Shira Reifman is the Director of Keren Or. Based in Jerusalem, Shira overseas all of the organization's programs, as well as development and engagement efforts worldwide.
Shira joined Keren Or in September 2019, after ten years at Kishorit, a kibbutz in the Galilee for adults with special needs, where she was a Development Associate from 2008-2012, and the Director of Development from 2012-2019.
During her tenure at Kishorit, Shira managed all of the organization's fundraising and public relations initiatives in the US, Canada, the UK, Holland, Australia and Israel. She worked closely with volunteers on 4 continents to create successful fundraising events, and developed partnerships with foundations, federations, and private donors.
Prior to making aliyah in 2007, Shira worked for the Orthodox Union for ten years in both their youth and special needs divisions.
Shira served as the Coordinator of National Projects for the OU’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities and the Coordinator for Junior Yachad, a youth group that brings adolescents with special needs together with their same-age peers, for weekend retreats, summer camps, and a range of social and educational programs.
Most significantly at the OU, Shira served as a Regional Director for the Upstate New York region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY), the OU’s youth group, for eight years, and as the National Director of Operations for NCSY. As Director of Operations, Shira developed an ombudsman system, introduced extensive staff training for hundreds of employees and volunteers across North America, and created sexual harassment policies for the organization. She oversaw the creation of myriad new summer programs that brought hundreds of teenagers to Israel and Jewish summer camps, as well as the organization’s year-round programming.
Shira holds a Bachelors Degree, a Masters in Social Work (MSW), and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), all from Columbia University in New York City and was selected by the Wexner Foundation as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Shira is married to Rabbi Daniel Reifman, a teacher at the Pardes Institute and the Bar Ilan kollel, and they are the proud parents of five daughters.
Elli Malki is the CFO of Keren Or, a position he has held since 2012. An economist by training, Elli specializes in the financial management of nonprofits.
He consults for many organizations, helping managers create clear and transparent financial management systems, budgets for funders and donors, and procedures and tools for efficient reporting. Prior to coming to Keren Or,
Elli was the CFO and Deputy Director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC) in the former Soviet Union for ten years (1998-2008), the Founder and CEO at AJJDC Real Estate Company (AREC), a subsidiary of AJJDC that manages its community centers in the FSU (2005-2008), and the Manager of Business Development at Hadasit Medical Research and Development Ltd., a subsidiary of Hadassah Medical Organization (1994-1998).
Elizabeth David-Dembrowsky has been the Executive Director for Keren Or Inc. since February of 2012. Based in Manhattan, Elizabeth overseas the organization's U.S. fundraising and advocacy efforts.
Previously, Elizabeth was employed at the Jewish Federations of North America in a succession of roles with increasing responsibilities over five years. Some of her other relevant work includes a variety of social service, nonprofit, university, and government-related projects and programs including the Early Childhood Initiative at the University of Chicago, the Department of Youth Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Institute of Aging in San Francisco, the College Settlement Camp in Horsham, PA, Cornerstone Foundation in Belize, the British Arts Council, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Young Women's Project in Washington DC, and Admission Guaranteed Program at the University of Massachusetts
Elizabeth holds a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School; a Masters in Writing from the University of Warwick, UK where she received the Student Bursary Award; and a Bachelors in Psychology from Boston University where she graduated summa cum laude with distinction and studied on a full-tuition, four-year merit-based scholarship.
Admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, and California, Elizabeth also completed a fellowship at Presentense and a second with the Agents of Change Program at the Centre for Social Innovation and is one of the Founding Forty at the Women's Lab. Elizabeth's volunteer legal work focuses primarily on helping new and emerging social entrepreneurs.
Elizabeth was also a volunteer attorney with the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society. Her current immigration works focus on asylum and family petitions. She also enjoys mentoring young professionals and students interested in social impact work and financial resource development.
Elizabeth has held a variety of lay leadership positions including membership in the Administrative Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, Advancing Jewish Professionals of Greater New York, and the Planned Giving Group of Greater NY.
Elizabeth is a published poet and novelist; she and her husband Dr. Dumitru David live in Manhattan.