Director, JFN Israel
Maya Natan opened JFN’s Israel Office as its first manager of activities and projects in November 2008. She came to JFN with extensive experience working in Israel, the United States and in England.
Maya worked for the Jewish Agency for Israel over a number of years in a variety of capacities, starting with working with youth movements’ summer in Israel programs, and progressing to being the Director of the Jewish Experience Israel Unit.
For three years, Maya was the shlicha of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She managed the community’s Partnership 2000 initiative with Bet Shemesh/Adulam, and developed and implemented a wide variety of educational and issues related programs.
And for one year, she worked as the Director of Short Term Programs for the UJIA in England. There, too, she worked with youth movements, in various educational settings and with lay leadership.
Maya has an MBA from the Inter Disciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzeliya. She lives in Moshav Olesh where she and husband Ido are parents to Shani, Ella, Alon and Gali.
Communication and Logistics Associate, JFN Israel
Dalia Bekerman is the communication and logistics associate at the Israeli office of the Jewish Funders Network. Dalia holds a B.A degree in humanities and B.Sc. in life science from Tel-Aviv university. Prior to JFN, Dalia was an independent editor and took part in various movie and TV productions. Dalia is thrilled to be a part of the Israeli branch of JFN.
Director of Membership and Programs, JFN Israel
Emily is the Director of Membership and Programs at JFN Israel. She has extensive experience working in the philanthropic field in Israel and North America, as well as social entrepreneurship and strategic consulting experience. In her last role, Emily served as Executive Director of the David Foundation. Prior to that she worked as a senior consultant at BenOr Communications, a consulting firm for NPOs in Israel. Emily spent many years in Toronto working in the Jewish community, including programmatic work for the JCC, while obtaining her B.A. (International Relations & Middle Eastern Studies). Upon completing her studies she began work at the Gerald Schwartz & Heather Riesman Foundation focusing on project management and grant evaluation. In 2012, Emily co-founded Keren BaKtana — a network of giving circles working to change the culture of giving in Israel. Emily holds an M.A. in Non-Profit Management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a proud Tel-Avivit, a wife, and an Ima to three kids.
Director of Family Philanthropy, JFN Israel
Efrat serves as Director of Family Philanthropy at JFN Israel. She is responsible for developing programs and services for multigenerational giving, as well as establishing the first Israeli Center for Family Philanthropy within JFN Israel, in collaboration with the National Center for Family Philanthropy in Washington DC.
Efrat has significant experience in the field of Israeli philanthropy as well as philanthropic and cross sector partnerships. Prior to joining JFN, Efrat worked at the Naor Philanthropy Group, first as Director of Partnerships at the Shahaf Foundation and later as Director of Partnerships of the entire Naor Fund. In addition, Efrat worked for the Mandel Foundation.
Prior to joining the philanthropic field, Efrat headed the educational department at the Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Tel Aviv. Efrat graduated Valedictorian from the first cohort of the MBA in Social Leadership, a joint program of Ben-Gurion University and the Mandel Foundation.
She lives in south Tel-Aviv with her husband and their two children.
Director, Advisory Services, JFN Israel
Sigal is the director of advisory services at JFN-Jewish Funders Network Israel, consulting to Jewish funders from around the world and assisting them in the development of philanthropic strategies for their Israel giving.
Sigal joined JFN in 2015 after returning from living in Hong Kong for three years where she and her family were based as Israeli diplomats, during these years Sigal served as the Israeli representative of KH-UIA (Keren Hayesod) in Hong Kong and the Far East.
Sigal has over 15 years of experience with the Israeli philanthropic sector; between the years 2001-2011, Sigal served as the founding Executive Director of the Green Environment Fund (GEF), a unique philanthropic model of five foundations supporting the environment in Israel through a joint strategy. Over the course of these years, GEF was a significant player and leader in building the environmental movement in Israel.
In 2006, Sigal was chosen as one of the 10 most influential people on the environment in Israel by the "The Marker" Israeli magazine.
Sigal was born in NY to Israeli parents, and moved to Israel at the age of 6, she holds degrees in Biology and Environmental Science from Hebrew University.