The Susan Wakil Fellowship

What have you done lately for the world?

The Susan Wakil Fellowship is an unparalleled student leadership program. The Fellowship provides a nurturing platform for Jewish students to learn how to make an impact upon the issues that are being felt by their fellow students and fellow Australians.

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During the fellowship, Michael hopes to improve his political knowledge and skills. He also seeks to engage with like-minded individuals to organise and implement a successful project that impacts university students.  

Michael is passionate about youth empowerment and education and was formally the Federal President of Bnei Akiva where he was involved in the implementation of programs which enhanced the educational and personal development of school students. He also worked in a Community Legal Centre providing advice in relation to a range of areas of law to people who are unable to afford legal assistance and representation or are unable to obtain access to the legal system due to language barriers or other disadvantages.

Zoë Kay studies Arts at The University of Melbourne, majoring in Philosophy and English and Theatre Studies.

Zoë is interested in ethical theory and moral psychology and is passionate about smashing the stigma and improving services in youth mental health and well-being.

From the fellowship Zoë hopes to cultivate a comprehensive understanding about how being politically informed – and therefore engaged – can better inspire individuals to articulate what it is they feel needs to change. From there, how can we navigate or establish the means through which to change it?

Currently, Zoë works at headspace as a Youth Peer Support Worker as part of their Youth Early Psychosis Program. Previously she has volunteered with organisations such as Flying Fox and worked in other disability support services supporting young adults transitioning into independent part-time work.

James Breckler is studying commerce and law at Monash University, majoring in finance.

James is interested in mental health and well-being, the economy and privatisation of government services. James hopes to develop his political and leadership skills, whilst putting together a program that can assist students to adapt to life outside and after university.

In 2018 James was elected to the Monash Student Association, where he worked on increasing student engagement with campus life. James has also worked as a paralegal and in the finance and compliance for a sports betting company. James also volunteers at CSG and PragerU.

Nufar Gofman is a fifth-year Arts (Politics) and Laws (Hons) student at Monash University. Nufar enjoys learning about different electoral systems and is passionate about political engagement, housing affordability and cycling infrastructure.

During the fellowship, Nufar wants to promote positive social change by building meaningful coalitions and refining her advocacy skills.

Throughout her university years, Nufar has held state and campus executive positions in AUJS, as Political Officer for MONJSS and Political Affairs Director for AUJS Victoria.

Belinda Goldman, is a Monash University student currently undertaking a Business and Arts degree, Majoring Journalism and Marketing at the Caulfield campus. Belle is passionate about human rights and equality, aged care and social justice.

During the Fellowship Belle hopes to be equipped with the necessary tools and resources that are fundamental for change and societal development, as well as to facilitate an opportunity to pursue political endeavours.

Belle has completed a political internship with Minister Philip Dalidakis and currently writes for a reporting based television show designed for millennials.

grodeck photo of meLauren Winn studies Arts and Law at Monash University majoring in Human Rights. She is interested in feminism, criminal justice reform, climate change and animal rights.

During the fellowship, Lauren hopes to learn more about politics, how the Australian political system works and how to affect change on a larger scale.

Lauren was the Head of Education and the Australian representative to the world movement at Hashomer Hatzair (Hashy). She currently facilitates workshops about consent for high school students with the organisation, ‘Empowered Together’.

Elisheva Madar studies Law and Political Science at the Australian National University in Canberra. Eli is interested in immigration policy, tertiary education policy, international diplomacy and ethnocultural diversity.

Through the Fellowship Eli hopes to better understand the most effective means of creating an effective and harmonious multicultural Australia.

In 2017 Eli was the ACT President of AUJS and in 2018 held the position of the National Conferences Convenor. Eli has been a national organiser and facilitator with United Nations Youth for 6 years. She was the Women’s Officer for the ACT Debating Union and was an organiser of the 2017 Australasian Women’s Debating Championship.

Currently, Elisheva is the Branch President for all Faith and Religion Societies at ANU.

