Yoav Schaefer was raised in Santa Barbara, California. At age 18, in the summer of 2006, Yoav and his identical twin brother, Avi, made aliyah and enlisted as Lone Soldiers in the IDF. Yoav served as a combat soldier for over two years and was released in 2008 due to a serious knee injury from a combat operation near Hebron. Yoav is currently the Executive Director of the Avi Schaefer Fund, a nonprofit organization created in memory of his brother Avi (z"l), who was tragically killed by a drunk driver at Brown University in February 2010. Yoav lives in Jerusalem, where he spends his time interning for Knesset member Dr. Einat Wilf, studying Arabic and Jewish philosophy, and developing projects for the Avi Schaefer Fund. Yoav speaks frequently in Israel and North America about Israel, Zionism and his experience in the IDF.