Michal is an alumnus of the “Ofakim” project and has a BA in Jewish Philosophy and Hebrew Literature, and an MA in Education Management with a teaching diploma in Jewish Thought. Michal managed educational programs for the Azrieli Foundation, was a teacher of Israeli Thought and works for the Ministry of Education.
Director, Hillel at Sapir College
Liat has a BA in Social Work, completed a course in group participation facilitation, and is a community organizer for the Rogom Program. Liat is socially active in youth programming throughout Israel, with a special focus in the Galilee.
Director, Hillel Tel Hai
Before joining Hillel Israel in 2019, Noga served as Deputy Director of BINA and Exec. Director of KolDor. Noga has an MBA (Washington U.), an MA in Jewish Education (HUJI), and was ordained by the Rabbanut Yisraelit Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis (Oranim/Hartman). Noga is the founder of a Jewish renewal community in Tel-Mond, where she lives with her husband and three children.
Run recently worked as an assistant teacher at Tel-Aviv University and as the Director of Noam Olami. Run has worked with diverse communities around the world including Africa, US, Australia and Europe. He has a Masters in Educational Policy and works independently delivering workshops on communication and recruitment.
Director, Hillel Jerusalem
Keren has been involved in Jewish community life since 2003. She began by organizing student and teenage travel and educational programs. Keren has a BA in Social Sciences and an MA in Educational Leadership and Management and has worked as a Jewish Peoplehood facilitator and group facilitator.
Valentina served for two years as a Jewish Agency shlicha (emissary) at the University of Massachusetts. She holds a BA in Sociology, Anthropology and Human Resources and a Masters in Organizational Sociology. Valentina is a graduate of the Mandel Program of Excellence.
Director, Hillel Tel Aviv
Director, Hillel Haifa and Technion
Yosef first joined Hillel in 1997. He has a background in both the business and non-profit sectors and has been a business advisor to firms in Israel and the US. Yosef has an MA from the Yale School of Business Management, an MA in Jewish History, and BA in Economics from Yeshiva University.
Yosef Epstein – Associate Director of Finance
Rabbi Goldman has been active in Hillel Israel since 1986, beginning as the Director of Hillel Jerusalem. Later he founded Hillel Centers in the FSU. He was responsible for the expansion of Hillel Israel over the years as well as establishing new Hillel centers in Western Europe. Rabbi Goldman was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and holds two honorary Doctorate Degrees.
Rabbi Yossi Goldman
Associate Vice President Hillel International, Emeritus
Lee served as a shlicha for the Jewish Agency at Towson University in the US. As a shlicha she helped connect students and communities to Israel, raised awareness and strengthened pluralistic Judaism. Lee has an MA in International Business Management.
Director, Hillel at Ben Gurion University
Lena has been an active member of Hillel since 2004 when she chaperoned and led a group of students from Russia on their Birthright trip. In April 2014 she made Aliya and began working at Hillel Israel.
Coordinator – Initiatives for Russian Speakers
Esther began her Hillel career in the US and transitioned into working at Hillel Israel in 1990. She worked with student leaders, participated in the March of the Living in Poland and has travelled frequently to the FSU. Esther has a BA in Jewish Studies, an MA in Social Work and has greeted more than 1,500 groups of participants on Hillel Birthright trips!
Esther Abramowitz - Associate Vice President, Global Israel Experiences
Dina made Aliya from the FSU in 1991. She has worked as managing bookkeeper since 2008. Dina is married to Boris and has three children. She lives with her family in Ma’ale Adumim.
After finishing her PhD studies in Linguistics at the Hebrew University, Ilona has made a professional transition into Resource Development and has been working in the field for the last five years. Recently Ilona joined Hillel Israel. She lives in Tzur Hadassah with her husband, her two boys and her three cats, and in her spare time makes pressed flower art.
Ilona Spector Shirtz
Resource Development and Communications
Galit has worked for Hillel since August 2005 in the accounting department. She lives with her husband, Yossi, and five children in Efrat.
Board of Directors
An Israeli politician and scholar who served in multiple ministerial and leadership positions in the Israeli government. Yossi was a significant figure in the 1990's Israel-Palestinian peace process and the initiator of Birthright-Taglit. After retiring from political life, he founded "Beilink," a business consultancy company. Yossi writes opinion pieces in Israeli newpapers Haaretz and
Investor, chairman and director of public companies. 2011 - 2019, served as Senior Vice President of the global insurance company AIG-as CEO of the International Division and CEO of the European Division in credit risk insurance. Served as CEO of EMI insurance company. Also served as CEO of the Tel Aviv Economic Company and Jaffa Development Authority. Tomer sits on the BOD of Tel Aviv-Yafo Academic College.
Attorney and member of the board of directors of many companies and non-profit organizations, including ORT, Wolf Foundation, the Legislative Committee for Companies and Entities of the Israel Law Bar Association, the Executive Committee of the Union of Public Companies, Tel Aviv Museum of Arts, First International Bank Ltd. and Bank Hapoalim Capital Markets Ltd.
Joshua Neeman, Esq.
A senior marketing, branding and communications executive in leading global organizations. Served for 6 years as Executive VP of Communications and Brand for IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries), and in senior positions in the finance and technology markets.
Eliana holds a BA in business administration and communications and an MBA, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
A former Hillel activist and Chairperson of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS), Yossi is Israel's leading solar pioneer. Named by CNN as one of the top six leading Green Pioneers worldwide, and winner of Israel's Green Globe, he can be followed @KaptainSunshine.
Founded and directed Melitz for 30 years , first director of Birthright Israel, President of Hillel International and Immediate Past Chairman of Hillel Israel Board of Directors. Author of "A Passion For a People" published in English (2017) and Hebrew (2018). Married to Ellen, father of 4, grandfather of 16 and great grandfather of the first 4 of his hoped for 64 great-grandchildren.
Credit: Nicole Kaplan