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nir lahavNir Lahav

Director

Nir Lahav left his successful career in business to work in the non-profit world in Israel as Program Director of the Joint Distribution Committee's "It's a Deal," in which at-risk youth learn entrepreneurship skills.  In 2006, Nir started working at The Jewish Agency as director of the Youth Futures program, which provides critical services to middle-school children in Israel's socio-economic fringes.  After the Second Lebanon War, Nir led a Jewish Agency initiative to provide rehabilitation services for children in war-torn areas in Israel.

For two years, from 2009-11, Nir moved, together with his wife, Dalit, and their three children, to the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, which provides a warm, supportive environment for children who had been orphaned in the country's horrific civil war. While Nir served as Interim Director, Dalit worked as a volunteer doctor, their two younger children attended the village school, and their oldest child performed volunteer service before joining the Israeli army.

In 2011, Nir returned to The Jewish Agency to launch and direct Project TEN.

Nir holds academic degrees from Tel Aviv University Law School and from Pomona College in California, and also studied at the Mandel School of Educational Leadership in Jerusalem, focusing on the areas of unemployment and youth.

iditIdit Groiss

Director of Media and Customer Relations

Idit Groiss holds degrees in Communication & Journalism and in Italian Language and Literature, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has been working for The Jewish Agency since 2002, building its signature Youth Futures program for disadvantaged middle-school students.

Idit has performed much volunteer service on her own time as well, serving as a Big Sister and as an Israeli connection to two single moms, and their young daughters, who had immigrated to Israel from the Former Soviet Union.

As Director of Media and Customer Relations for TEN, Idit works with volunteers, shareholders, staff, and partner organizations, and is thrilled to be meeting young Jewish adults from all over the world. She and her husband have three sons.

Yarden Zornberg Yarden Zornberg

TEN Operations Coordinator

Yarden Zornberg joins the team after establishing himself in the fields of informal education management and psychotherapy. He holds a degree in Psychology from Ben-Gurion University, and an MA in clinical Social Work from the University of Haifa. Yarden is also a certified group facilitator. Before joining Project TEN, he was a project director at Acharei, a national program that saves high-school dropouts from a life on the streets, helping them study for high school matriculation exams and teaching them stress management and problem-solving skills. During Yarden's tenure there, the program expanded to 25 centers and reached new populations including Bedouin and Druze. Yarden has also facilitated joint activities for Palestinian and Jewish children.

As Operations Coordinator, Yarden directs all activities in already-existing centers, plans the establishment of new centers, and trains staff. He is married to Yael and lives in Jerusalem.

dyonna ginsburgDyonna Ginsburg

Director of Jewish Service Learning, The Jewish Agency for Israel

Dyonna Ginsburg moved to Israel in 2002 after completing her BA in Political Science at Columbia University; she then earned an MA in Jewish Education at Hebrew University. From 2003-2006, Dyonna served as International Director of Yavneh Olami, a religious-Zionist student organization based in Jerusalem, and from 2003-2008, as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Education Department of The Jewish Agency.  

From 2008-2011, Dyonna served as the Executive Director of Bema’aglei Tzedek (“Circles of Justice”), an Israeli NGO that uses education and social action campaigns to create a more just Israeli society, one informed and inspired by Jewish values.  

Dyonna was one of the founders of Siach: An Environment and Social Justice Conversation, an international network of Jewish social justice and environmental professionals, and currently serves on its strategic team.  Dyonna also sits on the board of Uri L’Tzedek, an Orthodox social justice organization.  In the past, Dyonna sat on the founding board of the PresenTense Institute for Creative Zionism, promoting social entrepreneurship in the Jewish community.

In recognition of these achievements, in 2008 Dyonna was awarded the World Council of Jewish Communal Service’s Ted Comet Exemplar Award for Outstanding Leadership in Strengthening the Jewish People. 

hagarHagar Yaacobi

Volunteer Coordinator

Hagar arranges the logistics for all the TEN volunteers, processing applications, organizing the screening process, answering questions, helping with visa and vaccination information, and generally making sure that the volunteers get safely and smoothly to their TEN center. Before joining The Jewish Agency, she performed training, logistics management, and customer care management for Israel's national electricity company; she is thrilled to now be working for a program that directly helps people. Hagar performed her IDF services in an infantry unit on the northern border, where she was responsible for all operations in the "war room," and reached the rank of sergeant. She lives in Jerusalem and is currently completing her BA from Israel's Open University, where she studies Economics and Management.