About Sam Heller
Samuel is an active member of the Jewish community, participating in social justice projects around the world. He participated in two Jewish National Fund Alternative Spring Break projects in Israel and was part of a Jewish Federation delegation to St. Petersburg, Russia, for a Passover project. After Hurricane Katrina, Sam worked with Kesher in Utica, Mississippi, to provide supplies to those who were in need. Sam, who majored in history at UCLA, was part of the Ha'aretz newsroom during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. He has also contributed to the ADL and AJC in Los Angeles. In recent years, Sam participated as a NewGround cohort working to advocate Muslim/Jewish coexistence. He went on a group trip to Poland through the joint efforts of Harriet Mandel's public policy group—The Global Roundtable—and the Polish Foreign Ministry. He spoke at the Gesher Festival of Jewish Life in Bulgaria and was a participant at a Lynn Schusterman conference on social justice in Budapest. Currently, he volunteers for Corazon de Vida, recruiting young Jewish professionals to volunteer for hearing missions and obtains funding for some medical instruments through Repair the World and Indiegogo/Schusterman. He is planning a hearing mission trip to Israel in March 2016.