Ron Krudo - Executive Director of Campus Affairs
Ron, the son of two Israelis, is a first generation American and a fluent Hebrew Speaker. Originally from Florida, he attended Florida State University for a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and continued on for a Masters in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management. During the two years of attaining his Masters, he worked for Hillel at FSU as their Jewish Student Life Associate. Ron has been to Israel in a number of capacities, as a Birthright Rakaz and staff, city ambassador, and children`s home volunteer. Ron was also the first director of Future Leaders for Israel, a student grassroots movement in Florida. He is currently the chair of the Israeli American Council young professional LEAD committee BINA, which helps connect the Israeli and American community in Los Angeles through engaging and educational opportunities. He always strives to use his different leadership roles in the Jewish/Israel community to empower those around him through his passions.
Lauren Feibelman - Associate Director of Campus Affairs
Lauren, a native of South Florida, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida in 2010 with a Bachelor`s Degree in History. Her focus was on the Holocaust, and while writing her thesis, she was able to go on a combination March of the Living and Birthright trip. After visiting Poland and seeing the land where so many Jewish people perished, her group flew to Israel. When she landed in Israel at sunrise Lauren kissed the ground. From the moment she stepped off of the plane it felt like home and her love and passion for Israel was born. Lauren started with StandWithUs in 2014 as the Southeast Campus Coordinator, educating and supporting college students with their efforts on campus to educate their peers about Israel. She is excited to be able to help students across the US and Canada in her new role.
Max Samarov - Director of Research and Campus Strategy
Max grew up in Boston and is a first generation American. His parents left the Soviet Union to escape the racism and discrimination Jews faced there, and other members of his family ended up in Israel - a place he visited many times throughout his childhood. Max graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, class of 2011, with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. He interned at the Office of Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), before joining StandWithUs in 2012. The focus of his research is Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the discourse about these issues on campus. He has also spent the last four years helping to educate, organize, and empower students and others across North America in the struggle against anti-Israel boycotts and other forms of bigotry. Max has been quoted by many media outlets including the Associated Press, Inside Higher Ed, Haaretz, and Israel`s Channel 10, and his articles have been published in the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, The Tower, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, and the Santa Barbara Independent.
Campus and Research Team
Zach Shartiag - New England Campus Coordinator
Zach grew up in Highland Park, IL and attended the University of Minnesota. After coming back from the NATIV gap year program in Israel, he immediately got involved with Israel affairs on campus by joining Students Supporting Israel, where over his three years on campus, he saw it go from a local chapter to an international grassroots movement. As a member of the Minnesota Students Association, Zach wrote and helped passed a pro-Israel bill during Israel Apartheid Week. Outside of student government and Israel, Zach was a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi and a board member at Hillel. In 2015 he was awarded the Arnold B Hoffman University Service Award by AEPi International for his significant contributions towards the advancement of his alma mater. In his free time he enjoys touring New England on the search for the perfect burrito.
Rena Nasar - Tri-State Campus Coordinator
Rena hails from Brooklyn, NY. She`s always had a passion for Israel ever since she was little. Her grandfather, who was born in Syria, fled due to religious persecution, found refuge in Israel, and fought in Israel`s War of Independence in 1948. This family history inspired Rena with a sense of pride. Through high school and college Rena wanted a career in Israel advocacy, and pursued a dual degree in Journalism and Middle East Studies from Baruch College. Throughout college Rena was active with Israel, writing a theses titled, "Confidence Building Measures: A New Look at an Old Frontier for Peace in the Middle East", and held internships with JCRC-NY, the Israeli Consulate, and Foreign Policy Association. She also served as founder and president of Baruch`s Israel club, YOFI - Youth Organization for Israel. With her experience on campus, she hopes to inspire students in her region and help them achieve all of their advocacy goals on campus.
Ben Brownstein - Mid-Atlantic Campus Director
Ben Brownstein is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he earned a Bachelor`s Degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies. After developing a critical view towards Israel in college, Ben decided to live there upon graduation to see for himself what this country was truly like. He served as a Research Assistant at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) in Herzliya, and witnessed Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, where he saw firsthand how the media distorts realties about Israel in times of conflict. Ben currently lives in Washington, DC and loves to read and write about issues relating to Israel. His writings have been featured in publications such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Jerusalem Post, and The Times of Trenton.
