Officially launched in April 2011, the uGeW Initiative was created in recognizing that the huge Jewish community on GW’s campus had communal, intellectual, and spiritual needs that were not being met.  Many Jewish students seek moments of meaning – but don’t always find this meaning through traditional models of Jewish practice.

uGeW provides the tools to GW students who seek to cultivate their own sense of Jewish identity – on their own terms and in a way that will reverberate for many years to come.  At the heart of this approach is 1:1 relationship building, cultivated by our fabulous class of uGeW interns.  They are ready, willing, and able to take you out for coffee, hear your story, and create the right Jewish community building opportunity for you.

Meet our 2016-2017 Interns


Sarah Cassius

focused on building bridges from youth group & camp, to GW

Sarah is a sophomore most recently from the foreign deserts of Tucson, Arizona. She is pursuing a major in International Affairs with a concentration in International Environmental Policy. During the summer you can find her dancing to Israeli music as a camp counselor at Camp Ramah in California. At GW you could find her at Mock Trial practice, doing homework on the national mall, immersed in greek life or hanging out with friends. She would love to chat, so email her to set up a coffee date!


Ian Garland

focused on supporting seniors as they think on what’s next


Miranda Katz

focused on exploring DC

Miranda is a sophomore from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. She is currently in the Elliott School studying International Affairs and Economics. She has a passion for travel and loves to explore new areas, especially in and around the D.C. area.  When she’s not walking around the monuments, you can find her trying to check off places on her D.C. restaurant list or hanging out in a local cafe.  If you ever need a restaurant buddy or are looking to find a nice cup of hot chocolate (or coffee), feel free to contact her!


Harrison Reines

focused on politics

Harrison is a sophomore from Seattle majoring in International Affairs at the Elliott School. Harrison has lived in the Philippines, South Africa, England, Australia, and four US states in addition to Washington DC. He likes Politics, Sports (talking and participating), Greek Life, and going on adventures around DC. If you want to explore the city, drink tea, grab a bite to eat, or talk about the upcoming Presidential Election, Harrison would love to spend time with you.


Logan Werner

focused on health & wellness

Logan Werner is a sophomore from Long Island, New York.  She is pre-med at GW and hopes to major in public health.  She’s an avid athlete, loves movies, and has wanted to be a doctor for as long as she can remember.  Around campus, catch her involved with AEPhi and GW MedLife.  Logan looks forward to bringing her passion for health & wellness to campus in the year to come.


Miriam Young

focused on food & cooking

Miriam Young is a sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs from West Hartford, CT. She currently studies security and public policy and spent last spring semester interning at the White House. Miriam loves spending her time exploring good food, reading good books, and searching for her newest TV show addiction.


Hillel Zand

focused on music & the arts

Hillel is a sophomore double majoring in International Affairs and Economics. Born in New York City and raised in Palo Alto, CA, his family currently lives in Jerusalem. After taking a gap year before coming to GW, his passion for travel and culture has broadened immensely. In his free time, Hillel enjoys playing guitar, singing in the shower, watching documentaries and playing with dogs. He’s always up for a good coffee date and can never say no to hearing someone else’s life story!

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