• Michael D. Siegal, Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for IsraelMichael D. Siegal

    Michael D. Siegal is the new Chairman of the Board of The Jewish Agency for Israel. Michael is the Executive Chairman of Olympic Steel, Inc. (Nasdaq: Zeus), a billion-plus dollar metals service center in the United States and Mexico. He also is on the board of Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. (NYSE: CLF). Among many philanthropic positions, Michael has served previously as Board Chair of the Development Corporation for Israel (Israel Bonds), the Cleveland Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). He, along with his wife Anita, helped establish the Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Scholarship Fund with the Foundation of Jewish Camping. Michael has been on The Jewish Agency Board of Governors since 2012. Michael and Anita have three children and five grandchildren.

  • Yizhar Hess

  • Charles (Chuck) Horowitz RatnerCharles Horowitz Ratner, Honorary Member

    Charles (Chuck) Horowitz Ratner is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency (July 2014 - June 2017). He is currently chairman of the board of Forest City Enterprises, Inc, a national owner and developer of real estate headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as President and CEO of the company from 1995 to 2011. Mr. Ratner served as the chair of the Jewish Agency Budget and Finance Committee. Previously, he served as chair of the Education Committee and has served on the JAFI board since 2002. He is on the board of the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of Cleveland, where he served as chairman of the board. He is on the board of the Jewish Federations of North America. In addition, Mr. Ratner was the founding chair of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (JECC). He serves as a trustee of The Mandel Associated Foundations and The David and Inez Myers Foundation. Since October 2017 he serves as an Honorary Member of the Board.

The Board of Governors

meets not less than three times a year, is the central policy-making body of the Jewish Agency. Board members play a crucial role in the governance of the Agency in overseeing budgets and operations and in recommending policy to the Agency. The Board of Governors, who acts through committees, determines the policy of the Jewish Agency for Israel and manages, supervises controls and directs its operations and activities.  The Board of Governors is the representative body of the Jewish Agency as it represents the global Jewish partnership. It is constituted of representatives of federations in North America, leadership of the religious streams and heads of world Jewish organizations centered in USA, representatives of world Zionist organizations, mayors in Israel, representatives of the Israeli society, and representatives of the political system in Israel and leaders of Keren Hayesod campaigns throughout the world. This broad representation ensures that Jews around the world collectively decide on the Jewish Agency’s programming in coordination and understanding with the Israeli Government. 


08 Feb 2016 / 29 Shevat 5776