The Avi Schaefer Fund (ASF) is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Avi Schaefer Seek Peace and Pursue It Award, honoring students, academic faculty, staff, or university administrators who have stood up in a public way for peace, justice, and compassion on their college campus. These outstanding campus changemakers share, express, and put into action the values that Avi Schaefer, z”l, lived.
On Friday, Feb. 8, Hillel and the Muslim Student Association will host the ninth annual Avi Schaefer Shabbat at Union.
“This Muslim Jewish Dialogue Dinner is an amazing event open to students, staff and community members of all faiths and backgrounds,” says Hannah Ellen ’19, Hillel social justice chair, who has helped lead and champion the dinner since coming to Union.
“I’m very grateful that we have this event at Union,” said Uma Kalsoom ’19, co-president of the Muslim Students Association, who has been involved since her sophomore year. “It’s a perfect opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue about relevant world issues that affect both Muslims and Jews.”
ASF thanks all the campuses that joined us for Avi Shabbat 2018!
American University Hillel
*Arizona State University Hillel
*Baruch, John Jay, and City College Hillels
*Boston University Hillel
Brody Jewish Center – Hillel at University of Virginia
Brown RISD Hillel
Central Michigan Hillel
Colorado State University Hillel
Davis and Sacramento Hillel
Franklin and Marshall Hillel
George Mason Hillel
Goucher Hillel and Goucher Interfaith Council
Hofstra University Hillel
*Lehigh University Hillel and the University Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
*Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Hillel
Metro Detroit Hillel
Michigan State University Hillel
Middlebury College Hillel
NC State Hillel
Ohio State University (OSU) Hillel
Oregon State Hillel, Oregon Hillel Foundation
Santa Barbara Hillel
SF Hillel and I-Team
Silicon Valley Hillel
Southern Maine Hillel
Stony Brook Hillel
SUNY Geneseo Hillel
Susquehanna University Hillel
Syracuse University Hillel
The College of Charleston Hillel/JSU
Towson University Hillel
*Trinity College Hillel
U Penn Hillel
UC San Diego Hillel
UNC-Chapel Hill Hillel
*Union College Hillel
University of Connecticut Hillel
University of Delaware Hillel
University of Georgia (UGA) Hillel
*University of Illinois Hillel: Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life
University of Miami Hillel
University of Rhode Island Hillel
University of Rochester Hillel
University of Southern California Hillel
*Virginia Tech Hillel
Wellesley College Hillel
Westchester, Pace University Hillel
Inaugural Avi Schaefer Seek Peace and Pursue It Award Recipients
Alana Kessler (American University Graduate School 2018), Amr Acoub (Trinity College 2018),
Ashley Schnaar (Michigan State University 2018), Dr. Elizabeth Sink (Colorado State University),
Dr. Melanie Wilson (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Emerson Finkle (University of Rochester 2019), Hannah Ellen (Union College Hillel 2019), Merall Sherif (Colorado State University 2020),
Miriam Roochvarg (NC State 2018), Uma Kalsoom (Union College 2019)
ASF Inspirational Grantees*
Arizona State University, Baruch College, Boston University, Lehigh University
Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Hillel Milwaukee, Trinity College, Union College
University of Illinois, Virginia Tech
For more information about ASF programs, grants, or partnerships, or to learn more about Avi, please email us at email@example.com
Jewish News written by Jeff Kronenfeld
The Council of Religious Advisors at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus elected Debbie Yunker Kail, executive director of Hillel at ASU, as its new president.
Made up of professionals from campus faith-based organizations, CORA offers member organizations a platform to engage with each other and university leadership. It assists in orientations for incoming students, including more than 40 day-long orientations held throughout the summer, and helps students find religious counseling and volunteer opportunities, as well as holding spiritual awareness fairs on campus. CORA councils exist on each of ASU’s four campuses; the Tempe council is the largest with 31 member organizations, including Hillel, Jewish Arizonans on Campus and Chabad at ASU.
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June 4, 2018 – Santa Barbara, CA – The Avi Schaefer Fund (ASF) is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Avi Schaefer Seek Peace and Pursue It Awards, to recognize campus changemakers who share, express, and put into action the values that Avi lived. The award honors students, academic faculty or administrators who have stood up in a public way for peace, justice, and compassion on their college campus.
Union has again been named a winner of a HEED Award by Insight Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
This marks the fifth straight year the school has been honored by the magazine, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Jewish Journal written by Ryan Torok
Writer and actor Gili Getz performs his one-man, one-act play that explores the American-Jewish community’s difficulty with discussing Israel in an honest way. A former Israeli military photographer, Getz stages his performance as part of Avi Shabbat, a Shabbat dinner held on college campuses that honors the life of Avi Schaefer, who served in the Israeli army and was struck and killed by a drunken driver in 2010. A Shabbat dinner and discussion will follow the performance. 6 p.m. Free. Loyola Marymount University, St. Roberts Auditorium.
The Brown and White written by Andre Verduzco
In the early hours of February 12, 2010, Avi Schaefer was killed by a drunk driver while walking back to campus at Brown University.
To keep Schaefer’s memory alive, his family started the Avi Schaefer fund, which aims to foster discussion among groups that often don’t communicate with one another. Schaefer had hopes of creating dialogue between Jewish and Palestinian people.
Today, February 12, 2018, marks the 8th anniversary/yahrzeit of Avi’s tragic death. At the same time, we mark eight years of keeping his memory alive, and harnessing the power of his legacy. Avi has been an inspiration for so many others who feel empowered to be the change they want to see in the world.
Avi wanted to live in a world where people cared more about understanding than winning. Avi wanted people to share their true feelings and personal narratives. He knew and acted on the belief that “an enemy is someone whose story you have not yet heard.”
The Forward written by Seffi Kogan
Monuments are not mere markers of history; they are instruments of memory. Whom we choose to memorialize says a great deal about who we are as a people. Addressing Amherst College in 1963, President John F. Kennedy said: “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” Choosing to remove offensive monuments is a decision that should not be made lightly. But leaving them standing is also a decision.