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Doron Gertzovski (she/her/hers) is the Jewish Agency Israel Fellow at Duke University. As Israel Fellow, Doron hosts Israel-themed events, advises our Israel-focused student groups, travels with students to Israel on our annual Birthright Israel trip, and provides educational and social opportunities to engage with Israel.
At the Freeman Center and across campus, Doron helps students explore their connection to and relationship with Israel’s people, places, and culture. She hosts Café Ivrit, a space for students to learn about Israeli culture and practice Hebrew together. She oversees the Israel Gap Year program and the Jewish Learning Fellowship: Kol Yisrael educational cohort seminar, and hosts events ranging from Israeli folk dancing events to Israeli childhood games to conversations with members of the Knesset (the Israeli legislature).
Doron is a Fellow in the iCenter (Israel Center)’s Master’s Concentration in Israel Education program, which nurtures and challenges the next generation of knowledgeable and passionate educational leaders committed to the integral role of Israel in contemporary Jewish life.
From Netanya, Israel, Doron studied education, theater, and dance in her undergrad at Kibbutzim College in Tel Aviv, and American Jewry for her Master’s degree at the University of Haifa. Doron worked as a shlicha (Israeli emissary) in Canada and at the URJ Greene Family Camp in Texas, and as a NFTY instructor in Europe and Israel. Doron loves dancing and has performed as part of a dance troupe all over the world: Israel, China, Moldova, Norway, France, and more. She even appeared in television commercials in Israel as a child!
Her hobbies include running, yoga, swimming, getting lost in a new city, and meeting new people. Her favorite Israeli food is challah on Shabbat.
Students can schedule time to meet with Doron.