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U.S. Israel Education Association 

Mobile, Alabama 

U.S. Israel Education Association advances important dialogue and cooperation between bipartisan senior government leaders in the United States and Israel by filling existing information gaps and enhancing understanding of issues critical to a mutually beneficial partnership.


Founded in 2011, USIEA empowers U.S. leaders with innovative initiatives on the path to Middle East peace, connects Members of Congress with direct access to West Bank visits, and educates as thought leaders in the media and through strategic global partnerships.

Mobile Event Details 

Tuesday  |  September 5  |  5:30-7:30 PM

RSA Battle House Tower

11 North Water Street, Suite 23200

Mobile, AL 36602

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Heather Johnston

USIEA Founder & CEO

Over the past 20 years Heather has personally pioneered the way in building the strategic relationships and providing the relevant perspective that makes USIEA a valued resource to U.S. and Israeli leaders. For over a decade, she has led dozens of trips to Israel comprised of businessmen, Members of Congress, and other distinguished guests and leaders. In addition to leading and facilitating briefings in Washington, D.C. Heather is a world renowned speaker on Modern Israel.

Also, Heather, in partnership with former Mayor Ron Nachman, established the National Leadership Center in Ariel. Today the Leadership Center hosts groundbreaking programs that have given more than 70,000 Israeli and Arab youth the opportunity to meet and participate in a unique experiential learning adventure.

Heather attended Auburn University studying Communications and completed her Masters of Theology degree at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Representative Jerry Carl Alabama

Rep. Jerry Carl

Alabama's First Congressional District

Congressman Jerry Carl is a native of Mobile, Alabama, and currently represents Alabama’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Jerry was sworn in on January 3rd, 2021.

Jerry has been married to Tina, also a native of Mobile, since. Together, they have two children and two grandchildren. Jerry was raised by a single mother, so he learned the values of hard work and perseverance at an early age. This work ethic is what led him to start his first of many businesses at the age of 25.

Before his time in Congress, Jerry created and grew dozens of small businesses primarily dealing with home health care equipment and specialty pharmacies. He also has experience with timber management and real estate development. Until his son joined the Marines, Jerry never had any ambition of getting involved in politics. When his son returned from Afghanistan, Jerry decided it was time to do more for his community.

Jerry serves on the House Appropriations Committee, where he works to ensure our tax dollars are spent wisely and that the Committee passes conservative bills to address the needs of the American people. He is also a staunch advocate for the defense interests of Alabama and the United States as a whole.

Jerry also serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources, where he works to promote offshore energy production, protect and expand land for recreational hunting and fishing, advocate for Alabama’s timberland, manage and sustain our oceans and fisheries, and oversee tribal lands.

Bruce Pearl Auburn Basketball

Bruce Pearl 

Head Coach of Auburn University Men's Basketball

Bruce Pearl is the head coach of the Auburn University men’s basketball team, which he has led to 125 wins and the program’s first-ever Final Four appearance. In his 25 seasons as a Division I head coach, Pearl has guided his teams to the NCAA Tournament 19 times. During his five years at Auburn, 29 of his players have earned their degrees – the most in the Southeastern Conference.


Bruce Pearl and his wife Brandy have long valued community service. They have raised over $1 million for Children’s Harbor in Birmingham, a program that helps children cope with serious illnesses. They also founded AUTLIVE, an initiative to help cancer patients fight the disease. In the summer of 2008, Pearl realized a lifelong dream when he served as head coach of the Maccabi USA men’s basketball team at the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel. He led the American squad to the gold medal for just the third time in 24 years, toppling Israel in the title game. Pearl received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston College in 1982, graduating cum laude. Pearl joined the USIEA Board of Directors in 2021.

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