NEW GENERATIONS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
The New Generations Leadership Council leads all of NIFC’s activities for New Generations, our community of people in their 20s and 30s. Keep reading to learn more about each of our Council members.
With the help of this group of skilled leaders, we are expanding NIFC’s New Generations work — so join our mailing list for announcements of future events, trainings, and calls to action.
NIFC New Generations is a community of people in their 20s and 30s who actively support the advancement of progressive civil society and democracy in Israel, equality for all those living under its authority, and an end to the occupation.
Syvanne is a Master of Arts Candidate in Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa as well as a trilingual (English/French/Hebrew) project coordinator, writer, and researcher. Passionate about active citizenship and engagement, Syvanne has worked in several capacities to establish experiential learning opportunities with various stakeholders and titleholders, working towards meaningful participation within governments and the United Nations, specifically related to environment and climate change policies. Syvanne has experience as a Middle East and North Africa Researcher, focusing on women and queer activism movements. Being born in Israel, Syvanne is passionate about NIF’s mission, promoting human rights and equality in the region.
Sarah is a Policy Analyst with the Government of Canada. She holds an MA in Global Politics from McMaster University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Victoria. Throughout her studies, Sarah focused on Israel, Palestine, and the Jewish diaspora; seeking to understand the impact of identity, trauma, and power on geopolitics. Sarah is a passionate community advocate and believes firmly in advancing equitable peace through compassion, knowledge, and action. She has served on several volunteer boards and is excited to mobilize this experience with the NIFC New Gen Council. Alongside championing progressive Jewish causes, Sarah is vocal feminist and avid animal-lover. In her free time, she can usually be found walking her dog, Dan, along the Ottawa river or flying home to BC to escape Ontario’s weather.
Rachel grew up in Toronto attending Jewish day school, and completed high school during the war in Gaza, prompting her to reflect and engage critically with the Israeli Palestinian Conflict. While in University, she completed a semester abroad in Hebrew University, studying the conflict from an academic perspective, and engaging with Israelis and Palestinians with lived experience. Rachel recently completed a B.A and Masters in Public Policy and is committed to using her skills and experience to advocate for a more equitable society in Israel and an end to the Occupation.
Alex is a queer disabled Jew who’s passionate about building spaces for intersectional togetherness. Whether it be a casual hang out to celebrate a big life transition or a 30 hour global Shavuot festival with 51 facilitators, Alex strives to build bridges and entry points across her/their many communities and identities while encouraging those around her/them to find unity, mutual respect and understanding, and joy in being in relationship with those different from ourselves. When Alex isn’t building intentional community, they can be found eating pickles, listening to pop punk, and/or swooning over dogs.
Jill Smith is a queer artist and non-profit fundraiser, born and based in Toronto. Jill has years of experience in philanthropic development and membership-based giving programs, with previous roles as Donor Programs Officer at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and Philanthropy Coordinator at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation. Currently, she is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Waterloo. Jill obtained an Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western University and is an active member of the Toronto arts community, such as with her work as Member of the Special Events and Fundraising Committee for Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, and as Board Member of Arts Assembly. Jill is passionate about social justice, the future of Jewish education, and connecting people with cause – as well as her partner, friends and family, her cat Lola, travelling, camping, and baking!
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