Is the Head of the Department for Diaspora Activities at theWorld Zionist Organization (WZO). She is a member of theWZO Executive and the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors.The former Associate Director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, Yehoshua-Braverman has a B.A. in Social Work, a M.A. in Communications and is a Certified organizational consultant.
Miriam immigrated to Israel from Morocco in 1964. After working as a high school principal for twenty-three years, Miriam is currently a supervisor for the Ministry of Education. Mirian has become a national hero after losing her sons, Uriel and Eliraz, in two separate wars. Since then, she has written a book, “Shirat Miriam” (Miriam’s Song), which depicts the story of her life. Miriam, also known as the “Mother of the Soldiers”, lectures voluntarily to teenagers, soldiers and the public around the world on her life story, leadership, and motivation for service in the army. A few ago, she was selected as one of twelve figures to light a torch at the national Independence Day ceremony. She is the mother of six children and grandmother of twelve grandchildren.
Born in 1972 in Kfar Hess. Married + 3. Served as an officer in combat engineering. He holds a BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University, and a 10-year-old journalist from Channel 10. His stories include the story of the grandfather who traveled to return his grandchildren from ISIS (the Syrian-Turkish border), the lost tribes of Papua New Guinea, He began his journalistic career as a researcher and wrote in the Uvda show, and later moved to Channel 1 where he was a magazine reporter, news anchor, and the presenter of the science program “The Lab” and the “On the Road” travel program. He was also the channel’s emissary for special events around the world: the revolution in Egypt, the tsunami in Japan, the earthquake in Nepal, a series of articles from South Africa ahead of the World Cup in the country and more.
Born in 1949. In his early years of career, he served as a reporter in various newspapers on a variety of subjects, including literature, politics, senior field correspondent and later editor-in-chief at Le Figaro, one of France’s two largest national newspapers.
In 2000, he was appointed director of the weekly Le Point (one of the most important weekly newspapers in France). In 2014 he left office but has since continued to write the main opinion column for the weekly.
From 2017 to the present he runs “La Provence” – the central newspaper of the Provence region.
In addition, since 1997, Giesbert has been directing cultural and literary programs on television and, due to his great popularity, is often invited to various TV shows as an interviewer or as a panelist.
Giesbert is also a successful author, who has authored dozens of books, of which he has won numerous awards for.
Is the East Coast Director at the department of Diaspora Affairs in the World Zionist Organization
Or is a former Shlicha to Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Prior to her work at the Department for Diaspora Affairs in the World Zionist Organization, she worked as a training coordinator in the Debate Company in Israel. Or speaks 4 languages (Hebrew, English, Arabic and Spanish) and is a vegan advocator and a smoothie connoisseur who shares her passion, talent and values on her popular Instagram account. Or earned her BA in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Is the Canada Regional Director at the department of Diaspora Affairs in the World Zionist Organization
Lior has over a decade’s experience as an educator and filmmaker, most recently as Director of the Multimedia Department at the Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel Aviv. He is a recent transplant to Toronto from Tel Aviv, although he spent most of his formative years in kibbutz Ein Gedi. His approach to education and life are rooted in the promotion of humanism and pluralism, through open dialogue and equal opportunities. He passionately believes in the contribution of every stream to the greater inclusive identity of our people and to the role that Israel plays in it.
Lior holds a BFA in film and television from Tel Aviv University and a MA in Education from the Kibbutzim College of Education, both graduated with Honors.
Rabbi Jack Alan Luxemburg is the vice-Chairman of ARZENU and rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD, USA. Rabbi Luxemburg served as an executive officer of ARZA-USA and on the board of directors of various other organizations focused on American Jewish community affairs and public policy, Israel, Zionism and Jewish education.
Born in France. Immigrated to Israel in 1981. Graduate of Political Science and International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In the IDF, he served in the Intelligence Corps and the IDF Spokesperson’s Office and was discharged with the rank of colonel. Among the positions he filled after his release: the head of the Jewish Agency’s immigration mission in France, the JNF’s emissary in Belgium and the head of the organization’s information in Europe. A commentator on security and military affairs in a number of international media channels, a senior information activist in Israel and abroad.
