Meet the 2020-2021 Alma College Writing Fellows

We are beyond excited to announce the cohort for the first year of our Alma College Writing Fellows program!

These 18 (chai, baby!) students come from across the world and from wildly different backgrounds, representing the many faces of young Jews today. As College Writing Fellows, they’ll be part of a sounding board for the Alma editorial team, connect with other Jewish college students in a warm, supportive environment, and of course, write for us!

We’re thrilled to be able to bring their voices to Alma.

Meet our fellows:

Hanah Bloom

Hanah Bloom (she/her/hers) is a political junkie and typical Scorpio. She loves long walks on the beach, cute dogs, and fried chicken.

Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama | Twitter: @ricewinebabeInstagram: @hanah.bloom

nicholas castillo

Nicholas Castillo (he/him/his) is a proud New Yorker with both Latino and Ashkenazi heritage. He focuses on culture and politics while writing from the perspective of a secular Jew with deep ties to New York and the historically Jewish Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Hometown: New York, New York | Instagram: @ncastillonyc

aviva

Aviva Davis (she/they) is a senior at Brandeis University, studying Psychology and Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation. She also works closely with the Jewish non-profit Be’Chol Lashon, contributing to the conversation about the history and experiences of Jewish communities of color around the world.

Hometown: Oakland, California | Twitter: @viva_lasdavis | Instagram: @viva_lasdavis

delaney davis

Delaney Davis (she/her/hers) is a senior studying government and Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin. For the last year, she has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Afterglow, UT’s premier music publication — ask for her thoughts on everything pop music if you have a day or two. Beyond writing and music, she is passionate about progressive public policy, a good kosher hot dog, and the Oxford comma. (Sorry Ezra Koenig!)

Hometown: Grapevine, Texas | Twitter: @jewishdelly | Instagram: @jewishdelly

eitan dombey

Eitan Dombey (he/him) is an NYU junior. Shaped by his experiences as a Jewish Venezuelan immigrant, he preaches empathy and hopes we remember that we were once the stranger, too.

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela | Twitter: @eitandombeyInstagram: @eitandombey

olivia fletcher

Olivia Fletcher (she/her) is a writer and activist based in the UK. She is studying politics, philosophy, and economics and is the founder of her university’s Jewish Society.

Hometown: Bristol, United Kingdom | Twitter: @livfletcher_Instagram: @liv.fletcher

luna garcia

Luna Garcia (she/her) is a writer, comedian, and film director from Los Angeles, California. She’s an American studies major with a concentration in visual, audio, literary, and performance cultures — which is just a fancy way of saying she’ll be unemployed after college. She is Black, Mexican, and Jewish — the last one is why she’s here, writing for Alma.

Hometown: Los Angeles, California | Twitter: @lackofexcercise

kate hader

Kate Hader (she/her) is a third year student studying American studies, social policy, and gender and sexuality studies. Her main interests lie at the intersection of girlhood and pop culture, and in her free time she loves eating cheese and (lightly) competing with her trivia team every week.

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina | Twitter: @katehaderInstagram: @katelhader

madison hahamy

Madison Hahamy (she/her/hers) is a rising sophomore whose major is currently (and likely will remain this way for the near future) undecided. In her free time, she enjoys rewatching Grey’s Anatomy for the 8th time, writing, and telling her life story to anyone who unsuspectingly asks her about Bukharian Judaism.

Hometown: Glencoe, Illinois | Twitter: @MHahamyInstagram: @madisonhahamy

britt jacobson

Britt Jacobson (she/her/hers) is a senior at the University of Southern California studying Global Studies and Music Industry. She has a mint plant and a pet tortoise named Pistachio. She loves making quesadillas and listening to records.

Hometown: Tarzana, California |Instagram: @psychedelic.troll

lara jakobsen

Lara Draper Jakobsen (they/them) is a writer, a student, and an editor. They live in London but call many places home. According to them, they have been writing since they could grip a pencil and it’s all been downhill since.

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark | Instagram: @lwdjakobsen

sumner lewis

Sumner Lewis (she/her) is a history nerd and performer residing in Western Massachusetts. She loves her Tevas, the ICCAs, and attempting to make others laugh with dad jokes.

Hometown: Longmeadow, MA | Instagram: @singgingrrl

leenoy margalit

Leenoy Margalit (she/her) is 18 years old and lives in Southern California. She’s still figuring out what she wants to do with her life, but loves writing more than anything.

Hometown: Agoura Hills, California | Instagram: @leenoy_m

isaac ofori-solomon

Yitzhak/Isaac Ofori-Solomon (he/they) is a student currently living and attending school in Asheville, NC on Yuchi and Cherokee East land. He is a history major with a passion for Jewish studies and social justice work. In their free time you can find him researching some niche field, cooking for friends, or just enjoying what’s on SoundCloud.

Hometown: Sandy Springs, Georgia | Twitter: @spectre9924Instagram: @isaacoforisolomon

talia rodriguez

Talia Rodriguez (she/her/hers) is a first year student at Wesleyan University who plans to study sociology and environmental science (or theater?). She is a proud Reconstructionist Jewban (Jewish-Cuban). In her free time, you can find her spending time with family or friends, baking with her new sourdough starter, or enjoying the great outdoors.

Hometown: Garrett Park, Maryland | Twitter: @trody01 | Instagram: @taliarody

rebecca salzhauer

Rebecca Salzhauer (she/her) is a junior majoring in theater and performance studies at Yale University. She believes in storytelling, laughter, New York bagels, and — disastrously — the WebMD symptom checker.

Hometown: Bronx, New York | Instagram: @rebecca.blume

rebecca stekol

Rebecca Stekol (she/her/hers) is one of many Russian Jews from New York and a senior at Georgetown University studying international history, journalism, and Jewish civilization. She is passionate about faith-based activism, poetry, and niche archival research. In her spare time, you can find her stress-baking muffins, watching rom-coms, giving hot Jewish takes, and/or wishing she was in Scotland.

Hometown: Bellmore, New York | Twitter: @rebstekol | Instagram: @rebstekol

uri uziel

Uri Uziel (he/him/his) is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying economics and sports communications. In his free time, he writes and hosts a radio show for the UW-Madison student radio station, 91.7 FM Madison. Uri is a huge fan of Badger athletics, the Chicago Bulls, a good book, and a riveting game of backgammon.

Hometown: Deerfield, Illinois | Twitter: @uri_uzielInstagram: @uri_uziel

You can follow their work this year right here on Alma!