JRV Staff

US Staff

Etai Freedman
Executive Director

Etai Freedman brings nearly two decades of nonprofit fundraising experience to Jordan River Village. In his role as the Executive Director of the American Friends of Jordan River Village, Etai leads fundraising and advocacy efforts to support the first and only year-round, overnight camp for children with serious illnesses and disabilities in the Middle East.

Before joining Jordan River Village, Etai served as the Development Director at MEET (Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow), where he played a key role over seven years tripling the organization’s work fostering cross-cultural understanding among Jewish and Arab youth through technology and entrepreneurship education.

Shira Leeds
Assistant Director

Shira Leeds has spent her entire career working in non-profit. Shira worked for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) in the capacity of Director of Development Support Services and Manager of Public Information. While at JDRF, she worked closely with the JDRF Israel affiliate, assisting them with fundraising events in the United States. Prior to her work at JDRF, Shira worked for the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) as their Communications Coordinator.

She holds a BA from the University of Maryland in Jewish Studies, and a MA from Brandeis University in Near Eastern and Jewish Studies.  Shira lives in New Jersey with her husband, Alan and her three children, Joshua, Shoshana and Danielle.

Israeli Senior Staff

  • Shalom Ashkenazi – CEO
  • Noya Baram – Director of Development
  • Dr. Herzel Gavriel, MD – Medical Director
  • Zmora Zohar – Nursing Director
  • Ionid Carol – Head of Maintenance
  • Mirit Asor – Head of Registration
  • Galit Amit – Human Resources & Volunteer Department
  • Nir Anavi – Chief Financial Officer
  • Gal Dobo Glikman- Camp Director


In order to achieve the goal that no camper ever has to pay to attend camp, the Village uses volunteers extensively. These volunteers include medical professionals, psychologists, program volunteers, counselors, and pre-army and national service young adults. In 2021 we welcomed 650 volunteers. In 2022 we anticipate welcoming 1,000 volunteers.

Click here to learn more about our volunteers and apply to volunteer.

*Please note that all volunteers must speak fluent Hebrew

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