Leadership

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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