web analytics
September 2, 2015 / 18 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Laura Faiwiszevski: Passionate Pro-Israel Activist


Laura Faiwiszevski

Laura Faiwiszevski

It all started when she graduated from high school. Laura Faiwiszevski, born in West Orange, New Jersey like a number of her schoolmates, planned to spend a year of studying in Israel before entering university. Laura chose “Emuna V’Omanut” (Faith and Art), a program for American students set up by the Emunah Women Organization that focuses on a combination of Torah study and art training — a choice of music or visual arts.

That year of study inspired Laura’s dedication to and love of Israel. When the year was over, instead of entering Rutgers University back home in the United States, she decided to return to Israel and enlist in Sherut Leumi. Laura opted to forfeit a $20,000 scholarship and instead spend the year volunteering as a counselor for troubled youths in Emunah’s Sarah Herzog Children’s Home in Afula. As products of neglectful or violent home atmospheres, the youngsters flourished under Laura’s loving care, forming permanent attachments to the charming young woman.

Returning to the United States with a profound emotional bond to Israel, Laura wasted no time getting involved with pro-Israel activism at Rutgers University. As a member of the Rutger’s Hillel Center for Israel Engagement, Laura helped arrange Israel cultural events, including “Israelfest” on Yom Haatzmaut, for the college. In March, when SJP (Students Justice for Palestine) organized “Anti-Apartheid Week,” their major anti-Israel offensive, she helped mount a simultaneous counter program called “Peace Week.” Referring to “Anti-Apartheid Week” as “Hate Week,” the Hillel students set up tables displaying positive realities of peace in Israel.

“And just talking to students about what we love about Israel and sharing all these awesome facts,” Laura explains, her bright face aglow with enthusiasm. “Sometimes they bring in a panel of different speakers from Israel. The panel may consist of an Ethiopian man, a religious Israeli woman, a secular woman or man, all representative of Israeli society — to counter their hate program.” Serving also on the board of Hillel as social chair, Laura organized last year’s major Chanukah festivities, naming it “Chanu:Glow,” a fabulous spectacle for which she won an award from the college.

In January 2013, within the framework of the “David Project” Laura toured Israel with forty, mostly non-Jewish students from colleges all over the United States for ten days to learn about Israel and upgrade their Israel advocacy skill on college campuses. (The aim of the “David Project” is to present Israel as the David in the David-and-Goliath story, not as Goliath portrayed by our enemies.)

Where does this slight, petite brunette with a bewitching smile get the energy to accomplish all that she does? After having read the American Jewish World Service’s (AJWS) mission statement “to follow Jewish values to help people in need,” and as her avid Israel commitment is but a component of her dedication to Judaism, in March 2013 Laura joined a group of Rutgers students as a volunteer on an (AJWS) mission to Nicaragua to help build a community oven for women in Los Chilamos so they can bake bread for their families.

For the coming school year Laura has been granted two different yet equally impressive teaching prospects. One, would be teaching incoming freshman the resources and scholarly opportunities in psychology at Rutger’s as part of FIGS (First Year Interest Groups).

The other, the Lipper Internship of the Museum of Jewish Heritage –A Living Memorial to the Holocaust — provides for the grantee to teach classes about the Holocaust one day a week in various public high- and middle-schools in the area.

Teaching about the Holocaust, especially to non-Jewish youth, affords a chance for Laura, a passionate pro-Israel activist to point out the vital lesson of the Holocaust –that a thriving Israel is part of the way we assure it never happens again.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “Laura Faiwiszevski: Passionate Pro-Israel Activist”

  1. Cody Flecker says:

    A nice story, but ZIsrael as a Nation is Kaput of all values. Better spend your time in America helping Americans. At least in America, the people still care for one another. No one cares for you in Israel., certainly not the Government.

  2. The Guardian says:

    What a beautiful young Jewish girl! It is uplifting to see her commitment and her passion. She is the bright future of the Jewish people. May Hashem bless her and keep her strong and safe.

  3. G-D Bless Laura.
    This young lady should be awarded a Noble Peace Prize.
    We need thousands more Lauras.

  4. Cody Fketcher.

    You are a real idiot.
    I supose you support those who are members of the pro Palestinian haters.
    That is ok for you.

    Israel is the ONLY nathion in the Middle East that has good values.
    The government of Israel cares and appreciates vary much about this beautiful young lady.

  5. Ron Kall says:

    Cody Flecker just arrived form Mars or some arab brainwashing university!

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Anti-Semitic bank card 'erroneously' issued by DNB bank in Norway.
Anti-Semitic Bank Card Emerges in Norway
Latest Sections Stories
Lunchbox Restaurant in Tel Aviv.

Bringing your own sandwich to a restaurant would appear as the height of chutzpah, but not any more—at least not at Lunchbox…

Recipe-082815-LChaim-cookbook

Last year, OneFamily published a cookbook in Hebrew featuring the bereaved mothers’ recipes.

Astaire-082815-Books

How did an unresolved murder case turn into an accusation of ritual murder?

Recipe-082815-Apple-cover

Excerpted from The Apple Cookbook (c) Olwen Woodier. Photography by (c) Leigh Beisch Photography with Food Stylist Robyn Valarik. Used with permission of Storey Publishing.

The flag had been taken down in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting and was now back and flying.

A light breakfast of coffee and danishes will be available during the program.

A variety of glatt kosher food will be available for purchase at Kosher Korner (near Section 1).

Jewish Press South Florida Editor Shelley Benveniste will deliver a talk.

Corey Brier, corresponding secretary of the organization, introduced the rabbi.

The magnificent 400-seat sanctuary with beautiful stained glass windows, a stunning carved glass Aron Kodesh, a ballroom, social hall, and beis medrash will accommodate the growing synagogue.

Even when our prayers are ignored and troubles confront us, Rabbi Shoff teaches that it is the same God who sent the difficulties as who answered our prayers before.

I’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions regarding bullies, friendship and learning disabilities.

His parents make it clear that they feel the right thing is for Avi to visit his grandfather, but they leave it up to him.

More Articles from Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson
Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson

All along, Ariella Barker dreamed of a legal system where justice was tempered with compassion.

Yehudit Huebner at an Emunah Women’s concert in her honor in October of 2013.

In 1939, with life getting harder for Jews, she and several friends decided it was time to make aliyah, and applied at the Palestina Amt for permits.

Who is this wonder woman? Tally Makovsky Eitan is a scion of a family that has lived in Jerusalem for eleven generations!

Her grandsons were eager to reveal their grandmother’s earlier frustration with the unfair, inaccurate narrative of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

The visionary champion of women’s rights in Judaism was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother.

This belief was coupled with the spirit of “Am Yisrael HaShalem” (One United People), in the Ben Yehuda household: to love and help all Jews without distinction.

It was Lia van Leer who changed the image of filmmaking in Israel so that it is now seen as an expression of culture and not mere entertainment.

In 1756, when the ominous threat of Islamic terror against Jews reached Tunis as well, Friha became one of its tragic victims.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/jewess-press/impact-women-history/laura-faiwiszevski-passionate-pro-israel-activist/2013/07/26/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: