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Meet the Israeli Soldiers` Stories 2015 Team!

February 15 - March 1

During his time serving in the IDF, Eyal was a team commander in the IDF Officers Course and served as the head of the International Infrastructural Projects Department at The Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria (COGAT). During operation "Protective Edge" , Eyal assisted in COGAT`s efforts in providing humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. Upon graduating university with a Law degree, Eyal was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cologne and an Editorial Board Member of the Law Faculty Law Review at his home university. Among many other things, Eyal is also active in the Israeli Law Students Association and the National Student Union. Additionally, Eyal is a graduate of the StandWithUs 2012 Israel Fellowship at Bar Ilan University.


Ashager was born in Gnodar, Ethiopia and moved to Israel as part of "Operation Solomon" in 1991. She began her military service in the IDF as an instructor in the M.L.R.S. artillery force, and later continued as an officer`s instructor in the Paratroopers Reconnaissance Battalion. Ashager has participated in a number of delegations around the world including one to South Africa during “Israeli Apartheid Week” last year. An Alumnus of the 2013 StandWithUs Israel Fellowship, Ashager is currently a third year Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy student at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. In her spare time, Ashager enjoys running, reading, and hanging out with friends.


April 12 - April 26

After graduating from Metro West High School in Ra`anana, where she majored in physics and computer science, Keren completed a year of community service at the scouts Garin Reim in Neve Yosef, Haifa. Keren enlisted in the IDF in 2008 and was placed in the psych-technical diagnosticians` course, where she conducted psychological assessments of Israeli teenagers as they`re drafted into the IDF. An alumna of the 2014 StandWithUs Israel Fellowship, Keren is currently studying industrial engineering at Tel Aviv University, and works as a marketing programs coordinator at a mobile synchronization company.

Born in Ukraine, Tamir moved with his parents to Israel at the age of 3. He is now a sophomore at Tel Aviv University, majoring in political science and communications. In the IDF, Tamir served in the non-combat COGAT (Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories) unit for four years as a liaison between the IDF and the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations, and the International Red Cross (ICRC) and many other non-governmental organizations in the West Bank working to help the Palestinian civilian population.


February 15 - March 1

Tamir was born in New York and moved to Israel with his family at the age of 7. An alumnus of StandWithUs` 2012 Israel Fellowship, he is currently studying Political Science and Communications at Tel Aviv University. During his time in the IDF, he served as an officer and company commander in the Paratrooper Brigade. During his service he participated in Operation Cast Lead in 2009, and in 2011 he commanded 140 soldiers as a company commander on Israel`s northern border with Lebanon and was responsible for border patrols, lookouts and various missions in order to defend the citizens of Israel.


Elad is 31 years old, born in Israel and currently resides in Kibbutz Ma`ayan Baruch, a small town right near the Lebanese Border. Elad served in an infantry unit in the IDF as a combat soldier and a mortars sergeant. He participated in many operations during the second intifada, including one where he was shot and critically injured in what was dubbed the "Attack in the Worshipper`s Route" in Hebron in 2002. Elad was nominated for a citation award for his actions in battle. After two months of recovery, Elad fought his way back to volunteer in his unit, and finished his squad commander`s course, followed by a senior special sergeant course after which he commanded a mortars platoon in the West Bank and Lebanon. Elad was discharged with honor after almost 4 years of service with the rank of First Senior Sergeant. After his release, he volunteered for many years in an organization that aids under-privileged and at-risk youth in preparation for their army service. He recently graduated with a degree in nutrition science from Tel-Chai Academic College and is an alumnus of the 2013 StandWithUs Israel fellowship.

February 15 - March 1

Gal was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Israel as a toddler, and she currently resides in a suburb of Tel Aviv. Upon graduating high school, Gal postponed her military service to volunteer in the Jewish community of Toronto, Canada, working with children in schools and synagogues to establish their connections to Israel. When Gal returned to Israel, she served in the IDF as a basic training commander at an intelligence base. Gal was granted an award for excellent performance during basic training, and was promoted to commander at the basic commander`s course. Gal served additional months, beyond her mandatory service, and after her release, she worked as counselor at "Alexander Muss high school in Israel", a program which brings Jewish teens from all over the world to study and explore Israel in order to strengthen their Jewish identity. Gal now studies law at Bar Ilan University and a alumna of the 2014 StandWithUs Israel Fellowship.

Yehuda was born and raised in Ethiopia and moved to Israel in 2009 due to his love for Jerusalem. As a volunteer in the IDF, Yehuda served in a border police unit where he served at checkpoints and in Hebron and Jerusalem guarding religious holy sites. He completed his service in 2012 and is currently studying political science and communications at Hadassah College in Jerusalem. Yehuda is an active figure within the discipline of public diplomacy and international relations. An alumnus of StandWithUs` 2014 Israel Fellowship, Yehuda now resides in a quiet neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Pacific Northwest
April 12 - April 26

Kokit was born in Ethiopia and moved to Israel with her family as an infant. Kokit served in the IDF for seven years as the lead officer for the Department of Basic Training, a Safety and Training Officer at the pilot cadet course, and finally serving as a training officer at the Aerospace Defense headquarters. In March 2014, Kokit participated in a delegation that traveled to South Africa to help combat “Israel Apartheid Week,” where she spoke to students about her experiences as a black Jewish woman living in Israel. Kokit is currently studying law and government at IDC Herzliya. She enjoys reading and is addicted to shopping. 

Tslil was born in Kibbutz Regavim in northern Israel and is currently living in Tel- Aviv. Tslil served four years in the IDF, during the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza, Gilad Shalit`s abduction and the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Operation Cast Lead in 2008, and Operations Pillar of Defense in 2012 and Protective Edge in 2014, as a Captain Reserve in the Maglan Unit. Tslil earned his B.A. in Political Science and Communications from Tel Aviv University and is a graduate of the Koteret School of Journalism. Tslil worked as a spokesperson for the Vice Speaker of the Knesset, MP Pnina Tamano Shata of the “Yesh- Atid” Party. As an alumna of StandWithUs` 2012 Israel Fellowship, Tslil is currently working as a digital media consultant for a firm which provides public relation services and strategic media consulting. Tslil is now a volunteer spokesperson for One Day Social Volunteering Israel.


April 12 - April 26

Hen Mazzig
Lt. Hen Mazzig, StandWithUs Director of Israeli Education, is a writer, blogger and social media activist. Hen is an Israeli of Tunisian and Iraqi descent. He is an energetic, engaging and unique representative of Israel`s next generation. Lt. Mazzig served in a unit called COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories) for almost 5 years, he worked as an intermediary between the Israeli Defense Forces (the IDF) and the Palestinian Authority (the PA), the UN, and the many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that work in the West Bank. Hen has an excellent first-hand understanding of the nuances of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lt Mazzig served as an openly gay IDF commander and can share his experience and his journey. In the recent conflict between Hamas and Israel, Lt. Mazzig was called to the reserves where he worked to facilitate the humanitarian activity of the UN and various NGOs throughout the Gaza Strip.

Although he was born and raised in Israel, Matan spent five years in the US with his family growing up while his mother served as a `shlicha", or emissary for the Jewish Agency for Israel. An alumnus of the 2011 StandWithUs Israel Fellowship, he is currently a third year law student, pursing an LL.B and LL.M at Bar Ilan University. During his time in the IDF, Matan served as an officer and deputy company commander in the Givati Infantry Brigade, commanding 95 soldiers and officers. He participated as a commander in operations against Hamas in 2006 and 2009, and helped to expose and shut down Hamas` rocket firing into Israel. Matan love talking politics, playing basketball, and playing his favorite Beatles songs on the piano.

April 12 - April 26

Elad was born in Israel, but lived for 4 and a half years in California growing up. In the IDF Elad served as an officer in the COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories) unit, which coordinates aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. He first served in the Gaza District Coordinator Liaison, and later in the West Bank city of Hebron. He ended his military service in the Civil Administration Headquarters in Beit El. During his time in the IDF, Elad was directly responsible for the humanitarian good going into Gaza, and acted as the mediator between the IDF and international organizations. A recent alumnus of the 2013 StandWithUs Israel Fellowhsip, Elad is now studying Economics and Management at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and he loves traveling and diving.


Lital is a journalist and anchor for a news website in Israel. She was born in Ashkelon, a coastal city in Southern Israel and served as a combat soldier in the Border Police Unit of the IDF. Lital is an alumnus of the StandWithUs Israel Fellowship of 2010 at Tel Aviv University. She has a BA in Social Sciences from the Open University and is currently working on a Masters degree on the topic of Judaism of the United States. Lital is proud of her service in the IDF, which she strongly believes is portrayed falsely in media around the world. Lital considers it a duty and an honor to contribute whatever she can to her country, which led her to choose service in the border police unit.  She served in checkpoints, stations aimed at thwarting terrorist attacks, a position usually held by male IDF soldiers .

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