Mar 23, 2007 — Six Yeshiva University (YU) undergraduates, who were given Activist of the Year awards by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) at their annual policy conference in Washington DC last week, were recognized by YU’s Office of Student Affairs and YU’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) at a reception last Thursday night in Belfer Hall. Both offices supported and subsidized the students’ trips to the policy conference.
The awardees are Avi Posnick, president of YU Political Action Committee (YUPAC); Jackie Saxe, YU AIPAC Liaison; Alex Boris; Maytal Fligelman; Shira Lankin; and Shira Orbach.
The award, which recognizes the students’ work in strengthening the relationship between the United States and Israel, was a special achievement for YU according to AIPAC field organizer Daniel Ginsburg. “The passion of YU students for Israel has always been unswerving. Turning that commitment into activism required taking the commitment to another level and the award demonstrates their success against a field of other colleges.”
The award winners were part of a group of 14 YU students who attended the conference along with more than 1,200 students from 391 college and university campuses from all 50 states.
The well-attended reception included Rabbi Kenneth Brander, CJF dean, who delivered words of inspiration to deans, faculty, students and staff.