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Israel: Our Stories

Date: April 3, 2014

Time: 11:45am-1:25pm

Location: 458 Richards Hall

Ashraf Hussein, Brandeis University ’13, is an Israeli Arab.  Chen Arad, a junior at Brandeis, is an Israeli Jew.  Recipients of the Slifka and Malkin Scholarships for Jewish-Arab Co-existence, they will share their personal stories growing up as a Palestinian and a Jew in Israel.


Ashraf Hussein ’13 is a recent Brandeis University graduate and a Slifka scholar for Arab-Jewish co-existence. As an undergraduate student, Ashraf majored in economics and business and had a minor in peace, conflict, and coexistence studies. He earned his master’s degree in finance and graduated with distinction. Upon his graduation, he joined the KPMG Valuations team in Boston. Previously, he worked at the Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development in Herzliya, at the Jerusalem Interest Free Micro-Finance Fund in Jerusalem, and was an investment analyst at Highfields Capital in Boston.
Ashraf is a recipient of the Slifka Scholarship for Peace and Coexistence between Jews and Arabs Palestinians in Israel. He is also a Hassenfeld fellow and a recipient of the Global Leadership Award from the Brandeis International Business School. In the future, he aspires to return to Israel after gaining a few years of work experience in the finance sector. He dreams of facilitating cooperation between Arabs -especially Palestinians – and Israelis though investments, business, and economic development.


Chen is a JunChen_hi_resior at Brandeis University, from Hod-HaSharon Israel, studying East-Asian Studies, American History and Jouralism. At seventeen, Chen was granted a full two-year scholarship to represent Israel in Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Western Canada, where among other activities he led Israel and Jewish programming. Following his graduation, Chen worked as a fundraising coordinator for the Israel Cancer Association. In late 2007 Chen joined the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Unit and served for three years as a Foreign Press Spokesman at the IDF News Desk. Upon his discharge in 2010, Chen worked as a News Editor for ynet for one year, where he continues to be an occasional contributor. At Brandeis University, Chen co-founded bVIEW – Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World – a movement seeking to create a better a better conversation regarding Israel on US college campuses. In 2013, he also worked with the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Center.

Follow this link for more information about the Slifka and Malkin scholarships at Brandeis, associated with the program.

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