Staff & Board

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Hannah Weisfeld – Director

Hannah is the director and a founder of Yachad. She grew up in London and in her teens and early twenties was very involved in the Zionist youth movement Habonim Dror, and served as its education director for two years on completion of her undergraduate degree. She has campaigned professionally on a wide range of issues including climate change, the conflict in Darfur and fair-trade. She previously chaired the Jewish Social Action Forum for two years, bringing together leading Jewish communal organisations to develop the community’s social action agenda and also worked as a consultant for the Pears Foundation. She has spent time living and working in Israel and Malawi and holds a BA in English Literature from Sussex University and MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics. Hannah is a trustee of Guys Trust, a charity that creates educational opportunities for young people all over the world, and Masambiro, which supports Kunyanja Education Trust, a community based organisation in Northern Malawi.

Maya Ilany – Deputy Director

Prior to joining Yachad in 2018, Maya worked in Parliament for senior Labour MP Ian Austin, running his busy Westminster office. She has previously worked for various Israeli media outlets both in Israel and the UK. Growing up in Israel, Maya served in the IDF for three years as a journalist and presenter in the official forces radio station, broadcast across the country. Maya holds a BSc in Economics and Politics from Queen Mary, University of London.

Esther Craven – Youth & Student Outreach Worker

Esther is Yachad’s Youth and Student Outreach Worker. A former Yachad intern, she graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in French and Spanish and was involved in campaigning at the University for equal education opportunities, as well as fundraising for the University’s charitable projects. Esther has also worked as an English teacher and translator, as well as working on the fundraising and campaigns team for Marie Curie. Esther was also involved with RSY while at university and is a member of New Stoke Newington Synagogue.

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Simon Sadie (chair)

Simon Sadie is the incoming Chair of the Yachad Board of Trustees. He is CEO of advertising group WPP’s GroupMW, and President of media agency MediaCom’s Global CPG Category Group. He is a member of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, previously served as a Chair of the UJIA Business Division and has served on the Yachad board for the past two years.

Larry Shulman

Larry is a Strategic Leadership Consultant, working with senior leaders in a diverse range of organisations in health, education, private sector organisations and charities. In his youth, he was involved with Habonim Dror and later served as Education Director for the Union of Jewish Students. He is a Board member of Lead, the leadership development arm of the JLC, and also Co-Chairs a leadership development programme for Jewish youth and student movement workers. He is married, with two children at JFS.

Gideon Smith

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 former member of Gamechangers, a leadership training programme run by the JLC and a current board member of Lead, the leadership development arm of the JLC. He represents Hampstead Garden Suburb United Synagogue at the Board of Deputies and is married with three children.

Amos Schonfield

Amos is Yachad’s former Youth & Student Outreach Worker. He has represented Yachad at the Board of Deputies since 2015, where he sits on the International Division. Amos is currently completing a Masters in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. He worked at the Zionist youth movement Noam Masorti Youth between 2014 and 2016, where he spent one year as National Director and co-chaired the Zionist Youth Council. Amos was a Yachad activist and campaigner while studying International Relations at the University of Leeds, and has previously studied at JFS School and the Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem.

Ella Grodzinki

Ella Grodzinski is about to begin her GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) at City, University of London. She graduated Oxford last year, where she was sequentially the Interfaith Officer and Social Action Officer for the student Jewish Society. Since graduating, she has been studying at Yeshivat Hadar, an egalitarian halachic yeshiva, in New York. She is a graduate of Machon L’Madrichei Chutz L’Aretz and participated in the Yachad Student trip of 2016.

Guy Swimer

Guy is an award-winning advertising creative director, who joined the board in 2019. Originally from Manchester, he has a youth group background, and a long-standing commitment to campaigns for peace, dialogue & co-existence globally.

Ella Rose

Ella is a former President of the Union of Jewish Students and National Director of the Jewish Labour Movement. She joined the Yachad Board in 2019, having previously fought for their inclusion on the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Daniel Cohn

Daniel is a solicitor and acts as legal counsel to a leading European Private Equity fund, with strong charity and professional ties to Israel. He joined Yachad as trustee in November 2019. Daniel is a member of New North London Synagogue, an active supporter of Israeli civil liberties organisations and an avid cold water swimmer.  Daniel has previously lived in Germany and Israel, before settling in London, where he is married with two children.  

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