Encouraging civic engagement, “Glocal” activism, and strengthening Israeli democracy, ProjecT.A. promotes empowered and informed citizenship. Together with the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo, ProjecT.A. provides young Tel Aviv internationals with the knowledge and resources to be mobilized and personally involved in improving the great city they call “home”. Many western Olim come from countries with a rich tradition of civic participation, and they understand that engagement on the local-level is a prerequisite to a healthy, cohesive, and vibrant society.
ProjecT.A. helps to provide answers to questions such as; Are you interested in resolving the problems you see around your neighborhood? Would you like to play an active role in bettering the infrastructure and community of Tel Aviv? Are you curious about the politics of getting things done in Tel Aviv?
Current & Past Projects Include:
• Tel Aviv’s first ever Olim-focused voter drive and Rock-The-Vote election night event, a celebration of Israeli democracy in action.
• Education Series on the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and municipal policy issues.
• Hatzalah, training young Olim in Tel Aviv as first-response emergency medics.
• Israel National Police, training young Olim in Tel Aviv as active-duty volunteer police forces.
• Tel Aviv Global Ambassadors Project, year-long educational fellowship training young Olim to promote Tel Aviv globally through social media.
As the son of a native-born Israeli and a third-generation American Jew, and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, Eric grew up with a distinct relationship to America, Israel, and the history of the Jewish people. Eric’s academic career has spanned two undergraduate degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, focusing on Middle Eastern studies, Arabic and Hebrew language, as well as a Master’s Degree in Counter Terrorism & Homeland Security from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Eric made Aliyah to Israel in the summer of 2012 after nearly five years of pro-Israel advocacy work while in college, working alongside organizations such as AIPAC, ADL, and StandWithUs. Eric plans on continuing in his passion for the US-Israel relationship by volunteering for service in the IDF.
Grandson of a survivor of Sobibor Death camp, Andre was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After living in Israel for 10 months at the age of 17, he decided that he would one-day make Israel his home. In 2006 he fulfilled his dream and made Aliyah with an aim of ultimately serving the Jewish people by working for the Israeli government. In his pursuit of that goal Andre did his undergraduate studies in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy with specializations in Counter Terrorism and Middle East studies at IDC Herzliya. In 2011 Andre was drafted into the IDF where he served for 2 years in the Air Force Intelligence unit as an academic soldier. Currently Andre is working towards his master’s in Counter Terrorism, Homeland Security and Cyber Terror at IDC Herzliya, and is the coordinator for Project T.A.’s partnership with the Israel National Police.
Victoria is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and spending a year in Alabama doing public service through AmeriCorps, she moved to Washington, DC in 2011 to pursue a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from George Washington University. Following an amazing experience on a Birthright trip of young professionals from the DC area, she decided that she wanted to spend more time in Israel and chose to do the Career Israel Masa program after graduation. For Victoria, every day in Israel so far has been an adventure. She is eager to continue learning more about the country and her Jewish identity while exploring the Israeli nonprofit sector.
Raphael moved to Israel in 2006 to serve in the Israel Defense Force’s Legal Department, after graduating from Pepperdine University School of Law. He subsequently worked in the public policy arena, focusing on international law and public diplomacy, and as a writer for various news outlets, including the Jewish Press and the Huffington Post. In 2012, Raphael helped establish ProjecT.A. an initiative that seeks to mobilize the influential and inspired community of internationals in Tel Aviv to effect change on the local level. Raphael currently works for the Ir David Foundation as the Deputy Director of Development.