About Our Team

A combination of professionalism and first-hand experience with shlichut



Zeev Schwartz

Zeev Schwartz

Executive Director

Zeev was born in Johannesburg in 1967. After being inspired by Judaism and Zionism, Zeev made aliyah at the age of 17 as he participated in a year-long Bnei Akiva Hachshara program in Israel.  Afterwards he joned in the Machal Hesder program at Yeshivat Har Etzion and served in the Givati infantry brigade.  

Zeev has a BA in Jewish History and Political Science and an MA in Public Administration from Bar Ilan University. Zeev founded Torah MiTzion in 1995 and served as Executive Director for 10 years. He later served as Director General of World Bnei Akiva and founded Lev Yehudi – which provides Jewish centers for Israeli backpackers in India. Zeev returned to the position of Executive Director of Torah MiTzion in June 2012.  

Zeev and his wife, Shulamit, live in Shoham in central Israel. 

Rav Ilan Goldman

Rav Ilan Goldman

Educational Director and Head of Shlichut Department

Rav Ilan Goldman was born in Natanya to a family of olim from England. He learned in The Hesder Yeshiva, “Ma’alot”.

After yeshiva, Rav Ilan worked in the gap-year program of Yeshivat HaKotel, and later founded the international program in his home yeshiva of Ma’alot.

From 2010-2013, Rav Ilan sarved as the Rav Shaliach of World Bnei Akiva and the Jewish Agency in London, England.

With his return to Israel, he joined the Gar’in Torani in Lod, where he ran the project “Aseret HaDibrot” and founded a Beit Midrash, for secular college students, which he still runs today.

Rav Ilan has a degree in Educational Counseling and Jewish Philosophy from Michlalah in Jerusalem.

Rav Ilan Goldman is married to Tami and they have 7 children.

Emanuel Elstein

Emanuel Elstein

Director of Operations

Emanuel was born in Jerusalem to a family who had made aliyah from the USA. He studied at the Hesder Yeshiva in Otniel and served in the Armored Corps in the IDF.   

Emanuel is a veteran shaliach for Torah MiTzion, having served twice in communities abroad: first as a single ‘Bachur’ in Washington in 2003-04, where he met his future wife Yael (herself a former shlicha as well), and then again between 2010-12, when Emanuel and Yael served as Torah MiTzion shlichim in Memphis, TN. 

Emanuel has a B.A. in Management and Behavioral Sciences from Ben Gurion University of the Negev and an MBA from the Lev Academic Center. He previously headed the Shlichut department at World Bnei Akiva, and joined the Torah MiTzion team in 2012.

Emanuel, Yael and their five children live in Tekoa in Gush Etzion.

Esther Gross

Esther Gross

Office Manager

Esther was born in Jerusalem, as the first “sabra” to parents who made Aliya from NY in the 1970’s.

She has a B.Ed. in Tanach and English from Jerusalem College for Girls, and certification studies.

Held various positions in administration in a number of educational frameworks.

She lives with her husband, Asher, and their seven children in the city of Maaleh Edumim.

Hasida Pinchuk

Hasida Pinchuk

Advisor for the Shlichim and Women's Batei Midrash Coordinator

Hasida was born in Jerusalem. She is an alumnae of the Matan Women’s Beit Midrash. Has a B.A. in Jewish History and Yiddish and an M.A. in Educational Consultation from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She learnt in the Shinui institute in Hertzelia and is a certified couple and family therapist. 

In 1998 Hasida went on Shlichut with her family to found the Torah MiTzion Kollel in Melbourne, Australia, there she established and led a vibrant Women’s Beit Midrash. 

She worked as a teacher and lecturer in various places, including in The World Bnei Akiva Movement as Head of the German Desk and Shlichim Support. 

Today, in addition to her position as coordinator of the Women’s Batei Midrash in Torah MiTzion, she works in marital and family therapy, as a supervisor for Madrichot Kallah in Tzohar and lecturer in the school for Therapist and Empowerment Training in Yad Binyamin. 

Lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh Married to Moshe and mother of 5 children. 

Jackie Rosenwald

Jackie Rosenwald

Shlichim Recruiter

Born in Switzerland, Jakie made Aliyah with his family in 1995. He learnt in the Hesder Yeshiva in Holon and served in the Alra”m unit in the IDF.

Jakie was a Torah MiTzion Shaliach in Munich, Germany (2009-10), and after his successful shlichut he went to study Social Sciences, International Relations and Communication in The Open University.

Parallel to his studies he also worked as a bachurim recruiter for Torah MiTzion. Today he serves as Recruiting Coordinator for all our shlichim.

 Jakie and his wife, Mercedes, live in Rechovot.

Ayelet Spielman

Ayelet Spielman

Bat Sherut – Shlichut Coordinator

Ayelet was born in New Jersey, USA, and made Alyah from New York, together with her family, at the age of 11. She has one older sister and one younger brother. Today she lives in Bet Shemesh. After graduating from ‘Ahavat Yisrael’ high school, she is now in her first year of sherut Leumi.