Jadd Hashem
Vice President & Head of Palestinian Dialogue
Jadd Hashem

Jadd Hashem is the Vice President of Atidna International and also the Palestinian Head of Dialogue. Born in Dallas as a Palestinian-American, Hashem has been active in local politics while campaigning for the total equality of Palestinians in Israel/Palestine. He believes in the total equality of all people in the Holy Land.

Elijah Kahlenberg
Founder and President
Elijah Kahlenberg

Elijah Kahlenberg is the founder and current leader of Atidna International. Leading both the Atidna International non-profit and an individual Atidna chapter at the University of Texas at Austin, Elijah has personally overseen and led various joint dialogues and peace events between Jewish/Israeli and Arab/Palestinian students. Elijah hopes to dedicate his life to the mission of unity and reconciliation between Jews/Israelis and Arabs/Palestinians, two peoples that he truly believes are one family.

Orev Kaim
Orev Kaim
Head of Peace Events

Orev Kaim is a proud member of Atidna, with Sephardi, Ashkenazi, and Mizrahi heritage. Orev joined Atidna because he believes that life, safety, and self determination are human rights, not finite resources.
Email: orev.kaim4@gmail.com

    Rawan Albdeiri
    Rawan Albdeiri ‍
    Head of Arab Affairs

    Rawan Albdeiri is an enthusiastic senior member of Atidna with Arab roots. She serves as the President of Arab affairs. She holds a passion in politics, peacemaking, society, and balancing it all with a cultural landscape that values humanity above all. She is graduating a year early in 2025 with a major government and minors in Middle Eastern Studies, American Sign Language, History, and Women’s Studies.
    Email: rawan.albdeiri@gmail.com

      Olivia Zelling
      Olivia Zelling
      Head of Jewish Affairs

      Shalom aleichem! My name is Olivia Zelling. I’m proud (and honored) to be one of the founding members of Atidna International alongside serving as the Jewish Affairs Chair. I believe that the work we have started on college campuses is vital for what will become a brighter and more inclusive future, and I’m grateful to be part of such a passionate group of leaders.
      Email: oliviazelling@utexas.edu

        Alexander Suster
        Alexander Suster
        ‍Head of Israeli Affairs

        Hello, my name is Alexander Suster and I’m the Head of Israeli Affairs for Atidna. I believe in sharing my views and Jewish experience about Israel while also seeking to understand and learn about the Palestinian perspective.

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          Simon Marina
          Simon Marina‍
          Head of Palestinian-American Affairs

          Hello, I am Simon Marina. I am the Head of Palestinian-American Affairs for Atidna. As someone who champions dialogue as an integral form of progress, I am happy to join a movement where I can share my story to the masses. Look forward to speaking with you all!
          Email: simonjmarina@gmail.com

            Devon Schwartz
            Devon Schwartz
            Head of Interfaith Affairs

            Devon Schwartz is the Head of Interfaith Affairs for Atidna International. Devon was born in Houston, TX, and he comes from Jewish and Muslim descent. He grew up celebrating the culture and holidays from both religions. He believes that communication between people of both faiths is important for a peaceful and prosperous future.
            Email: devon.s.schwartz@gmail.com