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

MAIA MORAG

Community Shlicha (Emissary) from Israel

mmorag@jfedcin.org | 513-985-1535

 
  • Maia Morag

    Our community shlicha (emissary from Israel), Maia Morag, arrived in Cincinnati in the Fall of 2014. Prior to her arrival, Maia worked in the educational field in Israel addressing ways to enhance Israelis’ Jewish identity. “I feel my shlichut in Cincinnati is an opportunity for me to better understand the diverse ways that American Jews practice Judaism, and it allows me to view and share Israel Israel from a different perspective as well.””

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    Our community shlicha (emissary from Israel), Maia Morag, arrived in Cincinnati in the Fall of 2014. Prior to her arrival, Maia worked in the educational field in Israel addressing ways to enhance Israelis’ Jewish identity. “I feel my shlichut in Cincinnati is an opportunity for me to better understand the diverse ways that American Jews practice Judaism, and it allows me to view and share Israel Israel from a different perspective as well.””

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NOGA MALINIAK

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.

    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) 2016-2017

 

This September we welcomed two new Friends from Israel, Alon Peretz and Hadas Silver, who will stay till the beginning of summer 2017. This year marks the 13th year of the Friends from Israel / Chaverim m’Israel program, which brings two post-high school teenagers from our partner city, Netanya, to Cincinnati to share themselves, and what they know about Israeli life, with people across the Cincinnati area. In 2014 alone, the two chaverim met over 5,000 kids, teens, and families. They met with 19 non-Jewish organizations, and 55 groups in all. Director of Youth Israel Experiences Sharon Spiegel says, “Thanks to the Chaverim m’Israel, each of these places now has a better understanding of what Israel is all about.”  Their visit is made possible through the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Partnership2Gether (P2G) program.

 

Contact Sharon Spiegel at sspiegel@jfedcin.org or 513-985-1536 to schedule a visit from the Chaverim.

 

 

  • Alon Peretz

    Alon is a graduate of Moshe Sharet High School, where he studied Talmud, psychology, and economics. A Netanya native, 18-year-old Alon has two older brothers, and he enjoys playing basketball, hiking and playing the guitar. When he returns to Israel, he will start his IDF service in Israel’s Navy. Alon says, “my dream for the following year is to make Cincinnati my new home, my second home, because I believe that in partnership, each side has the ability to feel at home with the other one.”

    Alon is a graduate of Moshe Sharet High School, where he studied Talmud, psychology, and economics. A Netanya native, 18-year-old Alon has two older brothers, and he enjoys playing basketball, hiking and playing the guitar. When he returns to Israel, he will start his IDF service in Israel’s Navy. Alon says, “my dream for the following year is to make Cincinnati my new home, my second home, because I believe that in partnership, each side has the ability to feel at home with the other on...

  • Hadas Silver

    Hadas majored in plastic arts and design at Ort Guttman High School. An 18-year-old Netanya native, Hadas has been active in “Krembo Wings,” a youth movement that brings together young people and peers who have special needs. She was the program’s Netanya coordinator for the last two years, and she’s been an Israeli scout since she was in fourth grade. Hadas says, “I am so excited to be coming to Cincinnati to meet all of you. I feel so lucky to have a chance to get to know this warm community.”

    Hadas majored in plastic arts and design at Ort Guttman High School. An 18-year-old Netanya native, Hadas has been active in “Krembo Wings,” a youth movement that brings together young people and peers who have special needs. She was the program’s Netanya coordinator for the last two years, and she’s been an Israeli scout since she was in fourth grade. Hadas says, “I am so excited to be coming to Cincinnati to meet all of you. I feel so lucky to have a chance to get to know this war...

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.

  • Rotem Ben-LuLu

    Originally from Metula a small town in the norther board of Israel, Rotem 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. Rotem has a BA in Education and Political Science and a teaching certificate from Tel Aviv University.

    Originally from Metula a small town in the norther board of Israel, Rotem 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. Rotem has a BA in Education and Political Science and a teaching certificate from Tel Aviv University.

Rotem can be reached at rotem@hillelcincinnati.org.

  • Hila Katz

    Hila is currently the Israel fellow at Miami university, coming from a town called Petah-Tikva in central Israel. Her role in Hillel is to help the entire campus as well as 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. Hila has a BA in Sociology-Anthropology and Political Science from the Hebrew university in Jerusalem.

    Hila is currently the Israel fellow at Miami university, coming from a town called Petah-Tikva in central Israel. Her role in Hillel is to help the entire campus as well as 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. Hila has a BA in Sociology-Anthropology and Political Science from the Hebrew university in Jerusalem.

Hila can be reached at Hilak@muhillel.org.