• Staff

    Ilan Wagner

    President and CEO

    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...


    Jessica Siskind

    Vice President 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,...


    Eliran Cohen

    Vice President 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...


    Scott Copeland

    Vice President 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...


    Brad Garoon

    Vice President 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...


    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...


    Rebecca Zuck

    Director of Theme Based Programs

    Rebecca joined the Onward Israel team in January 2015 to oversee the first theme-based summer programs. As the theme-based programs have grown, Rebecca continues to work on individualized marketing and...


    Liad Shahar

    Director of Knowledge and Registration

    Liad coordinates Onward Israel’s CRM system and website. she takes the lead on interactions for logistics issues with program organizers before and while the programs are running and is also...


    Yael Zegelstein

    Educational Events Coordinator

    After her army service as an Operations Officer in the North Face of Israel, Yael worked at a JCCA Summer Camp in Georgia. She returned to Israel and worked on...


    Sara Naor

    Bay Area Recruiter and Western Coordinator

    Sara Naor joined the Onward Israel team as its first Western Coordinator and helped kick start their Bay Area program as its recruiter. Sara was born in Israel and spent...


    Rebekah Paster

    National Program Associate

    Rebekah was born and raised in New Jersey and recently graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in International Relations. She decided to pursue a career in US-Israeli...


    Zehavit Algem-Haimof

    Operations and Financial Coordinator

    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...


    Desiree Neissani

    Theme Based Program Coordinator

    Desiree assists in coordinating recruitment and registration for theme-based programs. With the expansion of theme-based programs, she works on best practices for recruiting participants and works with organizers on the...


    Koby Geller

    New York & Camp Counselor Program Coordinator

    Koby Geller grew up in Teaneck, NJ, and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in government and politics, Jewish studies, and Israel studies. He spent two formative...