NIFC Staff

Ben Murane, Executive Director
Ben is the Executive Director of the New Israel Fund of Canada and a leading voice of Millennial engagement with Israel. For over twelve years, Ben has led at the intersection of Jewish life, social justice, and Israel. He previously worked for NIF’s US branch, won Jewish innovation awards for his work in environmentalism and campus life, and founded both online and offline Jewish communities. In 2012, he received the prestigious Dorot Leadership Fellowship in Israel, where he studied Zionism and worked at a political think tank. In December 2017, he became a dad.
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Leah Breslow, Senior Manager of Outreach and Projects
Leah is the Senior Manager of Outreach and Projects at the New Israel Fund of Canada and has been actively engaged in creating vibrant community spaces in Toronto for close to a decade. You’ll find her out in the community leading services at Annex Shul and Beth Tzedec or leading her Samba Elegua percussion ensemble through Kensington market on a Sunday afternoon. In her role, Leah is connecting the young Jewish Canadian community in Toronto to civil and human rights issues in Israel and the Occupied Territories.
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Jessica Burnstein, Development Manager
Jessica is the Development Manager of the New Israel Fund of Canada and is a dedicated non-profit professional, committed to promoting social justice in Canada and abroad. Originally from Toronto, Jessica spent the last five years living in Israel, where she worked in resource development and advocacy for a range of local and international non-profits. Before joining the non-profit sector, Jessica worked as legal counsel for the Government of Ontario. Jessica holds a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of King’s College and Concordia University.

Hannah Cohen, Operations and Programs Manager
Hannah is the Operations and Programs Manager of the New Israel Fund of Canada. Originally from Toronto, she has lived and worked around the world, including in Israel, Guatemala, Kenya, Barbados, and Thailand. She has a Master of Global Affairs from the Munk School at the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. She currently lives in Toronto with her partner and two cat companions.
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