Regional Managers

Chaim Meyers

Director of Western World Region

Chaim Meyers, has been the Director of the Western World Region at Naale since December 2014.  Chaim has over 10 years of experience as a Naale counselor, coordinator and teacher at the Mosenson Elite Academy Youth Village.

“After working with the Naale program for the past 11 years, I can truly say that this is indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Naale graduates finish high school with all the necessary tools to succeed in their adult life. I believe in the Naale Elite Academy Program, in the state of Israel and the next generation. This is why I continue to do everything in my power to ensure that any Jewish teenager around the world will know about this unique program and will have the opportunity to join it.”


Gidon Berman

Regional Manager – Central USA Asia, Netherlands, East/West Africa

Gidon was born in the Netherlands and made aliyah at the age of 12. After living in an absorption center and completing ulpan in Jerusalem, Gidon finished high school in Beer Sheva, served in the IDF, and completed a BA and MA in Geography and Environmental Development. He taught at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Achva College until he was appointed Planning Coordinator for Education in Tel Aviv-Yafo. For seven years, he specialized in all sectors and levels of education, from preschool to high school. Gidon and his wife wanted to continue their professional development and traveled to Chicago, where they enrolled in graduate school. Since completing his graduate studies, Gidon has been the regional manager in central United States.
In Gidon’s words: “The Naale Program overcomes educational, language, social, and cultural bariers. Naale strengthens the relationship between all of us and Israel. It is a pleasure to work with youth and see how they develop in Israel as they wouldn’t anywhere else. It is a joy and honor to work with the wonderful parents of Naale! I recommend the program



Ravit Bar-Av

Regional Manager – Northeastern USA

Ravit Bar-Av has been managing public relations and community outreach for non-profit organizations for over 20 years. As a branding and capacity building consultant, she helps social organizations fulfill their missions and reach their goals.

Among her previous positions, Ravit has served as the Public Relations and Community Outreach at the National Urban Alliance, Director of Information and PR at the Peres Center for Peace, and Chief Information Officer and Israel Education Director at the Consulate General of Israel in New York.

Ravit is Naale’s most veteran regional manager, working with the organization since 2011. She also serves as a board member of the Council for Hebrew Language and Culture in North America. She believes that Naale offers a unique opportunity for Jewish teenagers from North America.

In her words: “Representing Naale gives me the opportunity to fulfil my personal Zionist quest even while living aboard. For me every family that joins the broad family of Naale gives me great satisfaction and a feeling of accomplishment.”


Julia Kritschmar

Regional Manager – Germany, Austria, Switzerland (DACH), Scandinavia, Balkans, Eastern Europe

Julia was born in Riga, Latvia is married, and has two children. Julia has worked at the Jewish Agency in Berlin for many years and became a Naale regional manager in 2013 for Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Poland.
Julia says: “I believe in the Naale program because it is a unique program which combines the opportunity to learn about Jewish heritage and values, and offers teenagers the possibility of studying with Jewish youth from around the world. It also gives students the chance to get to know Israel and gain an internationally recognized Israeli diploma.”


Einat Cohen-Nissan Glen

Regional Manager – Southern USA

Einat was born and raised in Israel, and lived in Tel Aviv until 2000, when she moved to Chicago to work as Hebrew teacher. She holds a BA in Hebrew Literature and Education Management and an MA in Education Administration/Supervision of Education.

In 2005, Einat moved to Florida and kept working in Jewish education both formally and informally. For a couple of years, Einat was working and designing curricula for URJ Summer camps and currently works at the Ben Gamla Hebrew Public Charter School.

In her words: “I started working for Naale in 2012. I’m passionate about the State of Israel and Jewish people abroad. I enjoy helping kids find their way and guiding them to develop and grow.”


Tiki Levgoren

Regional Manager – Canada

Tiki earned an Executive MBA at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is the mother of three daughters. Her eldest daughter, Roni, is a Naale graduate from Mosenson Youth Village.

In her words: “I love working for Naale, I see it as important shlichut. This fully funded program enables Jewish teenagers from around the world to get Jewish education in Israel. They have an an amazing opportunity to experience Israel in every possible way. They learn the language, experience the unique atmosphere during the holidays and become familiar with Israel’s beautiful sights and landscapes through trips. During the program, they become mature, self-sufficient and resilient and create lifelong friendships. After finishing the program, they go back to their communities with a deep and strong connection to their homeland and people. This program is also the best platform for successful absorption in Israel for those who choose to stay.”


