• Ilan Wagner was born in New Jersey and moved to Israel in 1986 after years of activity in the Young Judaea youth movement. Upon arriving in Israel, he helped found the Keren Kolot Educational Seminar at Kibbutz Ketura, wrote a text book for teaching English at the high school level, and then went on to be the head of the Education Committee on Kibbutz Yotvata, and supervisor of Civics at the regional high school. In 1996, he worked as an emissary  for college students in North America on behalf of Hadassah. From 2002 until 2004 he directed the Jewish Agency Department of Education's global student activities, and then returned to the United Sates as the Jewish Agency's representative to Hillel and Student Affairs in North America. Beginning in August, 2007 he served as the director of the Jewish Agency's educational efforts in North America and directed MAKOM, the Israel Engagement Network in North America. Ilan returned to Israel in 2009, continuing his work as the Director of the Jewish Agency's North American regional office. He currently directs Onward Israel and serves as the Director of Content and Programing in newly created Unit for Israel Experiences.  Ilan lives In Modiin with his wife Shoshi and two children, Amit and Adi, and their beloved dog, Eddie. If you meet Ilan, be sure to say a kind word about the Boston Red Sox. 

  • Liad works simultaneously at two contents units in the Jewish Agency for Israel - Unit for Israel Experiences and unit for Social Activism, both dealing with Young Adults activities in Israel and abroad, connecting the issues of activism and social involvement, Jewish identity, the connection to Israel and more. Liad's role is to make the connection between the field and the headquarter in Jerusalem, combining content and logistics. Earlier in JAFI, Liad worked in the Priority Regions Division and in the Scholarships unit. Liad Graduated MA in Management and Policy in Education at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a BA in International Relations, Sociology and Anthropology. Liad is married to Yaniv and a mother to Eithan, lives in a Moshav near Jerusalem and expecting her second child.

     
  • Jessica works as the North American coordinator for the Unit of Israel Experiences at the Jewish Agency for Israel, primarily serving as a resource for college students and young professionals to find summer Israel programs and assisting local partners with marketing and recruitment for Onward Israel.  Born and raised in New Jersey, Jessica currently lives in New York City.  She received a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University, spending two semesters studying abroad in both London, England and Haifa, Israel as part of her coursework.  Jessica worked at the Jewish National Fund in the Israel Advocacy and Education department and later as an events manager with the Greater NY fundraising team.  While at JNF, she had the opportunity to staff several incredible Birthright trips. Jessica is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Administration at Baruch College.  She is excited to work with the Onward Israel team to bring college students and young professionals on immersive Israel experiences.