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StandWithUs (SWU) is an international and non-partisan Israel education organization that inspires and educates people of all ages and backgrounds, challenges misinformation and fights antisemitism.

Fiscal Management: StandWithUs has obtained the highest possible ratings from two preeminent rating agencies:

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© 2019 by StandWithUs

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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.

Executive Director of High School Affairs
Territory: North America

As a freshman in college at UC Irvine, Liz Brough observed rampant antisemitism and anti-Zionism on her campus.  As a Christian, Liz was deeply disturbed by what she observed, but didn't have the background knowledge or resources to figure out what was really true or where to look for accurate information. Liz felt a responsibility to be informed and wanted to empower others to be educated as well.  These experiences eventually led her to transfer to the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where she double majored in Jewish Studies and Bible. During these years, Liz immersed herself in pro-Israel activism as a Diamond Semester Intern for AIPAC, where she assisted AIPAC's Midwest Political Director for a year, served as the vice president of Kesher, the pro-Israel student organization on her campus, and worked as a campaign manager in Illinois.  Following college, Liz's passion shifted away from political activism to Israel education, which led her to StandWithUs in 2015. Liz truly believes that education is the road to peace.

Managing Director of High School Affairs
Territory: North America

Maria Ntourlia was born and raised in Athens, Greece where she got her Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Public Administration. She learned about the Arab-Israel conflict by participating in the Model United Nations and was assigned to represent both sides of the issue. Eager to learn more about Israel, she eventually moved to the country, where she studied for her Masters Degree at IDC Herzliya, focusing on Diplomacy and Conflict resolution. She has worked as a Legal Adviser to the Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nations and, among others, as a Researcher at the Abba Eban Chair of International Diplomacy, in Israel, under the former Israel Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor. After coming back from Israel, Maria focused on representing Israel and countering misconceptions back in Greece and around Europe. Maria is looking forward in engaging the next generation of youth and promoting the state of Israel around the Northeast region.

Senior Northeast High School Coordinator

Territory: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

Adam Blue graduated from Indiana University with his BA in history and Jewish studies, and he is currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to attending university, he spent a gap year in Israel where he studied in Jerusalem, and volunteered at a boarding school near Haifa. Whether as a teen leader, the President of Hillel at Indiana University, a legislative intern with the Indianapolis JCRC, a youth advisor in Chicago, or an assistant director at BBYO Passport, Adam has repeatedly exhibited his personal commitment to experiential education, community engagement, and leadership development.

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

Kate Chavez was born and raised in Los Angeles and went to Sonoma State University where she earned a degree in political science. Kate has always had a passion for public service, international relations and Israel advocacy, causing her to pursue political internships with congressmen and senators, involvement in student government on campus, and participation in advocacy trips to Israel and with pro-Israel organizations and political organizations on campus. After graduating, Kate spent a year immersing herself in Israeli society and taught English to children in Bat Yam, Israel. During that year, she fell more deeply in love with the people, culture, religion, and the country of Israel. Kate is very excited to have returned to the Southwest region to share and promote Israel education.

Southwest High School Coordinator
Territory: Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Colorado 

Nathan Altshuler was born and raised on the East Coast. Following high school, Nathan moved to Israel, where he participated in the Olim L’Tavor Pilot Mechina, a pre-army preparatory program, before serving as a paratrooper in the 890th Brigade. Following his army service, Nathan became a guide and coordinator for Olim L’Tavor. He subsequently went on to work in the Ministry of Defense and then the Israeli security sector, during which time he also held a position with an NGO.  In 2018, Nathan returned to the U.S. and immediately engaged with his community through the Baltimore Jewish Council 2019 Cohort. Nathan holds a BA in communications and political marketing from the IDC Herzliya, where he also completed the Argov Honors Fellowship for Leadership and Diplomacy.   

Mid-Atlantic High School Coordinator

Territory: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia

Aviv Attia was born in Tel Aviv to a family of Tunisian and Iraqi descent. At age 18, Aviv began his mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces, serving in the C4I Corps (Command & Control, Communications, Computers and Information corps). Aviv also served in northern Israel along the border of Lebanon, receiving awards for his leadership and a promotion before his service ended. Following his military service, Aviv studied Government, Diplomacy, Strategy and Sustainability at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya and participated in the Rabin leadership program. In addition to his studies, Aviv took part in many student programs, most notably as a volunteer and a member of the Israeli LGBTQ Association and the StandWithUs Israeli Fellowship. As an alumnus of this fellowship, Aviv has been sent on many delegations to South Africa, Australia, and North America, to educate students about Israel and to strengthen the pro-Israel communities there. In the fall of 2018, Aviv traveled with the Israeli Soldiers Tour in the Pacific Northwestern region of the USA, where he became passionate about educating and empowering this community. StandWithUs is thrilled that Aviv has joined the team as the Pacific Northwest High School Coordinator. 

