Israel Connection Series – From Ethiopia to Israel, Zehava Tesfay’s Journey

December 9, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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This event is free and open to all.

This event is co-sponsored by The Jewish Agency for Israel, UJA-Federation and The Westchester Jewish Council.


Zehava Tesfay was born and raised in southern Israel to a family that had made Aliyah

from Ethiopia in 1980 by journeying through Sudan. For 15 years she has been living

in Jerusalem where she earned a BA in Education, Sociology and Anthropology as well

as an MA in Nonprofit and Community Organization Management, both from

Hebrew University. She is also a graduate of the Maoz Municipal Leadership Program

offered by Israel’s Ministry of the Interior.

Zehava came to New York to serve as a Jewish Agency emissary and leads the delegation

of Shlichim serving in the UJA-Federation of New York Shlichut Initiative. Previous to this

role, Zehava was the Director of the Programs Department at the International Fellowship

of Christians and Jews, where she had previously managed a youth development program

for communities in Israel’s periphery. She also has professional experience as the

Manager of the Migrant Worker Division of JDC’s Center of International Migration and

Integration, where she founded a call center supporting migrant workers, in collaboration

with the International Organization for Migration an Israel government offices.

Zehava’s connection to the world Jewry began when she served as a Jewish Agency

Summer Camp Shlichah for Ramah Camps, after which she became involved in

The Jewish Agency’s admissions and training processes for hundreds of Shlichut

candidates. She also volunteers extensively in the areas of employment diversity and

women’s leadership development.