Sgula Dershowitz was born and raised in Tel Aviv where she served two years in the Israeli Air Force and graduated with a degree in economics and management from Tel Aviv Academic College. Immediately after graduation, Sgula represented the Israeli government as the Jewish Agency Israel Fellow at Baruch College in New York City. There she was faced with anti-Israel academic bias on campus, and the struggle to share the liberal reality of Israel against the backdrop of hateful campaigns designed to demonize Israelis. Sgula met her husband, another activist for Israel, when they partnered on a project to support peace through art at Baruch College. Since then they have continued to work together on behalf of Israel and its people. She, her husband and their adorable dog, recently moved to Los Angeles to be closer to the beach.
Noa Raman - Pacific Northwest Campus Coordinator
Noa was born in Northern California, a first generation American to Israeli immigrant parents. Growing up in an immigrant family gave her a unique perspective, and a strong family connection to Israel. She also has a strong interest in working with youth, serving as a camp director for many years. Noa attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where she studied International Affairs. After taking a Middle East Politics class in the spring of 2014, she decided to go to Israel on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip. While she had been on family trips to Israel many times in the past, Noa`s Birthright trip was a formative experience, as to took place during Israel`s war against Hamas in the summer of 2014. Upon returning Noa concentrated her coursework on the Middle East and received a research grant from her university to visit Israel and work on her thesis, titled: Causes of Territorial Disputes: How Uncertainty and Resources Contributed to the 1967 Six-Day War. Today, Noa strives to teach people about her homeland and work for peace in the region.
Zina graduated from York University and has been involved with Israel advocacy on campus for years. She recently completed a degree in psychology, specializing in research projects pertaining to memory and kinesilogy. Coming from one of the most hostile universities in North America, Zina identifies with the students who are dealing with anti-Israel issues on campus. After participating in a Poland-Israel trip, she witnessed the atrocities that the Jewish people endured. Since then, her appreciation for Israel has grown stronger everyday. Zina`s objective as the Canadian campus Coordinator is to help students tell Israel`s side of the story and showcase how Israeli values are synonymous those of the Canadian people. Zina strives to create a positive environment for Israelis on University campuses where they can collaborate with other students and demonstrate why Israel should be celebrated.
Sebastian is originally from Colombia, but he relocated with his family to the state of Georgia in 2006 as political refugees. Eventually, Sebastian attended Georgia State University where he was highly involved and ultimately became the first Latino to be elected as Student Body President. In the summer of 2015, he participated in a StandWithUs program for student government leaders in Israel and has been a passionate advocate for Israel since then. Recently, Sebastian graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and started working for StandWithUs short thereafter. Sebastian hopes to use his background to share Israel`s story to minorities and create intersectional allies for peaceful coexistence.
Ben is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where he majored in Political Science. Shocked at the vitriol of the anti-Israel propaganda disseminated at colleges, he was driven to defend Israel and Jewish students after visiting the Hillel on campus. First advocating for Israel on behalf of AIPAC, Ben soon became an Emerson fellow with StandWithUS and president of the Christians United for Israel local chapter. His identity as a Zionist was cemented once he visited Israel for the first time in 2015. Ben continues to share this realization with students with the hope that they will too will be inspired by their experiences to serve as leaders in pro-Israel movements on campus.
Sarah Tagger - Campus Strategy Coordinator
Sarah Tagger`s passion for Israel and Judaism has always been strongly influenced by her family and their history. As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, she has strived to embrace her identity and share it with everyone around her. She recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara, with degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Global Studies, with a Middle Eastern focus. In university, Sarah served as President for Santa Barbara Hillel, as well as GauchoPac, UCSB`s political Israel club. She also worked as a Hebrew school teacher for 5th grade, and at an overnight Jewish summer camp for four summers. Her desire to work for StandWithUs was enhanced through her time at university, when SWU helped her fight anti-Israel activity on her own campus. She is very excited about her new role at StandWithUs.
Lauren Post - Research and Writing Associate
Lauren grew up in the beautiful Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York-- where she got her bachelors at St. John Fisher College in English and Political Science. She eventually moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she got her Master`s in Slavic Studies at the Ohio State University. She was heavily involved in Jewish communal life in Columbus, which sparked a passion for Israel. Lauren`s work tends to focus on minority groups in Israel and in the diaspora. You can probably find her meandering around Los Angeles with her golden retriever.