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

Ahron Levin was born and raised in the United States before making aliyah to Israel following a Birthright  trip, where he experienced the magic of Israel and immediately fell in love with the country. During his IDF service, Ahron was a First Sergeant in the Israeli Navy, stationed in the waters bordering Gaza. Following his IDF service, he worked in the security sector with tourist groups of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. This allowed him to travel throughout the entire state, which helped him see the true beautiful colors of Israel, all while volunteering with amazing organizations along the way.  After experiencing so much, Ahron wanted to share his love for Israel elsewhere and became a Shaliach in South Africa at Habonim Dror Summer Camp. No matter where Ahron was in the world - whether on a road trip through South Africa, backpacking through Australia or during random Uber rides in the States - Ahron realized through conversations with strangers that there is an enormous lack of factual knowledge about Israel. This led him to join StandWithUs. Ahron is excited for the opportunity to share his love for Israel with one beautiful soul at a time.

Southeast High School Coordinator

Territory: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee  

Penina Edery was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Following high school, she spent a year in Israel doing a gap year program at Bar Ilan University, where she studied as well as volunteered as a first aid responder for Magen David Adom.  After her year in Israel, she returned to Montreal and studied at Concordia University where she earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. During her time as a student at Concordia University, she was on the board of their Israel club and was active with StandWithUs as a student leader. Since her year in Israel, Penina has gone back several times on different occasions and is very passionate about Israel education and fighting antisemitism. She spent a summer working at a startup in Jerusalem in 2017 and spent the summer following her graduation learning at Aish in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem. Penina is ready to share her personal knowledge of Israel based on her various experiences to empower other Canadians with the knowledge and tools they need to tell Israel's story.   

Canadian High School Director

Territory: Canada

Ori Wigotzky was born in 2001 and grew up in Haifa, Israel. She studied at Leo Baeck High School, a unique high school that is internationally funded by reform Jewish communities and contains a lot of Druze and Christian students. Ori was a Tzofim counselor and took part in the “Tzamid” project, a project that brings special needs kids to the Tzofim. Ori’s hobbies include dancing, drawing, writing and reading. Following high school, Ori took a gap year to come to Los Angeles with the Jewish Agency to spend the year working with StandWithUs. Ori is excited to share Israeli culture with the Jewish teen community in Los Angeles.

Southwest High School Assistant and Shinshinit
Territory: Southern California 

Sarah Serfaty was born in California and made Aliya to Israel with her family at a young age. After four years, her family moved to Texas and then back to California.  Her community in Southern California had a very small Jewish population, and as a teenager, Sarah experienced a lot of antisemitism and anti-Zionism in person and online.  During Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Sarah realized how much misinformation exists about Israel and that she needed to get involved.  She participated in the StandWithUs High School Internship when she was a senior in high school, setting up the first ever Israel club in her public high school, and was the announced as the regional winner in the Southwest region for her excellent efforts and achievements.  Sarah now attends Yeshiva University in New York City and is pleased to be the first ever High School Tri-State Assistant for StandWithUs.

Tri-State High School Assistant

Territory: Tri-State Area

Jill has worked in education helping organizations establish market leadership through innovative programming and educational experiences. As a program consultant for Facing History and Ourselves, she developed and led educational workshops and recruited educators and schools into the Facing History network. As an Educational Travel Specialist for WorldStrides, a global organization, Jill recruits leaders for educational travel programs.  Jill worked for more than ten years teaching Hebrew and Jewish and Israeli Studies to students ranging in age from 8 to 18.  She holds a Masters degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jewish Education, a Bachelors degree from UCLA and she studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Melitz: The Institute for Jewish-Zionist Education. She lived in Israel for three years and speaks fluent Hebrew — she even wrote the book on it, "Hebrew for Dummies" which has sold more than 85,000 copies.

High School Research and Programming Associate

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