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New Ways to Fight Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism on College Campuses

Featuring Candice Perilstein, Miriam Tennenbaum, Thom Waye, Michael Waitz, Sarah Fried

Livestream Mar 6, 11:30am-12:30pm ET Antisemitism on Campus
For years, ADL has documented a troubling rise in antisemitic and anti-Israel incidents on college campuses – since October 7th we have seen this problem grow exponentially, leaving many of our Jewish college students feeling unsafe on their campuses. This panel gathers experts and advocates at the forefront of addressing this pressing issue, exploring proactive measures, collaborative efforts and the role of community in combatting antisemitism on campus. From Campus Antisemitism Legal Line (CALL) for college students to ADL's formal partnerships and more, attendees will gain insights into practical strategies, available resources and the collective responsibility in fostering an environment where all students feel safe and valued.


Miriam Tennenbaum

VP of Development, Olami

Miriam Tennenbaum is the Vice President of Development at Olami, where she combines her diverse skill set and passions to build a movement centered in Jewish pride, identity, and engagement. Her background in nonprofit development and Jewish engagement, coupled with her expertise in security, enables her to address the unique challenges facing Jewish communities worldwide. Prior to her current role, Miriam held development positions at United Hatzalah and Chai Lifeline, where she focused on initiatives to support and strengthen Jewish communities. She has also served as a security consultant at DEG Strategic and as an investigative analyst at MSA Security, contributing to security assessments and threat analyses aimed at safeguarding Jewish organizations and institutions.

Miriam earned her BA in Political Science and Media Studies from the City University of New York-Queens College, and an MA in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, with a specialization in International Security and the Middle East.  




Thom Waye

Chief Strategy Officer, Chabad on Campus International

Thom Waye is the Chief Strategy Officer of Chabad on Campus International. He comes from both a background in business and philanthropy, with a strong connection to the Jewish community and Israel. Prior to joining Chabad on Campus, Thom was the founder of Sigma Capital Partners and previously worked at ComVest Venture Partners, AIG Capital Partners, Motorola, and Unisys. He also sat on or Chaired, the boards of multiple private and public companies.

On the philanthropy front, Thom sits on the board of the Areivim Philanthropic Group, is a Trustee of Park Avenue Synagogue, serves on the Conservation Council of Panthera, was the former Trustee of the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, a founding member of the Board of Directors of Sprout Lake Camps, and served as Chairman US Friends of Madatech: The Israel National Museum of Science.

Thom has a BS from Syracuse University and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School.


Michael Waitz

Chief Operating Officer, Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi)

Michael Waitz is the Chief Operating Officer of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Fraternity. Michael graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Business Management and has completed certificate programs with Spertus/Northwestern University in Jewish Leadership as well as the Board Member Institute at Northwestern University. After graduation, Michael worked for AEPi running the program department where he visited 130 college campuses and later moved into fundraising for AEPi’s Foundation. For almost 9 years he focused on educational trips to Israel where he saw over 1,000 trips. Michael resides in the Chicago suburbs with his wife Aviva, and their two children.


Sarah Fried

Chief External Affairs Officer, Hillel International

Sarah Fried is the Chief External Affairs Officer for Hillel International, overseeing organizational advancement for the Hillel movement through strategic partnerships, resource development, marketing, communications, and global experiences. Sarah and her team are charged with creating and implementing innovative strategies that grow overall resources for Hillel International and local affiliates, building the Hillel brand to deepen stakeholder engagement in the movement and developing strategic partnerships that align resources with organizational priorities. Previously, Sarah served as vice president for leadership giving at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Sarah received her B.S from Ithaca College and master’s degrees from both The University of Pennsylvania and Gratz College.


Candice Perilstein

Associate Director, Jewish Partnerships, ADL

Candice Perilstein is the Associate Director of Jewish Partnerships at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), working to expand ADL’s reach with Jewish communal campus organizations across the country through partnerships and advocacy efforts. Joining ADL in 2019, Candice previously served as the Associate Regional Director for the Florida office. No stranger to the campus space, prior to ADL she held positions with Hillel at Vanderbilt University, as well as on the headquarters staff at Zeta Beta Tau as Director of Growth. She graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami and Master of Education with a focus in College Student Affairs from the University of South Floria.