StandWithUs New York Celebrated Its 2nd Annual “Leaders of Tomorrow” Gala

Editor in chief: Najaam Lee
Contributing Location Writer: Mitchell Acks
Photo credit: Courtesy of StandWithUs

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Leaders of Tomorrow Gala was held at Gotham in Manhattan, NY on November 13th, 2016 by Stand With Us organization, a fifteen year-old international Israel education organization that supports people around the world who want to educate their campuses and communities about Israel. SWU has chapters throughout the United States, as well as Israel, Canada, the UK and Australia.

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Over 400 guests were in attendance, including a few notable guests: Representative Nita Lowey, and actor David Mazonz who portrayed Bruce Wayne in Gotham, and other films. Hosting the evening’s event was comedian Elon Gold.

The SWU New York gala awarded 2 student leaders for their outstanding support for Israel: Eliza Kanner CAMPUS and Shalva Gozland HIGH SCHOOL.

The 2016 Gala honoree was Paula Blumenthal, a professional artist and a board member of StandWithUs Northeast Region. Also, she serves on the Board of American Friends of Hand in Hand Schools, the only publicly supported schools in Israel with all classes taught in Hebrew and Arabic by Jewish and Arab teachers. She was instrumental in defeating a proposed BDS resolution at TIAA-CREF.

Special keynote speaker was Former Chief of Staff  of the Israel Defense Forces and former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon discussed U.S.-Israel relations,the Iran deal, and the threat of Islamic terror  with Dr. Eric Mandel, StandWithUs Co Chair of the Board in NY.  And Israeli Consul General in NY, Ambassador, Dani Dayan addressed the 400+ crowd.


StandWithUs(SWU), ranked 4 star by Charity Navigator, is an international, non-profit Israel education organization that strongly believes that education is the road to peace. The organization provides vast resources like print materials, speakers, programs, conferences, missions to Israel, campaigns, social media and internet resources.

More about the organization and their resources can be found at: www.standwithus.com



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