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A Jerusalemite born and raised, Kobi grew up in the most beautiful but conflicted city of Jerusalem. Growing up in Jerusalem, experiencing different conflicts are often just a part of daily life. But as opposed to being a bystander, Kobi sought to learn why things are happening and what explains the way they happened.

Throughout the years Kobi engaged with different groups - As a facilitator with Melitz Kobi worked closely with Israeli teenagers around the questions of Democracy, the state of Israel and it’s society and Judaism; As a political activist with The Labor Party and some Non-for-profit organizations Kobi engaged in varied forums with Palestinians, Ultra-Orthodox and foreign students groups on topics such as Middle East Policies and Peace Process and as the IAC Mishelanu regional manager Kobi created curriculum, varied presentations and activities which opened up American college students to complicated issues which are often generalized by the Media.

Kobi served in the IDF in the 7th Armored Battalion (Chativa Sheva) and is a Platoon Commander in reserve (ranked Captain).

Kobi holds a Bachelor degree in Government & Society from the Tel-Aviv Yaffo College and currently an M.A. student at GWU.

 Kobi speaks fluent Hebrew and English.

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Kobi Cohen is a consummate professional! It was a pleasure and privilege to work with Kobi for a number of years in NYC as we built a community for Israeli students at Baruch College together.  It was my honor to partner with Kobi.  He was leading the Mishelanu Group at the IAC and engaging hundreds of Jewish students, bringing a taste of Israel to our campuses, connecting Israeli students with many resources available in New York City and creating an incredibly positive atmosphere, where all students could succeed and thrive.

His leadership, compassion and commitment were extraordinary and exemplary for our students.  Kobi is an innovative educator and he had created outstanding, engaging and meaningful programs for our students, teaching about the beauty and complexity of the State of Israel and strengthening the bonds between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.  I'm very proud to call Kobi my friend and can't wait to partner again on many ventures together.

Ilya Bratman

Adjunct Instructor

Baruch College, John Jay College, English Departments

Executive Director

Hillel at Baruch, City and John Jay Colleges, Pace University, and the School of Visual Arts

I have worked with Kobi Cohen in the past, and he has consistently demonstrated his care and dedication to our work together. From 2016 to 2018, I served as the Jewish Agency Emissary to Rutgers University Hillel in New Jersey. In this role, I worked with students to develop strategies for Israel engagement and advocacy on campus. During my time at Rutgers, I have collaborated with multiple Israel Educators and Kobi is one of the finest with whom I have had the pleasure of working. Kobi is knowledgeable and a true professional working with college students and has a great ability to connect with them. Kobi was an indispensable ally and friend, and it was a great pleasure working with him.

Aviv Ayash

Advisor to the Minister of Energy on International Developments and Foreign Affairs

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