Erica Hope Shaps A Jewish American nonprofit professional living and working in Jerusalem

Erica Shaps, originally from Chicago, has spent the last three years living in Jerusalem working for The Joint Distribution Committee and Encounter Programs. Erica previously graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and International and Global Studies and a minor in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies. During this time she was a Fellow at the Interfaith Youth Core, interned at American Jewish World Service, and started multiple campus groups promoting religious pluralism and constructive conversations about the Middle East on college campuses.