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 for International Migration and Integration, where she founded a call center supporting migrant workers, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration and Israeli government offices.
Zehava’s connection to 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.
Zehava has an MA in management of nonprofit and community organizations and a BA in education, sociology and anthropology, both from the Hebrew University. She is also an alumna of the manager course at Gishot.