Undergraduate Fellows

Alexa Fosdick

Alexa is a graduating senior majoring in Political Science. She joined BIJLIS in a desire to continue learning about Israeli politics and culture after spending a semester abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Alexa is interested in the mental health effects of political violence. She was born and raised in the Bay Area, California.

Talia Harris

Talia Harris is a junior from Los Angeles, CA, and has been a fellow at the Berkeley Institute since January 2020. Talia currently works for the Berkeley Law Center for Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law and is very interested in international relations. Once she graduates from Berkeley, she hopes to move to Washington DC and be involved in Middle Eastern politics with the State Department or a think tank. In her free time, Talia loves reading historical novels and practicing her skills in graphic design.

Randy Cantz 

Randy Cantz is a junior at UC Berkeley pursuing a degree in History and a minor in Public Policy. He is focused on gaining critical insights into the measures necessary to institute salient and long-lasting policies at state and national levels. An active member of his school’s community, Randy is Vice President of Phi Alpha Theta, UC Berkeley’s history honor society, a Senior Associate for the Chief Legal Officer in the ASUC’s Office of Legal Affairs, and Advocacy Director of Berkeley Hillel’s Challah for Hunger chapter. Randy’s goal is to ultimately pursue a career centered on social advocacy, focusing specifically on the way in which technology shapes law, democracy, and social memory.

Noam Haykeen

Noam Haykeen is a Junior studying Political Science. He is passionate about Israeli politics, especially matters concerning elections. Noam is also an Undergraduate Fellow of the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. He has experience conducting research and engaging in communications for diverse platforms including U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman, California State Senator Robert Hertzberg, and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. He has also published numerous op-eds dealing with policy developments and current affairs in many news outlets throughout the United States and Israel.

Maya Rosen

Maya Rosen is a junior from Long Beach, CA and has been a fellow at the Institute since Fall 2019. Maya is studying Political Science with minors in History and Jewish Studies and hopes to attend law school after graduation. Outside of the Institute, she is an undergraduate research assistant and volunteers at an Oakland elementary school.

Emily Gallo

My name is Emily Gallo and I am a third year student at UC Berkeley studying Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Education. Outside of my classes I am involved with my sorority Tri Delta, our student government the ASUC, Hillel, and of course the Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. 

Ana Light 

I am hoping to study Psychology and maybe minor in Art or Anthropology. I grew up in Seattle and moved to Irvine at the beginning of high school. When I am not in class you can find me either playing Ultimate Frisbee, camping, swing dancing or drinking a lot of coffee! I speak German and Hebrew and spent a gap year volunteering in Berlin and living on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu in Israel. A fun fact about me is: I have a pet goat!

Amir Grunhaus

My name is Amir Grunhaus. I was born and raised in Costa Rica. I am currently intending to double major in Political Science and Economics at the University of California Berkeley. 

Carmel Tenenbaum

Carmel is a freshman studying Media Studies and Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations. Right now she is working on the social media platform of the Berkeley Institute trying to increase student engagement. She hopes to either go into human rights law, journalism, or event management.

Benjamin Mizrachi

I am a sophomore at UC Berkeley pursuing a double major in Product Design and Political Economy (unrelated majors). I was born in Panama City, Panama but was raised in San Diego, CA. I have always been very passionate about Israel and Judaism and spent a gap year in Israel after high school learning more about Israel, Zionism, and Judaism. When not studying or planning activities for the Jewish community at Cal, I am running, cooking, and finding new spots to go hiking!

Julian Gershon

My name is Julian Gershon and I am senior studying Political Economy. I have been an undergraduate fellow in the Berkeley Institute for the last two years. I am from Los Angeles and will be working for Teach For America next year in LA teaching math to high school students. I hope to attend law school after my two-year commitment to TFA. During my free time, I like to play chess, watch movies, and hang out with friends.

Nicole Farahan

Nicole was born in Indiana and moved to Los Angeles when she was entering middle school. She is a senior studying Business Administration at the Haas School of Business. She is also earning a minor in Jewish Studies. Her favorite hobbies include running and baking.

Dan Krasner

Daniel Krasner is a Senior from San Diego CA, and has been a fellow in the Institute since Spring of 2019. Daniel interned as a research analyst for an angel investor for the last two summers and hopes to pursue a career in business after graduation. Daniel enjoys traveling, surfing, skateboarding, and watching soccer.

Celene Afari

Celene is a junior from Los Angeles, CA and is currently pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Global Management. She is also minoring in Global Poverty and Practice, as she hopes to further explore the intersection of Business and International Law.

Daniella Rosen

Daniella is a junior-transfer student from San Diego, California and she has been a fellow at the Berkeley Institute since September 2019. She is studying Political Economy and hopes to attend law school after graduating from Berkeley and specialize in educational law. In her free time, she enjoys writing for a local satirical paper, being with her friends and family, and playing soccer.

Samantha Behar

Samantha Behar is a junior at UC Berkeley studying History with a minor in Public Policy. Samantha has been involved with the Institute since Spring 2019. She is from Los Angeles and was studying abroad in Rome this past semester. At Berkeley, Samantha is also involved with her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and Hillel.

Ella Pallenberg

Ella is a third year student from Los Angeles, California studying Political Science and History. Outside the Institute, she is involved in Hillel, her sorority, and the student government at UC Berkeley. She is also a research assistant in the Political Science Department and works for the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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