Atlanta Jewish Times | COMPILED BY AJT STAFF | June 15, 2023
The 2022-23 UGA StandWithUs Emerson Fellow, Gabriela Lefkovits, won second place for the Movement Builder Award for Creativity and Impact.
University of Georgia StandWithUs Emerson Fellow, Gabriela Lefkovits, has been honored with second place for the Movement Builder Award for Creativity and Impact.
The Movement Builder Award for Creativity and Impact is given to one exceptional StandWithUs Emerson Fellow each year who approached and successfully implemented Israel programming with a specific and dynamic strategy tailored to their campus climate. The award is named after the StandWithUs Movement Builder platform, designed to help student leaders assess their campus climate, map out their goals, and develop an effective strategy for Israel education that will maximize their impact.
As a StandWithUs Emerson Fellow at the University of Georgia, Gabriela Lefkovits set the goal of strengthening and expanding her community on campus. Following a successful Israel educational course she led through Chabad, Lefkovits inspired this new group of students to invite their friends to get involved and learn about Israel. Through her own efforts, Lefkovits successfully connected with the Catholic Center, the Pride Center, and other groups and communities through collaborative events and initiatives to cultivate support and interest in Israel. She also played a crucial role in planning and recruiting for Hillel of Georgia’s “Meeting the Challenge” Israel Conference, where student leaders from across the state of Georgia gathered to discuss Israel on campus and ways to lead on campus.
“I am so thankful to StandWithUs for giving me the resources and support to speak out for Israel on campus,” Lefkovits said. “Knowing I had a community behind me, I felt empowered to reach out to other religious and minority groups to collaborate with. It is so rewarding to share my love for Israel and show others how they can form a bond of support and mutual values, whether that be through sustainable energy, pride, or religion.”