Leadership

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  • יצחק הרצוג (בוז'י הרצוג)Isaac Herzog

    In June 2018, the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for Israel unanimously elected Isaac Herzog to succeed Natan Sharansky as the Chairman of the Executive of this historic and influential organization.

  • Michael D. Siegal, Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for IsraelMichael D. Siegal

    Michael D. Siegal is the new Chairman of the Board of The Jewish Agency for Israel. Michael is the Executive Chairman 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 Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. (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 Jewish Agency Board of Governors since 2012. Michael and Anita have three children and five grandchildren.

  • Amira AharonovichAmira Aharonovich

    In December 2018, Amira Aharonovich was appointed as the first ever woman CEO and Director General of The Jewish Agency. Amira holds an MA in Business Management and is a graduate of the Mandel Educational Leadership Institute in Jerusalem. Amira has been working for more than 22 years at The Jewish Agency for Israel in various roles in the field and later on in management positions – namely as Regional Director of The Jewish Agency’s Loan Funds, Director of Partnership Regions, Director of Budget and Finance for 8 years, VP for Strategy and Planning and as the Deputy Director General & COO – leading organization-wide strategic and programmatic development and operations, and supervising all the program units and the worldwide operations of the organization.

  • 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.

  • Charles (Chuck) Horowitz RatnerCharles Horowitz Ratner, Honorary Member

    Charles (Chuck) Horowitz Ratner is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency (July 2014 - June 2017). 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. Since October 2017 he serves as an Honorary Member of the Board.

The Jewish Agency in Action

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  • Amigour
    Amigour: Subsidized Housing in Israel

    Amigour is a Jewish Agency subsidiary that provides quality housing in Israel to the elderly, new immigrants, and single-parent families.

  • The Jewish Agency Global Service Center in 5 languages
    Global Service Center

    The Global Service Center is our one-stop Aliyah hotline, open throughout the day, in six languages.

  • Kibbutz Ulpan
    UlpanYoung Aliyah
    Kibbutz Ulpan

    Interested in learning Hebrew while living on a kibbutz? Volunteer in a unique collective setting and experience life unlike anywhere else!

  • Israeli Emissaries - Shlichim

  • Rabbi Torah
    Commitment to Diversity

    The Jewish Agency actively supports Jewish diversity and inclusion. We help Israelis understand the varied expressions of Judaism outside Israel, and help Jews worldwide feel that their styles of Jewish expression can find a home in Israel.