Our Office in Israel

Our Office in Israel
Staff pictured in photo from left to right: Hila Yallon, Merav Grindlinger, Tamar Alperovitch, Barak Loozon, Tami Stern

The Federation’s office in Israel enables, encourages, and strengthens the connection between Jewish communities in Israel and the Bay Area.  

Our Federation was truly a trailblazer, being the first to establish a permanent office in Israel, in 1984. Today, we continue our commitment to Israel by working to strengthen it as a pluralistic, democratic, and just society with equality of opportunity for all its citizens.

Location

After 20 years of working from Jerusalem alongside the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Federation made an exciting new move in 2014 to Kfar Saba along with other philanthropists, including the Lautman Foundation. Unique to the new office location is its proximity to the Steinberg Residential Education Campus, home to youth from Israel's periphery whose home environment prevents them from reaching their full academic, personal, and social potential. The move to this location allows the Federation to be in constant contact with Israeli youth – tomorrow's leaders, to continue its philanthropic work at the ground level, and to work more closely with other Israeli philanthropists.

Activities

The Federation in Israel has two central goals: to ensure “smart philanthropy” and to strengthen the bond between Jews in Israel and the Bay Area. The Federation in Israel is leading the way in innovative giving, which includes the growing field of social venture philanthropy. Our hands-on approach to grantmaking in Israel is based on strategic investments, capacity building, and developing and engaging local leaders and philanthropists who are able to actively promote the notion of a just, democratic, and pluralistic state. The Israel office staff has a deep understanding of the needs and challenges of the populations they serve, and of how best to assist our grantees in navigating “the system” for efficient implementation.

Our Israeli program officers work side-by-side with our grantees to improve and enhance organizations’ abilities to reach their goals and fulfill their missions. At the same time, we know that smart philanthropy means working in partnerships and collaborating with other strategic funders in Israel (both public and private) to arrive at purposeful outcomes.

The Jewish homeland is a unifying notion for Jewish communities worldwide, drawing disparate communities together and offering another way to express one’s Judaism. The Federation's office in Israel is charged with making Israel relevant to Jews in the Bay Area. The office acts as an active liaison between the two communities, hosting Federation and Bay Area synagogue missions, Diller Teen fellows, MASA participants, Impact Grants Initiative (IGI) donor-participants, and others. Engaging the next generation of Bay Area Jewish leaders through our work in Israel is a powerful way to connect to our Jewish values of kehilla (community), tzedakah (giving with just intention), and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

Our Israeli Team

Barak Loozon, Director

Barak is the director of the Israel & Global network for the Federation in Israel. Previously, he has worked for the Federation as the director for young adult engagement with Israel. Prior to this, Barak led the implementation of the Bat Yam Model for Personalized Education in the city of Bat Yam, which became the National Educational Reform "New Horizons." He also worked for the Israeli Scouts as their national education director and deputy director-general. Barak holds a B.A. from Bar-Ilan University in criminology and political science and an M.A. from Tel Aviv University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as an Israel Wexner Fellow.

Tamar Alperovitch, Gvanim Director

Tamar oversees the grantees in Israel in the area of Jewish identity and pluralism. She has been director of Gvanim since August 2009 and is herself an alumna of the program. Gvanim is the Federation’s flagship program in Israel, a one-year, action-oriented leadership development program designed to train representatives from every sector of Israeli society, who, in turn, promulgate the principles of civil society, religious diversity, and unity to their own communities.

Hila Yallon, Program Officer

Hila oversees the grantees in Israel in the area of employment and education, coordinates capacity-building opportunities for these grantees, and collaborates with director and other program officers to shape grantmaking strategies. Before joining the Federation in Israel, Hila served for six years as the director of the Tel Aviv branch of Strive Israel, a flagship program of JDC Israel designed to foster financial independence and rewarding career choices among young adults.

Rivka Eisenberg, Administrative Assistant

Rivka is the administrative assistant of the Israel office working with the team on financials and grantee reports, as well as with the Gvanim program. Rivka has been with the Federation since 2017. 

For more information, please contact:
Barak Loozon
Israel Office Director
09.8800930