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These staunch defenders of Israel, from across our country, have strong social media followings

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Thirteen Superstars who stand for Israel Top Row L to R: Ryan Bellerose, Georganne Burke, Aboud Dandachi, Shai Deluca; 2nd Row L to R: Aaron Greenspan, Ysabella Hazan, Agnes Imani, Lauren Isaacs; 3rd Row L to R: Shaked Karabelnicoff, Rebecca Katzman, Daniel Koren, Hillel Neuer; Bottom Row: Jake Reznik

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These proud Zionists, from coast to coast, have shown exemplary leadership that promotes Israel and the Jewish people in the public square. They have all made their mark in their own way, with their skills, influence, determination, ambition, and distinctive voices. For some, it’s focused on campus activism; for others, it’s social media or demonstrations, planning or promoting community gatherings, bringing in speakers or being a key player behind the scenes. 

Among the baker’s dozen are immigrants from Syria and Israel, political activists, university students, and antisemitism experts. In the face of spiraling abuse and violence against supporters of a Jewish homeland and the Jewish faith, these brave men and women put their names on the line daily in defence of our people and Israel.

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In alphabetical order by last name, they are: Ryan Bellerose, Georganne Burke, Aboud Dandachi, Shai Deluca, Aaron Greenspan, Ysabella Hazan, Agnes Imani, Lauren Isaacs, Shaked Karabelnicoff, Rebecca Katzman, Daniel Koren, Hillel Neuer, Jake Reznik. We’ve included their social media profile links so you can follow their incredible work

Top Row, L to R: Ryan Bellerose, Georganne Burke; Bottom Row, L to R: Aboud Dandachi, Shai DeLuca

Ryan Bellerose

Ryan, who is Métis, was raised in Paddle Prairie, Alberta and currently resides in Calgary. For two decades, he has been an active community advocate and activist. Ryan was one of the first to strongly put forward the Indigenous argument, regarding the Indigenous nature of the presence of Jews in the Middle East.  For more than a decade and a half, his talks, writings and ideas have helped change the discourse on the Jewish connection to Israel.

Facebook: Ryan Bellerose
Twitter: @Fenris69
Blog: Indigenous Indignation 

Georganne Burke

Toronto-based Georganne Burke is an ardent and outspoken advocate for Israel, the Jewish people, and against antisemitism. She was deeply involved in the Soviet Jewry movement in the 1970s and 80s. She has worked in politics since she was 18 to support politicians and parties that share her commitment to Israel, and is a much-sought political commentator by Canadian media.

Facebook: Georgeanne Burke
Twitter: @georganneB 

Aboud Dandachi

Aboud Dandachi is a former Syrian refugee from the town of Homs, who currently resides in Toronto. He has been an active and outspoken supporter of Israel since 2013, upon learning of the humanitarian aid provided by Israeli and Jewish organizations to Syrian victims of the civil war in that country. Aboud founded the Thank You Am Israel website, in acknowledgment of those efforts. He has been published in Tablet Magazine, the Canadian Jewish News, and is a regular contributor to TheJ.ca.

Facebook: Aboud Dandachi
Twitter: @abouddandachi
Website: truenorthjournals.ca

Shai DeLuca

In 2013 the Israeli-Canadian, and former IDF Sergeant, had a rare opportunity to take a camera crew back to his home country, to shoot segments for Cityline. He showcased everything from food, fashion, design, culture and of course, history. The outpouring of love and wonderment received from Canadians, still to this day, fills his heart with joy. Following the 2014 Gaza War, he partnered with CAMERA on Campus to tour universities and colleges across Canada, the U.S., and the UK, speaking to Jewish students and student groups targeted by antisemitism and anti-Zionism. Shai continues that partnership today. He is also proud of his continued work with the Israeli consulate in Toronto, to help bridge the LGBTQ+ communities in Toronto with the community in Israel.

His vibrant social media platform has been a key outlet for education, where he does live interviews with leading Zionists like Ethiopian-Israeli, Ashager Araro, founder of Bettae, an Ethiopian Israeli Heritage centre; Elad Strohmayer, Israeli diplomat and LGBTQ advocate; and  Jonathan Elkhoury, a Lebanese-Israeli, who travels the world speaking for Reservists on Duty.. 

Facebook: Shai DeLuca
Twitter: @ShaiDeLuca
Instagram: @shaideluca
Website: shaideluca.com

Top Row, L to R: Aaron Greenspan, Ysabella Hazan; Bottom Row, L to R: Agnes Imani - Lauren Isaacs

Aaron Greenspan

Aaron is a third-year Bachelor of Management (Marketing) student from Toronto, attending Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is a StandWithUs Canada Emerson Fellow (2020-21), and an executive board member of Hillel Atlantic Canada. He was Hillel Atlantic Canada’s Director of Communications, helping with Shabbat dinners, Birthright, and Jewish engagement. His Israeli activism began out of necessity. In his first year, there was a lack of Jews on the east coast speaking out against faulty Israel narratives, BDS, and antisemitism. He knew he had to make serious changes. He remembers feeling awkward when he first went to university, discovering no one knew what the Holocaust was. Frequently ridiculed for wearing a kippah on High Holy Days, professors told Aaron to be quiet  for speaking out for Israel. It did not stop him from being proud of who he is, and speaking out, tabling, or using his voice on social media to empower change. He has hosted many Jewish/Israeli student-related events on campus, and off-campus, including Holocaust Education Week, Israel-themed dinners, and more. 

