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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. We believe 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.

Shalom Corps Ltd. is a non-profit organization established by Mosaic United (a collaborative program of the Government of Israel and the Ministry of the Diaspora) and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

We’re launching with an exciting competition, calling on individuals and organizations to submit a proposal for a volunteer project that will create social change in vulnerable communities around the world!!

LEADERSHIP

Yuval Ekstein

Chief Executive Officer

Yuval is a strong valued leader, and a Zionist with a love for people. From a young age, he served as a leader, first in the Scouts, then volunteering for a year in a development town post-high school, and finally leading medical teams in the army. In 1987 he established Beit Ekstein, an organization for special people. Over the years and under Yuval's leadership, Beit Ekstein evolved into Israel's largest leading organization providing services to people with special needs. It employed abou ...

Yuval is a strong valued leader, and a Zionist with a love for people. From a young age, he served as a leader, first in the Scouts, then volunteering for a year in a development town post-high school, and finally leading medical teams in the army. In 1987 he established Beit Ekstein, an organization for special people. Over the years and under Yuval's leadership, Beit Ekstein evolved into Israel's largest leading organization providing services to people with special needs. It employed about 1800 workers and provided services to 3500 families. By the time Yuval stepped down from his position as founder and CEO, Beit Ekstein was operating 18 schools, 30 assisted living facilities and hostels, 4 residential homes, and 5 employment centers at 60 different sites around the country. Yuval is a visionary with an outstanding ability to lead and to motivate people while maintaining excellent interpersonal relations. As the son of a Holocaust survivor, Yuval is strongly connected to the unity of the Jewish people. He sees the role of the Jewish people and of the State of Israel as being a light unto the nations through Tikkun Olam (improving the world) by helping reduce human suffering in the world. Yuval has a Master's degree in education, is married and has 4 children. He lives in Pardes Chana.

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Daniela Blecher

Chief Operating Officer

Daniela is responsible for planning the development and implantation of projects for Shalom Corps. She has a Master's degree in Public Health and specializes in quality management, especially when it comes to welfare and health promotion. Daniela feels it’s a privilege to work with so many Jewish organizations and programs that are deeply engaged in strengthening Jewish identity and healing the world with service, social action and humanitarian aid. In her words: “I believe that each of us ...

Daniela is responsible for planning the development and implantation of projects for Shalom Corps. She has a Master's degree in Public Health and specializes in quality management, especially when it comes to welfare and health promotion. Daniela feels it’s a privilege to work with so many Jewish organizations and programs that are deeply engaged in strengthening Jewish identity and healing the world with service, social action and humanitarian aid. In her words: “I believe that each of us has the responsibility and privilege to contribute to a better world.” She lives in Netanya with her family.

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Aviva Steinberger

Chief Program Officer

Aviva is dedicated to creating impact-driven systemic change in the field of Global Jewish responsibility. Prior to joining Shalom Corps, Aviva was the Director of Global Planning for JDC, the largest Jewish humanitarian aid organization. Her 20 years of experience in business, government and non-profit work has guided her passion for collaboration across sectors in order to maximize impact. A native of NY, she moved to Israel as a student and started her career in venture capital in Israel ...

Aviva is dedicated to creating impact-driven systemic change in the field of Global Jewish responsibility. Prior to joining Shalom Corps, Aviva was the Director of Global Planning for JDC, the largest Jewish humanitarian aid organization. Her 20 years of experience in business, government and non-profit work has guided her passion for collaboration across sectors in order to maximize impact. A native of NY, she moved to Israel as a student and started her career in venture capital in Israel where she was responsible for deal flow and financing opportunities, helping lay the groundwork for the innovative environment that would later be known as the start-up nation. Aviva returned to NY and joined the Governor’s Office of Economic Development immediately after September 11, 2001 as the Director of World Trade Center Business Recovery, followed by ongoing disaster recovery work for the US federal government and Israeli NGOs on recovery projects after Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the earthquake in Haiti. Aviva now lives in Modiin Israel with her family.

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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 ...

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.

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Arik Prince

VP of Marketing

Arik Prince began his career when he graduated in the field of film studies. Since the age of 21 he's brought his studies to the real world by working in the media and journalism industries. Arik has served as the V.P. of Marketing for the largest Israeli TV studios and founded ILTV – an international news broadcast from Israel. He's created films, commercials and has also built political and campaign strategies in Israel and abroad. His favorite hobbies are wine tasting, watching good film ...

Arik Prince began his career when he graduated in the field of film studies. Since the age of 21 he's brought his studies to the real world by working in the media and journalism industries. Arik has served as the V.P. of Marketing for the largest Israeli TV studios and founded ILTV – an international news broadcast from Israel. He's created films, commercials and has also built political and campaign strategies in Israel and abroad. His favorite hobbies are wine tasting, watching good films and indulging in a bit of spirituality in order to balance the two worlds. Arik considers Shalom Corps as the most important mission of his life. He believes he's been placed in a role where he can influence the world for the better and touch the hearts of human beings everywhere.

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Shanna Fuld

Communications Director

Shanna Fuld has been writing and creating media since she could put pen to paper. A professional writer, reporter and videographer, Shanna creates and manages all content from Shalom Corps'. She says she loves learning about our volunteers' experiences around the world and then finding creative ways to tell their stories. Shanna grew up in Queens, New York and moved to Israel after spending some time working as a nightly news TV writer at NY1 News. Her favorite hobby is rowing crew, something sh ...

Shanna Fuld has been writing and creating media since she could put pen to paper. A professional writer, reporter and videographer, Shanna creates and manages all content from Shalom Corps'. She says she loves learning about our volunteers' experiences around the world and then finding creative ways to tell their stories. Shanna grew up in Queens, New York and moved to Israel after spending some time working as a nightly news TV writer at NY1 News. Her favorite hobby is rowing crew, something she says is the only activity that truly frees her mind. She loves working at Shalom Corp because she has the ability to use her skills for a project she believes is without doubt improving the planet for everyone.

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