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nir lahavNir Lahav

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 Yarden Zornberg

TEN Director

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.

 

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.

 

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.


DAFNA DGANIDAFNA DGANI

TEN Educational Director

Dafna has worked extensively in various fields of social activism, including working with Member of Knesset Dov Hanin on animal rights legislation, directing project development at the Hava and Adam Educational Center for Practical Ecology, and running social activism projects for youth and at-risk communities. Dafna is highly experienced in developing educational programs and preparing educational materials, and is currently conducting a comprehensive research on the specific training needs of each staff member at the centers, based on their position and responsibilities, as well as adding to the TEN curriculum.