Jonathan Moallem is studying a Bachelor of Science in IT, Majoring in Enterprise Systems Development at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). His studies primarily focus on games, and mobile and web app development.

Jonathan is interested in sustainability, data privacy, and artificial intelligence development. During the fellowship, Jonathan hopes to promote technological literacy, as he believes that current trends in data-sharing and AI development may lead to unexpected social and political complications.

Jonathan has served in university-level roles as President of the Sydney chapter of the international Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), and campus Vice President of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS).

Jessica Harrison studies a double degree of Arts (Development Studies and Indigenous Studies) and Fine Arts at UNSW. Jess is interested in Australia’s current treatment and policies concerning refugees and people seeking asylum.

During the Fellowship, Jess hopes to upskill herself in community organising and mobilising youth-based activism surrounding this issue.

During my time in Netzer Australia (the Progressive Jewish Youth Movement) Jess held positions of Federal President and Head of Education. Jess also volunteers at the Asylum Seekers Centre in Sydney and is involved in community actions in the refugee support sector.

Eve Altman studies Political, Economic, and Social Science at the University of Sydney. Eve is interested in political science, gender equality, and environmental sustainability, namely combating climate change.

During the fellowship, Eve hopes to find more ways to engage university students in community organising and to develop her own political skills.

Eve was the Sydney President of Habonim Dror in 2017 and was the camp coordinator in both 2016 and 2018. Eve facilitated the Teen Program at the 2018 Sydney Yom Limmud and is a member of the Jewish Board of Deputies Social Justice Committee. Currently, Eve works for the Sydney Alliance as the Training Coordinator and Jewish Community Organiser on the Voices for Power Campaign.

Mandy Calmonson studied a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Government and International Relations and American Studies and currently studies a Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney.

Mandy is interested in social justice, politics and the law, specifically women’s rights and representation within society and politics.

During the fellowship, Mandy hopes to understand and investigate women’s roles in leadership and within the government.

Mandy was a previous seminar and camp leader at FZY in Manchester, England and also an executive committee member of the North Manchester branch. Mandy was also an executive committee member of the United States Studies Centre Society.

Nell Cohen is studying Arts (Media and Communications) at the University of Sydney. She is interested in media, climate change action and youth informal education.

During the fellowship, Nell hopes to build a greater understanding of the Australian political-media landscape and skills in professional networking.

Nell has taken on many leadership roles in Habonim Dror including educator, camp coordinator and Head of Public Relations. She is currently an educator at Emanuel Synagogue and StandUp, and a communications specialist at an IT company. Nell has previously been published in Plus 61J, Et Cetera, Honi Soit and Pulp, and is continuing to develop the national online student publication Et Cetera as an editor.

Samuel Radford studies a dual degree of International Studies (International Relations) and Media (Communications and Journalism) at the University of New South Wales.

Sam is interested in Geopolitical Issues, International Diplomacy and Media Power dynamics. During the fellowship, Sam is hoping to learn about new and interesting ideas developed by the perspectives of the other fellows.

Sam is currently a political staffer in the NSW Legislative Council as well as a Government Relations Research Assistant at Amnesty International Australia.

Joshua Spicer is a 3rd-year student at the University of Technology Sydney where he was awarded the Bachelor of Accounting Co-Operative Scholarship. He has completed an internship at PwC (formerly PPB Advisory) in its Restructuring and Consulting Divisions and is currently working as a Finance Intern at Cuscal Limited.

Josh’s passions lie in debating, public speaking and in helping high school students become better communicators as a debating coach.

During his time with the fellowship, Joshua hopes to enhance his leadership skills and work with University societies, student and business to forester intergenerational collaboration and mentorship opportunities for university students.

Josh has been highly involved with AUJS, AEPI and the CSG for the last 2 years and is now serving as the Vice President of AUJS at the University of Technology Sydney. He has previously served as the Treasurer of AEPI Sydney and AUJS UTS where he improved collections processes and grew both organisations budgets.