Rav Doron Perez

Head

Rav Doron Perez is the Head of World Mizrachi. 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. Rav Perez is the author of the book “Leading the Way”.

Click here for Rav Perez’s extended biography.

Rav Hillel van Leeuwen

Head of Leadership Development

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 Educational Director, Rav Hillel served as the Head of the Overseas Program at Midreshet Yeud.

Ohad Tal

Chief Financial Officer

Ohad Tal was born and raised in Eilat. He served as a tank commander in the Armored Corps of the IDF. After his military service he studied at the hesder yeshiva in Sderot while working on the development of advanced systems for tanks. He has worked for the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Ir David Foundation, and has served as Jewish Agency shaliach for Bnei Akiva in the Netherlands.

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.

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.

Jonny Lipczer

Director of Communications

Jonny Lipczer made aliyah from the UK, where he was Mazkir of Bnei Akiva, Director of Mizrachi and Development Director of Friends of Laniado Hospital. Before joining World Mizrachi, Jonny served as Shaliach for Bnei Akiva of Toronto, and he previously ran World Bnei Akiva’s long-term Israel programs. As a Holocaust educator, Jonny has led numerous groups on Jewish journeys in Poland.

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 was involved with several tours to Israel, and then worked for the Israel Experience department of the UJIA prior to making aliya. 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. 

Solly Sacks

National Institutions Liaison

Solly, the previous Director of World Mizrachi, has always been active in the Jewish community. He has served as the chairman of Bnei Akiva South Africa, Mizrachi South Africa and the South African Zionist Federation. Solly has been a member of numerous committees of the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and the World Jewish Congress, and is an honorary member of the Zionist Executive. Solly, a proud resident of Jerusalem, is married to Gita and they have four children, and many grandchildren.

Uriel Edery

South American Division

Uriel is the Head of the South American Divison of World Mizrachi and World Bnei Akiva. He made Aliyah at the age of 18 from Uruguay, after spending most of his life in Bnei Akiva as a chanich, madrich, head of chinuch as well as Mazkir. Uriel holds a B.Ed, and spent many years learning at Yeshivat HaKotel. He currently teaches in many educational institutions in Spanish.

Rabbi Jonathan Shulman

Director, Yavneh

Rabbi Shulman is the Director of Yavneh, a joint initiative of World Mizrachi and the Orthodox Union. 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!

Aliza Shanet

Secretary

Born in Jerusalem to American parents, Aliza enjoys using her bilingual skills to type, design and translate documents and spreadsheets necessary for World Mizrachi’s smooth office running. She is married to her Brooklyn-originated bashert and is the mother of three adorable children.

Chaya Zonnenfeld

Bookkeeper