StandWithUs is a non-profit pro-Israel education and advocacy organization based in Los Angeles. StandWithUs describes itself as an international, non-profit organization that believes that education is the road to peace. StandWithUs has an annual budget of about 9 million (in 2014). The executive director and co-founder of StandWithUs (2001) is Roz Rothstein, a family therapist in Los Angeles whose parents were Holocaust survivors.
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StandWithUs is an international, non-profit Israel education organization. Founded in 2001, our staff and volunteers are inspired by our love for Israel and the belief that education is the road to peace. StandWithUs is dedicated to educating people of all ages about Israel and to combating the anti-Semitism and extremism that often distorts the issues. We believe that knowledge of the facts will correct common prejudices about the Arab-Israeli conflict, and will promote discussions and policies that can help promote peace in the region.
Through cutting edge print materials, speakers, programs, conferences, missions to Israel, campaigns, social media and other internet resources including educational films, we ensure that the story of Israel’s achievements and ongoing challenges is told in middle schools, in high schools, on college campuses and in communities around the world. Based in Los Angeles, StandWithUs has eighteen offices and chapters across the U.S., Canada, Israel and in the UK. We also host programs in South Africa, China, Europe and Australia.
StandWithUs is based in Los Angeles, and has 18 chapters throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada and Israel. In 2009, nearly 15% of the group's budget went to the Israeli office, which every year trains 175 university students to be advocates for Israel.
The newest chapter of StandWithUs was opened in Rhode Island in 2015. In March 2016 they announced that there will soon be a chapter in Australia.
StandWithUs Canada opened in December 2012 in Toronto, with Meryle Kates as executive director. Although seed money was provided by the Los Angeles chapter, StandWithUs Canada is responsible for raising its own funds.
StandWithUs Israel has an active partnership with the Zionist Federation of Australia. Over 6,000 Australians have taken part in StandWithUs events, including a June 2010 conference in Jerusalem and an August 2010 speaking tour of Australia by Michelle Rojas-Tal. StandWithUs is also known as "Israel Emergency Alliance". It has several divisions.
In collaboration with the Jerusalem Post, StandWithUs began publishing a monthly newspaper, Campus Post, in 2008, to be distributed on university campuses. The short-lived paper included articles by Jerusalem Post writers on the topics of Israeli news, society, and culture, while students and others in North America contribute articles about pro-Israel activism.
StandWithUs has helped members of Co-Ops around the U.S. to defeat attempts to institutionalize boycotts of Israeli products. For example, StandWithUs Northwest led the opposition to efforts to establish boycotts at four food co-ops across the Northwest.
The organization trains U.S. and Canadian student leaders, known as Emerson Fellows, to "act as campus emissaries of the Jewish state." The program is funded by J. Steve and Rita Emerson. In both 2007 and 2008, 38 students were chosen and trained for the program each year. By 2012, when the program was in its sixth year, the number had risen to 50.
In May 2007, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a pro-Palestinian organization, paid for a poster campaign in the Washington, D.C. subway system. In response, StandWithUs arranged for their own poster campaign, with some posters showing Palestinian children with military gear. "Teaching children to hate will never lead to peace," one ad reads.
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