Director, Social Activism Unit, The Jewish Agency for Israel
Nir Lahav left his successful career in business to work in the non-profit world in Israel as Program Director of the Joint Distribution Committee's "It's a Deal," in which at-risk youth learn entrepreneurship skills. In 2006, Nir started working at The Jewish Agency as director of the Youth Futures program, which provides critical services to middle-school children in Israel's socio-economic fringes. After the Second Lebanon War, Nir led a Jewish Agency initiative to provide rehabilitation services for children in war-torn areas in Israel.
For two years, from 2009-11, Nir moved, together with his wife, Dalit, and their three children, to the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, which provides a warm, supportive environment for children who had been orphaned in the country's horrific civil war. While Nir served as Interim Director, Dalit worked as a volunteer doctor, their two younger children attended the village school, and their oldest child performed volunteer service before joining the Israeli army.
In 2011, Nir returned to The Jewish Agency to launch and direct Project TEN.
Nir holds academic degrees from Tel Aviv University Law School and from Pomona College in California, and also studied at the Mandel School of Educational Leadership in Jerusalem, focusing on the areas of unemployment and youth.
Project TEN Director
Yarden Zornberg has been project Ten's director since its founding in 2012, by The Jewish Agency for Israel. Since his appointment, Yarden has been responsible for the establishment and ongoing development of six Project TEN centers worldwide. Yarden oversees all activities of the TEN Headquarters and Centers, including strategy and planning, staff training, fundraising, marketing, and participant recruitment. Prior to his employment with The Jewish Agency, Yarden served as a National Director for “Acharai”, an Israeli NGO that empowers youth at-risk, imbuing them with critical life skills and providing them with the tools to study for and pass high school matriculation exams. Yarden has worked extensively with under-served populations in Israel including Bedouin and Druze communities, and facilitated joint activities for Palestinian and Jewish children, aiming to bridge gaps and promote tolerance and understanding between the different cultures.
Yarden holds an MSW in Clinical Social Work from the University of Haifa, a BA in Psychology from Ben Gurion University, and a certification in Group Facilitation. One of his main passions is exploring the world, and he has traveled to over 45 different countries.
Yarden lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Yael, and three-year-old son, Amir.
Education, Alumni and Training Director
Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa; Leora spent a great deal of time working within the broader Jewish community. She spent a gap year in Israel on Shnat Netzer and is an alumnus of HaMachon L’Madrechei Chutz La’Aretz (The Institute of Youth Leaders from Abroad). She went on to become Rosh Chinuch (Head of Education) of Netzer South Africa and Chair of the Western Province (SA) Zionist Youth Council. In 2013 she was elected chair of the South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) in Cape Town. Leora holds a B.Soc.Si degree in Politics, Philosophy and History and a post-graduate Honours degree in History from the University of Cape Town, (UCT) where she also was a Department of History Tutor teaching both first and second year history courses. She has sat on the Mini Nahum Goldman Fellowship (NGF) committee, (and is currently a NGF alumni) and has served in numerous roles on the Cape Town Limmud executive committee. In 2014 she spearheaded the creation of GenerationNext a division of the Cape Jewish Board of Deputies with the mandate to provide the 18-35 year old demographic and served as its first Coordinator. She was a founding resident of Moishe House Cape Town and served as the Jewish Student Life Coordinator at the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies shortly before making Aliyah in June 2016. She has since completed an internship at ROI Community, an initiative of the Schusterman Foundation and taught Jewish Activism/ in depth Hadracha at the very same Machon L’Madrechei Chutz La’Aretz she previously attended in 2009. A definite cat person with a passion for children's book illustration and anything Cath Kidston, Leora is pretty excited to be joining the Project Ten team.
North America Development and Marketing Associate
Ilana is originally from Teaneck, New Jersey. She received her B.A from the University of Maryland. After graduating from college, she moved to Israel where she served in the Israeli Amy, met her husband, worked at the Jewish National Fund and at The Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace. Most recently she received her M.A. from Hebrew University in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. She moved back to New Jersey last year, and has recently joined the Project TEN family.
Volunteer and Projects Coordinator
Batya was born and raised in Jerusalem. She previously worked for the Israeli Army coordinating volunteer projects for religious females as part of their National Service in the Israeli Defense Forces.