Interwoven/שָׁזוּר was founded by passionate Israeli educators of American descent and former Shlichim to NYC, all heavily invested in the joint future of the Jewish people and deeply inspired by Jewish life in the U.S. Our seasoned educators, rooted in both communities, possess a deep level of familiarity and understanding of contemporary Israeli and American Jewry. Interwoven/שָׁזוּר educators are uniquely situated to curate immersive educational experiences enhancing mutual understanding between Israelis and American Jews.
Rabbi Amitai Fraiman, Founder
Rabbi Amitai Fraiman is an American-Israeli peoplehood enthusiast. He co-founded “Jerusalem Midnight Biking”, an innovative bike touring company based in Jerusalem. Rabbi Fraiman has professional and leadership experience in content development, advocacy, and relationship building in his work for Tzofim Garin Tzabar (Israeli Scouts Lone Soldier Program), NYU Bronfman Center (Hillel of NYU), The Arthur Project and LAVAN. Rabbi Fraiman was ordained at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah as well as completed a dual MPA-MA at NYU. He lives in Palo Alto with his family, where he serves as the Director of the Z3 Project, an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, aiming to foster a healthier relationship between Diaspora Jewry and Israel.
Moshe Samuels, CEO
Moshe served as a community emissary of the Jewish Agency in Birmingham, AL; an Israel fellow at the University of Western Ontario; delegation head to Camp Ramah in Canada and Educational Director at Camp Ramah in the Rockies. He was the Educational Director of NOAM, the Masorti (Conservative) youth movement in Israel, and the Director of 'Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa', BINA's service-learning Masa program. Moshe founded The Wandering Jew, a consulting business for Jewish education, and recently ended a 4-year tenure as the Director of Israel Engagement at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in the UWS. He currently serves as Program Director of the Sonabend Center for Israel at JCC Manhattan.
Ben Zion Ferziger
Ben Zion grew up in Kfar Saba, Israel. He is a graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion and The Hebrew University Faculty of Law, and previously taught Judaic studies at Moriah College, Sydney through the Torah Mitzion Kollel program. Ben Zion is passionate about using creative methods to deepen the mutual knowledge and understanding between Jewish communities around the world. He currently works as a corporate lawyer in New York.
Originally from Moshav Gea in the Northern Negev, Hai spent the past three years serving as the Jewish Agency's Senior Community Shaliach (emissary) to the Upper West Side. In his capacity as Shaliach, Hai worked with the diverse Jewish demographics of the neighborhood, including more than 25 different organizations, building community coalitions on Israel. Before moving to New York, Hai worked for the JDC's Institute for Leadership and Governance as a Program Director in the Western Negev, and in various positions in the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation. He holds an MBA in Social Leadership from Ben Gurion University and the Mandel Foundation, and a Bachelor's in General History and Israel Studies from Ben Gurion University.
Rabbi Dr. Daniel Gordis
Rabbi Dr. Yitz Greenberg
Shira Hecht-Koller Esq.
Rabbi Joy Levitt
Michael Rosenzweig Esq.
Professor Jonathan Sarna