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Founder and Executive Director: Madison Jackson

Madison Jackson grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, but currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Creative Nonfiction Writing at Chatham University. She has a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Judaic Studies and English, with a minor in History, from Binghamton University in upstate New York. After attending the Szarvas International Jewish Youth Camp in Hungary, Madison became passionate about global Jewish life. She spent a summer living in Warsaw, Poland, working at the American Jewish Committee Central Europe office. Since her return to the United States, she has been determined to help connect Jews from around the world.

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Event Coordinator: Katie Keizner

Katie Keizner lives in the UK, just north of London, with her parents, two younger brothers and her Lakeland Terrier fur-baby Della. Katie currently works as a Restaurant Manager. For the past few years she has been heavily involved with her local Chabad. Katie enjoys comparing the London Jewish trends to the Jewish trends where her global Jewish pen pal lives in New York. Katie loves nothing better than seeing a musical at a theatre in London, taking Della for a walk, and socializing with friends.

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Marketing Consultant: Sarah Lauren Krieger

Sarah Lauren Krieger was born and raised in upstate New York and enjoys finding new places to explore, especially in nature. She is a proud alum and Cum Laude graduate of Ithaca College with a B.S. in Communication Management and Design, a concentration in Corporate Communication, and a minor in Jewish Studies. She enjoys combining her passions of Jewish history through travel storytelling. She works with kids, giving back to communities, and is employed in marketing as a content creator.

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Special Projects Coordinator: Gianina Dwek

Gianina Dwek is a Jewish entrepreneur and young creative based in the UK. She is a 2021 JDC Entwine Jewish Service Corps Fellow with the Gabriel Project, and she volunteers for the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Arts & Culture Programme. Gianina also runs her own ethical fashion enterprise, milipili, striving to make a positive social and environmental impact with eco-friendly loungewear that raises funds for UK based charities. She enjoys baking, reading, travelling and writing to her pen pals!

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Community Outreach Coordinator: Sahar Amsalem

Sahar Amsalem lives in Australia and is currently studying at university. She has a big passion for learning about Jewish life all over the world and facilitating meaningful connections. Sahar is a Community Outreach Coordinator for the Global Jewish Pen Pal Program. In this role she looks forward to reaching out to different organizations and individuals around the world, to join the Global Jewish Pen Pal Program.