• Chairman of the Executive

    Natan Sharansky

    Natan Sharansky has served as Chairman of the Executive since June 2009. A former Prisoner of Zion, Mr. Sharansky spent nine years in a Soviet prison due to his human rights activism and his desire to make Aliyah. Upon his release in 1986, he immediately traveled to Jerusalem, where he lives to this day. Mr. Sharansky served as Deputy Prime Minister of Israel in several Israeli cabinets and was the founder of the political party Yisra'el B'Aliyah. He is the author of two books, Fear No Evil and The Case for Democracy. Mr. Sharansky was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1986 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.

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  • Chairman of the Board of Governors

    James S. Tisch

    James S. Tisch is President and Chief Executive Officer of Loews Corporation. He has been with Loews since 1977. Prior to that he was with CNA Financial Corporation. Mr. Tisch is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University where he majored in economics. He holds an MBA with Distinction from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Tisch is past Chairman of the Board of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, past Chairman of the Board of United Jewish Communities, past President of UJA-Federation of New York, and a former director on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He has served as Chairman since February 2011.

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  • Director-General

    Alan Hoffmann

    Alan Hoffmann is Director General of The Jewish Agency. Since he was appointed, Mr. Hoffmann has led the strategic refocusing of the work of The Agency coupled with major reorganization. Prior to that, he was Director General of the Agency's Education Department. Under his leadership, the Agency's Education Department developed such initiatives as Masa Israel Journey and Makom – a think-practice tank focused on re-imagining the place of Israel in Jewish life. After three years of doctoral study at the Harvard School of Education, he spent 13 years at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University, including six years as its Director.

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  • President and CEO, Jewish Agency International Development

    Dr. Misha Galperin

    In 2010, Dr. Misha Galperin, joined The Jewish Agency for Israel as President and CEO of International Development. He is responsible for external affairs, financial resource development, marketing and communications and many of its strategic initiatives worldwide. From 2001-2010 he served as CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Prior to that he worked as Chief Operating Officer for the UJA-Federation of New York. Dr. Galperin is the co-author of "The Case for Jewish Peoplehood: Can We Be One?" and of "Reimagining Leadership in Jewish Organizations: Ten Practical Lessons to Help You Implement Change and Achieve Your Goals", both published by Jewish Lights Publishing.

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  • Member of the Board of Governors

    Caryn Rosen Adelman

    Ms. Caryn Rosen Adelman is Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and Vice President of United Israel Appeal (UIA) since 2002 and is highly involved in the work of United Jewish Appeal (UJA), United Jewish Communities (UJC), Otzma and other organizations. In the past, she served in the Council of Jewish Federations. Ms. Adelman is the recipient of the Yonathan Netanyahu Award of the Friends of the IDF, the Wexner Heritage Foundation prize, the Young Leadership Award from the Chicago Federation and the Outstanding Young Women of America award. Ms. Adleman served as a Committee Member since 2001 and was reappointed member of the Board of Governors in 2012.

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  • Member of the Executive

    Yohanna Arbib Perugia

    Ms. Yohanna Arbib Perugia was born in Rome, Italy. Specializing in finance and real estate, she currently works with a London based hedge fund and is a senior advisor in Europe for an international real estate company. She is Chair of The Jewish Agency's Marketing and Communications Committee. In 2006 she was appointed member of the World Board of Trustees of Keren Hayesod and in 2009 she was appointed Chair of the Keren Hayesod World Board of Trustees. She has served on The Jewish Agency's Board of Governors since 2009.

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  • Member of the Board of Governors

    Bruce Arbit

    Mr. Bruce Arbit is the founder and Co-Managing Director of A.B. Data, a direct marketing and political consulting firm. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Integrated Mail Industries and Asset Development Group. In addition, Mr. Arbit is Chair of United Israel Appeal, serves as President of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is a member of its Israel & Overseas Committee, and of the United Jewish Communities (UJC) Executive Committee. He is also a member of The Jewish Agency's Executive and currently chairs the Government Relations Committee. Mr. Arbit has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2002.

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  • Member of the Executive

    Dr. Yossi Bachar

    Dr. Yossi Bachar is Chairman of Israel Discount Bank. In addition, he serves as Chair of the Governing Council of Haifa University and Chair of Stonehage Israel. Prior to his current position, he served as Director General of the Ministry of Finance from 2003 to 2007 and was responsible for the Bachar Reform in Israel's capital market. Dr. Bachar chairs The Jewish Agency's Audit Committee. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors since 2008.

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  • Member of the Board of Governors

    Yigal Bibi

    Mr. Yigal Bibi is a former mayor of Tiberias and former Knesset member for the National Religious Party. He also served as Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs and Deputy Minister of the Environment. In addition, Mr. Bibi served as a member of the Administrative Committee of Bar Ilan University. He has been a member of the The Jewish Agency's Board of Governors since 2010.

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  • Member of the Board of Governors

    David Bitan

    After having served as Deputy Mayor of Rishon Lezion for seven years and a member of the city's Municipality for 23 years, Mr. David Bitan is currently responsible for the city's liaison with government ministries and the Knesset and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Urban Culture, Sports and Recreation. Mr. Bitan served on the board of directors of Phosphates in the Negev, the Israel Consumer Council, the Rehabilitation Foundation and the Economic Authority of Rishon Lezion. He has been a member of The Jewish Agency's Board of Governors since 2011.

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