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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. Ron is also an expert in public speaking, management, and strategy and applies these skills regularly to his work at StandWithUs. 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. As a member of the Minnesota Students Association, Zach wrote and helped passed a pro-Israel bill during Israel Apartheid Week. Zach finished his student government career on the System Wide Student Senate Consultative Committee. Outside of student government and Israel, Zach was an executive board member 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 and watching the Chicago Bears find new ways to break his heart.

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.

Charline Delkhah - Southwest Campus Coordinator

Charline was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelors of Science in Managerial Economics and a minor in Computer Science. Going to college in Davis, she heard horrible and inaccurate things being said about Jews and Israel. She decided to get more involved and joined the Aggies for Israel student group. Two years after joining the group, she became president, which helped her gain a newfound appreciation for Israel activism and education. She fell more in love with Israel during this leadership role and her trips to Israel. Charline loves to apply her passion and skills in dealing with challenging situations by turning them into opportunities with her students!

Matthew Levin - Pacific Northwest Campus Coordinator

Matthew was born and raised as a third generation San Franciscan. Before attending the University of Nevada, Reno and graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice, he went to Jewish Community High School of the Bay in the City. While at Nevada, Matt was a member of the Hillel along with the local AEPi Chapter. He held multiple positions in both organizations, including the president. While President of Hillel, he worked with the Lt. Governor and other state lawmakers to help pass Senate Bill 26, an anti-BDS bill. Matt has been to Israel twice, once on a class trip with his high school and the other on Birthright in 2015. Growing up, Israel wasn`t a topic very much discussed in his house, however, since his high school trip, Israel has been a passion of his that he loves to apply to his work with college students! 

Rebecca Katzman- Canada Campus Coordinator

Rebecca graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Social Work and a double minor in psychology and sociology. While attending university, she was the President of Ryerson`s Students Supporting Israel and was also a StandWithUs Emerson Fellow. During her presidency, Rebecca coordinated the passing of a motion for a Holocaust Education Week. She also worked to get the Ryerson Students` Union to be the first in Canada to adopt the Ottawa Protocol on Anti-Semitism. She recieved the John Gallivan award for student leadership by fostering a relationship between Jewish students on campus and the Ryerson Students` Union. Over the past year, Rebecca worked in the Canadian Parliament. She is excited to be back in Toronto where she can empower students from all over Canada to educate about Israel. 

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! 

Matthew Garces - Mid-Atlantic Campus Coordinator
Matthew graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in International Affairs and Political Science and a minor in French. Matthew`s first exposure to Israel was in the spring of 2016 when he studied abroad in Paris.  While there, he took an introductory course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which ended up becoming one of his favorite classes. Inspired by this course, Matthew went to Israel for the first time with the Paris-Tel Aviv   Association, a campus organization at SciencesPo.  Upon returning to the US, Matthew re-established the   Christians United for Israel (CUFI) chapter at UGA and after building it up, became President the following year where he worked to advocate on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he was selected to participate in the Philos Leadership Institute with the Philos Project, an organization dedicated to promoting positive Christian engagement in the Middle East, and spent 14 days in Israel,   the West Bank, and Jordan learning about a plethora of issues such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Syrian and Iraqi refugee   crises, the role of Islam in the region, and the status of Jewish-Christian relations. As a Christian, Matthew hopes to build more bridges between the Jewish and Christian communities and bring a unique perspective on Israel to college campuses. 

Talia Lerner- South Campus Coordinator

Talia Lerner attended Florida Atlantic University where she studied Jewish Studies and Political Science. Talia discovered her passion for Israel while on birthright and upon return she immediately got involved in Owls for Israel, the pro-Israel group at FAU, where she held many leadership roles throughout her time there. Upon graduation, her passion for Israel led Talia to participate on Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in which she spent the year teaching English in Bat Yam, Israel. Her experiences in Israel inspired her to continue to educate about Israel and to encourage more students to become leaders and Israel activists on campus. 

Jonathan Farrell - UK Campus Director

Jonathan attended the University of Exeter in England and graduated with a Bachelors Dregree in Politics and Arabic, in 2017. During his time at university, Jonathan co-founded the Exeter University Friends of Israel and became a UK-Israel Leadership program student ambassador for StandWithUs UK in 2016. As a Christian, he led the first Israel Peace Week campaign to counter Israel Apartheid Week and recieved the `Campaign of the Year` Award by the Union of Jewish Students alongside nominations for two others. He was a strategy development intern for StandWithUs UK in 2017 and joined full time as their Communities Director that same year. He seeks to combat anti-semitism masking itself as anti-zionism and is especially passionate about empowering young Christians to stand up for the Jewish people against hatred and misinformation. 

Sarah Tagger - Campus Strategist & 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 the 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 a literal cornfield located in a small town in Upstate New York. Lauren graduated from St. John Fisher college with too many majors and minors and went on to earn her master`s degree in Slavic Studies at The Ohio State University. A summer in Eastern Europe sparked her interest in Jewish life and Israel. When she returned home, she quickly became involved in the graduate student Hillel program.  Lauren applies her experiences in college to her work at StandWithUs as she helps design and executes social media strategy, researching any questions we receive, and adding great puns to the presentations we provide. Most importantly though, about Lauren, is that you`re likely to find her trying to find the perfect taco truck in her neighborhood, or taking long walks with her pup Pici. 

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