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Meet the 2020-2021 Masa Fellows

by Hillel News | Jan 25, 2021 |

We are so excited to welcome our seventh cohort of Masa-Hillel Fellows. This fellowship is a seven-week professional development seminar designed to prepare the fellows of Masa Israel Journey, founded by the Jewish Agency and the Government of Israel, to work as Jewish professional with Hillel. Through Hillel’s partnership with the Masa Leadership and Impact Center, Hillel provides a Fellowship and cohort experience for current Masa Fellows. The goal of the Masa-Hillel Fellowship is to build a talent pipeline and populate Hillel’s professional cohort with talented individuals and budding leaders who are actively exploring Israel and reinforcing their Jewish and Israel connections. Learn more about the Fellowship and the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019  cohorts on our blog.

Leadership Impact Center

Sarah Balis

Sarah Balis

Sarah recently graduated from Arizona State University's Honor college with a bachelor's degree in Human Communication and minors in Religious Studies and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She is originally from Dallas, Texas. Sarah proudly served her campus Hillel as Student President, Engagement Intern and Vice President of Marketing. She is passionate about making a difference and is excited to work in the Jewish nonprofit world. Sarah currently lives in Jerusalem and teaches English with Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF). 

Alana Deluty

Alana Deluty

Alana Deluty is originally from Rhode Island, USA. She has also lived in India, Malaysia, and now Israel since graduating from The College of Wooster in 2015. For the past three years, she has been working in clinical research, including pediatric oncology and adult neuroscience, while also heading the Rhode Island chapter of the Fulbright Association. Currently, she lives in Lod, Central Israel, as part of the Yahel Social Change Fellowship with Masa. In Israel, she works part-time at a school and after-school program and part-time with Na'am, an NGO that advocates for the elimination of femicide and domestic violence in Israel—an issue about which Alana is deeply passionate. In her free time, Alana loves endurance cycling, swing dancing, language learning, experimenting in the kitchen, and, (now that she's in Israel), trying as many different types of hummus as possible.

Mallory Goldenberg

Mallory Goldenberg

Mallory Goldenberg is from Atlanta, Georgia, and a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, where she studied communications, public policy and management. After completing an internship in Tel Aviv with Onward Israel, Mallory wanted to return to Israel for a longer period before entering the professional world. She is currently a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Rishon Lezion, where she teaches English to 4th-6th graders. When Mallory is not teaching, she can be found on weekend hiking trips throughout Israel, laying on the beach all day, or consuming copious amounts of shawarma. 

Fedline Saintina

Fedline Saintina

Fedline Saintina is from Union, New Jersey. She graduated with a degree in Physics from Rutgers University in 2019 and is currently a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow. She teaches English to 4th, 5th and 6th graders in fun and innovative ways. Her hobbies include yoga, salsa dancing, skiing and traveling. Fedline is a self-proclaimed food enthusiast and her happy place is in the kitchen. After her time in Israel, she hopes to return to the U.S. and help strengthen her Jewish community.

Elina Vilenchuk

Elina Vilenchuk

Elina Vilenchuk was born in Israel but grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She is a recent graduate from Miami University in Ohio, where she studied Kinesiology and Health while also minoring in Russian. On-campus, Elina was president of the Russian and Eastern European Club and a member of Chabad and Hillel. She was a David Project intern and served on the board of Students for Israel, creating inclusive Israel-based activities for her campus community. As a member of the Diversity Ambassadors, she helped fight antisemitism on campus. Elina is excited to be back in Israel as a Masa Career Fellow, interning with Save a Child’s Heart for five months. She is very passionate about giving back to the Jewish community and sharing Israel’s story. In her spare time, Elina loves to paint, dance, and enjoy nature. 

Sara Yusopov

Sara Yusopov

Sara Yusopov is from San Diego, CA and currently lives in Israel, where she is participating in an internship program with Masa Career. She works as a business development and analysis intern at a company in Tel Aviv. In her free time, Sara enjoys sightseeing and travel. Having been involved with her Hillel in college, Sara is excited for the opportunity to enhance her leadership skills. 

To learn more about the Masa Hillel fellowship, apply for the next round by starting at freeisraeltrip.org/masa2021.





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