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Builders & Allied Trades Event

Date: Thursday, May 4
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (EDT)
JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains

This year, Federation welcomes as our keynote speakers Natalie Shnaiderman, Director of Strategy and Resource Development, Aliyah & Absorption Unit for the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), and Elena Ivanova, a refugee from Odessa, Ukraine.

Hear a first-hand story of how Elena and her family escaped their homeland and made Aliyah to Israel with the help of the Jewish Agency.

David Halpern and Mark Wilf, Event Co-Chairs

5:30-6 p.m. Young Builders Meet & Greet Reception
6-7 p.m. Cocktails & Dinner
7-8 p.m. Program & Gift Announcements (optional)

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Questions? Contact Kim Farrell at [email protected].

COVID vaccination is required of all attendees of in-person events and programs. Masks are optional. If you are not feeling well, please refrain from attending.

In support of the 2023 UJA Annual Campaign

Event Committee (in formation)

Scott Baird, Mark Ginsberg, Michael Goldberg, Mickey Gottlieb, Jeremy Halpern, Murray J. Halpern, Eric Harvitt, Jake Harvitt, Mark Hoffman, Steven W. Katz, Andrew Kirshenbaum, Scott Loventhal, Steven Needle, Alan J. Pines, Alan Schall, Brett Tanzman, Daniel Wilf, Jonathan Wilf, Steven Wilf, Zygi Wilf

Questions? Please contact Kim Farrell at [email protected].


Natalie Shnaiderman
Director of Strategy and Resource Development, Aliyah and Absorption Unit

Natalie recently rejoined The Jewish Agency for Israel as Director of Strategy and Resource Development in the Aliyah and Absorption Unit. In her current role, she is responsible for planning and managing the process of resource development, including mapping of development trends and markets assessment for the programs and services offered by the Aliyah and Absorption Unit.

Prior to that, for six years, Natalie served as Director of Global Grantmaking at Genesis Philanthropy Group. In her role at GPG, Natalie managed a global grant portfolio, which included a wide variety of grants, supporting Jewish identity- and community-building initiatives across Russian-speaking Jewish communities in Israel, North America, the former Soviet Union (FSU), and Germany.

Natalie first joined The Jewish Agency family in the late 1990s as a camp counselor working in Israel and the former Soviet Union. Natalie then served for more than fifteen years in various executive roles in The Jewish Agency’s Aliyah and Education Departments, heading the Ukrainian and Central Asian desk in the Aliyah Unit, developing and supervising education programs for the Russian-speaking Jewish communities in North America and Australia, supervising special partnership programs in the FSU between the Jewish Agency and the Jewish communities in North America.

Natalie serves on boards of Nativ the National Center for Identity and Conversion, Masa Israeli, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Natalie holds a bachelor’s degree in English Linguistics and French Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s in Government and Public Policy from the Open University of Israel.

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