• Michael D. Siegal, Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for IsraelMichael D. Siegal

    Michael D. Siegal is the new Chairman of the Board of The Jewish Agency for Israel. Michael is the Executive Chairman of Olympic Steel, Inc. (Nasdaq: Zeus), a billion-plus dollar metals service center in the United States and Mexico. He also is on the board of Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. (NYSE: CLF). Among many philanthropic positions, Michael has served previously as Board Chair of the Development Corporation for Israel (Israel Bonds), the Cleveland Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). He, along with his wife Anita, helped establish the Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Scholarship Fund with the Foundation of Jewish Camping. Michael has been on The Jewish Agency Board of Governors since 2012. Michael and Anita have three children and five grandchildren.

  • Amira AharonovichAmira Ahronoviz

    In December 2018, Amira Ahronoviz was appointed as the first ever woman CEO and Director General of The Jewish Agency. Amira holds an MA in Business Management and is a graduate of the Mandel Educational Leadership Institute in Jerusalem. Amira has been working for more than 22 years at The Jewish Agency for Israel in various roles in the field and later on in management positions – namely as Regional Director of The Jewish Agency’s Loan Funds, Director of Partnership Regions, Director of Budget and Finance for 8 years, VP for Strategy and Planning and as the Deputy Director General & COO – leading organization-wide strategic and programmatic development and operations, and supervising all the program units and the worldwide operations of the organization.

  • Yizhar Hess

The Board of Governors

meets not less than three times a year, is the central policy-making body of the Jewish Agency. Board members play a crucial role in the governance of the Agency in overseeing budgets and operations and in recommending policy to the Agency. The Board of Governors, who acts through committees, determines the policy of the Jewish Agency for Israel and manages, supervises controls and directs its operations and activities.  The Board of Governors is the representative body of the Jewish Agency as it represents the global Jewish partnership. It is constituted of representatives of federations in North America, leadership of the religious streams and heads of world Jewish organizations centered in USA, representatives of world Zionist organizations, mayors in Israel, representatives of the Israeli society, and representatives of the political system in Israel and leaders of Keren Hayesod campaigns throughout the world. This broad representation ensures that Jews around the world collectively decide on the Jewish Agency’s programming in coordination and understanding with the Israeli Government. 


08 Feb 2016 / 29 Shevat 5776