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

 

Arik Speaker

Arik Speaker

Director of LILMOD Program, Head of European Desk

Arik grew-up in Antwerp as part of the local Mizrachi community.  After graduating from the local religious-zionist school and 12 active years in Bnei Akiva, he made Aliya and enrolled in the “Machal Hesder program” combining yeshiva studies and IDF army service.  After finishing his duty at the Maale Adumim Yeshiva, he started his law BA at the Bar Ilan University, combined with torah-studies.  He also obtained a teacher’s degree from the Lifshitz College in Jerusalem.

Arik served as a shaliach  for 4 years as the assistant Rabbi of the ICZ, (the unified Jewish community of Zurich),  the largest community in Switzerland.  His job focused on classical rabbinical functions as well as youth-work with students, youth movements, regular shiurim, and special events throughout the year.

His passion and main professional focus has always been informal education.  Arik has lectured at high school seminars across the country, worked as a director of the educational department at the Heichal Shlomo museum, and coordinated a high school in Israel program for youth from the U.S., South Africa and Australia.

 

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 Core 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

Accountant

David was born and raised in Mayside, 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.

Shani Batit

Shani Batit

Office Manager

Shani is originally from Tzfat, where her parents still live.  She currently lives in Jerusalem.

For her first year of Sherut Leumi she was a guide in The Yad Vashem Museum. For her second year she went on shlichut in St. Louis, working alongside the Torah MiTzion shlichim.

Later she worked as a teacher for some time and studied at Bar Ilan University where she received her BA in Political Science and Literature