Board

Alexander Bodin Saphir

Alexander is a filmmaker currently working on a number of Israeli/UK film projects. He is also a trustee of New Israel Fund UK and chair of its New Generation group. He grew up in Scandinavian Bnei Akiva.

Danny Friedman QC

Danny is a barrister practicing at Matrix Chambers who specialises in human rights, international humanitarian law and national security issues. He is a member of Alyth Gardens Synagogue and is married with three children.

Elana Friedman

Elana grew up in South Africa where she was an active member of the South African Union of Jewish Students and the youth movement Habonim Dror. She moved to the UK 14 years ago and works with strategic leader across Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK as an organisational development consultant with a specialism in leadership and education.

Manuela Grayson

Formerly a current affairs TV producer at the BBC, Manuela is now an adviser on broadcasting regulation, a magistrate, and Panel Chair on Fitness to Practise Hearings at the Health and Care Professions Council. She is also on the Management Committee of the Camden Community Law Centre. She has a Law degree from Cambridge University and a Masters in International Relations from LSE. Manuela’s mother came to England as a refugee from Egypt during the Suez War which gives her a particular personal interest in working for peaceful coexistence in the Middle East. She is married with three children and holds a passionate belief that being a Jew means making a contribution to “healing the world”.

Emily Hilton

Emily Hilton is currently studying for an MPhil in History at Cambridge University. She studied for her undergraduate degree in History at University College London, graduating in 2014. She led Israel Tour for RSY-Netzer in July 2013 and was a key member of the Sign on the Green Line campaign. She is passionate about social issues.

Ben Jackman Overlander

Ben is a communications professional. He grew up in RSY-Netzer and was its Mazkir (national secretary) in 2000-2001. He worked for BICOM as Head of Media from 2007-2009.

Karina Litvack

Karina Litvack’s background is in the City, where she has specialised in corporate governance and sustainability for over two decades, as well as serving on a number of corporate and non-profit boards and advisory bodies.  She now serves as board director of Italian oil & gas company Eni and the non-profit Business for Social Responsibility; as advisor to two financial services companies (Bridges Ventures, Cornerstone Capital); and as member of the CEO Advisory Panel of German technology company SAP.  Her particular focus has been on mobilising the power of the financial markets to drive more responsible, long-term oriented corporate behaviour.Karina became involved in Yachad because she believes that the British Jewish community can only benefit from more open and constructive debate about the Israeli government’s behaviour and its congruence with Jewish values, and that the nature of Diaspora-Israel relations should evolve beyond lending unquestioning support.

Dr Daniel Reisel

Daniel is an NHS doctor and a Research Fellow in Epigenetics at University College London. He received his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Oxford in 2005. A graduate of Bnei Akiva, he has been involved in Jewish education across the community. He served as an infantry soldier in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

Jonathan Simmons

A graduate of RSY-Netzer, Jonathan is  director of  Zone, a digital communications agency. Having grown up in an environment where he was encouraged to discuss Israel in an open manner, he believes that many of his generation feel alienated from the community because they are no longer able to do this. He hopes Yachad will help create the space for Jews who love Israel to have more honest conversations.

Gideon Smith (chair)

Gideon is Chief Investment Officer for a global equity fund manager. He is a graduate of Machon L’Madrichei Chutz L’Aretz and worked as a fieldworker at the Union of Jewish Students. He also spent a number of years volunteering for Limmud, both as a trustee and organising the annual winter conference. He is a board member of Hampstead Garden Suburb United Synagogue and is married with the three children.