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We all love to read about success stories. Specially when you know that somehow, you had something to do with it.

The students that receive these Merit Scholarships continue to make us proud, through their involvement in the communities and doing their part to make this world a better place.

Read these stories and we hope that they will inspire you as much as they do to us to continue supporting this well-worthed cause.

Dovrat Zilberstein;
Received award in: 2006-07

Dovrat has been working at The American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for the past three years, in the Former Soviet Union department.

She focuses primarily in Moscow, helping the local Jewish community to rebuild its community infrastructures after years of Soviet Regime where all aspects of Jewish life were forbidden.

Whether it is helping elderly Jews living their final years with dignity, supporting families at risk, or cultivating new leadership, her work is always challenging, interesting and rewarding.

Above all, it fills her with pride being a part of the global Jewish community who helps Jews around the world in times of need.

Lior Sheffer;
Received award in: 2009

As a graduate of the Hebrew University’s Public Policy MA program, Lior spent a year at the University of Toronto in Canada as part of a graduate exchange program supported by the School of Public Policy.

When the academic year ended, he returned to work in the Knesset — Israel’s parliament — as a parliamentary assistant and policy advisor. Lior hopes to continue his involvement in policy planning in Israel, either in the legislative or the executive branch. In particular, he hopes to be involved in shaping reforms to the Israeli election rule in hopes of increasing the stability of the local political system and shifting its focus to long-term planning.

Yishai Neeman;
Received award in: 2009

As director of pricing in the Israeli Ministry of Health,Yishai is responsible of rendering pharmaceuticals and clinical procedures economically affordable and equally accessible to all Israelis, regardless of their personal socioeconomic status.

Shira Shato;
Received award in: 2011

Born in Ethiopia, Shira received her Masters degree from the Honors Graduate Program at the School of Public Policy. She served as a Jewish Agency young emissary at the Hillel of the Ohio State University.

She also worked in a division of the Civil Service Commission for the Prime Minister’s Office, responsible for the Welfare Ministry. She focuses on the Ethiopian Jews and their integration.

Ehud Uziel;
Received award in: 2012

Ehud received his MA at the Federman School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He started his social activity in a youth movement and after serving in the IDF he worked as a teacher in Tevel (a multi-cultural program for secondary schools). Then he joined the educational team Beit Morasha College in Jerusalem and developed curricula of Jewish-Israeli identity for schools, the IDF and the police.

He was coordinator for International Humanitarian Law (IHL) at ACRI working on public outreach relating to human rights in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also leads guided tours to the Separation Barrier and volunteers for “15-Minutes”— a civil advocacy group that promotes public transportation in Israel.


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