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Board of Directors

Tsega Melaku

Tsega Melaku

Chairperson, Journalist

Tsega Melaku was born in Ethiopia and immigrated to Israel at the age of 16 in 1984. Tsega studied at Bar Ilan University where she completed a BA in Political Science and Sociology. Following this, Tsega continued in academia and was one of the first Keren Hanan Aynor scholarship recipients while completing her MA in business at the Touro College in Jerusalem. Tsega has had an active career in journalism for over 24 years, and has served in various capacities including working for the Israeli Broadcasting Authority both in radio and on television. Tsega is particularly well known for having been both the first woman as well as the first Ethiopian to have directed the popular Israeli Hebrew radio station, Reshet Alef. Tsega has been involved in helping to promote the Ethiopian Israeli community for many years, and amongst her many projects, has served as the Chief Editor of Fana, an Ethiopian Israeli newspaper which is published in both Amharic and Hebrew. A strong believer in the importance of higher education in order to promote the Ethiopian community in Israel, Tsega has served on the board of directors of Keren Hanan Aynor since 1994, and began her position as Board Chairperson in 2008. Tsega is the mother of two sons, ages 18 and 15.
Sarah Aynor of Blessed Memory

Sarah Aynor of Blessed Memory

Co-Founder, Honorary Chairperson

Sarah Aynor was born in Tel Aviv in 1926 and passed away in November 2016. She has dedicated her life to strengthening Jewish life in Israel and around the world. Following her graduation from Lewinsky Teachers Seminary, she spent two years in Shfea youth village as a teacher, was sent by the "mosad l’aliya Bet " to Marseilles France to absorb children in orphanages from North Africa and Europe on their way to the newly born State of Israel. She later established the Women’s Division at Keren Hayesod. Following her marriage to Hanan Aynor and as a mother of two, she served with him at various posts in Canada, US, Africa and Mexico. Following Hanan’s death, she founded and served as the driving force in turning the dream of assisting the newly arrived Ethiopians to acquire an academic degree and successfully become full Israeli citizens. Running the organization out of her home, Sarah became a matriarch to the students: supportive and encouraging, imbued with ideas and advice, all shared with an abundance of care and love. Sarah knew each student by name, knew their families, their field of study, their strengths and where each one could use a helping hand. This was true when there were five students and as true, when there were as many as 270 students. Today, Sarah serves as the Honorary Chair.
Gad Natan

Gad Natan

Treasurer, Ambassador (retired)

Gad Nathan was born in Petach Tikva. Upon completing his high school studies at the "Basmat" School in Haifa he enlisted in the IDF and served as an Officer. With a degree Business Administration, Gad joined the Israeli Foreign Affairs Office in 1972 where he filled a variety of managerial and consular positions in Israel and abroad. His last overseas mission was as Ambassador to Myanmar (Burma). Gad has served as Treasurer and an active member of the Board of Keren Aynor since 2006.
Itzhak Shelef

Itzhak Shelef

Ambassador (retired)

Itzhak Shelef served in several countries as an Israeli Ambassador, the first of which was Ethiopia. In the time he served there, Mr. Shelef became well acquainted with the Beta Israel community and with their fervent desire to move to Israel. In addition, Mr. Shelef saw first hand the struggles that the community went through in order to fulfill this dream. Accordingly, following his retirement from the Foreign Ministry after 40 years of service , Mr. Shelef continued to feel a strong connection with the Ethiopian community and felt that he could best contribute to their success in Israel by joining the board of directors of Keren Hanan Aynor. Mr. Shelef served as the Chairman of the Board for several years, and today continues to be active in the organization’s activities.
Amos Aynor

Amos Aynor

CEO, On-Air Ltd.

As a child of a diplomat, educated in the US and with extensive managerial experience, Amos has broad international connections in Europe, Central, South and North America and is fluent in multiple languages. In 1982, Amos established and served as the CEO of ON-AIR Ltd, one of Israel’s largest broadcast-equipment rental companies, specializing in camera, sound, editing and satellite services for foreign and local TV production companies. He also worked with government offices and private companies to design and produce large commercial, reality, documentary and feature-films media projects. Amos was responsible for successfully managing extensive projects (up to $3 million annually) and has broad knowledge and experience in budgeting, operations, monthly and annual reports and achieving target goals.
Tzippy (Tzippora) Ron

