Ask AJC Goldman Fellows Themselves

Take a look at the work that former AJC Goldman Fellows to get a better sense for what your summer might look like. Feel free to get in touch with any Goldman alumni to hear more about their experience working for AJC or one of our affiliate organizations around the world.

Stanton Abramson worked with AJC's NY-based expert on anti-Semitism and extremism, Kenneth Stern. His main project concerned the creation of an archive and commentary related to a collection of David Duke documents owned by AJC. He read, sorted, and analyzed the worthiness/function of the documents.  Stanton spent several weeks devising and implementing an archives system. Additionally, he created a database of university presidents and contact information, AJC Board of Governors by alma mater, and academics who signed a petition advocating a boycott of Israel. He also regularly
took minutes and completed frequent research requests for Ken. Towards the end of his fellowship, he helped ACCESS (AJC's New Gen Program) prepare for a South Africa trip.

Abigail Chernick
worked in Melbourne, Australia at the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), and spent much of her time with its publication, the Australia/Israel Review. Her feature article about Turkey's foreign policy re-alignment was published in the July edition. She also monitored the media,  traveled to Canberra with visiting parliamentarians and spent several days in Sydney accompanying a well-known Israeli commentator and expert on Middle Eastern issues.

Rachel England
worked at the Latino and Latin American Institute in Washington, D.C., creating a comprehensive Latino Leader directory of instrumental leaders, nation-wide, in the fields of politics, academia, NGO's & think tanks, media, culture & arts, and religion. She additionally conducted research and wrote papers on Latin American countries and their relations with Israel and the United States, treatment of local Jewish communities, and respect for human rights and democracy in preparation for AJC's "diplomatic marathon" at the opening of the UN General Assembly.

Jonathan Feldman
spent the summer in Brussels, Belgium working for AJC's Transatlantic Institute. He aided executive then-director Emanuele Ottolenghi on his research for by now published book about Iran. Jonathan's research included investigating EU companies' business contacts with Iran and summarizing already published intellectual and political
literature about Iran. In addition, he helped organize institute events including briefings and panel discussions.

Allison Handler worked in Washington, D.C., in AJC's Legislative Affairs Department. She worked primarily on religious liberty cases coming before the United States Supreme Court as well as US immigration policy and energy/environmental reform. She represented AJC on Capitol Hill and before coalition partners, and engaged in extensive legislative research and advocacy throughout the summer.

David Moak traveled to Warsaw, Poland, to work with an AJC affiliate organization, The Forum for Dialogue Among Nations.  He helped research and edit grant proposals, plan a new exchange program with university Hillels, and build the Forum's website.  David also authored an article on the Forum and Polish-Jewish relations, which will be published in PLUS-Journal of Polish American Affairs.

Mordechai Shualy worked with AJC's Atlanta Regional Office on two substantive projects in addition to being included in the day-to-day programs, conference calls and meetings. He spearheaded the establishment of a "Georgia Energy Security Task Force," including brand and mission development, and conducted research on similar initiatives across the country as well as on ongoing energy-related projects in Atlanta. Mardy was also responsible for preparing the Task Force's online presence, which included writing, filming and directing an original video. His other focus of the summer was on black-Jewish relations through the ongoing Rabin-King Initiative, a collaboration between AJC Atlanta and Morehouse College. His work included refining the initiative's mission statement and overall direction, participating in board meetings, and
working to emphasize individual events to accomplish the ultimate goal of establishing a  Rabin-King chair at Morehouse.

Carly Sutherland worked at the international headquarters in New York on AJC's Strategic Planning process. She worked with staff and lay leaders to develop a new Mission, Vision, and Values for the organization and worked on defining and drafting the directional priorities which will guide AJC's work over the next several years. She also conducted research on best practices and trends in the areas of budget and finance, professional resources, program evaluation processes, and nonprofit governance.

Caylee Talpert worked at AJC's Africa Institute in New York. She assisted in organizing a student tour to Rwanda and conducted research on a wide range of Africa related issues that resonate with the Jewish community. She also prepared briefing papers on key African states and their relations with Israel and the United States in preparation for AJC's "diplomatic marathon" at the opening of the UN General Assembly.

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