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IDF Veteran to Head Local StandWithUs

San Diego Jewish World

Donald Harrison

August 30, 2019

With some time to spare before its Oct. 27 gala dinner, StandWithUs has announced the hiring of a new San Diego regional director. He is Yosef Condiotti, who describes himself as a “passionate Zionist,” which is an appropriate attitude indeed for the head of an organization that intellectually combats BDS and other anti-Israel initiatives at area college campuses.

The 8th annual “Leaders of Tomorrow” gala dinner, themed “Standing Together Against Antisemitism,” will feature radio show host and author Larry Elder, a conservative Republican and African American, whose books include What’s Race Got to Do with It?: Why It’s Time to Stop the Stupidest Argument in America and Double Standards: The Selective Outrage of the Left. Dinner admission starts at $200 per plate. More information is available by clicking here.

Condiotti replaces Sara Miller, a Christian Zionist who left StandWithUs to be more active in church activities, which she said will continue to include advocacy for Israel. In the interim, Associate Director Yael Steinberg has been ably leading the local branch of the organization. She has been aided by an active group of volunteers, whose numbers include the co-chairs of the upcoming gala dinner: Yamia Benhaim, Jaime Feder, and Natalie Josephson.

Condiotti, 30, served in the tank corps of the Israel Defense Forces and is currently a commander in the IDF reserves. He fought in Operation Protective Edge in 2014 against Hamas forces in Gaza, and three years later was awarded as the best soldier in his division.

He worked from 2013 through 2015 as an assistant to MK Yisrael Katz, Israel’s Minister of Transportation and Intelligence, and later was hired by the City of Jerusalem to create cultural programs for young professionals – a job that involved as many as 150 events per year.

On the personal side, Condiotti notes that he plays 12 instruments, teaches salsa dancing, loves to cook, and enjoys rock climbing. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hebrew University in political science, sociology, and anthropology.

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