Facebook: Aaron Greenspan
Instagram: @aaron.greenspan 

Ysabella Hazan

Ysabella Hazan, 20, is a Montreal native and is entering her second year of Law School at the University of Ottawa. She is the President and founder of Humans 4 Humanity, and is deeply involved with Jewish and Israel activism. She maintains several, parallel channels, all focused on pro-Israel and pro-Zionist activism. From leading the International Law Student Society at University of Ottawa’s faculty of law, to being active with Hillel and Hasbara, and interning in public affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in Montreal, Ysabella exhibits boundless energy. Her social media footprint is extremely broad, and noticeable, using videos which she creates, and hosting webinars about topical social issues, Zionism, and antisemitism, with guests from all walks of life. Lately, she conducted a video interview with Israeli member of Knesset, Dov Lipman.

Facebook: Ysabella Hazan
Twitter: @ysabellahazan
Instagram: @ysabellahazan 

Agnes Imani

Agnes is new to the world of advocacy, but has been making her own waves across the Greater Toronto Area. She officially became an advocate nine months ago, when she realized that there was a lack of action in the community in the fight against antisemitism. Out of frustration, she went on to create The Antisemitism Toolbox, a six-part lecture and hands-on series, that includes skills needed by the community to stand up against antisemitism and stay safe. The events attracted packed rooms. The media has covered and recognized her work on the Toolbox series. A couple of months later, she and her organization brought in video influencer and Israel advocate Rudy Rochman to Toronto, in order to show the younger generation how to defend Israel. Recently, Agnes created the organization Jews Against Antisemitism Canada, so she could continue her advocacy work. 

Facebook: Agnes Imani
Twitter: @CanadaJews

Lauren Isaacs

Lauren Isaacs is the National Director of Herut Canada, and the Internship Coordinator for World Herut in Israel. She has worked in Israel advocacy for many years and is an activist and speaker. Lauren made aliyah during the pandemic, at the age of 24, and currently lives in Jerusalem. She continues to split her time between Israel and Canada. World Herut and Herut Canada are unapologetically Zionistic organizations that educate about the Jewish people’s sovereign rights to the land of Israel in its entirety. Lauren empowers young activists, debunks harmful lies about Israel, proves the antisemitic agenda of the BDS movement, and spreads a Zionist message. If she is not teaching a class about Israeli history, or interviewing people about the Arab-Israeli conflict, she is at a counter-protest waving an Israeli flag proudly in front of antisemites, or running Zionist campus programs at various universities. 

Facebook: Lauren Isaacs
Twitter: @Zionist_Lauren
Instagram: Lauren Isaacs

Top Row, L to R: Shaked Karabelnicoff, Rebecca Katzman; Bottom Row, L to R: - Daniel Koren, Hillel Neuer, Jake Reznik

Shaked Karabelnicoff

Shaked has been a steadfast Israel advocate since high school, volunteering with organizations such as Magen David Adom Canada, Associates of Ben Gurion University in Canada, and the JNF. In university, after experiencing antisemitism during the first few days, Shaked became very involved with Ottawa’s Israel on Campus club, for which she became the club’s Director of Communications responsible for social media content, to engage target audiences. After becoming president of the Club, she worked directly with local and national organizations, such as the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, local synagogues, Hasbara Fellowships, CAMERA, and StandWithUs Canada, to help facilitate programs. Shaked has also formed coalitions with dozens of clubs and societies on campus as part of her advocacy work. Notably, she helped develop the first StandWithUs Canada Insight mission to Israel.

Facebook: Shaked Karabelnicoff
Twitter: @skarabelnicoff

Rebecca Katzman

Rebecca graduated with Honours from Ryerson University and received a Bachelor of Social Work. With guidance and resources from StandWithUs Canada, she played an integral role in passing a motion for Holocaust Education Week and worked to get the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) to be the first in Canada to adopt the Ottawa Protocol on combating antisemitism. Rebecca received the “John Gallivan” award for student leadership, by fostering a relationship between Jewish students and the RSU. Currently, Rebecca is the Campus Director for StandWithUs Canada, and continues to empower students across the country to make a positive change for Israel on campus.

Facebook: Rebecca Katzman
Twitter: @rebeccakatzman 

Daniel Koren

Daniel Koren is the Executive Director of Hasbara Fellowships Canada, an organization that trains and empowers student leaders to advocate for Israel, and fight against antisemitism on high school, college, and university campuses. Over the past year, he has been instrumental in taking action against antisemitic speakers on Canadian campuses, such as York University and McGill University, as well as bringing educators, such as Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, to speak to high school and university students. Daniel  has taken part in several radio, television, and print interviews to discuss Jewish issues and antisemitism on campus.

*Facebook: Daniel Koren
Twitter: @danielkoren9

Hillel Neuer

Hillel Neuer is an international lawyer, and the executive director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO and UN watchdog group, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Hillel is the founding chairman of Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, a coalition of 25 NGOs from around the world. He has written on law, politics and international affairs for the International Herald Tribune, The New Republic, Christian Science Monitor, and the Jerusalem Center For Public Affairs. The Montreal native’s videos are often a social media hit, showing Hillel in international forums chiding and berating the world’s worst human rights abusers, for their hypocrisy, and their singling out of Israel.

Facebook: HillelNeuer
Twitter: @HillelNeuer
Instagram: @hillelneuer

Jake Reznik

Jake Reznik is currently a nursing student at the University of British Columbia. He has been leading many pro-Jewish/Zionist initiatives in his community, from protesting antisemites, to organizing the Vancouver community to rally around purchasing Israeli wines. He is also active in supporting Jewish life on his campus. Jake is also using his activist efforts to bring attention to China’s genocidal tyranny of Uyghurs in Eastern China, because he believes in the importance to act on the idea of #NeverAgain.

*Facebook: Jake Reznik
Instagram: @jareznik

Andre Setton is a Toronto area Management Consultant. When Andre is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, grandkids and shul friends.

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