You may have met the newest member of the team at The David Project's summer seminar, the Relationship Building Institute, before she had even technically started! Matal is outgoing, an incredible conversationalist, and ready to jump in to her new role as Campus Coordinator for New York. We are so happy to welcome her as she officially begins, and heads straight to campus.
Read on to learn more about Matal, from her:
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
A: I was born in Israel, but grew up moving around between the UK and San Francisco, and most recently Boston. I regard Israel to be home.
I attended Syracuse University in Upstate NY, where I double majored in Communication & Rhetorical studies and Modern Jewish Studies, with a double minor in Middle Eastern Studies and Religion. I spent a semester studying 'abroad' at Tel Aviv University, where I was able to further my knowledge about Israeli culture, Middle Eastern politics and dabble in learning both Standard and Levantine Arabic.
During my college career, I worked as a Syracuse University Literacy Corps tutor at a local Syracuse day school, where I mentored, supported, and provided students with the tools and encouragement they needed to succeed in both their academic and emotional growth.
I also attended multiple Hillel and Israel orientated campus group events.
Q: What was your first connection to Israel?
A: I was born in Jerusalem, and lived there for a total of 6 years during my childhood. Whilst attending many educational and youth movement trips to Israel during my years living abroad, my most meaningful connection with Israel was formed as an adult when I returned home for a semester 'abroad' studying at TAU during my college years. I was able to experience Israel in an entirely different mature way than ever before, whilst reconnecting with my family, my people, and my home.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Israel?
A: My favorite thing about Israel is knowing that no matter where you are or what you're doing; there will always be someone there to catch you when you fall. I love that during some of the hardest times, there is an eternal hope and an unyielding love of life. The food isn't too bad either ;P
Q: What are you looking forward to as a Campus Coordinator?
A: I am looking forward to meeting and collaborating with some of the next generation's future community leaders in helping them discover their own connections with Israel, in all its complexities.
Q: Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
A: I've made a hobby of collecting passports. I am a dual citizen of both Israel and England, and will hopefully be going for my American citizenship this upcoming year.