Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ welcomes Israeli emissaries
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Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ welcomes Israeli emissaries

Top row from left: Lia Heller, Eyal Reuven, and Doron Peltz. Liad Mann and Eliya Zamir are in the front. 
(Courtesy JFEDGMW)
Top row from left: Lia Heller, Eyal Reuven, and Doron Peltz. Liad Mann and Eliya Zamir are in the front. (Courtesy JFEDGMW)

The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ introduced its new mishlachat — the new cohort of Israeli emissaries — who bring Israel to life in the community. Each year, in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel, the federation brings a delegation of emissaries to Greater MetroWest to educate community children, teens, and adults about Israel, its people, and its culture, and to spark an interest in Israel.

The cohort includes shlichim, professionals in the fields of education or social services, and rishonim who are here for a service year between high school and army service.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new shlichim and rishonim,” Allison Nagelberg, the federation’s new director for global connections, said. “Their energy, creativity and passion for Israel will inspire people of every age and background in our community.”

Tamar Reshef, the federation’s senior community shlicha, is from Safed; she holds a bachelor’s degree in community theater and education from Tel Aviv University. For the last six years, she has worked as the educational program coordinator in the Hof HaCarmel youth department in the Haifa area. Tamar will live in Union County with her husband, Yuval, and their sons, Maayan, 11, Aviv, 9, and Shaked, 7. “I am very excited to start this new adventure with my family,” she said. “I can’t wait to become a part of this great community!”

Adir Assulin, the community shaliach, grew up in Jerusalem. He studied film and education, and began his career in Kfar Ha’Oranim as a senior youth guide; that’s also where he met his future wife, Idan. He has extensive experience working in the Ha’Ihud Ha’Hakla’i youth movement. 

The group also includes five new rishonim. Lia Heller, who lives in Ra’anana, attended MetroWest High School and majored in chemistry and computer science as part of the leadership class. She is a counselor in the Tzofim, the Israeli Scouts, preparing teens to become leaders, and enjoys dancing and spending time with family and friends.

Liad Mann, who lives in Ra’anana, attended Aviv High School in the Nachshon leadership class, majoring in chemistry and cinematography. He was a member of the Tzofim for nine years and a guide for three years. He enjoys acting and filmmaking and hopes to work in this industry. 

Doron Peltz of Arad is a member and instructor in the Betar youth movement and volunteers for Magen David Adom, Israel’s national EMS. She participated in the Gesher Project and visited the GMW community with nine other teens. She enjoys belly dancing and hip hop.

Eyal Reuve, also of Arad, played on the Arad basketball team for 10 years and volunteered for Aharai, a military preparation youth organization. He took part in the Gesher Project and spent time in New Jersey summer camps. He loves traveling with friends and family, cooking, and origami.

Eliya Zamir of Ra’anana was an instructor in the B’nai Akiva youth movement for two years and recently took part in the Derech Prat youth leadership program. She loves to dance and cook, read Hebrew poetry, and listen to hip hop and R&B.

For more information, email Hana Frankl at hfrankl@jfedgmw.org.

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