Our focus on college campus programs was inspired by Avi’s experience. We wanted to start where Avi left off. We wanted to create the difference Avi envisioned. Sharing his story as an example of how one person can be the difference, on one campus, at one point in time.

As a 21 year old freshman at Brown University Avi was a dedicated student, charismatic and friendly. He was excited and he felt empowered to make a difference. He became a natural leader and role model for the Brown Jewish community representing Israeli perspectives and reaching out a hand for peace and reconciliation. Because of his ability to listen and his willingness to honestly discuss difficult issues, he quickly began to make a difference on the Brown University campus environment.

In an open letter to the Brown Daily Herald, Avi wrote, “I went to the army so that my children will not have to – a dream I fear may not come true.” Fun-loving and outgoing, Avi made friends throughout the Brown community, sharing his passion for ideas and change with everyone he met.

Always integrating his passion for reaching out to those holding different points of view with his passion for community, friendship, and social justice, Avi showed us that one person can make a difference.

Empowerment programs for college campuses


Avi Shabbat

An annual event in cooperation with Hillels and Jewish student groups across North America bringing together students on campus for a communal Shabbat meal and shared conversation. Dedicated to raising awareness about issues related to Israel on college campuses.

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Innovation Grants / Challenge Grants

ASF Grant Programs promote creative and visionary discourse within the Jewish community, specifically surrounding conversations about Israel, the North American relationship to Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Our goal is to empower students to be change-makers. To use their leadership skills, their education, their knowledge, questioning, and commitment, providing a toolbox for engaged, open, and civil discourse.

The Fund is guided by Avi’s memory as it develops and supports projects that work toward the fulfillment of his dream of peace.



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