Shay Doron 311.
(photo credit: FIBA Europe)
YouTube will soon be inundated with images of beautiful Israelis.
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project of a fellowship to teach Israeli post-secondary students to become
global ambassadors for the country has resulted in Is.Real, a series of YouTube
clips that follows the lives of four young Israelis from different social and
All four subjects – Savannah Zvi- Navon, Yair Tayor,
Shay Doron, and Ayman Dan – star in five clips each, ranging from a minute and
half to three minutes.
The 23 students who produced the films were part
of 150 participants from six different universities who took part in the fifth
year-long StandWithUs Fellowship at Tel Aviv University this year. The project
will debut at an event Wednesday night in Tel Aviv in the presence of the
fellows, Stand-With-Us officials, members of organizations that assisted in the
project and local celebrities.
The fellowship is designed to train the
students to be effective global ambassadors for Israel, and to assume leadership
roles in Israeli society. As part of their studies, they must produce a final
project that highlights a positive aspect of Israel to share with the global
Savannah Zvi-Navon is a 27-year-old singer-songwriter
originally from Sydney, Australia. She started her journey in Israel at Kibbutz
Ma’agan Michael, and has since migrated to Tel Aviv.
“This country took
me by surprise. Bit by bit, I fell head over heels in love with this place, but
it was always impossible to explain why to my friends and family abroad,” said
Zvi- Navon who is scheduled to sing at the launch event on
Yair Tayor is a 26-year-old raised in Beit Horon near Modi’in.
He grew up in a religious family, speaks Portuguese and Spanish fluently, and
guides tourists from Brazil around Israel.
“It is important to reveal
that what many people call a ‘settlement,’ is really simply just my parents’
home – the place where I grew up... and most of all I feel the importance of
passing on my faith that all of this doesn’t contradict a relationship of mutual
recognition and respect with our neighbors,” said Tayor.
native, 26-year-old Shay Doron is a player on the Israeli women’s national
Doron has played for teams all over the world, including
in the WNBA in the US. This year, Doron successfully led her Israeli team
Elitzur Ramle to win the FIBA EuroCup Women, the second-division European
Through playing basketball abroad, Doron tries
to spread the truth about Israel.
“People just don’t understand what goes
on here, especially in the places that I go to, such as Romania, Turkey and
America. I try to show them that it’s not how they think things are. If I can be
their friend, then every Israeli can be their friend,” explained
Ayman Dan is a 20-year-old Christian Arab-Israeli from Kafr Yasif,
an Arab village in northern Israel. After studying design in Haifa, Dan moved to
Tel Aviv. He hopes to eventually pursue a career in styling and fashion
On why he participated in the series, Dan said he “felt compelled
to expose myself for the series in order to show the world that at the end of
the day, we’re all similar. As a young Arab living in Israel, it was important
for me to shatter the many myths surrounding our situation.
“We wanted to
incorporate art, new media and our desire to show other people our age, in all
corners of the world, the reality of daily life for us young people in Israel,”
“The goal is to get as many people worldwide to see this
film. We want to show authentic Israel and authentic Israelis,” said Yoav Susz,
regional executive for the StandWithUs fellowship.
The clips can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/user/IsReal2011TLV