Born and raised in Jerusalem, Kobi Cohen served in combat in the Israeli Army before studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and then working on several Israeli political campaigns. Today, Kobi lives with his wife, Michal, and their two sons in Manhattan, and serves as the Northeast IAC Mishelanu Manager. We spoke with Kobi about the quality he admires most in Israeli Americans and his favorite place to escape to in Tel Aviv.
What's your favorite part of being a Mishelanu Manager?
I love seeing Mishelanu students grow and become leaders. I also love working with such a diverse group of students — from New York University to Yeshiva University. I learn so much from them, and enjoy finding common ground in their support for Israel.
What do you admire most about the Israeli-American community?
Israeli Americans are adaptable and think outside of the box. Israeli Americans are building a bridge and strengthening the connection between Israel and America.
What's the one thing you're most excited to do during your next visit to Israel?
My family visits Israel once a year, and I get excited the moment we see Tel Aviv’s shoreline from the airplane window. I love going home, eating my father’s home-cooked food, and spending time with family and friends.
What are a few of your favorite spots in Israel?
My favorite spot in Tel Aviv is King Albert Square. The diversity of the architecture is amazing, and while it’s in the center of the city, I love that it’s a small little corner that’s perfect for a quiet escape. My favorite spot in Jerusalem is the Machane Yehuda Shuk. As a Jerusalemite, I used to visit the shuk every week with my father, and when I grew up, I bought my groceries there. It’s so colorful and fun, and now, with all of the new restaurants, it’s even better.
What's the best Israeli experience you've had in America?
The Israeli Day Parade in New York is an annual highlight for me. Seeing so many Israeli flags and all of the love and support for Israel really amazes me.
Experience 4 days of nonstop Israel celebration and education alongside hundreds of pro-Israel students.