About Our Team

A combination of professionalism and first-hand experience with shlichut



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. 

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, TN in 2005-06. Afterwards he returned to the Yeshiva in Hispin, 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 Joined Torah MiTzion as a shlichim recruiter in 2012, and quickly became Head of the Shlichut Department. 

Yoav and his wife, Vered, live in Elazar in Gush Etzion with four sweet children. 

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

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. 

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 Maaleh Edumim. 

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

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.

Yossef Berman

Development and Community Relations Manager

Yosef Berman, a lawyer by profession, has a bachelor’s degree in law (LL.B.) from Hebrew University. Prior his academic studies, he learned in the Header Yeshiva of Yerucham and served in battalion 101 as a paratrooper.

Yosef and his family served as Torah MiTzion shlichim in Chicago, USA (2013-16). Upon his return to Israel, he worked for two and a half years as the professional advisor to The Chairman of a committee in the Knesset.

Today Yosef is spearheading our community relations and also coordinating recruitment of potential families to go on shlichut.

Yosef and his wife, Moriya, live in Modi’in and have 3 children.

David Feldman


David was born and raised in Bayside, Queens NY.  He made aliyah 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 twenty-four 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, only a year after making aliyah.  Today David and Zvia have six children and twenty eight grandchildren. The Feldmans live in Mitzpe Yericho. 

Miriam Cohen

Bat Sherut – Projects Coordinator

Miriam was born in New Jersey, USA, and made Alyah together with her family at the age of 12. Today she lives in Efrat. After graduating from ‘Chorev’ high school, she is now in her first year of sherut Leumi. She has one brother and one sister.

Board Members

Rav Yizchak Neriya


Rav Yitzchak first joined Totah MiTzion as a Rosh Kollel in Montreal with his wife Ahuva and children (1999-2002). After his shlichut ended, he searched for ways of continuing shlichut within Israel. He then founded, together with his father, Rav Nachum Neriya (Rosh Kollel Mexico, 2001-2003), The Yeshiva of Torah BeTzion in Jerusalem. Toady Rav Neriya is also the Chairman of Keren Echad L’Echad.  

Rav Doron Perez

Rabbi Perez served for 15 years as a Rav Shaliach on behalf of The World Mizrachi in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was both the community Rabbi and head of the local Yeshiva College. Today he serves as Chief Executive of The World Mizrachi Movement, and played a key role in the establishment of ‘The Religious Zionist Shlichut Center’, a joint project of World Mizrachi, World Bnei Akiva and Torah MiTzion.  

David Novoseller

Founder and president of the Torah MiTzion Kollel in Montreal. The shlichim’s influence over the years led him to the decision to make Aliya in 2011.  Today he lives in Efrat with his wife, Carol, and their daughters. 

Adi Samson

Former director of The Rothschild Foundation program for training Israeli rabbis in preparation for shlichut in the Diaspora. Adi now leads a similar program for community rabbis in Israel.   

She is a member of Torah MiTzion’s educational committee. 

Howard Jackson

Made Aliya from Leeds, England. Howard lives in Jerusalem and works as a banker in Citi Bank.  

He also heads Torah MiTzion’s finance committee. 

Gadi Tsadok

A Former Bnei Akiva shaliach in Rio De Janeiro for four years, Gadi has since kept in touch with the community and the world of shlichut.  

Member of the finance committee at Torah MiTzion.  

Solly Sacks

Served as Director of The World Mizrachi for two decades and was a key founder of Torah MiTzion. Solly serves as a role model for those who understand the importance of the world of shlichut. Has done much to strengthen the shlichim and the communities throughout his visits to Torah MiTzion Kollels around the world.  

Adv. Nir Grossman

Nir and his wife, Hadas, were shilichim in Montreal (2003-2006), and they continue to keep in touch with the community till this day. Also in his professional life, Nir serves as a bridge between the Diaspora and Israel.  

Adv. Yair Givati

A Former Torah MiTzion shliach in Washington (2002-2003). Upon returning, he successfully led Yavneh Olami – The International Religious Zionist Student Organization that worked to inspire and educate Jewish students from the Diaspora to strengthen their connection to Israel and the Jewish People.  

Currently, a real estate lawyer, Yair continues his involvement and connection with Diaspora Jewry.