Rav Doron Perez

Executive Chairman

Rav Doron Perez is the Executive Chairman of World Mizrachi. Since assuming his position as the head professional of World Mizrachi in 2014, Rabbi Perez has focused on organizational transformation, providing a wide range of inspirational programming with Mizrachi currently active in 32 countries worldwide. He previously served the South African Jewish community for 15 years as the Rabbi of the Mizrachi Movement, Senior Rabbi of the Mizrachi Shul and the Head of Yeshiva College schools.

Rabbi Perez has a BA in education and an MA in Jewish history, and has authored two books: Leading the Way, a collection of writings on some of life’s most important issues; and The Jewish State – from Opposition to Opportunity, a manifesto on Zionism and Jewish statehood.

Click here for Rav Perez’s extended biography.

Rav Danny Mirvis

Acting CEO

Rabbi Danny Mirvis is the Acting CEO of World Mizrachi and the Rabbi of Ohel Moshe Synagogue in Herzliya Pituach.

Dublin-born and London-raised, Rabbi Mirvis is an alumnus of the Hesder program at Yeshivat Har Etzion.

In 2021, he returned to Israel after serving as the Senior Rabbi of Mizrachi Melbourne. During his six years in Australia, he also played leading roles in the Rabbinical Council of Victoria, the Rabbinic Advisory Panel of the Melbourne Chevra Kadisha Cemeteries Trust, the Melbourne Beth Din review of Conversion Practices and Procedures, and all of Mizrachi Melbourne’s synagogues and institutions.

In addition to his weekly shiurim in Herzliya, he is a presenter for World Mizrachi’s leadership training programs, and a regular writer for HaMizrachi Parsha Weekly.

Ilana Kadim

CFO

Ilana Kadim is the joint CFO of World Mizrachi and World Bnei Akiva. Ilana was born in Israel with a South African background and has many years of experience in the accounting field. Ilana has an Israeli CPA license, a degree in Economics and Accounting, and a Masters in Law, both from Bar-Ilan University.

Rav Hillel Van-Leeuwen

Head of Leadership Development and Head of Shlichut Center

Born in Chicago and raised in Israel, Rav Hillel Van-Leeuwen spent three years as a shaliach in Toronto, Canada, where he taught at TanenbaumCHAT. Before joining World Mizrachi as the Head of Leadership Development, Rav Hillel served as the Head of the Overseas Program at Midreshet Yeud.

Rav Reuven Taragin

Educational Director

Rav Reuven Taragin, a Wexner fellow and musmach of the Israel Rabbanite, completed a B.A. in Science and Philosophy at Yeshiva University and an M.A. in Jewish History and Education at Touro College (Israel). He is the Dean of the Overseas Students at Yeshivat Hakotel, and serves, with his wife, Shani, as the Educational Directors of World Mizrachi. They also lead the Beit Medrash Program in Camp Moshava IO during the summer. They have six children and live in Alon Shvut.

Rabbanit Shani Taragin

Educational Director

Rabbanit Shani Taragin received her B.A. and M.A. in Tanakh and Talmud from Bar-Ilan University and is a graduate of Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Program for certification as a halachic advisor (yoetzet halacha) in issues of family purity law. She is the educational director of Matan Eshkolot – Tanakh teachers’ education program and of the Morot l’Halacha program in Matan Renana. Rabbanit Taragin serves on the advisory committee for the World Mizrachi Shalhevet program for shlichim and lectures throughout Israel and North America on topics of Tanakh and Jewish Law. Shani and her husband, Rav Reuven Taragin, are the Educational Directors of World Mizrachi. They also lead the Beit Medrash Program in Camp Moshava IO during the summer. They have six children and live in Alon Shvut.

Leah Rubin

Creative Director

Leah made Aliyah from Atlanta, GA in 2012. Engaging in freelance work for over 15 years, Leah’s diverse experience includes work for businesses and non-profit organizations. In addition, she has taught Graphic and Web Design courses in a popular online design school. Leah holds degrees in the fields of Interactive Media and Digital Design.

