Who We Are
Founder & President
My name is Saul Hakim and I am the founder and president of the Yeshiva Israel Advocacy Coalition. I graduated Hillel Yeshiva as part of the class of 2021, am a student at the University of Maryland, and currently doing a gap year in Israel. While here, I have been studying at Yeshivat Moreshet Yerushalayim as well as working for the City of Jerusalem in Foreign Relations. I founded the YIAC because I had a vision of creating a platform specifically for students from religious Zionist backgrounds and wanted to give them the tools they needed to reach their fullest potential. Building this community of young leaders is an accomplishment which I am immensely proud and only hope to see grow. We live in a world where Jewish students constantly have their identities attacked and values challenged. The YIAC is here to help our students fight back and stand up to the hatred.
My name is Kayla Hutt and I am currently a student at Midreshet Moriah in Jerusalem. I attended North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, during which I was an active participant in Israel Awareness and YIAC. After my gap year, I will be attending New York University with an intended major in journalism. With a passion for bringing information to light, YIAC is the perfect outlet to expose students to the importance of Israel and different speakers on its behalf. This past summer, I held an internship for End Jew Hatred, managing a group-chat of big name blue check influencers that fight against antisemitism and anti-zionism. As I spend my year residing and studying in Israel, my passion for bringing zionism into the yeshiva high schools of America is ever growing.
My name is Carol Kornworcel and am currently on my gap year "Kivun" by World Bnei Akiva in Israel! I graduated from Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida as a member of the Class of 2021, and will BzH be attending Brandeis University as an International Relations, Political Science, and Marketing student in the fall of 2022. Here in Israel, I am an intern for the City of Jerusalem as well as the UAE-Israel Business Council, but am constantly working on showing the beautiful culture and history of Israel on my organization, Israel Insider. As a passionate Zionist and proud Jew, I believe that all Jewish students should have the opportunity to learn and grow as Jews and Zionists, since after all we are the future of the Jewish people. I am very excited to share each students growth and pride through YIAC!