Rafowitz wrote several books. The last of them: Israel Une Chance Pour le Monde
Is the International Chair of Arzenu – the Federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists. She represents the interests of Progressive Jews within the governing bodies of the Israel’s National Institutions: the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency for Israel and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael. She is currently the only member of the Executive of the Jewish Agency under the age of 40.
Born and raised in Germany, Lea holds a BA and MSci in Chemistry from Cambridge University as well as an MA in Jewish Studies from King’s College London. Ordained in 2012 by Leo Baeck College, Lea is currently Rabbi at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, London. In addition to her deep commitment to Zionism, she has a great passion for interfaith and social action work as well as world Jewry. She has previously served on the boards of various Jewish and non-Jewish organisations including the WUPJ and EUPJ.
Is the current Habonim Dror youth movement shaliach in Marseilles. A graduate in Democratic Education from the Kibbutzim College, he has extensive experience in the field of informal education. Ben Haim believes in and advances the values of humanistic and justice-seeking Judaism, which he also instills in Habonim Dror members of different ages, who together create original Hebrew culture.
An educator for over 23 years, Shloman is the director of the Talmud-Tora run by MJLF (the Liberal Jewish Movement of France). She enjoys sharing her knowledge and love for Israeli culture, and envisions a modern, liberal Jewish society open to all. She has extensive experience as an educator at schools, community centers, synagogues and various institutions in Israel, the UK and France.
A long time prominent activist in the Jewish community in France. Fitoussi initiated a lot of projects to connect different communities in France, and one of the first to initiate and run programs for discourse between Jews and Muslims.
He wrote in the Jewish press and even published a magazine called “The People”. He was a partner on a French-Israeli television channel Guysen TV. Writes educational materials and author of “Judaism and Zionism, What, In fact, is the difference?
Fitoussi worked as Teacher for many years. From 2011 he managed the Lucien de Hirsch Jewish School in Paris and from 2016 to the present he runs the Jewish school, Yavne, in Marseille. He headed the Jewish Schools Association in France.
Fitoussi bases his educational approach on openness and connection between religious and national values. He is a broad-minded man, a lover of culture and art.
He also serves as advisor to the Chief Rabbi of France.
Is the Head of the North America Delegation at the department of Diaspora Affairs in the World Zionist Organization
Roey believes in the great contribution of the social sector to Israeli society, he was part of the executive staff of the Nalaga’at Cultural Center of artists with disabilities and a senior member of IGY- Israel’s LGBT youth movement. He is passionate about innovative platforms for social dialogues, and is the co-founder of a few of them such as Israel’s first art festival of deaf and blind artists that was offered to the general public. His first encounter with the Jewish diaspora took place as a Shaliach to Stanford University, and in his current position he wishes to connect Jews to Israel by introducing them to its innovative and rebellious society. Roey earned a B.A. in Communication & Political Science from Tel Aviv University, a Journalist Certificate from Koteret School for Media and a M.B.A. in the prestigious Mandel Social Leadership Program at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva.
The Jewish agency director of campus activities and WZO DDA Shaliach to London U.K. Lior holds degrees in Psychology and nutrition from Queens college New York, and dual master degrees in education and Jewish cultural arts from The George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Is the European Representative of the Department of Diaspora Affairs in the World Zionist Organization. Over the past 13 years, Adi has been developing, organizing, and training instructors for teen heritage trips to Poland. From 2004-2010, she was an advisor and coordinator at the Office of the Prime Minister, managing communication between the Prime Minister’s Office and his staff and the implementation of his policies. In the IDF, Adi served as a boot camp commander and as a commander to members of the IDF Education Corps, and was discharged at the rank of lieutenant. She holds a BA in Behavioral Science from Ariel University, an MA in Law from Bar Ilan University, the Open University.
For the last two years Adi served as The Jewish Agency’s main Shlicha for Central and Eastern Europe, and The Jewish Agency’s Israel Fellow in Budapest.
