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Shira Karni">Shira Karni

Program Advisor US & Canada (Jerusalem)

Growing up in a Zionistic home near San Francisco, Shira has always had a passion for Judaism and Israel. After graduating from in Los Angeles in 2007, she enlisted in the IDF and has been in Israel ever since. She is proud to have the opportunity to live in the epicenter of Judaism, and loves sharing her many experiences with young Jews from around the world.

Jodi Taube">Jodi Taube

English Speaking Programs Advisor (Jerusalem)

Jodi Taube, a New Jersey native, is an English Speaking Programs Advisor in the Jerusalem office. She made Aliyah in 2009 after completing a Masa volunteer program. Previously, she ran a scholarship program for youth aging-out of the foster care system.


She has a passion for bringing people to Israel for transformative, life-changing experiences like the one she had. She now lives in Jerusalem with her husband and son.


Nurit Even Tov">Nurit Even Tov

Director of Projects and Budgets (Jerusalem)

Nurit Even-Tov is a native Israeli. She has a BA in Economics and Business Management from The Hebrew University. She began working for Masa Israel in 2008.


She currently lives in Jerusalem with her husband and two children.

Deborah Essoudry">Deborah Essoudry

Scholarships (Jerusalem)

Deborah works in Masa's Scholarships Department, where she is responsible for all internship and youth movement programs.

Rita Michaelli">Rita Michaelli

Human Resource and Finance Coordinator (Jerusalem)

A native Israeli, Rita began to work for Masa in 2005 as Bookkeeper and Human Resources Coordinator.

She currently lives in Jerusalem with her husband.

Hava Atias">Hava Atias

Director of Scholarship Department (Jerusalem)

Hava Atias is the Director of the Scholarships Department at Masa. A native Jerusalemite, Hava served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an instructor for 2 years and holds a BA in General Studies from the Open University. Before coming to Masa she worked for the United Israel Appeal of Canada (UIAC).


She currently lives in Jerusalem with her husband Rafi and their 3 sons. When she is not working she enjoys DIY and Bon Jovi.