Overview of MAZON’s Hunger Fellows Program

The MAZON Hunger Fellowship gives bright Jewish leaders in Southern California the training, Jewish context and resources they need to affect change on college campuses. By engaging in panel discussions with subject-matter experts, developing fundraising strategies and planning advocacy events, the MAZON Hunger Fellows will lead the way for Hillel student involvement in anti-hunger work.

Over the course of a year, MAZON Hunger Fellows will:

  • Partner with influential organizations in the anti-hunger community
  • Plan and execute campus events to raise awareness
  • Study Jewish social justice texts
  • Engage in meaningful advocacy projects
  • Deepen the understanding of hunger through panel discussions with anti-hunger community experts
  • Bring anti-hunger programming and learning to their college campuses

If you are interested in bringing this opportunity to your Hillel campus, or you have any questions about the program, please contact our Youth Outreach Coordinator for more information. Outreach@mazon.org or (424) 208-7206. 

MAZON 2013-2014 Hunger Fellows: 

Rachel Piperno 
University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USC)

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Rachel is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Gerontology at the University of Southern California. About a year ago, Rachel traveled with USC Hillel to Ukraine to perform service work with the Jewish Community in Odessa. Rachel experienced firsthand some of the hardships Jews in Odessa encounter on a daily basis to provide for themselves and their families. This experience and many others have made her eager to address issues of social justice all over the world. As a MAZON Hunger Fellow, she hopes to increase her understanding of hunger issues and provide a space where students can learn about hunger issues worldwide. Rachel is looking forward to seeing how she will be able to better the community by building partnerships with Jewish organizations to address the challenges of hunger among the elderly and endorse independence and dignity in later life. 

 

   

Etai Evenhaim
University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USC) 

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Etai is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration at the University of Southern California. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California in an Israeli home. He is currently a Campus Entrepreneurship Initiative Intern for USC Hillel. In the past, Etai has been involved with various Jewish organizations such as Chabad and Shaili (an organization dedicated to providing food and essential supplies to Jews in need in the Encino area). He is also involved with Tamid Israel Investment Group at USC helping him be involved with Israel and Judaism through a business perspective.

 

 

Edwin Eshaghzadeh
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 

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Edwin is a UCLA senior majoring in Psychobiology. He is currently applying to dental school and pursuing oral and maxillofacial surgery. Edwin is very passionate about community service and giving back to his community. While at UCLA, he has helped start and lead ImpactLA, an after-school mentorship program for middle school students in South Central LA. Edwin is seeking to gain more knowledge about hunger issues and to become aware of the problems that lead to hunger. He understands that many people want to help, yet (just like himself) simply lack the knowledge and awareness of the issue at hand. As a MAZON Hunger Fellow, Edwin plans to educate others and bring awareness of hunger issues to his peers. Little by little, he hopes to change the face of hunger. 

 

  

Ariel Karwat
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 

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Ariel is a senior majoring in Psychobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, she is co-president of ImpactLA, a leadership program for students in South Central LA, as well as a health educator with Peer Health Exchange, teaching nutrition and physical activity to high school freshman. Ariel was a campus engagement intern for UCLA Hillel, in which she created the initiative “Hillel Healthy Living.” Back in Berkeley, her home city, she ran a Shabbat food delivery service for elderly and home-bound individuals, as well as helped coordinate families to volunteer at the local men’s shelter. As a MAZON Fellow, she hopes to broaden her understanding of hunger issues, and to develop the skills necessary to organize and enact change in the way the people think about, view, and distribute food. 

 

 

Micah Shachar
Los Angeles Pierce College 

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Micah is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Science and Management at Los Angeles Pierce College. A native to Los Angeles, he has been a regular volunteer with Tree People, volunteered in the CSU Northridge sustainability club community garden, and has volunteered at the Children’s Hunger Fund in Los Angeles. He has been involved in the student government at Pierce College in recent years and is currently involved in the AGS honors society at Pierce College. Micah is an active member at California State University Northridge (CSUN) Hillel and was assistant leader at the MAZON Seder there last year. As a MAZON Hunger Fellow, Micah hopes to be an effective advocate for reducing hunger and learn more about being a part of a non-profit organization.

 

Andrew Gregg
American Jewish University, Los Angeles (AJU)

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Originally from Texas, Andrew is a senior Jewish Studies major at American Jewish University. Andrew is the Treasurer of the Associated Students of AJU and previously represented the Jewish Studies department on the AJU Academic Task Force. Last year Andrew founded the AJU Organic Community Garden and participated in American Jewish World Service’s Reverse Hunger Campaign. He has worked on a number of local and statewide political campaigns, most notably Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign in Texas and the successful No on Prop 32 campaign in 2012. Andrew believes that hunger is a systematic societal ill that can be lessened through reforms that provide equal access to food. He is excited to be a Hunger Fellow and hopes to become an effective hunger advocate. He’s also excited to use his experiences with MAZON to create hunger programming at AJU that bridges the gap from awareness to action.