G2 Team

 Andrea Arbel

Andrea Arbel    AndreaA@jafi.org
Director, Partnership Unit, The Jewish Agency for Israel

Andrea Arbel is the Director of the Partnership Unit at the Jewish Agency for Israel, where she is responsible for "Partnership2Gether," the Global School Twining Network, allocations to the religious streams and the loan fund division. Before entering the world of Partnership, she served as Advisor to the Director General of The Jewish Agency’s aliyah and absorption department.  After making aliyah 31 years ago from the United States, she worked at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a think-tank where she published numerous books and articles. Highlighted in Andrea's bibliography are: "Riding the Wave: The Jewish Agency's Role in the Mass Aliyah of Soviet and Ethiopian Jewry to Israel" and "The Blue Box Revisited: Keren Kayemeth Le'Israel-The Jewish National Fund." Andrea lives with her husband and three children in Kfar Uriyah, Israel.


 Jay Weinstein

Jay Weinstein     jayw@jafi.org
Director, Global Intergenerational Initiative

Jay Weinstein recently made Aliyah to Israel together with his wife Sharon and four children. Prior to making Aliyah, he served as the Rabbi of the Young Israel of East Brunswick for six years. Jay, a native of Miami Beach, FL, holds a B.A. in Accounting from Sy Syms School of Business, a Masters Degree in Special Education from Columbia University and Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

 Lionel Amit Mitelpunkt

Lionel Mitelpunkt    LionelM@jafi.org
Director of Content

Always learning. Always positive. Always heading forward.

Lionel enables people to use their gifts of creative confidence and positive communication for the purpose of their passion and creation. He works with individuals and organizations on adapting to change and telling their story in authentic ways using innovative tools. Lionel is also an educator, speaker and mentor in various programs such as future scientists and innovators program at Tel Aviv University, numerous Hackathons, Elevation Academy's Community Management course and recently spoke at SXSW on the topic of “Building Participatory Cities” a panel organized by Burning Man organization. 

G2 Facilitators

 Michal Ilan

Michal Ilan, Cape Town, South Africa    shaliach@ctjc.co.za

Michal is the community Shlicha (Israeli emissary) in Cape Town. Her role is to provide Israel education, Aliyah services and to offer opportunities for university studies and other experiences in Israel through MASA. She worked for many years with teens and adults in informal education settings.

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Justin Sakofs, Greater MetroWest, NJ,    JSakofs@JFedGMW.org

Justin is a passionate Jewish educator who strongly believes that interpersonal connections drive us forward to create and do meaningful Jewish actions. Justin grew up and lives in Greater MetroWest with his family, and enjoys taking time to play and share experiences with all generations.

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Maia Morag, Cincinnati, OH    mmorag@jfedcin.org

Maia Morag is the community Shlicha (Israeli emissary) at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. Maia is working closely with local Jewish educators, organizations, and congregations to strengthen the unique and multi-faceted significance of Israel in the local Cincinnati Jewish community. She is married to Amit,  a mother of three kids: Rey, Gili and Ella, and the granddaughter of Yosef and Avigail, who shaped her life and who she misses every day.

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Sharon Spiegel, Cincinnati, OH   sspiegel@jfedcin.org

Sharon is the Director of Youth Israel Experiences at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.  In this role, she is a director of the Partnership2GETHER  (P2G) with Netanya/Cincinnati and direct supervisor for the vibrant Chaverim M'Israel (ShinShin) program.  She has been a part of the Israel Team in Cincinnati since beginning her work at the Federation 14 years ago.  Her work with the Federation was an outgrowth of multiple volunteer positions she undertook while working as an Occupational Therapist.  Sharon's roles have included: PTO President of Rockwern Academy/Yavneh Day School; Board positions at the Jewish Family Service, National Council of Jewish Women, Yavneh Day School, and Combined Jewish Women's Education Day; and creator of the Cincinnati Passover Delivery Project and Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program in Hamilton County.  

Sharon's passion to make her community thrive stems from her many moves throughout her youth.  She currently resides in Cincinnati OH with her husband and three children.

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Amit Perchuk, Miami, Florida    Amit@tbsmb.org

Amit Perchuk, 23 years old, is from Nazareth Illit in the north region of Israel. She finished the army 3 years ago and served a meaningful and enjoyable service in the Armored Corps as a Tank instructor, just like her father and older brother. She is the Israeli Shlicha (emissary) of Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach, and loves to share her love of Israel!


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Yael Farber Babin, Beit Shemesh - Mateh Yehuda, Israel  Yaelfa@jafi.org       

Yael Farber Babin is the G2 coordinator at the Beit Shemesh – Mateh Yehuda Partnership. After she completed high school she volunteered for a year in a youth village for children from  low socio economic backgrounds. During her IDF service, Yael served in the Border Police unit as a combatant.  She holds a BA in management and human resources from Ben Gurion University.   Yael served for two years as a Shlicha for the Jewish community in South Bend, Indiana and following her return to Israel she worked for two years at the JAFI Shlichim Unit as Communities Coordinator. After that she joined the Beit Shemesh Mateh Yehuda Partnership, where she coordinated the local Diller teen-fellows program. Yael is now working at P2G Beit Shemesh – Mate Yehuda – South Africa as People-to-People Coordinator. Yael is married - has two daughters and lives on Kibbutz Na'an.

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Michal Melker, Yeruham, Israel  michalme@jafi.org  

Michal Melker, 47 years old, married to Nachshon and mother of Hila, Mor and Dolev, is the Living Bridge Coordinator of P2G’s Yeruham-Miami Partnership. She was born and raised in Yeruham and has worked within the city for the last 22 years, focused on developing the relationship between Yeruham and Miami. She enjoys learning about the Jewish Community and creating people to people connections.

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Idit Oshrat, Netanya, Israel idito@jafi.org 

For the last 3 yea, Idit is proud to be part of the Netanya Cincinnati partnership as the "People to People coordinator", working in Netanya. She was born and raised in Kibbutz Mishmar Hashron only a few Kilometers north of Netanya. After many years of studying and working in Tel-Aviv, she decided to return to the Kibbutz, where she lives today with her husband Didi, her lovely four- year old daughter Ayala and her baby boy Erez. Idit holds a BA in political since and management form TA University.  Prior to her work in JAFI, she worked in various NGO'S providing her with a rich experience working with diverse populations and leading community projects.

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Yosi Herbst, Arad, Israel   yosiherbst@gmail.com

Yosi, 34, is married with two daughters and is a proud native and resident of Arad. He serves as a facilitator of the G2 program on behalf of the Beit Midrash Elul (https://www.elul.org.il). He holds a BA in Psychology from Open University. Additionally, he works for the Ramon Foundation named for Ilan and Asaf Ramon and for the Center for Empowerment and Leadership of children and youth.