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Michael Lieb Jeser
Executive Director

Before coming to JWW, Jeser was the Chief Executive Officer and Allen & Ruth Ziegler Executive Director of the USC Hillel Foundation and the USC Jewish Alumni Association. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the financial, development and programmatic operation of a campus Hillel serving more than 2000 Jewish undergraduates. During his four years at USC Hillel, the organization doubled its fundraising results, underwent a capital renovation (called “the Extreme Hillel Makeover”), and achieved national recognition for its programs, fundraising initiatives, and creative campus coalition building efforts.

Prior to joining USC Hillel, Jeser served as Director of the Real Estate & Construction (REC) Division, the most successful business division of The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. Under his leadership, the REC Division raised more than $8 Million in 2008, the largest campaign in its history. He led successful fundraising events that generated more than $3 Million over 2 years, not including the acquisition of multiple seven figure endowment gifts for the Jewish Federation.

Prior to his tenure at The Jewish Federation, Jeser served from 2004-2007 as the JCC at Milken’s Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Executive Director, performing critical development, administrative, and programmatic roles.

Jeser began his professional career in Jewish communal service when he worked as a Youth Services Professional and Jewish summer camp administrator at the Jewish Community Center of Metro West, New Jersey. After leaving JCC Metro West in 1999, he participated on UJC’s Project Otzma in, living in several of Israel’s development communities, teaching English, and working with Russian, Ethiopian, and Moroccan immigrants.

Following his volunteer experience in Israel, Jeser served as the Youth Outreach Professional of TeenJCC, at the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston from 2000-2002. His responsibilities included teen outreach, program development, teen leadership development, and year-round JCC Maccabi youth sports programming.

Jeser received his BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1998 and completed the Double Masters program from HUC’s School of Non-Profit Management and the USC School of Social Work in 2002. Michael is engaged to the beautiful and talented Laura Rosenberg.

Michael Jeser joined the Jewish World Watch team in July 2013.

Naama Haviv
Assistant Director

Naama Haviv, who holds an MA/ABD in Comparative Genocide from Clark University, joined JWW’s team in April 2007. At JWW, Naama develops education and advocacy programs, implements JWW youth activist initiatives, researches current world conflicts to assess the risk of genocide, and works to ensure the strength and quality of JWW-supported relief and development projects. Before joining the JWW team, Naama created and managed educational programs connecting students from the U.S. to students in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Tajikistan and the West Bank for Relief International, and held research positions with the Institute for the Study of Genocide, the Middle East Media Research Institute and the American Anti-Slavery Group.

Naama lives in Los Angeles with her husband Greg and their new daughter, Lena.

Mina Rush
Director of Outreach

Mina has been the Director of Outreach at Jewish World Watch since 2008. Her passion for JWW’s mission has inspired synagogues, schools, youth groups and individuals to take an active role in building a world without genocide. In addition to partnering with the representatives of JWW’s 68 member synagogues to engage and activate their communities, Mina has helped to create the Orange County Walk to End Genocide, enabling Jewish World Watch’s southernmost synagogue members to participate in the meaningful advocacy that the Walk inspires.

Before joining Jewish World Watch, Mina worked in both a professional and volunteer capacity for several organizations serving the local Jewish community and Israel. In addition, she spent eleven years in the field of Jewish Education. Mina and her husband Jordan are the proud parents of Tzvia, Atara, Harel and Penina.

 

Jan Snider
Chief Operating Officer

Jan not only assures our office runs smoothly on a day to day basis but also has helped JWW effectively streamline its operation. In 1985, Jan and her husband Doug started one of the nation’s first Interconnect companies, which they owned and operated for 25 years. Jan is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts. Jan and Doug, along with their children Zach and Aleah, are active members of Congregation Kol Tikvah.

 

Amy Friedman Cecil
Walk Development Director

Amy joined JWW professionally as Walk Development Director after many years as a devoted volunteer, event docent and SAC volunteer facilitator. She has primary responsibility for the five separate Walk to End Genocide events, including the Conejo Valley Walk, taking place for the first time in 2013. She is also involved in and passionate about all of JWW’s fundraising and awareness building events.

Before attending American Jewish University (AJU) to obtain a MBA in Nonprofit Management, Amy practiced law for more than 27 years and taught elementary school for LAUSD. She is a partner in the philanthropic organization Los Angeles Social Venture Partners, co-chair of the 2012-13 AJU Women’s Lunch & Learn program, and teacher of a seminar in business writing skills for AJU MBA students in Spring 2013.

Amy and her husband Tom, a partner in the Encino law firm Lewitt Hackman, have two amazing sons, Max and Zachary.

Elisabeth (Liz) Braun
Outreach and Advocacy Associate

Liz, a graduate from UC Berkeley, decided to take her English degree and go down the most obvious path: genocide activism. Since starting at JWW in September 2009 as a volunteer, she has spent intervals as JWW’s Policy Intern, Volunteer Coordinator, 2011 Walk Coordinator and unofficial copy editor. In June 2011, she returned to the policy work she enjoys most in her position as JWW’s Outreach and Advocacy Fellow, which a year later became an Associate position.  She contributes to JWW’s annual genocide risk assessment, drafts grants, maintains a dialogue with local congressional representatives and helps facilitate  JWW’s advocacy campaigns, community events, and publications. In her free time, she tells her friends and family all about coup d’états and the funniest rebel leader names.

Eden Banarie
Eden Banarie
Youth Engagement Coordinator

As a southern California native, Eden grew up in the local Jewish community, and gained her passion for tikkun olam and Jewish communal service through involvement with organizations such as BBYO, University Synagogue (Irvine), Long Beach Hillel, the Orange County BJE, Jewlicious Festivals, and Camp Alonim. She received her BA in Business and MBA in Nonprofit Management in May 2013 from American Jewish University, where she served on student government and as a resident advisor. She is currently a resident in Moishe House LA, a home-based Jewish community for young adults, and sits on the steering committee for LimmudLA. She is very excited to share her passion for changing the world with the next generation, and to be a part of the incredible team at Jewish World Watch.

Ted Drier
HUC/JIR Intern

Ted Dreier is a student of the Joint Masters Program at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and the School of Jewish Non-Profit Management at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. He is currently living in Culver City and spent the last year in Jerusalem, Israel taking part in his first year of the HUC program, the “Year In Israel”, with other educators, as well as Cantorial and Rabbinical students. He received his B.A. in 2011 from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ with a major in Jewish Studies and a minor in Cultural Anthropology, with a special interest in antiquity and Second Temple Judaism. In 2011, Ted was a NATE Intern at the conference in Seattle, WA which focused on how to use technology to help bring Judaism into the next millennium. Ted was involved with his Jewish community from an early age, having attended Religious School all the way up until the 12th grade. While not involved in Jewish campus live at Rutgers, he chose instead to become a teacher and Religious School administrator at Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains, NJ, the synagogue in which he grew up in. He continued in this role until leaving for Israel to attend HUC in May 2012.

Ted is extremely excited to begin his role at Jewish World Watch as their Graduate Intern and work with the excellent team already in place here.


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