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
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
yneeman@jfedcin.org | 513-332-3951

  • Yarden Neeman

    Yarden Neeman, Cincinnati’s newest Shaliach, in partnership with the Jewish Agency of Israel, will work within our community to connect Cincinnati to Israel. Yarden has a background in HR, organizational development, and leadership development. He holds an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in sociology and anthropology.


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) 


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.



  • Nitzan Beck

    Nitzan Beck is from Kiryat Motzkin in the north of Israel. He is the youngest of three siblings and studied computer science and physics in school. He is excited to experience Judaism outside of Israel, and is ready to showcase Israel’s passion for technology to Cincinnati’s Jewish community. Nitzan is also a professional handball player.

  • Lior Binyamin

    Lior Binyamin is excited to develop her diplomatic skills while participating in the Chaverim program. She is studying diplomacy and international relations in addition to business administration and economics. Lior is excited to experience all of what connects Jews to each other around the world, while sharing what makes Israel unique and special.

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.

  • Inbar Marzini

    Inbar is from Ramat Gan, Israel. During high school, she was active in the Israeli Scouts. In her army service, Inbar was a Hebrew teacher for immigrants to Israel and commander in the Education Force. She graduated from Tel Aviv University with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. She worked in the Tel Aviv University Student Union as an External Affairs Coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, photography, traveling, learning new languages, and reading.

Inbar can be reached at inbar@hillelcincinnati.org

  • Nevo Schpire

    A resident of Maalot, Nevo is the Israel Fellow to Hillel at Miami University. Before that, he was the Israel Fellow to Hillel of Southern Ontario at the University of Guelph and McMaster University. He was an Israeli Defense Forces combat officer with the Iron Dome Missile Defense System. Nevo works with the many student leaders associated with the various Israel-oriented groups on campus and actively promotes Israel education, study and travel opportunities on campus.

Nevo can be reached at nevos@muhillel.org