• Natan SharanskyNatan 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.

  • Michael Siegal

    Michael Siegal is the new Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Agency. Michael D, Siegal is Chairman and CEO of Olympic Steel Inc.(Nasdaq: Zeus) a billion plus dollar metals service center in the United States and Mexico. He also is on the Board of Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) Among many philanthropic positions, Michael has served previously as Board Chair of the Development Corporation for Israel (israel Bonds), the Cleveland Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). He, along with his wife Anita helped establish the Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Scholarship Fund with the Foundation of Jewish Camping. Michael has been on the JAFI Board since 2012. Michael and Anita have three children and Four grandchildren

  • Alan HoffmannAlan 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.

  • David BreakstoneDavid Breakstone

    Dr. David Breakstone is the Deputy Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency. Prior to this position, he served as the vice chairman of the World Zionist Organization. With a Ph.D. from Hebrew University in Contemporary Jewry and Israel Education, David has also served as Associate Dean of the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, Director of Ramah Programs in Israel, Director of the Pedagogic Center for Jewish Education at Hebrew University, and Founding Director of the Herzl Museum. He has also served as chair of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel. David has been a member of The Jewish Agency's Board of Governors since 2001 and chairs its Small Jewish Communities Committee.

The Jewish Agency in Action

  • 350 olim from all over the world attending ConnecTLVs election event
    Connect Israel: Young Urban Networks

    Whether you are a tourist or new immigrant, Connect Israel has great opportunities for social networking and guidance on employment and housing.

  • Emergency Assistance Fund
    Security Assistance Fund

    The Security Assistance Fund provides security details to Jewish schools, synagogues, and community centers around the world, so Jewish communal life can thrive even in the unfriendliest of places.

  • Nativ
    Young Aliyah
    Nativ: Jewish Heritage Education for Immigrant Soldiers

    Nativ is a warm Jewish educational experience for immigrant soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

  • Students at Nitzana on a desert hike
    Nitzana Educational Eco-Village

    A cutting-edge desert community and educational center that fosters environmentalism, tolerance, and self-confidence. Nitzana is home to many Jewish Agency Social Activism projects.