• 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 three books, Fear No Evil, The Case for Democracy and Defending Identity: Its Indispensable Role in Protecting Democracy. Mr. Sharansky was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1986 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.

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  • Hoffmann, Alan
    Director-General

    Alan Hoffmann

    Alan Hoffmann assumed the position of CEO and Director General of the Jewish Agency in March 2010. Since his Aliyah from South Africa in 1967, Alan’s professional life has been dedicated to promoting Jewish community and Jewish Education. He began his career as a professional in the field as the director of The Young Judea Year Course. 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. Subsequently, Alan served as the Executive Director of the Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE) in New York and in 1997 was named the head of the Mandel Center for Jewish Continuity at Hebrew University. In February of 2000, he became the Director General of the Education Department of the Jewish Agency. Under his leadership, the Agency’s Education Department developed such groundbreaking initiatives as Masa Israel Journey and MAKOM – a think-practice tank focused on re-imagining the place of Israel in Jewish life. He led the department to play a central role in training inspiring educators. The focus is on developing compelling content, and promoting transformative Israel experiences that together encourage Jewish identity and a connection to the Jewish People and to Israel. As CEO and Director General of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Alan has led the strategic refocusing of the work of the Agency whose mission is securing the Jewish future for generations.

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  • Ratner, Chuck
    Chairman of the Board of Governors

    Charles Horowitz Ratner, Chairman

    Charles (Chuck) Horowitz Ratner serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency since July 2014. He is currently chairman of the board of Forest City Enterprises, Inc, a national owner and developer of real estate headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as President and CEO of the company from 1995 to 2011. Mr. Ratner served as the chair of the Jewish Agency Budget and Finance Committee. Previously, he served as chair of the Education Committee and has served on the JAFI board since 2002. He is on the board of the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of Cleveland, where he served as chairman of the board. He is on the board of the Jewish Federations of North America. In addition, Mr. Ratner was the founding chair of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (JECC). He serves as a trustee of The Mandel Associated Foundations and The David and Inez Myers Foundation.

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  • Committee Member

    Barry Alter

    Dr. Barry Alter was born in Boston in 1946. His Jewish education included 6 years at a five day/week afternoon Hebrew School, followed by 4 years at the High School division of the Hebrew Teachers College (also 5 days/week) from which he graduated in 1963. He then graduated Boston University with an AB degree in 1967 and an MD degree in 1971. He became Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. After his post graduate training he specialized in interventional cardiology and in 1981, he settled in Hollywood, Florida.

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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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  • Committee Member

    Eran Agay

    Eran Agay is a Jerusalem businessman. Following his service in the I.D.F., he joined Sonomed, a company that specializes in the distribution of medical equipment and machinery. Later on he became a partner in the company, which is active in South Africa and in Central America. Mr. Agay is also the owner of a popular Jerusalem night club. Currently, he is involved in promoting several real estate ventures in Israel and in other countries and is a student of Business Administration at the Management College in Rishon. Eran has been a committee member since June 2006.

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  • Member of the Board of Governors

    Diana Anderson

    Diana Anderson has been active in the Jewish world since 2005. Her passion for Israel is a full time volunteer job. The mission of Diana’s Kesher Foundation is to build the connection (kesher in Hebrew) with her local Colorado community and Israel. Diana serves on the Board of Directors of JEWISHcolorado, formerly known as the Allied Jewish Federation. She chairs its Israel Engagement Committee and sits on its Grant Making Committee. Her Kesher Foundation is the lead funder of both the Community Shaliach and Shinshinim programs in Denver. Diana is on the National Council of AIPAC as well as AIPAC’s local Executive committee. She is also on the Board of ADL and has been nominated for Associate National Commissioner. Outside of the Jewish community, Diana serves on Denver Academy’s School Board. Diana is an alum of the ShalomHartman Institute for community leaders. Diana grew up in Denver, Colorado. She has a BA in Economics from Claremont Mckenna College and studied at Boston College in Israel for a Masters of Science in Business. She lived, worked, and raised four children in Israel from 1981-2005. She speaks fluent Hebrew and English. Both her sons and daughter-in-law served in the IDF and currently live in Israel. She is a Committee Member since June 2014.

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  • Committee Member

    Mark Anshan

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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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