Leadership

  • 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

    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 Ahronoviz

    In December 2018, Amira Ahronoviz 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 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Young Aliyah
    Nativ: Jewish Heritage for Immigrant Soldiers

    Nativ provides immigrant soldiers with an affirmative, cross-denominational way to connect to their Jewish roots.

  • 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.