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Ceec Harrishburg

Ceec Harrishburg

President

Ceec and his wife Tema made aliyah 3 1/2 years ago from Elizabeth, New Jersey where they lived for 4 years prior to settling in Yerushalayim. Two of their daughters, their husbands and several grandchildren live in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Another daughter, son-in-law and family reside in Brooklyn.

Prior to making aliyah they lived in Patchogue, Long Island where Ceec served as the President of the Young Israel for many years. During that time he worked closely with National Council of Young Israel and was involved with many of their activities.

Bringing people together, sharing ideas, and striving to create efficient working teams are activities which every president deals with. Being involved with IYIM is an extension of those efforts which were begun many years ago. The time and the effort is great, but the results are extremely satisfying. It is an exciting challenge to be involved with so many wonderful people here in Israel. Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement.

Daniel M. Meyer

Daniel M. Meyer

Director-General

Daniel brings over 15 years of experience of global Jewish organizational work to IYIM.

Born in Sydney Australia where he received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW and was actively involved in the local Jewish community.

Daniel made Aliyah in 1992 and after stints at Yeshivat Hamivtar became Director of the Yavenh Olami - International Orthodox students' organization, programs director at the World Mizrachi Movement, and programs director at the Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel before assuming his current position.

Aviva Sherman

Aviva Sherman

Director of Programming and Development

Aviva brings a rich background of knowledge and skill sets to IYIM. With experience in the for-profit sector as an executive administrator and public and investor relations officer, along with her work as an English teacher, writer and content editor, Aviva’s role as IYIM’s Director of Programming and Development provides a wealth of opportunity for both Aviva and the organization to develop ideas and bring them into fruition.

Originally from New York, Aviva made Aliyah in 2005. She additionally has a background in conventional and holistic medicine and uses both actively in her home life. She lives in Jerusalem with her daughter.

Dr Rachel Levmore

Dr Rachel Levmore

 

Director, Agunah & Get-Refusal Prevention Project

Dr. Rachel Levmore studied Jewish Family Law in the training program for women Rabbinical Court Advocates under the auspices of Ohr Torah Institutions. She received her license to practice as a to'enet rabbanit from the Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel in the mid 1990's. From that point on her specialty was resolving difficult cases within the halakha, which were presented to the Israeli Rabbinical Courts, including agunah cases.

Rachel is one of a team that developed a Prenuptial Agreement for the Prevention of Get-Refusal for use in Israel, while she developed it further for use internationally ─ Heskem l'Kavod  Hadadi, “The Agreement for Mutual Respect". As an expert on the agunah problem she is the author of "Min'ee Einayikh Me'Dimah" on prenuptial agreements, published in Hebrew. Rachel holds a Ph.D. degree in Talmud and Jewish Law from Bar Ilan University. Her dissertation focused on the change in rulings of the Israeli Rabbinic Courts in the most difficult cases of get-refusal.

For over a decade Rachel has been the Director of the Agunot and Get-Refusal Prevention Project, supported by the Jewish Agency. As an internationally recognized leader in resolving the agunah problem and in its prevention, Rachel lectures about halakha, women in halakha and divorce in Jewish Law, in Israel and Jewish communities around the world.

Rabbi Chanoch Yeres

Rabbi Chanoch Yeres

 

Judaic Heritage Program for Deaf

Rabbi Chanoch Yeres a graduate and musmach from Yeshiva University made aliyah in the year 1991. Upon his Aliyah, Rabbi Yeres join the Jewish Heritage for the Deaf organization which todays services 16,000 Deaf  and Hearing Impaired individuals in Israel. In addition, Rabbi Yeres serves as Rabbi of Beit Knesset Beit Yisrael Kehilla in Yemin Moshe.Rabbi Yeres is a liscenced School Psychologist and Supervisior who serves and Chief Psychologist of the Binyamin Regional Municipilty. Rabbi Yeres resides with his wife, Esti, and five children in Jerusalem.

David & Yael Spanglet

David & Yael Spanglet

Leadership of Teen Cafe of Sderot

David was born in Jerusalem, then lived for 4 years abroad in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Beer Sheva. Yael was born in Ramat Gan and raised in Petach Tikva. They have lived in Sderot with their 5 children for 13 years. They are co-founders of the Doresh Teen Cafe and are members of the Steering Committee, together with the teens. The project is their family's and congregation's dream come true.

 

Rabbi Ephraim Schwartz

Rabbi Ephraim Schwartz

Rabbi Ephraim Schwartz founded the Young Israel of Karmiel in August 2010. Schwartz has a long history in community development and outreach work in Seattle, Norfolk and Iowa. Schwartz was one of the first English speakers to move to Karmiel and has since built the Young Israel as a community Synagogue that serves a diverse Kehilla. Schwartz also serves as the Young Israel Director in the North, spearheading campaigns with army bases in the Golan and the Galilee as well as various community initiatives. His weekly e-mail sheet on the Torah portion, Holyland Insights and Inspiration is enjoyed by over 1500 subscribers weekly.

Shira Stein

Shira Stein

Program Coordinator and Executive Assistant

 

Shira brings an extensive background in non-profit management to IYIM. Her experience in education, administration, donor relations and logistics provide IYIM with a strong foundation for enhancing the organization's domestic programming and expanding its global network.

 

Shira made aliyah in 2010 from Silver Spring, MD, and currently lives in Maale Adumim with her husband and two daughters. 

Rav Yisrael Cohn- Director of Beneinu Lone Olim Community

Rav Yisrael Cohn- Director of Beneinu Lone Olim Community

A native of England, Rav Yisrael is a well-known educator, who teaches classes in English and Hebrew in various English-speaking Yeshivot and Midrashot as well as communities throughout Israel and the world. Ravi Yisrael is a creative educator, who excels at teaching in a way that is interesting, stimulating, and relevant.

He develops long-term relationships with his students and continues to guide them long after they learn under him.After completing high school in London, Rav Yisrael pursued his advanced Torah education at "Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh, then at "Yeshivat Hamivtar".Rav Yisrael also holds a Master's Degree in Jewish Law from University of London and a Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas.