Israel is a fascinating contrast between the ancient and the modern and is the spiritual and physical center of the Jewish people. As we celebrate its rich history, traditions and deep dimension, we are thrilled to work with our Community Shlicha, who will help us explore and discover what makes Israel so special! Our Shlicha will reach deeper within our community to educate and increase awareness, knowledge and pride about Israel’s history, culture and current events, and to promote a better understanding of Israel and its ideals. The program also serves as a catalyst for igniting Jewish journeys, encouraging people to learn more about Judaism and Israel, and finding their own way to connect to the Jewish homeland.
If you have any questions about how you can become more engaged in the JCCNV-Jewish Agency for Israel’s Shlichim program, please contact Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org.
Ten years ago, bringing an Israeli representative to our community to deepen the connections between Northern Virginians and Israel was just a dream. Thanks to the vision and financial support of several dedicated community leaders and the efforts and commitment of the Center, the JCCNV-Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) Community Shlichim Program was launched in 2007.
Over the past ten years, we have been fortunate to host six creative and passionate shlichim: Shiri Rahamim (2007-2009), Michaela Cohen (2009-2011), Yael Ingel (2011-2013), Ido Rakovsky (2013-2014), Dana Kalishov (2014-2015), and Na'ama Gold (2015-2017). Each representative brought a unique perspective to the position and became a valued member of our community. Whether teaching a weekly Café Ivrit at a synagogue, helping to coordinate a community wide Yom HaShoah program, facilitating discussions at the Jewish Film Festival, developing Israel programming on the campus of George Mason University, or having meaningful one-on-one conversations about Israeli society with community members, our shlichim have a proven track record of connecting Israel to our community.
We are very excited to welcome Liat Lisha to the J family. Liat is 23 years old and was born and raised in Ashdod, Israel to a family of Moroccan descent.
Liat is a Web Fraud Content Analyst for IBM in Tel-Aviv, where she also works for the non-profit SheCodes, a group that aims to bring gender equality to the Israeli Hi-Tech industry. She initiated the opening of a SheCodes branch in her IBM office. Liat served as an Intelligence Analyst in the IDF for three years in the Israeli Intelligence Corps — 8200 unit. She was the head of an intelligence team of 12 soldiers. Liat left the service as Sergeant First Class.
As a teen, Liat was chosen by the Ministry of Education to take part in a summer program called Seeds of Peace. This program brought together Israeli, Palestinian, American, Egyptian, and Jordanian teens to have an open dialogue about tolerance and acceptance. She continues to work with this group as a project manager.
Liat believes it's important to have a strong influence on the teens in her community. She took on a leadership role with her local Israel Scouts, where she was in charge of the summer camp and events such as the Purim festival. She also served as a counselor helping teens develop self-confidence and leadership skills through seminars, weekly meetings, etc. and ultimately became a coordinator in charge of counselors.
Liat loves to be physically active, and she enjoys meeting with people to discuss Israeli politics, social issues, tech, the Israeli economy, and fashion. She also enjoys cooking and trying new recipes, music, and basketball.
The JCCNV would like to thank the following families, synagogues, and agencies who have generously committed or given funds to support the Shiri Rahamim Shlichut Program*:
Sue and Rabbi Bruce Aft, Laurie and David Albert, Hope and Rey Aponte, Cookie and Nelson Blitz, Jane and Scott Brown, Tamara Brown, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, Beverly and Norman Cherkis, Mindy and Warren Cohen, Marcia Mofson and Jeff Dannick, Susan and Shawn Dilles, Embassy of Israel, Roz Engels, Julie Fields, Carol and William Flank, Dotty and Al Fuchsman, Rob Goldberg, Gail and Doug Gurin, Melissa and Steven Hochberg, Allyson and Marc Jacob, Sherri and Howard Kohr, Enid and Jerome Liess, Allen and Muriel Marcus, Sara and Lou Moore, Ellen and Josh Oppenheim, Michelle and David Pearlstein, Rabbi Amy and Gary Perlin, Connie and Al Pesachowitz, Yair Amran, Ilay Yaacov, Eva and David Rahamim, Lorraine and Norman Rosenberg, Susan and Steve Rosenblum, Shelly and Jay Rosenstein, Sandy and Ralph Rosenthal, Adeel and Jeri Saad, Naomi and Yoni Saad, Joan and Don Sacarob, Sandra Saydah, Barbara Schapiro, Jill and Cary Schwartzbach, Temple B’nai Shalom, Temple Rodef Shalom, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, The Morningstar Foundation, John Tolleris, Roland Vaughan, Ruth Warburg, Sarah Elpern and Bruce Waxman, Debbie and Mark Weber, Alicia Yaffe, Deborah and David Yaffe
*As of April 20, 2017