Danny Tropper: Founder and President Emeritus

Danny Tropper is the driving force behind the initiatives and activities of Gesher.  He received his ordination from Rabbi J. B. Soloveitchik and his Ph.D. in Jewish History from Yeshiva University (1970).   He has published both scientific and popular articles in the Jewish Quarterly Review, Tradition, Petachim, The Jerusalem Report, Maariv and The Jerusalem Post. He lectures extensively in schools, army bases and public forums throughout Israel and abroad.

Rabbi Benji Levene: Sr Vice President & Director of Education

Rabbi Benjamin Levene made aliyah from the U.S. in 1969 and received his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Israel in 1973. Benji (as he is affectionately known) is the grandson of the renowned Tzaddik Rav. Aryeh Levine and aspires to promote his beloved grandfather's spirit of love and tolerance, from whom he gets his inspiration.  Like his legendary grandfather, Benji is loved and respected by Jews throughout the world. A renowned story-teller and inspirational teacher, Benji has an unusual ability to put people at ease and create a personal connection with young men and women, no matter what their Jewish background, often leaving a lasting effect on program participants and audiences with whom he comes into contact. Benji has been with Gesher since 1978.

Ilan Geal-Dor: Executive Director

Ilan has an MBA in psychology from Bar Ilan University and a degree in business studies from the Hebrew University.  He is a member of the Bet Shemesh City Council, where he lives with his wife and 6 children.  Ilan was the Chairman of the city’s Partnership 2000 project (a Jewish Agency program, partnering Bet Shemesh with Washington DC and South Africa.)   A mediator and senior teacher of Bible Studies, Ilan has been the Executive Director of Gesher since 1995.

Asaf Adler: Program Director

Asaf has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Communication from the Hebrew University. He is currently studying for a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Tel Aviv. Asaf originally joined Gesher in 2006 and has extensive experience in leadership with Gesher and other initiatives central to Israeli domestic issues including the Society for the Protection of Nature. Asaf joined Gesher in 2014.

Shira Zik: Director of the Gesher Leadership Institute

Shira has a Bachelors degree in Jewish History and a Masters Degree in Non-profit and Social Organization Management from the Hebrew University. She also has a teaching certificate. She leads the Gesher Leadership Institute. Shira has been working at Gesher since 2002.

Moshe Hirshler: Head of Siach - Haredi/Israeli Dialogue

Moshe Hirhler leades the department in Gesher focused exclusively on created avenues of dialogue in the ultra-Orthdox sector in Israel.  A Modzitz Chassid, Moshe comes to Gesher with many years of experience of working with this sector in its encounters and interfaces with the general population in other large organzations such as the IDF.

JJ Sussman: International Director of Communications & Development

JJ joins Gesher after having worked in Israel's High-Tech sector for the last 18 years at leading firms including SanDisk, Jerusalem Global and Israel Seed Partners. JJ brings with him management experience and a fresh view on how to get things done. JJ has always been involved in projects to help the Jewish people and was the International Director for Unity Day in its first year. In the past he led the efforts to start a new school in Modiin and raised the funds to build a new shul as well. Having made aliyah from New York 20 years ago, JJ now lives in Modiin together with his wife and six children.

Audrey Weitz: Executive Director, Gesher Foundation USA

Audrey has decades of experience in development, from the national political stage in the early ’90’s to various not-for-profits. She has spent her entire adult life prepping for her role with Gesher and feels that the ahavat Yisrael created thru Gesher’s programming is her mission in life. Audrey lives in New York, together with her husband and young children.