Yossi Cohen

OrganizationHasbara Fellowships

School – Santa Monica City College

Graduation Year – 2021

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

I’m excited to judge this competition because something such as this has never been done before the Milstein Meme Competition started.

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

I love finding ways to spread information about Israel through different mediums. Memes are a communication platform for many young people online right now and it would great if we could inform a large audience about Israel through them.

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

I’m looking for ways to inspire young teens (particularly those not familiar or knowledgeable about Israel’s history or culture) to take an active interest in Israel.

Tamar Lyons

OrganizationStudents Supporting Israel (SSI)

School – Ryerson University

Graduation Year – 2019

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

I’m excited to be a judge in a pro-Israel meme competition because this is a unique and innovative contest! Nothing like this has ever existed and I’m excited to be a part of something so exciting. I’m always making and sharing memes, so “memes for a cause” is a really cool concept to me!

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

I want to be a judge in this contest because I love memes and Israel, so combining these two things is amazing and exciting! Social media is the newest and most effective platform for advocacy amongst millennials and as a Media Production student, this is what I focus on. My social media savvy and love for Israel make me an ideal judge in this competition.

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

I hope to meet new people, expand my knowledge of Israel and Israel advocacy, and learn from my peers and others participating in the contest! I’m excited to get to use my passion for social media as a way to promote good causes, and I’m hoping to expand on that!

Yoseff Shachor

OrganizationAEPi
School – Hebrew University
Graduation year – 2018

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

Pretty much my entire day is just swiping through memes on my iPhone. If I’m not swiping memes, then I’m looking for a new page that has unseen memes — so that I can swipe those, too. This competition gives me the opportunity to combine the two things I love: Israel and memes. And because it’s for a pro-Israel cause, I’m not even wasting time or being unproductive. It’s win-win.

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

As someone who is very passionate about Israel, I’m really excited for any opportunity to participate in these kinds of events—especially one so relevant to me and my interests. When I heard about this competition, I knew I had to get involved.

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

I expect some good laughs, but also the opportunity to learn new things about Israel in this modern format. I think that this is a great initiative, which can do some real good in the fight against the delegitimization of Israel on college campuses. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.

Spencer Zeff

OrganizationHasbara Fellowships

School – Tufts University

Graduation year – 2020

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

I am excited to judge this pro-Israel competition due to my passion for Israel advocacy and because I understand the importance of using social media to inspire future advocates.

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

I think that using memes to share the pro-Israel perspective is a very creative way to reach the younger generation.  I find that tools like social media and memes can be a very effective way of advocating.

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

I am hoping to see all the different opinions and commentary that comes out of this competition!

 

Dana Benavi

OrganizationΣAEPi

School – University of California, Davis

Graduation Year – 2019

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

I am excited to be part of this Pro-Israel meme competition because it is important that, with all the seriousness of our advocating, we have some fun and laughs.

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

I follow all of the Israel meme pages on Facebook and I love looking through them. I want to help bring the joy of amazing memes to other students and community members.

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

I hope to bring back stories and memes to my campus that will lighten the mood.

Elie Codron

OrganizationNCSY

School – David Posnack Jewish Day School

Graduation Year – 2019

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

As soon as I read “pro-Israel meme competition,” I got excited! Memes have really become a way of communication and of education for millennials. As we saw in the last presidential election, memes can have a real impact and are now being taken very seriously by any big marketing companies. There are already many pro-Israel memes Facebook pages with very funny memes, but the power of those memes is that they make you laugh and at the same time, reveal the truth about Israel.

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

I wanted to be a judge for this competition because I’ve had a lot of experience reaching out to people my age to fight for Israel and help spread awareness about the injustices that occur in the media. Using memes and humor, I’ve found ample material to draw their attention and bring them to this important cause.

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

I’m hoping I will create new connections with people that have two great qualities: a good sense of humor and a love for Israel. I am also hoping to have many laughs, learn a lot, and find the best memes to bring others together to help Israel.

Emily Gerstein

Organization – StandWithUs

School – University of Miami

Graduation year – 2019

Why are you excited to judge a pro-Israel meme competition?
Where I am in my life, two relevant topics happen to be Israel and Memes. This opportunity is a perfect position for me!

Why did you want to be a judge for this competition?
I’m currently interning for Jerry Media, which is a digital marketing agency founded by Elliot Tebele (creator of the meme account @f*ckjerry on Instagram). I’m also the Emerson Fellow at the University of Miami. This is the perfect combination of my skills!

What are you looking to get out of being a judge for the pro-Israel meme competition?
I would love to see dialogue about Israel take place amongst the millennial demographic. Memes serve as an organic reach to this generation and will prove to be a great avenue for conversation about Israel.

Shira Reich

OrganizationACT.IL

School – IDC Herzliya

Graduation year – 2018

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

I am looking forward to seeing how creative people can get. I live and breathe social media and this is a great opportunity to influence the content that is not only well put out but also represents my ideology.

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

For the past year, I’ve been an intern in the Act.IL initiative: an online community for Israel which is active through an innovative one-of-a-kind app. The internship was a part of my academic government studies focusing on public diplomacy in an honors program. The Milstein Meme Competition is the time for me to use the knowledge and experience I gained.

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

I am hoping to get to know fascinating meme designers who are edgy, witty and creative. I am hoping to reveal myself to new ideas as an active Israeli citizen and to see as many pro-Israelis participate in this unique competition.