I grew up in North London, attending JFS Secondary School and taking a gap year in Israel before studying psychology at Bristol University. I worked in media marketing in London for nine years, later at Sky TV and Disney. I have travelled extensively, but always dreamed of living in Israel. I finally made Aliyah in December 2004 and have not looked back! I live in Tel Aviv with my little boy and prior to setting up Myisrael, worked in 3 non-profit organisations, where I formulated the idea of Myisrael. I am very passionate about Israel and the impact that the UK Jewish community can have here and I am proud of Myisrael's achievements so far....
Other than my three years in Manchester studying history of art and six months spent on Kibbutz during my gap year, I have lived in London all my life. My career in marketing went on hold when I had my first daughter in 2003, and number two followed soon after. Having run a cake business for the last few years, I recently decided to hang up my apron in favour of a career in the charity sector. I am so delighted to be part of Myisrael and the amazing projects the charity supports.
Helen Carmel- Community Coordinator (part-time from home)
I grew up in Israel and served in the army and then went on to study Business Administration. I worked as a marketing, sales and event manager for many years and I moved to the UK in 2003 where I had my four lovely children. After a career break to look after my family, I volunteered for various Jewish charities. I am very happy to be part of Myisrael and help support all the invaluable projects we work with. This allows me to feel closer to Israel and continue being a part of the wider Israeli community. I feel privileged to be able to make a difference by empowering and helping those in need.
Eli Rudolph - Projects Coordinator (part-time from home)
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, my husband, beautiful daughters and I fulfilled our long time dream of making Aliya at the end of 2013. Having always been involved in communal work I thought it would be tough to find something that inspired me and still made me feel connected to Israel that living here didn't already do...and then Myisrael came along! I work as the Project Co-ordinator so I get to see first hand on a daily basis how every penny literally changes peoples lives! I am so proud to be part of this amazing team!
When I visited Israel for the first time in 2002, I fell in love with this country and its people. The warmth of Israeli culture made me feel at home right away. Then in 2011, my husband and I decided to move to Israel because we wanted our two children to grow up in this wonderful place.
I grew up in the United States, where I studied art and textile design, then later developed a career in management of medical practice.
As the Administrator for Myisrael, every minute that I work fills me with a sense of pride because I know that we are truly helping people and making their lives better.
Having grown up in North London and attended Henrietta Barnet, I spent my gap year in Israel and then 3 years at Leeds University studying International History and Politics. After graduation I decided to enter the world of Public Relations. After 3 years inhouse at the Board of Deputies, I spent 8 years at a London PR agency heading their voluntary division and that’s where I first came across the remarkable Danni Franks. She had just created the idea of Myisrael and I was given the honour of launching this amazing new charity in the UK. It was another 8 years before our paths crossed again. During that time I managed communications and events at a number of different educational charities. After having my kids, I set up as a freelance copywriter and before long, I was back working with the brilliant Myisrael team supporting their marketing and communications. Myisrael’s small team make a BIG impact and I am delighted to be part of it again.
I grew up in North West London and attended a Jewish primary school where I formulated much of my identity, interest and passion in Israel. I am a senior partner in Scodie Deyong Chartered Accountants and have been a regular visitor to Israel since 1960. I have watched it grow into a land that has brought so much to the world and the Jewish people and have been involved in various Israel focused charities since 1999 including taking part in several fundraising treks. I am committed to helping Myisrael achieve its goals and helping alleviate some of the problems experienced by Israeli citizens today and have gained a lot from visiting some of the projects that Myisrael supports.
I'm originally from Glasgow and my family has always been involved in communal and charity work but since making Aliyah in 2004, I had found it hard to get involved with similar projects. I've known Danni for many years and always admired the amazing work she was doing with Myisrael so when she asked me to get involved on a voluntary basis, I was more than happy to help. I help the organisation with all kinds of marketing and communications.
Born in Potters Bar, I moved to North London age 16 and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. I specialise in Commercial Dispute Resolution at Rosenblatt Solicitors and prior to qualification I enjoyed a brief yet exciting "career" as a singer and actor, starring in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of Joseph alongside Jason Donovan, and touring Japan and the USA in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of A Winter's Tale. For the past 10 years I have been heavily involved with Norwood, most recently Chairing the Young Norwood Board and helping to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds in the process in what has to be one of my proudest achievements to date. I love Israel and what it stands for and enjoy holidaying there on a frequent basis. My involvement in Myisrael is my way of making a difference to Israel even though I am physically far away from its shores.
Clare Raff, Trustee
A North London girl born and bred I attended JFS and then Middlesex University. My early career was in hotel management. I returned to postgraduate study and qualified as a professional careers adviser in 2002. Since then I have worked for local authorities as well as Jewish charities using my expertise to help students and adults into university and work. I am now Head of Careers at JCOSS. A lifelong Zionist I spend as much time as I can in Israel with my two sisters who have lived there most of their adult lives. As the daughter of parents who supported the Soviet Jewry campaign in the 1970s I was first introduced to Myisrael by the Musicians of Tomorrow project, founded by an ex-refusenik. Once I learnt more about the projects Myisrael supports I was sold and I was honoured to become a trustee in September 2015
Marc Rubinstein, Trustee
Marc is a London-based investment manager. For ten years up to March 2016 he was part of a team managing an award-winning fund at Lansdowne Partners, prior to which he was a managing director at Credit Suisse. His relationship with Israel was kindled during a five month stint at boarding school there aged 14, and was cemented following a semester at the Hebrew University several years later. Marc has been a supporter of Myisrael for many years, attracted by the ability to invest directly in deserving projects and see the difference that can be made. Originally from Liverpool, Marc met his wife at Oxford University and both now live in Muswell Hill with their two teenage boys.