Tzippy (Tzippora) Ron

CEO, The Tolerance Organization

Micha Feldman

Micha Feldman

Former Head of Jewish Agency in Ethiopia

Since 1970 Micha Feldmann has worked on immigration and absorption, and since 1982 he has devoted his life to bringing the Ethiopian Jews to Israel, and help them in their absorption into Israeli society. Prior to “Operation Salomon” Micha was the head of the Jewish Agency mission to Ethiopia and the Israeli consul there. He took part in "Operation Salomon" that in 1991 succeeded in bringing out of besieged Addis Ababa in one weekend 14,310 Ethiopian Jews. Micha speaks Amharic fluently and knows virtually every Ethiopian family in Israel. He is therefore known as “Abba Micha”. Currently Micha serves as the director of the Ethiopian department within SELAH - the Israel Crisis Management Center, an organization that takes care of New Immigrants from Ethiopia and the FSU, who were stricken by tragedy.
Shmuel Yilma

Shmuel Yilma

Senior Area Head, Community Development JDC Israel, Ashalim

Shmuel Yilma has served as the Senior Area Head of Community Development for JDC Israel since 2009. Prior to this role, Mr. Yilma served as as an Area Head responsible for the absorbtion of new immigrants. In addition, Mr. Yilma was one of the founders and first Director of a youth center in the South of Israel which provides a variety of services and resources to young people aged 18-30. Mr. Yilma holds a BA in Educational Management and an MA in Educational Counseling from Ben Gurion University. As an alumnus himself of Keren Hanan Aynor, Mr. Yilma felt it was important to give back the community and has served on the Board of Directors for almost 10 years. In addition to his service to the community, Mr. Yilma is a married father of 3 and resides in Modiin.
Zvi Ginosar

Zvi Ginosar

Businessman

Zvi is a Senior Hi Tech executive with 30 years of experience. He held business management positions in the Israeli Government (Finance Ministry) and private companies (Intel, Numonyx and Micron Technology) with focus on Commercial, Financial and Strategic areas. Currently engaged with multiple Israeli Hi Tech companies related to their strategic initiatives. Zvi is active in volunteering of governance work for Bezalel Academy of Art (Past) and Alyn Hospital (Current). Zvi joined the Keren Hanan Aynor Board of Directors in 2011. Zvi holds a BA in Economics and an MBA both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is married with 3 children and currently lives in Mevasseret Zion.
Yosef I. Abramowitz

Yosef I. Abramowitz

CEO, Energiya Global Capital

Yosef I. Abramowitz has worked on behalf of Ethiopian aliya and klita for over 30 years, helped create the Ethiopian students association, organized the first activist conferences for the aliya, was held at gunpoint in northern Ethiopia, and served as #3 on the Atid Ehad Ethiopian Knesset list. He, along with D’vora Greisman, worked closely with Amb. Aynor in designing the global activist campaign that eventually led up to Operation Solomon. Yossi accompanied the Prime Minister on his recent visit to Ethiopia in his role as co founder of the solar industries in Israel and East Africa. Named by CNN as one of the top six Green Pioneers worldwide, Yossi won Israel’s Green Globe award in the Knesset and serves as CEO of Energiya Global, a solar developer. He is married to Rabbi Susan Silverman and they have five children, two of whom are Ethiopian. He can be followed at @Kaptainsunshine
Kobi Bendaluk

Kobi Bendaluk

COE, InsurTechIsrael

Kobi Bendaluk is a Colonel in the Israeli Defence Forces and holds a Bachelors degree in social sciences and a Masters degree in Law. Kobi is the founder of Reshef, a company of the Migdal Insurance Agency which specialises in special risk insurance policies. Today, Kobi is the Executive Director of InsurTechIsrael . In previous years, Kobi served as a municipal board member of the Shoham Council, as the director of the Municipal committee and board member of the Planning and Building Committes. He also serves on the board of the NGO "Derech Eretz" a preparatory program for youth entering the IDF.
Shimon Solomon

Shimon Solomon

Former Knesset member, Yesh Atid party

Born in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, Solomon immigrated to Israel in 1980 as part of Operation Brothers. Between 2005 and 2007 he worked in the Israeli embassy in Addis Ababa, before becoming director of an immigrant absorption centre in Beersheba. He also worked as Director of Education at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, which is a living, learning, and healing community, home to 500 of the most vulnerable youth in Rwanda. He was one of the founders of the new Yesh Atid party prior to the 2013 elections, and was placed twelfth on the party's list, becoming a Knesset member as the party won 19 seats. Prior to the 2015 elections, he chose not to run for re-election.
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