Jewish Agency for Israel Fellow, Hillel
Eden Ferede grew up in Ashkelon, a small city in the south of Israel where she is the fourth of six siblings. When she was little, she wanted to be Israeli journalist, Ilana Dayan, so she attended Sapir College near Sderot, graduating with a degree in Communications in 2016. For the past three years she has been working in the social sector, working with others to bring about social change in Israel. She most recently worked at Beta Israel Village, an Ethiopian educational village in Kiryat Gat, which provides programs to adults from the Ethiopian community and gives the Israeli society a different perspective on the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel. Through this work, Eden has been able to explore her own Ethiopian Jewish identity, an empowering experience she is excited to share with the Portland community.
Eden enjoys helping Lewis & Clark students create a space where they, too, can explore their unique Jewish identities. She hopes to create a fertile ground for an open, complex and honest discussion about Israel, identity, religious beliefs and cultures.
Eden is an employee of PDX Hillel, and serves both Portland State University and Lewis & Clark College. Please reach out to Eden to set up an appointment.