Michelle Rojas-Tal 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. During her junior year of high school, she witnessed September 11th. These tragic events led to a domino effect that took her eventually to Israel. Over the following years, she began devoting her life to Israel and the Jewish people.
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 there as a Jerry Seinfeld Family Scholar and taking part in an Ambassadors' training course at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. That summer, she returned to New York to serve for two years as the StandWithUs Community Outreach Coordinator for the East Coast working with numerous organizations to plan rallies, speaker events and activism training sessions. Michelle made aliyah in July of 2007, joining the StandWithUs International team as Diaspora Education Director. In this position, Michelle coordinates all programs for international students in Israel.
Michelle has traveled to Switzerland, Hong Kong, South Africa, Turkey, Greece, North America and Australia in her position and has been featured as a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and forums. In May of 2013, Michelle was featured as part of the Jerusalem Post's ‘List of Influential Jews,’ as one of the six "Women to Watch" in the Jewish world.
Michelle lives in Jerusalem with her husband and daughter.