Stephen Bisk

Executive Director

Stephen Bisk is the founding Executive Director of JOIN Israel and the Israeli nonprofit, Ofkei Chaim. Stephen is a serial social entrepreneur with a disciplined analytical approach to efficient philanthropy. He has channeled his passion for meaning and helping those most in need to create 85 philanthropic projects over the last 30 years.

Stephen graduated with a B.Sc. from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. He also has rabbinic ordination and eight certificate degrees. Stephen has taught post-high school courses, and written and taught a 70-week online course on relationships. He also advises other nonprofits. Stephen is also a co-founder of the Israeli social enterprise, Prakti Perfekt, an affordable and financially pragmatic system to reduce wedding expenses for low- income families.

Email:    Phone: (212) 561-5343


Alex Schieber

Director of Development

At JOIN, Alex combines his deep-rooted love for Israel, philanthropic pursuits, and enthusiasm for inspiring the younger generation to cultivate a culture of giving. He obtained his degree in Political Science from Rockefeller College at The University at Albany, and participated in The Semester at Sea program by The Institute of Shipboard Education. Alex has organized several trips to Israel for young Jewish professionals, served as an intern at AIPAC, and was a fellow at the Jewish National Fund. Before joining JOIN Israel, he worked in development at the Long Island Chapter of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Email:    Phone: (516) 521-3625

The JOIN Israel Staff


Avigile May

JOIN Big Brother

Simcha Seperuk, Program Coordinator

Bolster Education

Hila Shraga, Science Consultant

Family Services

Leah Shternberg, Retreat Coordinator

Ester Offengenden, Workshops and Therapy Coordinator

Zvi Kaplan, Family Counselor

Yehudis Engel, Somechet (Professional Family Mentors)

Chaya Kushnir, Youth Assessments

Pitronot (Solutions)

Meir Shternberg, Senior Financial and Legal Director

Shimon Mor-Yosef, Legal Counsel

Mordechai Stein, Intake and Family Financial Management - Department of Implementation

  • Miriam Klein, Head of Department
  • Yael Cohen
  • Rachel Broyer

Department of Bureaucratic Processing

  • Michal Klein, Head of Department
  • Raizy Ben-Chaim
  • Chani Langnauer

Shmuel Veitsman, Financial servicing

Dina Mirte, Administrator

The JOIN Israel Team

Bolster Education

David Ivgi, Educational Consultant

Miriam Schachor, Educational Administrator

Dr. David Wapner, English Consultant

Family Services

Sarah Gikroiter, Community coordinator, Beitar

Mira Veisbin, Community Coordinator, Ofakim

Natan Miller, Coordinator of Youth Programming

Alexander Chelminitsky, Educational Coordinator

Moshe Kopstein, Programming Coordinator

Naomi Cohen, Youth Intervention Coordinator

JOIN Lifeline

Ofra Cohen, Coordinator in Bat Yam

Maya Feder, Coordinator in Beitar Illit

Bruria Zeno, Coordinator in Netivot

Sigalit Chonen, Coordinator in Nof HaGalil

Suzy Marciano and Dani Ashkanazi, Coordinators in Ofakim

Stella Rotman, Coordinator in Or-Akiva

Ronit Mahasari, Coordinator in Or-Yehuda

Medical Advocacy

Aryeh Geller, Program Coordinator

Our Own Way

Gonen Harel, Program Coordinator

Gadi Sivan, Program Supervisor

Jerusalem Soup Kitchen

Yaakov Ostrovsky, Program Coordinator

Boris Wolf, Chief Cook