MEMBERS

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Ron Wasserman

Chairman

For the past six years Ron has lead Fuel For Truth’s Boot Camp program by presenting the facts and history behind the Middle East conflict and creation of the Jewish State. 

During his time as Chairman he has helped train hundreds of young professionals in understanding the history of Israel and the conflict in order for them to have their own opinions based on fact and possess the confidence to intelligently articulate their views. He received the Friend of Israel Award from the National Council of Young Israel in 2007 and The Jewish Children’s Museum Young Leadership Award in 2013.

As a Congressional Club member with AIPAC he regularly meets with senior ranking members of Congress to educate them on the Aran-Israeli conflict and strengthen the US-Israel relationship. He's an Associate Group Director at Signature Bank.

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Justin Ellis

President

Justin was named President of Fuel For Truth in early 2017, and has spearheaded the organization's effort to create new partnerships with university student groups, high schools and Jewish Community Centers.

As one of the Boot Camp instructors he educates program participants on the major topics often raised during conversations about Israel and how to address them, including whether land is the basis of the conflict, the history of settlements and how they impact the proposed two-state solution, the merits of BDS, the situation in Gaza and Palestinian refugees.

His love for Israel and educating about the Jewish State comes from his experience as a MASA Career Israel participant and staffing multiple Birthright trips.

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Jeremy Meller

Chief Operating Officer

Jeremy is from Syosset, New York. He has his own business providing IT consulting for small and medium businesses. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2005, with a degree in Information Technology.

During his college days, he was very active in Hillel on campus, culminating in serving as Hillel President and leading the organization through a fairly challenging transition period, his senior year. He has always felt that the Jewish people have an inseparable connection both to Israel and to each other.

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Alexis Drattell

Co-Chair, Events & Alumni Engagement

Alexis hails from Long Island, New York, and completed Boot Camp during the February 2017 class. She graduated with a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and was fortunate enough to spend her junior and senior years abroad in Milan, Italy, minoring in History of Art and Italian.

Through her abroad experience she realized how important the Jewish community was to her and sought to learn more about Israel and the diaspora. Upon returning from Italy, she decided to become more involved in New York's Jewish community, leading her to FFT and becoming Co-Chair of Events and Alumni Engagement in summer 2017.

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Jessica Kamens

Co-Chair, Events & Alumni Engagement

Jessica completed Boot Camp during the February 2017 class and has been highly involved ever since. She grew up on Long Island where she had a strong Jewish community that encouraged her to become a Zionist. After visiting Israel on Birthright in the summer of 2010 her love for her country grew and she returned to Jerusalem for another two months in the winter of 2014.

She is happy to bring her passion for Israel to the FFT community as Co-Chair of Events and Alumni Engagement. Jessica graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012 and holds a degree in Mass Communications with minors in Advertising and Business Administration. Professionally she gives back in a fundraising capacity and plans to utilize these skills while preparing FFT events.

In her free time, Jessica can be found at the theater, improv comedy shows and concerts.

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Todd Levy

Chief Financial Officer

Todd grew up in Miami, Florida, and early on learned the importance of being part of a strong Jewish community and being an advocate for Israel. He completed the February 2017 Boot Camp and is one of many Florida natives who have become a part of the FFT community in New York. Todd graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a masters degree in accounting, and is currently employed at KPMG.

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Rebecca Fainberg

Chair, Fundraising

Rebecca is thrilled to serve as Fuel For Truth's Fundraising Chair just one year after finishing Boot Camp and looks forward to expanding FFT's fundraising efforts. Rebecca works for Sony Music and is an active volunteer in marketing and event planning for GOTO, an organization that helps send talented underprivileged children to a camp for the arts. She is also a member of AIPAC's Young Leadership division. 

Rebecca hails from Boston, MA and has lived in New York for three years. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, where she studied Comparative Religion with a concentration in Jewish studies, and was a member of the Religion Honor Society. 

In her free time, Rebecca is an avid fitness enthusiast and a proud member of November Project's New York City running tribe.

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