Shalom Corps was founded in 2020 as a global Jewish volunteer movement, dedicated to meaningful service and social responsibility as an expression of Jewish values and love of humanity.


Shalom Corps’ mission is to empower a global Jewish volunteer network involved in meaningful and significant volunteerism that engages participants in Jewish service-learning experiences.
Shalom Corps believes that authentic, needs-driven service can have a transformative impact on vulnerable populations around the world, and on young Jews looking to make a difference.




Maria Youssim

Director of Shalom Corps

Maria serves as Director of Shalom Corps. Maria has vast experience in international development and humanitarian action, as well as a familiarity with the Israeli ecosystem in these fields, after serving as a project manager at the Society for International Development Israel Branch (SID-Israel) for the past four years. During her time at SID-Israel, Maria worked closely with governmental agencies, NGOs, private sector companies, and academic institutions to identify, implement, and advance policies that deepen Israeli engagement in and contributions to developing nations. Additionally, Maria built courses, seminars, and lectures to build the capacity of the Israeli ecosystem, as well as executed small and large conferences to raise awareness among the public and decision-makers. Previously, Maria worked for the Council for Higher Education (CHE) as an academic accreditation and Humanities Fund coordinator, where she assisted the accreditation process for new and existing academic programs in the studies of humanities, education, and social sciences. Maria was also responsible for the Humanities Fund, a joint initiative of CHE and the Yad Hanadiv Foundation designed to formulate policy and act to save the humanities field, as well as the New Campus initiative, an introductory program to the world of entrepreneurship and innovation in academia. Maria holds a bachelor's degree with a double major in Statistics and International Relations and a master's degree in European Studies, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. CONTACT: maria@shalomcorps.org

Avraham Schurder

Chief Financial Officer

For 30 years Avraham has led companies to success. As a senior audit partner at KPMG, he assisted clients in transforming their financial results to business and managerial aids. Avraham has become a mentor to a wide variety of small and large organizations, private and governmental, local and international (from all sizes). Avraham loves working with people and never wants anyone to leave the room without a smile on their face. He joins Shalom Corps because he feels he’s spent most of his professional life helping businesses and industrial clients. But with Shalom Corps, he now has the opportunity to serve the Jewish people, which he says provides much more satisfaction. He also says he loves working with a great team.

Sharona Shir Zablodovsky

Program Director

Sharona Shir is responsible for executing all programs at Shalom Corps excluding North America, including the ongoing daily contact and guidance with our partners in Israel and around the world. Sharona Shir previously worked as a Project Manager at the Education Department at the WZO, Marketing B2G at Habima National Theatre, and worked as a Project Manager for several Nonprofits that are focused on informal education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Open University of Israel and her Master’s degree in History of American Jewish Studies from the Ruderman Program at Haifa University. Sharona Shir lives in Tel-Aviv.