Emily Umansky

Development Associate (New York)

Emily joined Seeds of Peace in 2018 after spending the previous year teaching English in Rahat, a Bedouin city in Israel’s Negev Desert.

While in Israel, she also interned with the development director at Hagar, an integrated bilingual Arab-Jewish school in Beer Sheva, and took classes at BINA, a secular yeshiva focused on social change. Emily’s experience in Israel informed and strengthened her passion for working toward peaceful shared society in Israel and Palestine.

Emily grew up in Rockville Centre, New York, and graduated from University of Virginia in 2017 with a B.A. in English and Public Policy.

“When generations of children from opposite sides of a conflict grow up in separate communities, attend segregated schools, and learn competing narratives, they become trapped in a cycle of entrenched biases and fear. Seeds of Peace programming is crucial for enabling the next generation to live in friendship, rather than hatred, and consequently move toward a peaceful future together.”