Central Steering Committee
Avi Bass, Executive Director
Avi Bass, 24, a recent graduate of Brandeis University, currently spends his time working to support organize, and enable young Jews to move to Israel and make an Impact. He studied Near Eastern and Judaic studies in college and wrote about American Aliyah for his senior thesis. During his university years, Avi was very involved in Jewish campus leadership, serving as president of various Israel and Judaism related campus clubs. Avi also interned for the Jerusalem Post, MavenHaven, and was a founding fellow of the PresenTense Institute. Avi lives in Jerusalem where in addition to working on ImpactAliyah, he studies Talmud, teaches public speaking, and plays the piano and guitar.
Jason Lustig, Co-Director
Jason Lustig, 24, recently received his MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. He also works to build ImpactAliyah into a stronger and more sustainable movement of students who want to move to Israel and make a difference. As an undergraduate at Brandeis, Jason studied Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and wrote about the Hebraist movement in 1930s Berlin for his senior thesis. Jason was also a founder of an academic undergraduate journal on the history of Zionism and Israel, called Chalav U'Dvash, and was an intern at the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute. Jason lives in Waltham, MA.
Adam Ross, Campus Outreach Director
Adam Ross is a member of the Class of 2010 at Brandeis University as an Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies major with a concentration in Islamic Law. His other academic interests lie in Hebrew Language and Literature and Legal Studies. Besides his attempt to get in touch with every American college student interested in making Aliyah, Adam spends his free time singing in Manginah, Brandeis' Premier co-ed A Capella group, practicing his Arabic, and playing guitar in several informal music groups. Adam's previous experience comes from his involvement in the Zionist organizations on campus at Brandeis and with the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) where he developed a Zionist education curriculum for the national movement. Adam splits his time living Waltham and Lenox, Massachusetts.
Hannah Zweig, New York Regional Director
Hannah Zweig, 22, recently graduated at Barnard College where she studied English with a concentration in Creative Writing. During her college years she was involved in various Columbia Hillel groups and served as president of Garin Lavi, where she facilitated a community of students committed the Zionistic ideal of aliyah.