Our Israeli emissaries (shlichim) work to create and strengthen relationships between Cincinnati and Israel. They educate both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities about Israel and also advocate for Israel’s right to exist. They engage with our local agencies, congregations, day schools, camps, and the Mayerson JCC to create programs and activities that connect us with Israel.

Community Emissaries


Community Shaliach (Emissary) from Israel

amaggid@jfedcin.org | 513-985-1535

  • Amnon Maggid

    Our community’s Israeli emissary, Amnon Maggid, arrived in August 2018 for a 3-year stay in Cincinnati. He has been in the field of education for more than twenty years, focusing on initiatives promoting Jewish culture and heritage in Israel. “My schilchut in Cincinnati will make me a better Jewish educator," he said. "My personal interactions with American Jews is the key for the deepening a feeling of shared culture and identity between u...


Israel Representative
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
nmaliniak@jfedcin.org | 02-620-2616

  • Noga Maliniak

    Noga Maliniak (a former Cincinnati shlicha) is now our community's representative in Israel. With Noga’s deep understanding of Israel's social, cultural, and religious landscape and her extensive knowledge of our community, she plays a critical role in connecting the Cincinnati community with Israel through special delegations, funding opportunities, and by expanding business-to-business connections.

Friends from Israel (Chaverim M'Israel) 2019-2020


Each September we welcome two new Friends from Israel, who live in our community for a full year of service. The Friends from Israel / Chaverim M’Israel program, brings two post-high school teenagers from our partnership city, Netanya, to Cincinnati to share themselves, and what they know about Israeli life, with people across the Cincinnati area. Each year, the two chaverim meet about 5,000 kids, teens, and families. They teach in both Jewish and non-Jewish schools and organizations across Greater Cincinnati. In the summer, they are counselors at Camp Livingston. This program is a component of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Partnership2Gether (P2G) program.


Contact Jennifer Clark at jclark@jfedcin.org or 513-985-2962 to schedule a visit from the Chaverim.



  • Darya Solomon

    Darya grew up in a small town near Netanya, where she lives with her mother. She is passionate about the Arts and plays the piano, guitar, ukulele, and saxophone. She is part of the Tzofim, the Israeli Scouts youth movement, where she explores Israeli culture and builds team work and leadership skills. She majored in Physics and Biology and is part of an Israeli National Championship robotics team. She hopes to deepen connections between Netanya and Cincinnati that will last a lifetime.

  • May From

    May is 18 years old and lives just three minutes from the sea in Netanya. She is an avid surfer and surfing instructor, and she loves food. She lives with her parents, twin sister Gal, and her two dogs. Her majors in school were Theatre and Biology. She gets inspiration from Israeli actress Gal Gadot, qualities of whom she hopes to emulate. She knows this year will be a special experience and bring her new family and friends.

Cincinnati Fellow in Israel 


The Cincinnati Fellow in Israel (Cincy Fellow) spends a year in Netanya, Israel teaching Israelis about life, culture, and Judaism in the United States. While many cities, including Cincinnati, welcome emissaries from Israel to the United States, the Cincy Fellow program is the first of its kind, where an American Federation has done the reverse. The Cincy Fellow is a Partnership2Gether (P2G) program of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.



  • Ezra Babcock

    Ezra, 23, is a recent graduate from the University of Cincinnati, where he majored in Electrical Engineering and minored in Mathematics. He grew up in Cincinnati and went to Walnut Hills. Ezra had a typical Jewish upbringing, which included Sunday School and a bar mitzvah at Beth Adam. He has been to Israel on a Birthright trip and through Onward Israel. He was also active in Jewish life on campus at UC, where he was involved with Cincinnati Hillel, Alpha Epsilon Pi, and the David Project.

Israel Fellows to Hillel


This program is a partnership between the Jewish Agency for Israel and Hillel International. It places outstanding young Israelis on key college campuses for a two-year period of educational service, in order to create an ongoing Israel presence for Jewish students and the broader community. Campus Israel Fellows partner with student organizations, campus study abroad offices, Jewish and Israel studies departments, local Jewish federations, Israeli consulates, and Jewish Community Centers.


They also follow through with Taglit-Birthright trip alumni via one-on-one meetings and special programs and events to keep them active and encourage them to continue their Jewish journeys while in college.


Campus Israel Fellows serve as Israel's unofficial peer ambassadors on campus and in the local community, providing opportunities for students to discuss and experience every aspect of Israeli life, bridging the gap between Israel fact and fiction, and inspiring students to forge enduring commitments to Israel. In many instances, the Campus Israel Fellow is the first Israeli college students and professors have ever met!


The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati allocates 30 percent of dollars raised to support Jews overseas. Of that allocation, 75 percent goes to benefit programs of the Jewish Agency for Israel, including the Israel Fellows to Hillel Program.

  • Tamar Weissblueth

    Originally from Bney Yehuda, a small settlement in the Golan Heights, Weissblueth is currently the Israel fellow at Cincinnati Hillel. She plans Israeli educational and cultural programs for the university students. She also assists students who participate in Israel experiences such as Birthright, internships or study abroad programs in Israel. Weissblueth has a BS in Marine Biotechnology from Ruppin Academy Center and teaches gymnastics to kids of all ages.

Weissblueth can be reached at weissblueth@hillelcincinnati.org.

  • Lior Bezalrlel

    Lior is currently the Israel fellow for Hillel at Miami University, coming from a town called Shlomi in northern Israel. Her role is to help the entire campus as well as the Oxford community become more familiar with the land, culture, and people of Israel. While working with Jewish and non-Jewish students, she helps them create and execute different cultural and educational programs on campus. Lior has an MA in Political Science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Lior can be reached at liorb@muhillel.org