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.  The first time he kept Shabbat was at the age of 11 at a Bnei Akiva summer camp.  After having become inspired with Judaism and Zionism, Zeev made aliyah at the age of 17 as he participated in a year long Bnei Akiva program in Israel.  Afterwards he studied 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 also served as Head of World Bnei Akiva and founded Lev Yehudi – an organization providing  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 and five children live in Shoham in central Israel.

Yoav Cohen Hadad

Yoav Cohen Hadad

Head of Shlichut Department

Yoav studied at the Hesder Yeshiva in Hispin and served in the Golani Brigade.  He later earned his teacher’s certificate from Orot College and an undergraduate degree in education from Ohalo College of Education in Katzrin.

Yoav served as a Torah MiTzion shaliach in Memphis Tennessee in 2005-06.  He returned to the Yeshiva in Hispin and shortly afterwards married Vered.  After marriage Yoav studied for another five years at the Kollel Meretz in Mevaseret Tzion and completed his Masters in Talmud at the University of Bar Ilan.

Yoav is a reserve soldier in the Golani Brigade and recently served with the IDF in Gaza. Yoav and Vered live in Elazar in Gush Etzion with three sweet children – Gomme, Elai and Tahel


Emanuel Elstein

Emanuel Elstein

Chief Financial Officer

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.

Emanuel has a degree in Management and Behavioral Sciences from Ben Gurion University of  the Negev.  He previously headed theShlichut department at World Bnei Akiva.

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

David Feldman

David Feldman


David was born and raised in Bayside, Queens NY.  He made aliyah on Rosh Chodesh Elul 1973, just over a month before the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War.  David spent his early days in Israel studying Ivrit at the Ulpan of Kibbutz Sde Elyahu near Beit She’an.

David worked at the Jewish Agency for over twenty years and managed the budgets during the days of major aliyah absorption in the post perestroika aliyah of the early 90’s.  David joined Torah MiTzion in 2004 and since then has managed Torah MiTzion’s books without a glitch. .

David met his wife Zvia (Greenburger) only a year after making aliyah and the rest is Feldman family history.  Today David and Zvia have six children and twenty two grandchildren.  The Feldmans live in Mitzpe Yericho south of Jerusalem, a yishuv that was established during Sukkot 1978 shortly after Menachem Begin came to power.


Hasida Pinchuk

Hasida Pinchuk

Advisor for the Shlichim and Coordinator of Midreshet Tzion

Hasida was born in Jerusalem in 1971. 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. 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 Melbourne, Australia. There she established and led a vibrant women’s beit midrash.

She worked as a teacher and lecturer in various places, and also 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 Midreshet Tzion 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.

Esther Gross

Esther Gross

Office Manager

Esther was born in Yerushalyim as the first “sabra” to parents who made Aliya from NY in the 70’s.

She has a B.Ed in Tanach and English from Jerusalem College for Gilrs.

Esther worked at Torah MiTzion between 2000-2006, and left in order to be a full time mom, only to return to the job eagerly twelve years later.

She lives with her husband Asher and their seven children in the city of Maale Adumim,

Yona Ben Shushan & Shiraz Bezaleli

Yona Ben Shushan & Shiraz Bezaleli

Bnot Sherut

YONA was born to parents who made aliya from France and is one of seven children.

She was raised in Beit El and went to school at Ulpana Tair in Beit El.

She is now in her second year of sherut leumi, serving the first in Eli with the new olim from France.

Yona is fascinated by the world of shlichut and is the one to accept the incoming inquiries about shlichut and co-ordinate the meetings with the potential shlichim.

SHIRAZ was born and raised in Israel.

She graduated from the Ulpana High School in Elkana, and is now in her first year of sherut leumi, enjoying living in the City of Jerusalem.

Shiraz puts together the weekly newsletter of SHABBAT MITZION and enjoys meeting with the participants of the  Biet Midrash Boker in Baka on Thursdays.

She lives with her parents and 3 siblings in Shaarei Tikva,