Born in Argentina 1971, made Aliyah with his family in 1976 at the age of 5. Mr. Stelzer is married with 6 children.
Yechezkel’s Work Experience has included positions as Senior Advisor to Ministry of Welfare on Youth at risk. Coordinator of special task force for developing projects for youth at risk in 20 cities 2009-2011. Mr Stelzer served as Executive director of the “One Future” movement, an advocacy and lobbying group for improvement of absorption of Ethiopian immigrants, Jerusalem (2006-09). Yechezkel was the Founder and director of the Speak to me Nicely campaign – an anti-violence campaign that included public service announcements aired on major television channels, a best-selling book and seminars in schools (2001-06). Prior, Mr. Stelzer served as Assistant founder of the Nachal Charedi, Orthodox army unit – recruitment, fundraising and programming (1998-2000). From 97-98, Yechezkel held a position as the Economic and welfare advisor for the Third Way political party – and helped develop a poverty bill and set up the Agency for Battling Poverty in the Prime Minister’s office under Netanyahu . Mr. Steltzer was a Project coordinator of the Israeli Peace Corps, Israeli Foreign Ministry, and project for young Israelis volunteering in Third World countries, under Shimon Peres (1996-97).
Yechezkel holds a Masters of Science in Development Studies & Conflict Resolution from the London School of Economics (LSE) (1995-96). Other education includes A B.A. in Psychology and Economics- McGill University, Montreal (1989-93). Yechezkel studied at the One Year Program – Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1991-92). Mr. Stelzer has received Rabbinical Ordination – Sadigura Rabbinical Courts, Jerusalem (2000). Yechezkel was also awarded a Life Coaching Certification from The International Association of Torah Based Life Coaches, Israel (2006). Mr. Stelzer is also a Certified Facilitator of “The Work” of Byron Katie, BKI, Ojai, California (2009).
Military Service - Behavioral Sciences Department (ממד”ה), IDF – served as psychology officer dealing with suicides in the army (1994-95). Reserve duty in same unit (1995-2005).
Moshe Kaplan, M.D.
Moshe Kaplan, M.D., is a trained psychoimmunologist, using mind, body and soul integration to achieve optimal health and well being. He was All-American lacrosse player and Major decorated for valor in the US military. Professionally he was co-founder of Wellness Medical Clinics which applied wellness concepts to practical reality and co-author of a curriculum used in medical schools as model for an ideal health care delivery system. In 1986 he relocated to Israel where he has compiled 2 books, “A Wholly Life” