Michelle Rojas-Tal

Shlicha, Hillel International & Director, Israel Fellows Program at the Jewish Agency

Michelle Rojas-Tal is the central Shlicha to Hillel International and Director of the Israel Fellows Program. Michelle grew up in a very different environment than many in the Jewish world. She is the daughter of a Jewish mother and a Hispanic father. Michelle had very little connection to the Jewish world, and after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, she felt a greater need to understand Israel and her own personal connection. Michelle traveled to Israel for the first time in January of 2004, with Taglit-Birthright Israel and began her work at StandWithUs in the spring of 2005 in Israel, while studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and taking part in a student leadership course at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In New York, she served for 2 years as the StandWithUs Community Outreach Liaison. Michelle made Aliyah in July of 2007, joining the StandWithUs International team as Diaspora Education Director. In her position, Michelle established the department for Diaspora Education. Michelle has traveled to many countries in her position being featured as a keynote speaker in numerous conferences and forums. In May of 2013, Michelle was featured as part of the Jerusalem Post's List of Influential Jews, being included as part of the 6 "Women to Watch" in the Jewish world. She is a also a proud member of the Schusterman Foundation’s ROI community for global Jewish leaders.