Meet the Team

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Aviad Sela

Aviad arrived in South Africa in August 2014 to take up his Shlichut as the Director of the Israel Centre. He retired from a career as an IDF officer in 2007 and before coming to South Africa volunteered as the co-chairperson for Partnership2Gether, and served as a member of the international steering committee of the Partnership unit of the Jewish Agency. He is married to Naomi and they have 2 daughters.

Debbie Hurwitz 
Debbie is the Executive Administrator and PA to the Israel Centre Director. She has worked at the
Israel Centre for seven years 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 3 lucky grandchildren
Sue Resnick
Sue is the Aliyah File Manager for the Israel centre and has been passionately doing her job for the last five years. She opens files for olim, makes sure that all the required documentation for making Aliyah is in their files and once their file is approved, she arranges oleh visas, books flights and makes sure that the olim understand the procedures to be followed on arriving in Israel. 
Tanya Izaki 
Tanya is the Israel Programs Co-ordinator 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 and volunteer programs in Israel through MASA or the Jewish Agency. She is very patient and caring and loves assisting anyone who wants to experience Israel. Tanya is married and a mother of 3 children, 2 boys and a girl.
Taryn Gingell

Taryn has been with the Israel Centre since April 2014 and is the Partnership2Gether Co-Ordinator. Her work involves strengthening the bonds between Israelis living in the Beit Shemesh- Mateh Yehuda region and Jews living in Greater Washington and South Africa. Her calm disposition allows for the busy task of organising projects that create meaningful relationships and people to people connections in these regions. She is married and has 3 children, 2 girls and a boy.

Shana Sassen

Shana is the Marketing Co-ordinator at the Israel Centre and been with the Israel Centre since October 2013. Her creative and driven personality, allows her to fulfil her role in co-ordinating all marketing and social media activities for the various projects that the Israel Centre runs. She is involved in developing marketing campaigns and promoting the Israel Centre. Shana is married and has 3 daughters.

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Hagai Dagan

Hagai is the community Shaliach, involved in three different fields: Education, Aliyah and the Jewish community of Cape Town. He is working to enrich the community with his Israeli and Zionist point of view, and extensive experience in the Scout movement. He is here with his family, his wife Anne, and their children Tamara and Ya’ir. Hagai is passionate about food and the outdoors.

Shana Beinart 
Shana Beinart has been with the Israel Centre Cape Town since 2010 (having worked with the Israel Centre in 2009), she deals with Aliyah, Israeli educational projects and Israel Centre Events. She is passionate about sending South Africans to Israel whether it is on Aliyah, Israel Encounter or one of the MASA options. Shana is caring, efficient, helpful and eager to assist those interested in their options in Israel. She loves reading and Muay Thai and is close to her friends and family.