Your Future Begins Here
The Anna Sobol Levy Foundation provides fellowships to U.S. citizens who are college graduates to pursue a master's degree in English at the prestigious IDC Herzliya's Raphael Recanati International School, located near Tel Aviv. Historically, future U.S. military officers from ROTC programs have been the backbone of the program. We also accept civilian students who are committed to careers in the Foreign Service or in the various intelligence agencies.
The Fellowship covers tuition at the IDC (up to $16,000). Levy Fellows must enroll in one of the IDC's security-related MA programs: (1) counter-terrorism and homeland security, or (2) diplomacy and conflict studies.
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As part of moving to the IDC, the Fellowship program now uses a rolling admissions process. Potential Fellows are encouraged to apply early.
10/16/2015: This year will be the Fellowship program’s first year at the IDC Herzliya.
Until this year, the program was at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The move to the IDC is intended to provide fellows with a program of study that is more heavily focused in the areas of security, counter-terrorism and diplomacy.
10/16/2015: The current class of ASL Fellows has arrived in Israel.
There are six Fellows from six different undergraduate institutions: Brigham Young University, Long Island University, New York University, Utah State University, Yale University and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Captain Erik Wilkerson is a native of Terre Haute, Indiana. As an undergraduate, he attended the Virginia Military Institute, were he was designated a Distinguished Graduate and awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies. While at VMI, then-Cadet Wilkerson served as the Cadet S-2 (Academic) Captain, President of the Classical Music Society, account manager with the Cadet Investment Group, and Vice-President of the English Society.
Following Graduation, then-Midshipman Wilkerson attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as an Ana Sobol Levy fellow. Knowing that numerous combat deployments lay in his future, Midshipman Wilkerson chose to focus his year as a fellow studying Arabic and Hebrew while also exploring the local Jewish and Islamic culture. During this time Midshipman Wilkerson met his future wife - Mrs. Shoshanah Wilkerson. They recently celebrated their eighth year of marriage and have two young children: Nathaniel and Thea.
Captain Wilkerson's initial duty assignment was as an Artillery Forward Observer with I Company, 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment during its 2006 deployment to Haditha, Iraq. The language skills he acquired as an ASL Fellow enabled him to facilitate the training of a partnered Iraqi infantry company while also accompanying them on combat patrols. Upon his return, Captain Wilkerson deployed with 1st Battalion 12th Marine Regiment in the summer of 2007 as part of a provisional infantry \ military police task force. Following these two deployments Captain Wilkerson held a variety of billets in Kaneohe Bay, HI before executing orders to Fort Sill, OK. There, Captain Wilkerson served as Officer in Charge of the Enlisted Instruction Branch and as a Battery Commander. Captain Wilkerson deployed to Afghanistan as a senior instructor at the Counterinsurgency Training Center in Kabul. In this role Captain Wilkerson trained a variety groups - from State Department personnel and incoming Battalion staffs, to Afghan intelligence officers and mujahadeen seeking to reintegrate with the Afghan army. Following this deployment Captain Wilkerson executed orders to 10th Marine Regiment aboard Camp Lejeune, NC. There he held a variety of billets: Assistant Operations Officer, Battalion Fire Direction Officer, Afghan National Police Advisor, and Assistant Fire Support Coordinator. Captain Wilkerson resigned his commission effective 01 September 2015.
Captain Wilkerson's awards and decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (x2), Combat Action Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation (x2), Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal (x3), National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and theNATO-ISAF Medal
The Ana Sobol Levy Fellowship benefited Captain Wilkerson in a variety of ways. The language and cultural skills he acquired as an ASL fellow had a tangible effect on his ability to communicate, work and fight alongside men from Iraq, Afghanistan, Morocco, Jordan, and a variety of other countries. Captain Wilkerson formed close friendships with several professors, students, and other individuals he interacted with while in Israel. More importantly, Captain Wilkerson has a special relationship with the Jewish people through his wife and two children.
Captain Wilkerson is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Psychology via Stanford and the University of Palo Alto. He plans to become certified as a neuropsychologist and focus much of his professional energy providing mental health care to veterans returning from combat.
Amanda had the privilege of being an ASL Fellow from 2005-2007 and earning my MA in Israel: Society and Politics at the Hebrew Univ. She is a pilot and Active Duty Captain in the United States Army, and has been married six years to a fellow aviator and Army Captain. They live in Hawaii and serve with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. Shedeployed to Afghanistan in 2010-11 and flew MEDEVAC missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While stationed in Germany, she worked with German military forces and led a MEDEVAC team to Holland to partner with a Royal Netherlands Army exercise in 2013. In 2014, she travelled extensively as a primary planner for an annual joint military exercise, Pacific Pathways, and worked hand-in-hand with Indonesian, Malaysian, and Japanese military leaders. Says Amanda, “These experiences only highlight the extent to which I have used my experiences as an ASL Fellow to bridge cultural gaps, relate to our partners through strategic planning, and foster cooperative relationships with joint and coalition forces. I am proud to have been an ASL Fellow and will never forget the rich, life-changing lessons of living in the incredible nation of Israel.”
Alexander Bastoky was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from West Point in 2014 and commissioned as an Armor officer in the U.S. Army. He earned a Fulbright Fellowship to study Islamic history in Israel and reached out to the Anna Sobol Levy Foundation to add a vital military and political dimension to his time in the Middle East. Along with the rest of the ASL fellows, Alex will come away from Israel with a master's degree in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and a host of experiences that will be invaluable for his military and civilian service. After leaving Israel in 2015, is serving as an officer in the First Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.
Get in touch
Inquires about the Fellowship program should be directed to the IDC's office in New York:
The Raphael Recanati International School
c/o American Friends of IDC
116 East 16th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY, US 10003
- Phone: 866.999.RRIS I (212) 213 5961 I (212) 213 6371
inquires about the Foundation should be directed to:
Anna Sobol Levy Foundation attn: Mark Adelson
21-25 34th Avenue, #4D
Long Island City, NY 11106