Yossi Garr, Director

Yossi has been working with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and Nativ for more than 18 years. He began as a Madrich for Nativ 16 (1996-1997), was the Assistant Director of Nativ from 1998-2000, and has now been the Director of the program since 2005. Yossi also served as the USY Central Shaliach in New York for four years. Yossi has a B.A. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an M.A. in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University. He lives in Modi’in together with his wife Jen and their three sons, Nadav, Eitan, and Shai.


Ezra Carmel-Fink, Assistant Director for Yozma

Ezra originates from Los Angeles and was a participant on Nativ 31. He made Aliyah in 2012 and served in the IDF. Ezra holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the Hebrew University. He loves his wife, hiking, and chummus!


Deborah Shafran, Assistant Director for Admissions 

Deb (Lobel) Shafran was both a participant on Nativ 16 (1996-1997) and a Madricha for Nativ 21 (2001-2002). Deb grew up in upstate New York (Tzafon USY) and after Nativ, completed a B.A. and M.A. in Elementary and Special Education at Boston University. During her years of study, Deb took every opportunity during summer vacations to work for different USY programs (Wheels, Pilgrimage, Parent’s Pilgrimage). After working as a teacher for several years in New York City, Deb lived in Israel for over 8 years. She spent 4 years workingfor Nativ in the NYC area and has recently returned to Israel with her husband and 3 children.





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