Is one of the “Beresheet” (Genesis) spacecraft developers at SpaceIL. In the past Ariel served as a technical officer at the Ministry of Defense in charge of System Engineering in the R&D unit of Merkava IV tank development unit. From 2011 Ariel occupied the position of system engineer at Elbit group in the laser division development till joining SpaceIL at 2016. Ariel holds a B.Sc from Jerusalem College of Technology and an MBA from Ben Gurion University.
currently works as a business transformation consultant for Sapient, the consulting practice of Publicis Groupe. Andrew currently serves as a member of the executive board of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) where his portfolio includes youth and young adult engagement strategy, and serves as one of the organization’s representatives to the United Nations in New York. In the Zionist Movement, Andrew is a member of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors and WZO Expanded. In the past, Andrew served as the North American President of NFTY on a gap-year between high school and college. During that year, he worked with the Union for Reform Judaism in the development of its Campaign for Youth Engagement. Andrew holds a degree in entrepreneurship from Drexel University.
Pug is the founder and editor-in-chief of the website: Nations for Iseael (2014). An initiative by non-Jewish French who decided to act against the biased media regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Jewish people and historical ignorance. The site struggles with anti-Zionism and serves as a non-Jewish voice for Israel. Pug authored a book called: “The Protocol of Gentiles for Zion,” and a book of stories and aviation dreams. His origins are from a Protestant family of many generations and he is also a French Air Force reservist, a light aircraft pilot and a paratrooper who reenacts historic parachutes. (Like the battle in Normandy). Currently working in aviation and studying for a degree in history. 43 years old, living in southwestern France
Ori Leizer is the Assistant to the Head of the Department of Diaspora Affairs in the World Zionist Organization (WZO).
Ori served as the Jewish Agency and Betar Youth Movement Shaliach to South Africa between 2012 -2015. Prior to his Shlichut, Ori worked at the Knesset as a Parliamentary Assistant for the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. Between 2008-2009 Ori worked at the General Consulate of Israel in Los Angeles.
Ori holds a BA in Diplomacy & Government and a MA in Public Administration, both from IDC Herzliya.
Ofir Libstein – Is the head of “Sha’ar Hanegev” regional council and the regional emergency team leader, who has been dealing with Qassam rocket fire from the Gaza Strip to “Sha’ar Hanegev” communities in the past 14 years. Ofir is also the founder of the “Darom Adom” – Southern Festival of Anemones, A tourism project in cooperation with the regional councils and government ministries, which brings hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to the Negev region and promotes dozens of local tourism projects. Ofir serves as chairman for several associations including Sapir Industrial Park, Habonim Dror Olami and many more. Ofir is married + 4 and a member of Kibbutz Kfar Azza.
Yaniv is currently serving as the executive director of the department for diaspora activities in the World Zionist Organization (WZO).Prior to this position Yaniv served as the Jewish agency Shaliach to Cape Town, south Africa for three year (2011-2014).Yaniv holds a Master degree in early childhood education from the Hebrew university and a BA in business administration and education.He lives in Hod HaSharon together with Maya and their three children.
Is an International Financial Advisor and Lecturer in International Economics and Management. Past financial manager at LYCRET Inc IMS. David is an avid Zionist activist for many years and a member of the of the Zionist Federation management in France, the Marseille-Provence region. Holds an economics degree from Aix en Provence University.
Uri Levin – Is an Independent educator and facilitator. In the past Uri served as the Shaliach (emissary) to the progressive Jewish community in Melbourne, Australia. Before that he was the Social and Cultural Coordinator of the IDC Herziliya’s Recanati International School and a highly sought-after theater producer before returning to his true love of education. Uri holds a BA and a teaching certificate in Theatre Arts from Tel Aviv University and is currently completing an MA in Education Management.
Dr. Robert Zbili – Radiologist, Is the head the Zionist Federation in France for the past 20 years and the head of JNF (KKL) France. Zbili, who brought back Zionist activity to the center of the Jewish community in France, is a Zionist activist from youth. He is married and a father to two.
Boni Matan– is the Media Consultant & Projects Manager for the Department for Diaspora Activities.
Matan served as an emissary to Western Hillel in Canada for 3 years and started there a unique Krav Maga (Israeli Self Defense) workshop for English speakers,
Based on his experience as an Instructor in the IDF. Matan holds a B.A in Communications & Media studies and an M.A in Jewish Education.