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Aviad Sela
Director of the Israel Centre South Africa

Aviad arrived in South Africa in August 2014, to take up his Shlichut as Director of the Israel Centre South Africa. Aviad retired from a career as an IDF officer in December 2007 with the rank of L.Col and spent the next 6 years as a Counselor to the Prime Minister Office on International Politics and Middle East. During this time he also lectured at the Hertzlia IDC. Before coming to South Africa he volunteered for Partnership2Gether (P2G), as the co-chairperson of his region with nine federations in South-East USA and served as a member of the International Steering Committee of the Partnership unit of Jewish Agency.

Aviad has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the University of Haifa, graduated with Excellency having been selected as the top student. He has published a number of professional papers in Israeli Journals on Israel-US affairs.

Aviad is married to Naomi and they have 2 daughters, Danielle and Shira.

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debbie

Debbie Hurwitz
Executive Administrator and PA to the Israel Centre Director

Debbie is the Executive Administrator and PA to the Israel Centre Director.

She has worked at the Israel Centre since 2007 and is passionate about Israel. For any queries concerning The Israel Centre and specifically booking a one-on-one appointment with an Aliyah Shaliach, Debbie is your girl!

She is the proud mother of three awesome children, and a Bobba to 8 grandchildren.

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Sue Resnick
Head of the Aliyah Department

Sue is Head of the Aliyah Department for the Israel centre and has been passionately doing her job since 2008.

She opens files for olim, makes sure that all the required documentation for making Aliyah is in their files, does the interviewing for the file, and once their file is approved, arranges oleh visas, books flights and makes sure that the olim understand the procedures to be followed on arriving in Israel.

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Livnat Katz
Head of Marketing

Livnat was born in Israel and moved to South Africa in 1991. She is in fluent in Hebrew and English.

Livnat has been working at the Israel centre since the beginning of 2015.

She is the head of the marketing department with a background in Public relations. Livnat is married and has 3 wonderful kids.

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Tanya Izaki
Israel Programs and Masa Coordinator

Tanya is the Israel Programs Co-ordinator and Masa representative at The Israel Centre.

She has been involved with the organization since 2009, co-ordinating projects such as Israel Encounter Tour, the Israel Quiz, MASA & Higher Education Expo as well as dealing with volunteer programs, internships and gap year programs in Israel through MASA and the Jewish Agency.

She is very patient and caring and always willing to assist anyone who wants to experience Israel. Tanya is married and a mother of 3 children.

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Taryn Gingell
Coordinator Partnership2Gether South Africa

Taryn has been with the Israel Centre since April 2014.

Her work involves strengthening bonds between Israelis living in the Beit Shemesh - Mateh Yehuda region and Jews living in South Africa.

Her calm disposition allows for the busy task of organising projects that build meaningful relationships and people to people connections in these regions.

She is married and has 3 children, 2 girls and a boy.

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