Daniel Cohen

Programs Director

Daniel was raised in the UK, where he graduated with a law degree from UCL and was heavily involved in communal work. He staffed several tours to Israel, then worked for the Israel Experience department of the UJIA prior to making Aliyah. He then joined World Mizrachi as Programs Director, where he is responsible for website development, as well as the planning and execution of World Mizrachi’s programs and events. 

Rav Binyamin Zimmerman

Head of Mizrachi Musmachim Program

Rav Binyamin Zimmerman is an author and innovative Jewish educator who, among other roles, serves as the Educational Director of the Zomet Institute of Halakha and Technology, Co-Director of Matan-Mizrachi’s Advanced Women’s Learning Program and founder and director of H.E.S.B.E.R. (hesber.org), an organization dedicated to producing powerful educational materials for students and communities.

Rav Bentzi Mann

Director, Schools Department

Rav Bentzi Mann is the Director of Mizrachi’s Schools Department. Rav Bentzi was born and raised in Israel to olim from the USA. He is an alumnus of Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh Hesder program and the Chai Roi Leadership Institute at Bnei David Eli, received his B.Ed with the highest honor from Orot Yisrael, and holds an MBA from Hebrew University. In 5782, he returned to Israel following a successful 4-year shlichut in London, UK, as Senior Rabbi of Mill Hill East Jewish Community, and as a teacher, informal educator and chaplain (UJC) at JFS high school. Rav Bentzi was a leading educator for several Tribe summer camps, Shabbatons, and programs, and also taught Talmud at Bet Limmud – a partnership between LSJS and Mizrachi UK.

Rabbi Aron White

Managing Editor, HaMizrachi

 

Rabbi Jonathan Shulman

Associate Director, OU-JLIC

Rabbi Shulman is Associate Director of OU-JLIC, and in that capacity works with World Mizrachi on the Mizrachi OU-JLIC campuses. He attended Phillips Academy Andover, received his BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and studied Torah at Yeshivat Mir. Rabbi Shulman served as Director of OU-JLIC at the University of Pennsylvania and the Rabbi of Penn Hillel. He currently teaches at Yeshivat Orayta. Rabbi Shulman has also worked for Rav Adin Steinsaltz, translating several chapters of the Steinsaltz Talmud into English for Koren Talmud Bavli. He is originally from Washington, DC and now lives with his wife and their three children in Jerusalem.

Maxine Piczenik

Office Manager & PA to Rav Perez

Maxine made Aliyah from Manchester, England, where she trained as a baker, pastry chef and cake decorator, working for many years in that profession. Before joining World Mizrachi, she worked at the Sheraton Plaza (now Leonardo Plaza) in Jerusalem, and as an office manager in hi-tech companies. In her spare time, she bakes and cooks, and has various creative hobbies, including jewellery-making and crocheting for which several people in our building have been recipients!

Jacqui Austen

Assitant Program Director

Naama Kolman

Bookkeeper

Sarah Baer

Bat Sherut

Sarah was born in Montreal, Quebec and spent her childhood there until she moved to Israel with her family at age 12. Facing the challenges of adjusting to a new culture, language and schooling system Sarah graduated with a full Teudat Bagrut. Before starting national service Sarah took time to gain work experience and develop skills. She now works as a bat sherut for Mizrachi.

Marsha Joseph

Bat Sherut

Marsha is one of World Mizrachi’s bnot sherut. Originally from New York, she came to Israel in August 2020 for a year in seminary. Her time at Machon Maayan in Givat Washington deepened her understanding of being Jewish and her love for Eretz Yisrael, which led to her making Aliyah by herself in November 2021. Despite most of her family living in chutz laAretz, she has created powerful friendships and connections with people like her. She is looking forward to all the knowledge and experience that will come from working at World Mizrachi.