Director, Social Activism Unit
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.
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.
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.
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
TEN Educational Director
Dafna Dgani joined Project TEN with extensive experience of more than a decade in the field of social and environmental activism, experiential education and Jewish community building.
Her professional experience includes service-learning project developments at the 'Hava & Adam' eco-educational center, serving for half a decade as a Jewish renewal community coordinator, running social activism programs for youth and at-risk communities, and as an intern at the Israeli Knesset in the field of social, environmental and animal rights legislation.
Dafna brings her love of spirit and Jewish wisdom to create a meaningful educational experience for the Project TEN participants, as well as a comprehensive training process for each of our staff members, at our global centers.