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Executive Team

Ron Krudo - Executive Director of Campus Affairs

Ron, the son of two Israelis, is a first generation American and a fluent Hebrew Speaker. 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 sitting on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach`s Young Adult Divisions Engagement committee and works to bring together the local Jewish community through events. He always strives to use his different leadership roles in the Jewish/Israel community to empower those around him through his passions.

Lauren Feibelman - Managing Director of Campus Affairs

Lauren works as the Managing Director of Campus Affairs for StandWithUs. A native of South Florida, Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida in 2010 with a Bachelor`s Degree in  History. A sister of Alpha Epsilon Phi, Lauren had a focus in Holocaust studies and was active in the Jewish community at UF. While writing her thesis, she went on a combination March of the Living and Birthright trip. After a heartbreaking visit to Poland, she flew to Israel and instantly fell in love, it was on this trip that her passion for Israel was born. In her current role, Lauren educates students about Israel and works to train and support young leaders on campuses across the country. Her goal is to give students an understanding of Israel`s history and culture while providing the space for students to build their own connection. 

Max Samarov - Executive 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 has traveled to and lived in for extended periods throughout his life. 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 six 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 Huffington Post, Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, The Tower, and the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. He also contributed a chapter to The Anti-Israel Agenda: the Political War on the Jewish State, a book published in August 2017.

Campus and Research Team

Zach Shartiag - New England Campus Director

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 of 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 Director

Rena Nasar is currently the Tri-State Campus Director for StandWithUs. Her Syrian background has consistently fueled her passion for Israel and has allowed her to engage others in a unique way. In high school, Rena participated in the Write On for Israel Program and was later awarded by the program organizer for her accomplishments on campus. Rena attended Baruch College where she graduated with honors and a dual degree in Journalism and Middle East studies. She also wrote a thesis 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. Rena 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.

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 realities 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 - Southwest Campus Director

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 Director

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 take 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 Rakhamilova - Canada Campus Director

Zina graduated from York University (Toronto, Canada) with a degree in Psychology. She actively participated in research initiatives at York pertaining to mental health and physical activity. As Zina became more active in campus life, she was shocked to see the amount of anti-Israel activity at York University. She joined a grassroots student club to help combat misinformation about Israel and through her campus experience, her appreciation for Israel has grown stronger every day. Coming from one of the most hostile universities in North America, Zina strongly identifies with the students who are dealing with anti-Israel issues on campus. Since joining the StandWithUs team, Zina has had the opportunity to work with students across all major Canadian cities to educate about Israel and to help spread a message of peace and co-existence.

Liora Bachrach - Midwest Campus Coordinator

Liora is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio where she earned a bachelors degree in Strategic Communications. Growing up, Liora was very involved in the Jewish communal world starting at a young age, which is where her passion for Israel came from. She interned in Tel Aviv summer of 2014 during Operation Protective Edge. Being in Israel during this time helped her understand the importance of Israel education. Liora worked in advertising for two years and was a volunteer for many Jewish and Israel organizations. Liora currently lives in Chicago and is excited to be apart of the StandWithUs team!

Jen Weintraub - South Campus Coordinator

Jen graduated with an honors degree and Suma Cum Laude in International Studies from Manhattanville College in Westchester, New York in 2017. Originally from Los Angeles, Jen attended New Community Jewish High School, which sponsored her trip to Poland on March of the Living. Being the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor this trip was especially impactful. Standing in Auschwitz, Jen knew she could never take Jewish safety for granted. Attending Manhattanville College, Jen created the Hillel and became the Emerson Fellow on her campus. After the fellowship, she began to work part-time for StandWithUs while finishing her degree. Jen is excited to now be able to do what she loves, educating students about Israel, full time!

Sarah Tagger - Campus Stratgist & Campaign Manager

Sarah Tagger graduated from the Honors program at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016, with bachelor`s degrees in both Cultural Anthropology and Global Studies. During her student years, Sarah was very involved in student government; serving as Chair of Operations in elections, and later as co-founder of a new student government party on campus. Passionate about Jewish life, Sarah held the position of President at both Santa Barbara Hillel, and UCSB`s Israel activism club. In addition, Sarah worked at a Jewish overnight summer camp for four years throughout university, ultimately as the Director of Staff-in-Training program. At StandWithUs, Sarah helps research, build and implement pro-active and responsive strategies and campaigns regarding Israel on campus. Sarah uses her past experiences as a student activist and current professional experience to educate on coalition and relationship building, campaign strategy, the challenges of the anti-Israel movement, and telling Israel`s story. She regularly speaks at campus and community events around North America. 

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.

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