Eliza Kanner has worked extensively to fight antisemitism and support Israel as an NFL Cheerleader, Miss America titleholder, and a proud Jewish activist. She began her involvement with Israel education and advocacy while receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut. She was awarded the title of "Miss Connecticut 2017," and was honored to represent her home state, and the U.S. Jewish community, at the Miss America Competition. Eliza's experience dealing with antisemitism as a campus leader empowered her to use her voice and ensure other students had the resources to do the same. She previously worked for StandWithUs as a New England Campus Coordinator and is currently a Senior Development Officer at Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Based in Boston, Eliza is a three-season veteran New England Patriots Cheerleader. During her tenure, she utilized her platform to "fight antisemitism, on-and-off the field." She is proud to work alongside New England Patriot's owner Mr. Robert Kraft and the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism, in support of the #StandUptoJewishHate national campaign.
Eliza was on the ground in Israel just one month following the atrocities of October 7 with the World Jewish Congress Changemakers Delegation, a group of 14 young leaders from eight countries, to gain firsthand insight and share stories with the communities she is connected to.
Eliza's passion is advocating for young people to be proud of their Jewish identity. You can follow Eliza’s work as a Jewish activist by following her on Instagram: @elizakanner