Shiva was born in Iran, two days before the revolution. In the tumult that followed shortly after, her family left the country they had called home and emigrated to the US. She was raised in California and grew up to be very involved in the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and The Jewish Federation of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. After moving to Dallas, she got involved with the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and their Israel and Overseas Committee, leading to her more deeply discovering The Jewish Agency and its programs.
“When I learned about the magnitude of the work of The Jewish Agency, it really opened my eyes to the historical significance of the organization and how it’s ensuring a Jewish future today. That will directly affect my kids, which makes it so important to me,” shared Shiva. “Whether people know it or not, The Jewish Agency impacts the most Jews around the world and facets of Jewish life worldwide every year.”
While Shiva counts Masa Israel Journey and Amigour as some of her favorite Jewish Agency programs, her true connection to The Jewish Agency’s work lies in how the organization facilitates Aliyah of Rescue.
“The Jewish Agency rescues Jews worldwide, which is so important to me, given my own background,” Shiva explained. “I know if at any moment my extended family in Iran needed to get out of the country, The Jewish Agency is who will get them out, and who has helped establish Israel as a safe haven, giving immigrants education and tools to transition to Israeli life. It’s really incredible.”
Shiva has served as a Committee Member since June 2016 and joined the Board of Governors in July 2019. She has been a donor since 2017, recently supporting Operation Zur Israel, reuniting Ethiopian families in Israel after a decade apart, as well as Jewish Agency activities during COVID and more.