Em Hilton, who is spending her fellowship year working at Ofek, is the Nomi Fein and Leibel Fein Fellow. Em is a Jewish anti-occupation activist living between Israel and the UK. She is a co-founder of Na’amod: British Jews against the Occupation and sits on the Steering Committee of the Center for Jewish Non-Violence. Emily has written extensively on the issue of Israel/Palestine, antisemitism, and leftist politics for Tribune, Huck, Jewish Currents, +972 Magazine and the Independent. She has a BA from University College London, an MPhil from Cambridge University and an LLM from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Ben Reiff, who is spending his fellowship year working at +972 Magazine, is the Richard J. Israel Fellow. Ben is a writer and activist from the UK. He pursued his master’s degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford, and completed a dissertation exploring the disconnect between the Mizrahi struggle and the Israeli left. He is the head of English communications at the grassroots Jewish-Arab socialist movement Standing Together (part-time), and his writing has appeared in +972 Magazine, Haaretz and Vashti. He spent last year in Jerusalem studying Hebrew and Arabic and participating in the Achvat Amim program.
Sam Stein, who is spending his fellowship year working at Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights, is the Jay E. Orlin Fellow. Sam grew up in Lawrence, New York, in a large Orthodox community. He holds a BA in English Literature from Hunter College. He spent the 2018-2019 academic year teaching middle school English in Fukuoka, Japan. After his time abroad, Sam moved to Tel Aviv to pursue anti-occupation activism and became involved with All That’s Left: An Anti-Occupation Collective. Eventually, Sam decided to move to Jerusalem to be closer to the political hub of Israel and the West Bank. In the spring of 2021, Sam joined the Center for Jewish Non-Violence and spent four months living in Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills, where he learned Arabic and documented settler and military violence in the area. Sam is dedicated to fighting for human rights in Israel-Palestine, and he is excited for the NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellowship to be the next part of his journey.
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