Meet our 2015-16 Fellows - New Israel Fund Australia

Meet The 2015-16 Fellows

Elysheva Elsass

Elysheva has completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology (Monash University, 2008) and a Bachelor of Interior Design with Honours (RMIT University, 2012). Since graduating Elysheva has initiated projects in editorial and curatorial practices, alongside working at the Jewish Museum of Australia in marketing and communications.

She has contributed to publications including Museums Australia Magazine, the Melbourne Jewish Report and Assemble Papers.

In 2014 Elysheva co-curated a group exhibition for RMIT Design Hub that was informed by research at the intersection of art, technology and visual identity. She also coordinated an exhibition (curated by Natalie Cursio) that was an immersive, celebratory and social event centered around culturally diverse performances and mini-films.


Jeremy Etkind

Jeremy graduated from Arts/Law at UNSW with first class honours in law and with a major in philosophy in the arts component. Jeremy worked in commercial law for two years and then transitioned to the Australian Human Rights Commission where he worked on the Review into the Treatment of Women in the ADF for two years. He has also worked on the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce in the Attorney General's Department and currently works as a lawyer for Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service Inc in the Northern Territory.


Avi Knoll

Avi is a scientist and a builder of things who dreams of a world where we can live forever in peace.

After visiting at least briefly all of the Jewish youth movements in Sydney, Avi settled into Netzer for many years growing up, spending a year in Israel with the movement after high school and several years as a madrich.

Avi's hobbies include travelling, reading, martial arts, playing too many computer games, and drinking tea. Lots, and lots of tea. He also keeps busy with the slow process of trying to learn languages as an adult, and can probably teach you how to swear or find the toilet in Japan.


Lanna Newman-Plant

As a past student of the Emanuel School, Lanna has returned in a leadership role creating and running Jewish Life programs and mentoring high school student leaders. She is a member of the Habonim Dror alumni, having attended the year-long shnat hectare Jewish leadership program in Israel in 2011 and serving as a madricha from 2012-2014. During this time Lanna was also the Mazkira (secretary) of Habonim Dror Sydney, and the Chairperson of the Zionist Youth Council. Lanna has taken every opportunity to continue to educate herself in Jewish culture, religion and the community in Sydney, as well as fostering her deep commitment to understanding and exploring Zionism.


Eli Oshorov

Eli Oshorov has been running his own business in the Philippines for the past five years and has travelled extensively around Asia during that time. Having also previously lived in both the UK and Israel for extended periods, he brings a broad breadth of experiences to the New Israel Fund. Eli also has considerable academic knowledge with a Masters in International Relations and internships at both the Lowy Institute and the Jerusalem Post. He has broad interests including Foreign Policy, Development Economics, Social Justice and Human Rights issues.


Chantal Tanner

Chantal has been involved with social justice related work within the Jewish community. In 2005, she completed the Shnat Netzer. She has also had extensive involvement in Stand Up's Indigenous Partnership Programs, particularly Derech Eretz, Camp Connections & Biala.

Chantal has worked for Amnesty International Australia, the Southern African Litigation Centre in Johannesburg, the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin & as national liaison officer for Anti-Poverty Week Australia