• Our Staff

    Ilan Wagner

    Vice President of Onward Programming

    Ilan was born in New Jersey and moved to Israel in 1986 after years of activity in the Young Judaea youth movement. Upon arriving in Israel, he helped found the Keren Kolot Educational Seminar at Kibbutz Ketura, wrote a text book for teaching English at the high school level, and then went on to be […]

    Scott Copeland

    Senior Director for Education

    Scott currently serves as the Vice President and Director of Education at Onward Israel. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University in Judaic Studies and an M.A. from Hebrew University’s Institute of Contemporary Jewry, and is also a graduate of the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows, a prestigious leadership development center for the Jewish educational world. Scott […]

    Jessica Siskind

    Senior Director for North America

    Jessica was born in raised in New Jersey. Throughout her youth, she attended and worked at Ramah movement summer camps and was involved in United Synagogue Youth (USY). During college, she had the opportunity to study abroad in two incredible cities, London England and Haifa Israel, which helped shape her interest in giving young people […]

    Eliran Cohen

    Senior Director for Operations and Business Development

    Eliran is married to Maayan and father to Or-Yosef. From a very young age Eliran was active in social organizations as both participant and staff. Eliran served as a fighter and commander in the Israeli navy. After this he was a Shaliach in US, before returning to Israel to continue his career. In the last […]

    Brad Garoon

    Senior Director for Marketing and Communications

    As VP of Marketing and Communications, Brad creates and implements marketing strategy, finds new ways to grow Onward’s network and engage its community, and manages the organization’s branding, web presence and social media channels. Brad grew up in suburban Detroit, and lived in the Philippines before moving to New York City. Brad comes to Onward […]

    Veronika Matlov

    Director of Global Partnerships

    Veronika was born and raised in Vilnius , Lithuania, After making aliyah in 1990 she continued her B. A studies in Hebrew University in the field of Sociology and History. Veronika worked for the Jewish Agency for 20 years , mostly with educational projects for young adults and professional projects to new immigrants all over the world . In […]

    Madison Dore

    Director of Theme-Based Programs

    Madison joined Onward Israel in January 2022 as their Director of Theme-Based Programs. Madison was born and raised in Chicago and is a fan of the Bears and Chicago style thin crust pizza with giardiniera. Growing up, Madison attended and worked at JCC Day Camps and was involved with her high school’s Jewish Student Union. […]

    Liad Shahar

    Director of Knowledge and Registration

    Liad is responsible for Onward Israel’s CRM system which uses the organization for registration to the various programs, operating educational opportunities and other professional needs. She also operates to lead the internal work on the technical aspects of projects managements and data security. Previously, Liad has worked in the Priority Regions Division ,Scholarships Unit and […]

    Aryeh Solomon

    Director of Operations and  Quality Control

    After his army service as a commander in the Paratroopers Brigade, Aryeh studied for his B.A. in education while working with both formal and informal education projects. In 2009 Aryeh joined Yavne Olami as the director of a summer internship program.  A couple of years later he moved to one of the largest educational tourism […]

    Renana Shanani

    Director of Educational Projects

    When Renana was a child her family went on a four year Shlichut program to Canada. There she created a deep connection and personal identification with the international Jewish community. Ever since, she has been active and connected to the worldwide Jewish community and committed to connecting it. She believes the personal and national connection […]

    Jessi Davidson

    Program Director

    Jessi joined the Onward Israel Team in November 2020 as their Director of Internal Programs. Jessi originally born and raised in England, made Aliyah in 2009 after taking part in a summer program and falling in love with Israel. Determined to share her powerful experience with  others, Jessi joined one of the largest educational tourism […]

    Jason Steckler

    Bay Area Coordinator and West Coast Recruiter

    Jason was raised in Culver City, California and studied Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration with a focus on Tourism at San Francisco State University. Jason spent the Summer of 2014 on Onward Israel’s National Hillel program where he lived in Jerusalem, interning for a Dual-Narrative Tourism organization. His experience that Summer helped him materialize his […]

    Zehavit Algem-Haimof

    Director of Financial Operations

    Zehavit coordinates finance and operations at Onward Israel, taking the lead on budget issues, and managing negotiations with suppliers and organizers. Zehavit served in the army as a satellite communication guide in the Computer and Information Corps. Prior to joining Onward Israel, she has worked at the Jerusalem Mayor’s building as a social media intern […]

    Aaron Feldstein

    Theme Based Programs Coordinator

    Aaron Feldstein is the theme-based programs coordinator at Onward Israel. He handles a variety of tasks related to Onward Israel’s successful execution of field-of-study centric, immersive experiences in Israel. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Aaron graduated from the University of Maryland in 2020. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics […]

    Holly Millet

    Partner Relations Coordinator

    Holly works with our North American partners to ensure great experiences in Israel for our program participants. Israel holds a special place in Holly’s heart as she recently returned from a Masa Israel Teaching Fellowship where she lived and taught English in Haifa for one year. While in Israel Holly spent her weekends gaining cultural […]

    Alyssa Glucksman

    New York & Camp Counselor Programs Coordinator

    Alyssa is so excited to be joining the Onward Israel team as the New York and Camp Counselor Program coordinator! From Connecticut, Alyssa graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with degrees in Human Development & Family Studies and Communications. As an alumna of the Camp Counselor Program, Alyssa looks forward to helping future participants […]

    Ally Cohen

    Partner Relations and Special Projects Coordinator

    Ally Cohen is excited to join the Onward Israel team as Partner Relations and Special Projects Coordinator. Ally works with partners to ensure great onward Israel experiences for participants. Ally was born and raised in Massachusetts, but now resides with her dog in Austin, TX. She has a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans, […]

    Aleeza Kharilkar

    Internship Coordinator

    Aleeza, originally from Toronto, now lives in Jerusalem with her husband Avishai and daughter Shirah. She went to Reichman University for her BA where she majored in Psychology and minored in Biology, and is currently in her MA studying Organizational Behaviour and Development. From being a camper to the head of staff in camp, Aleeza has spent […]

    Shunit Karako Tanne

    Placement Manager

    Shunit is in charge of placements and business relations for our Law & Entrepreneurship Theme Based Program and the Finance & Economics Theme Based Program. Born and raised in Israel, Shunit moved with her family to Amherst, Massachusetts for a few years as part of her father’s Navy service. For the past few years, Shunit […]

    Yoni Mann

    Senior Advisor to the CEO

    Yoni Mann serves as the Senior Advisor to the CEO of Onward Israel. He grew up in San Francisco and made Aliyah to Israel in 2011. Yoni has a deep passion for Israel and Jewish Peoplehood. Prior to Onward Israel, Yoni founded and headed the Campus Department at Jerusalem U for four years, working to […]

    Jessica Soria Korsunsky

    Alumni Coordinator

    Jessica is a New Jersey native, but found herself at home when she moved to San Diego with her family in 2016.  She brings over 10 years of Jewish community engagement and marketing experience. Her past work includes roles with Open Dor Project, GrapeVine, Jewish Federation of Northern NJ, American Jewish World Service as well as […]