IsraelCast Episode 168

When it comes to Zionist leadership, education is crucial. We need leaders who are not only knowledgeable about the importance of Israel, but capable of showing others why it matters. One of the national leaders in Zionist education for High School students, Club Z has worked to create a network of articulate activists with a commitment to Zionism who advocate for Israel and the Jewish people. Host Steven Shalowitz sits down with Masha Merkulova, Founder and Executive of Club Z, to discuss starting Club Z, the importance of exposing students to the realities of anti-Israel activities, and how to create the next generation of leaders.

Masha Merkulova is the Founder and Executive Director of Club Z, which provides teens with a platform to connect to Israel, Jewish history, Zionism, and one another. Previously, she spent more than a decade as a Jewish community activist in the San Francisco Bay Area, spearheading efforts to address antisemitism on campus and to advocate for Israel. As an expert on teen Israel advocacy, Masha has addressed Jewish National Fund-USA’s Conversations on Zionism, Chabad on Campus International Convening, the Combat Antisemitism Movement Annual Dinner, and the Israel Symposium at the BBYO International Convention, among others. Her op-eds have been published on, Jewish News Syndicate, eJewish Philanthropy, and more.

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