with Hezbollah and
international terror financing.
University of Michigan-Flint sociol-
ogy graduate student Foster Davis is
president of the newly reinstated Jewish
Student Union. "The goal of my events
is to further educate the students and
foster exigent dialogue,' he said. He is

planning an Israel 101 presentation;
a session on the "History of Israel
Through Maps" by StandWithUs
education-research director Roberta
Seid, Ph.D., and an address by Israeli
Sgt. Benjamin Anthony, "Our Soldiers
Speak," who will relay his experiences
from the battlefield.
The students began by attending
an August conference in Los Angeles
geared towards training them as
StandWithUs Emerson Fellows. They
learned skills and facts to help them
clarify Israel's image and combat anti-
Israel rhetoric and stereotypes.
Throughout the year, the Fellows
will build relationships with their cam-
pus groups and individuals to create
informative, balanced and educational
events. They will report back to SWU
campus staff to evaluate program effec-
tiveness and network among them-
selves to ensure consistency.
SWU Emerson Fellows receive a
stipend. They are eligible to join the
StandWithUs Taglit Birthright Israel
trip or be chosen to intern at the
StandWithUs office in Israel in the
summer of 2010.
More than 120 candidates applied
for and were interviewed for this year's
Fellowship.
StandWithUs, an international, non-
profit Israel education organization,
hosts speakers and conferences, offers
W eb site resources and creates bro-
chures and materials about Israel that
are distributed globally (www.standwi-
thus.com ). Based in Los Angeles, the
organization has offices across the U.S.
and in Israel and the United Kingdom.
SWU was founded in 2001
in response to the public's need
and desire for more information
about the Arab-Israeli conflict.
StandWithUsCampus helps college
students challenge anti-Israel bias.
(www.standwithuscampus.com ). L_1

Artist Fellowships
Emerging and established Metro
Detroit literary and performing
artists can now apply for one of 18
$25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowships at
www.kresgeartsindetroit.org .
The fellowships are funded by
the Kresge Foundation and admin-
istered by the College for Creative

Studies in Detroit, with professional
development opportunities for the
selected fellows provided by ArtServe
Michigan.
The college will host informa-
tion sessions 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7,
and Wednesday, Jan. 13, for artists
interested in applying. To sign up to
attend, visit the Web site.

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