Oren Kroll-Zeldin, BBIP Director
Oren Kroll-Zeldin was raised in Los Angeles and has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past seven years. He received his BA in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Skidmore College and is currently a PhD student in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he also received his MA. Engaging post-colonial, post-structural, and feminist frameworks within Anthropology, Oren's emphasis of study is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, particularly alliance building activities between Jews and Palestinians and how checkpoints play a role in this process. Paying particular attention to relations of power and issues of privilege, Oren seeks to understand structures and systems of oppression that lead to inequities and injustices that are prevalent in societies and cultures globally. When he is not studying or teaching, Oren likes to play basketball because he has refused to give up on his lifelong dream of playing for his beloved Los Angeles Lakers. Between 2009-12 he was an educator and facilitator with Abraham's Vision. In summers 2010 and 2011, Oren was the Assistant Director of the BBIP summer program, and in summer 2012 he was the BBIP Director.