Eric Osovsky

Organization – USY

School – College of the Canyons

Graduation Year – 2021

Why are you excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition?

I am very excited to be a part of the pro-Israel meme competition because I’ve been attached to Israel my entire life. My father was born there and lived there until age 26, so, I visit once every two years to see my favorite cousins and family. Israel has been apart of my entirety, the culture, language, and complexities of the country have been in my roots ever since I was born. I’m really excited to judge for this competition because I have witnessed Israel on many occasions and my love for the country only grows stronger with each visit. Being a judge on this will allow me to enjoy Israel-the country I always wish to be in-in a comedic/nostalgic way.

Why did you want to be a judge in this competition?

After the opportunity was presented, I thought this would be a fun and inventive way to educate and shed Israel in a positive light through meme culture. So many of our Far West members love memes as well as Israel, and bringing this back to my region would be my pleasure. Not only would this make controversial topics and conversation easier to teach/display, but I feel that Far West would really enjoy this format relative to a regular Israel Program. So many of our active members have a deep connection with Israel, a very specific goal of ours, and I feel that this competition would influence them to start talking about Israel in a lighter tone.

What are you looking to get out of being a judge for the pro-Israel meme competition?

I’m looking for a good laugh! As well as getting the conversation rolling. What’s so great about memes is that they spark conversation, even in the simplest of ways. I hope that as a judge, I will have the ability to bring some of these memes back to my region for a good laugh and discussion. I feel that I have a great sense of humor and am very outgoing, so I hope to be successful in my judging of the memes.

Julia Schemmer

Organization – ICC

School – University of California, Riverside

Graduation Year – 2019

Why are you excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition?

I’m excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition because I’m a pro-Israel student and the Hasbara social media fellow for the only pro-Israel club on Brooklyn College campus, Bulldogs for Israel. It will be a fun opportunity.

Why did you want to be a judge in this competition?

I wanted to be a judge in this competition because it seemed like something so cool and interesting and has everything I’m interested in, social media and Israel.

What are you looking to get out of being a judge for the pro-Israel meme competition?

I’m looking to gain skills in Israel advocacy and expand my knowledge and different viewpoints on Israel in a really fun way.

Maya Bentovim

Organization – IAC Eitanim

School – Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest

Graduation Year – 2019

Why are you excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition?

In the new age of social media, advertisers and advocators alike must find a new way to reach their target audience; that way happens to be—you guessed it—memes! I am excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition because I think that it’s important that we spread awareness about Israel to the younger generations, and memes happen to be the fun and current way to reach their demographic.

Why did you want to be a judge in this competition?

As someone who has had quite a bit of experience, both in pro-Israel advocacy and in memes, I knew that I wanted to get involved and take up this opportunity to help spread support for Israel in a unique and creative way.

What are you looking to get out of being a judge for the pro-Israel meme competition?

I am hoping to see multiple perspectives and to aid the continuity of Israel advocacy to millennials and generation X. It will be interesting, and probably entertaining, to see the various creative ways that people shine a light on Israel through memes. In the end, I think we all share a common goal: to show our support Israel and have some good laughs.

Devin Ajzenman

Organization – SAEPi

School – Brooklyn College

Graduation Year – 2019

Why are you excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition?

I’m excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition because I’m a pro-Israel student and the Hasbara social media fellow for the only pro-Israel club on Brooklyn College campus, Bulldogs for Israel. It will be a fun opportunity.

Why did you want to be a judge in this competition?

I wanted to be a judge in this competition because it seemed like something so cool and interesting and has everything I’m interested in, social media and Israel.

What are you looking to get out of being a judge for the pro-Israel meme competition?

I’m looking to gain skills in Israel advocacy and expand my knowledge and different viewpoints on Israel in a really fun way.

Jillian Kaltman

Organization – MEOR

School – Neve College For Women in Jerusalem

Graduation Year – 2018

Why are you excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition?

There are few things that I love more than memes and the land & people of Israel! Having the two united through this epic competition…What could be better!?!

Why did you want to be a judge in this competition?

I savor creativity and passion, and these are sure to be channeled by participants throughout this competition. I really look forward to seeing the entries!

What are you looking to get out of being a judge for the pro-Israel meme competition?

Memes have evolved into an artful, relevant method of communication, artistic expression, and commentary. I’m excited to gain inspiration from unique perspectives.

Tatiana Uklist

Organization – StandWithUs

School – University of Houston

Graduation Year – 2018

Why are you excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition?

Who wouldn’t be excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition?? I get to productively procrastinate while also helping a cause that’s super important to me.

Why did you want to be a judge for this competition?

One of my good friends started Israel’s Dank Meme Stash so I’ve seen not only the laughs that these memes bring, but also the conversations that usually spark from these memes. So once the opportunity to get involved in this competition came up I definitely had to take it.

What are you looking to get out of being a judge for the pro-Israel meme competition?

I’m hoping that this inspires people to keep making memes. Especially memes about Israel that not only show the real Israel in a funny way, but also spark conversations inside and outside of our community.

Eitan Ben-Aharon

Organization – NCSY

School – Katz Yeshiva High School

Graduation Year – 2019

Why are you excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition?

Judging this competition will give me a chance to see how people illustrate their ideas and feelings towards Israel, ultimately painting a huge picture as to how people perceive Israel.

Why did you want to be a judge in this competition?

So I can get a better understanding and connection to the country not only by my opinions or illustrations but from hundreds of other students.

Gal Yakir

Organization – ACT.IL

School – IDC Herzliya

Graduation Year – 2018

Why are you excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition?
I am excited to be a part of the effort to change the conversation about Israel in the social media platform, understanding what a great impact it has on our current reality.

Why did you want to be a judge for this competition?
I am happy to be representing ACT.IL as a judge. It is one of our missions to make a positive influence in the online community, along with constantly creating new content, training groups and providing them with tools to become socially active.
It is a great opportunity to meet new players in the social media scene and raise awareness to its importance worldwide.

What are you looking to get out of being a judge for the pro-Israel meme competition?
I am looking to learn new creative ways to deliver our messages to the target audience and to encourage Israel’s supporters to get involved and make a change.

Melanie Ross

OrganizationStudents Supporting Israel (SSI)

School – UCSB

Graduation Year – 2020

Why are you excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition?

I am super excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition because nothing is better than demonstrating your support for Israel through hilarious memes!

Why did you want to be a judge for this competition?

I want to be a judge because I saw how successful this competition was last year and I would love to be apart of this impactful campaign.

What are you looking to get out of being a judge for the pro-Israel meme competition?

I am looking forward to seeing a lot of creative ways to not only promote Israel as a fun and exciting place but to spread some light streaming from the pro-Israel community, showing that being pro-Israel doesn’t always mean dealing with cold politics.

Ezra Katz

OrganizationAEPi

School – Kent State University

Graduation Year – 2019

Why are you excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition?

I am addicted to Israel advocacy and memes, so to say I am excited to judge pro-Israel memes would be an understatement! If I’m not swiping right on JSwipe, I’m swiping through Israel memes, so I’m really excited to see all the amazing memes that come out of this.

Why did you want to be a judge for this competition?

I wanted to be a judge because I think memes are extremely undervalued. While some see pictures that provoke a chuckle, I see a genius way to communicate culture and ideas. Too often, we overlook the ability memes to simply, yet effectively communicate an idea. As Israel advocates, we must take advantage of such a concept so our message can win.

What are you looking to get out of being a judge for the pro-Israel meme competition?

Like I said before, memes have the ability to communicate ideas and culture in an extremely effective yet simple manner. I think that the memes in this competition will spark some great dialogue, and I’m really excited for that.