In June 2012 the Helix Project launched its pilot program with a cohort of six extraordinary students nominated by professors of Jewish history and culture at the UC Berkeley and UCLA. Helixers visited the heart of the historical Grand Duchy of Lithuania — traveling through eastern Poland into Belarus and ending in the Jerusalem of Lithuania, today Vilnius. Focusing on brilliant writers, Esperantists, Talmudists, and yidn fun a gants yor (everyday Jews), the Helix took off with six incredible students.
Some Members of the 2012 Pilot Helix Cohort:
Ana is 22 years old and grew up in Southern California in the city (and county) of Orange. She’s currently in her last semester at the University of California at Berkeley.
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Tommy was born in 1986 in the Lower Galilee, Israel. In 1993, he first moved to California.
Raised in Santa Monica, Tessa Nath is finishing her first year at UCLA, majoring in English and minoring in French and Geography/Environmental Studies.
Ben Steiner grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he attended Jewish day school throughout grade school. He is currently finishing his senior year at UCLA.