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Executive Director of High School Affairs
Territory: North America

Miri Kornfeld, originally from Denver, Colorado, immediately found her passion for promoting Israel on college campuses when she began attending UCLA. Her involvement in Israel advocacy remained her top priority, and she became the president of Bruins for Israel, UCLA's pro-Israel organization, in her senior year. Upon graduating, Miri joined the StandWithUs team as the Executive Director of High School Affairs in North America. Miri focuses on promoting education about Israel to high school students, providing them with the support and tools they will need to become leaders and Israel advocates on their future college campuses and in their communities.

Midwest High School Coordinator
Territory: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio

Avi Yudkowsky was born and raised right here in Evanston, Illinois. After completing high school at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, he went to Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim in Bet Shemesh, Israel for two years. Afterwards, he completed his Bachelors Degree in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was also the Hillel President and a CAMERA on Campus Fellowship intern. He then continued his education by pursuing his M.A in International Relations and Conflict Resolution Studies with a Specialization in Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics from the IDC Herzliya Raphael Recanati International School in Israel. Avi then returned and spent 6 months working for the Hillary Clinton campaign on her field staff in Ft. Lauderdale, He is excited to be working for StandWithUs and continuing the standard for excellence set forth in the Midwest Region.

Northeast High School Coordinator
Territory: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, West Virginia

After earning his Bachelorís Degree in International Relations from the University of Rochester, Josh Warhit made Aliyah and enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces. He served in Battalion 931 of the Nachal Infantry Brigade for two years, and in the summer of 2014 fought in the northern Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge. After defending Israel both as a student on campus and as a combat soldier, he had an enlarged perspective on the issues Israel faces, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and how to successfully counter misrepresentations of Israel. After speaking at universities, synagogues and community centers about his experiences, he joined the StandWithUs team. He has since engaged thousands of students across the Northeast, helping them become resources and leaders in their communities.

Southeast High School Coordinator
Territory: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee

Rayna Rose Exelbierd was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with an International Business Degree. Rayna spent a gap year studying in Israel and has continued to travel there and participate in advocacy programs. At FAU, Rayna was a StandWithUs Emerson fellow, and held many leadership roles in various Israel organizations and groups on campus. Upon graduating, her passion became her career.

Pacific Northwest High School Coordinator
Territory: Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana

Don earned a B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University in History & Education, with a specialty in adolescent development. After working in the Chicago Public School system as a high school teacher, Don moved out to California to experience the sunshine and earthquakes. Originally born in the Galilee region of Israel, Don grew up in Skokie, IL which is famously known for having the largest concentration of Holocaust survivors outside of Israel.

Southwest High School Coordinator.
Territory: Southern California, Southern Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado

Liz Brough returned from a high school trip to Israel with a desire to share her new found knowledge of the Israeli culture and people with her peers. This motivated her to gain a degree in Jewish Studies and Bible from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. During this time, Liz was very active in the pro-Israel community in the greater Chicago area. Liz also served as the vice president of Kesher, the pro-Israel student organization on her campus, organizing events and actively promoting Israel awareness to her peers.

Southern Region High School Program Coordinator
Territory: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama

Jesse Stock grew up in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Israel in 2005 where he studied Counter Terrorism and Middle Eastern Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Upon returning to the USA, Jesse worked in several business management roles and served as Director at a nonprofit summer camp in Madison, Connecticut.

Tri-State Area High School Coordinator
Territory: New York, New Jersey, Connecticuit

Paul Friedman discovered his passion for educating students about Israel while studying and living in Israel for a full year in 2007-2008. He furthered his passion for obtaining knowledge about Israel and educating others while being selected as a Graduate Assistant at the Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University. He also earned his Masterís Degree in Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Kean University where he wrote his thesis on the history of Polish anti-Semitism. After graduating,Paul began working for StandWithUs as a Tri State Area High School Coordinator ensuring that students and educators are exposed to all of the facts so that students will be equipped with the knowledge to support Israel.

Canada High School Coordinator
Territory: Canada

Shanel Jacobs graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology with a BA in Criminology and Justice. While a student she founded the first pro-Israel movement on campus. Born to Indian parents in Israel, Shanel was always fascinated by her roots. Through the knowledge she received from studying the Jewish diaspora, she discovered her passion for Israel advocacy. Shanel is looking forward to using her skills and knowledge to help students be proactive for Israel in our community.

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