Miriam Zaga

Regional Manager – Mexico, Spain, Central America

Miriam is a teacher of Hebrew Bible and History, the mother of four and grandmother of nine. She has been the regional manager for Mexico and Central America since 2007. Since 2014, Miriam serves as the regional manager to Spain as well.  Miriam made Aliah in 2012and currently lives in Haifa. In additon to being a regional manager, Miriam was also an educational consultant for the Spanish speaking tracks.

In her words: “Since making Aliyah and having visited the schools and students, I see with my own eyes how wonderful this program really is and how much it contributes to the maturity and growth of our students. This makes me work even harder to bring as many students on this amazing program.”

Talia Priel Tuch

Regional Manager – Western USA

Talia Priel Tuch was born and raised in Israel and served in the IDF Education and Youth Corps for two years. After finishing a degree in the Hebrew University Jerusalem, her path as a teacher emerged. For over two decades she was a Hebrew, English and homeroom teacher in a high school in central Israel. Additionally, Talia was a group leader and a project coordinator with the Ministry of Education.
In her words: “For the past five years I’ve resided in Los Angeles and have been working as a Hebrew teacher and as a project manager serving the Israeli, Jewish community. I am a proud mother to Shira, a college student. I am so proud and humbled to be a meaningful adult in the lives of hundreds of students and have managed to ingrain in them motivation, growth, and respect.”


Ravid Meron

Regional Manager – France, Belgium, Switzerland, UK, Ireland

Ravid has been living in Paris since 2006. For several years, she worked at the Israeli Embassy in Paris and later became an alternative medicine practitioner.
In Ravid’s words: “I had heard about the Naale program through friends. After I received the offer to become a regional manager, it became clear that it was the right thing to do. Naale is a project with a mission that allows many children to experience life in Israel, learn Hebrew, connect to their Jewish roots and Israeli society. Every child that I bring on Naale is a tremendous success for me. Every child that starts a new journey within the framework of Naale gives me great satisfaction.”



Ester Di Segni

Regional Manager – Italy

Ester, was born and raised in Rome, taught Hebrew for 35 years at the Jewish High School of Rome, and has also been a Hebrew teacher in one of the local universities in Rome for the past 11 years. Ester started working as a regional manager in Italy in May 2014.
Ester says: “I believe that Naale is a once in a lifetime opportunity for teenagers from Italy to go to Israel, study with students from around the world, learn Hebrew and improve their English at the same time.”


Gaby Gitelman

Regional Manager – South America

Gabriela has a degree in psychology from the University of Buenos Aires and is married. Since 2014, she has been working for the Jewish Agency’s MASA program and Naale.
“Naale is the gate to the future of young people because of the exceptional education and unique experience it offers.”


Livnat Iss Katz

Regional Manager – Southern Africa

Livnat was born in Israel and moved to South Africa in 1991. She’s married and has three wonderful kids. Livnat has been working at the Israel Centre, South Africa as a marketing coordinator.
In her words “I am very passionate about Israel and proud to represent Naale in South Africa. Naale is a great program that gives Jewish students a chance to experience Israel like a local while studying and completing their “Bagrut” with an internationally recognized diploma.”


Adriana Maghrabi

Regional Manager – Brazil and Portugal

Adriana Maghrabi has a degree in education, business administration and is married. She works at the Jewish Agency and has been working with Naale since 2014.
“I believe in the Naale program because it allows Brazilian teenagers to study abroad and continue onto universities around the world. Fun fact, when I was in high school I went on a very similar program!”

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Anat Aloni

Regional Manager – Oceania

Anat is Naale’s newest regional manager for Australia and began working with the organization in 2019.
Anat has extensive experience working in the Jewish community as well as in her own business. She has worked with the Australia-Israel Cultural Exchange, Ausraelim, Hamerkaz Haisraeli, and the Shimon Peres Centre for Peace in Israel.
Over two decades ago, Anat began her career working for major organizations, honing skills as a communications professional, business-development consultant and a professional networker. In 2004, she created the boutique consultancy, PROinmotion, the platform from which she was able to build a large, loyal client base with a diverse range of businesses.
Anat has worked with the Jewish Community in Australia for over a decade and serves as a project officer with the Jewish Community Council of Victoria JCCV. Her focus is on driving key community projects, including Youth and Alcohol, Child Protection, GLBTI community engagement project, the JCCV Interfaith Leadership Conference and professional networking programs.
“Through my work in community outreach for non-profit organizations for more than 20 years, I believe that to create massive results, you need to take massive action. I use this philosophy daily, bringing energy, enthusiasm and big-picture thinking to any task that I undertake.
My approach to work and life is that there is a solution to everything and I make it my goal to be solution-focused in everything I do. I believe that every child has the right to shine and that there is a key to every door. Naale is an amazing platform offering this key to a life-changing experience to live and study in Israel while achieving academic excellence and personal growth.”

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