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Merav Mizrahi, Director of Overseas Relations, NIF Jerusalem

Merav MizrachiMerav Mizrahi is the Director of Overseas Relations at the New Israel Fund and is responsible for NIF study tours and donor visits. She also coordinates various NIF projects including the Civil Liberties Law Fellows Program. In the past, Merav was an activist in various NIF grantees, mainly women’s and Mizrachi women’s organizations. Prior to joining the NIF in May 2006, Merav was the Director of the Projects Department at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Merav received her BA in Political Science and Communications from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is an alumna of the Public Activists’ Leadership Program of Hebrew University. Merav was born and raised in Jerusalem.


Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, Senior Director, NIF New York

[image - Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen]Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen is the Senior Director of the New Israel Fund in New York. An activist, writer, and teacher, Rabbi Cohen served for a decade at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s LGBTQ synagogue serving Jews of all sexual orientations and sexual identities and was the inaugural director of the Center for Jewish Living and the David H. Sonabend Center for Israel at JCC Manhattan. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, she is the author of Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, The First Forty Years, and co-editor of Siddur B’chol L’vavcha. Rabbi Cohen serves on the board of T’ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. She and her partner, Rabbi Marc Margolius, have five children and live in New York City.