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Thank you to conexx Summer Student Volunteers

conexx is fortunate to have a group of enthusiastic and committed student volunteers.


L to R: Gabe Cohen, Zach Banov, Biddy Fraga, and Ben Brasch;
Not in Picture: Sylvie Dodell and Ethan Arbiser

Ethan Arbiser is a rising sophomore at Emory University having attended Atlanta Jewish Academy (formerly known as Yeshiva High School). He is active in Emory Chapter of TAMID. TAMID is campus club pioneering a new model of professional development on 15 college campuses in the context of Israel’s economy Ethan is currently studying in Israel.

Ben Brasch is a rising sophomore at Indiana University after having graduated from Atlanta Jewish Academy (formally known as Yeshiva Atlanta). Ben is studying Accounting and Finance at the Kelley School of Business. After returning from his trip to Israel, Ben decided that he wanted to be more intertwined with his Jewish roots and currently has a job cooking kosher food for Hillel’s sports grill at Indiana.

Gabriel Cohen is a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech who went to the Weber School. He is studying mechanical engineering and wants to go into operations consulting. His favorite memory from Israel is the wonderful home hospitality he received from a family in Yokneam.

Sylvie Dodell is a recent alumna of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, having previously attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and Roswell High School. She received a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology. Sylvie is looking for her first position in public health research, healthcare research or statistical data analysis. Sylvie looks forward to her first visit to Israel to spend time with family and friends.

Biddy Fraga is a rising junior at NYU having attended Atlanta International School. She is majoring in political science and minoring in economics and studio art. Her family has long been emotionally connected to Israel and as such has instilled in her a sense of belonging and solidarity with the country. She has taken trips to Israel to visit family and to contribute to two special family projects: The Victor Bentata Program for the Advancement of Mathematically Talented Youth affiliated with the Bar-Ilan University and The Victor Bentata Program providing scholarships for children in the Bet-Sabah Orphanage (formerly Alazraki in Netanya) to allow them to attend university.

Zach Banov is a rising sophomore at the University of Georgia from the Weber School in Sandy Springs. He is constantly changing his major, currently resting on pre-med…no wait, pre-dentistry. Zach has family that lives in Israel. His aunt and uncle live in Ra’anana while his cousins live in Tel-Aviv. Zach also has two close friends who recently enlisted in the IDF working through advanced training and pilot school.

Should you know a student that might be interested in volunteering with conexx during the academic year or over the summer, please have them be in touch with Guy Tessler (gtessler@conexx.org) or Barry Swartz (bswartz@conexx.org).


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