Jonathan Stone has been a dedicated Israel advocate since 2007. He attended seminars at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, won a Birthright Alumni grant to produce a screening of Unsettled in New Orleans and is currently organizing Hip-Hop Sulchas in NYC that bring Jewish and Arab artists together to celebrate peace and religious tolerance through the performing arts. He is also a Birthright Ambassador and was invited to perform his Shma Israel beatbox to a crowd of 10,000, including Lynn Schusterman, at the 2010 Mega Event. Last year, Jonathan joined PresenTense as a SocialStart Instructor to help young professional Jews launch their social businesses.
His most exciting endeavor, however, is Co-founding the Jewish vocal/beatbox duo Bagels 'n Box, which revolutionizes traditional Jewish prayer with a funky modern twist. Bagels 'n Box has performed everywhere from synagogues to Jewish day schools to engage children in Jewish prayer in a fun, innovative and engaging way.
Professionally, Jonathan currently heads up New Business Development for Travel Partnerships at Facebook. He received his M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business and B.S.B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. In addition to Israel advocacy and Judaism, Jonathan's hobbies include yoga, cycling, international travel, live music and technology.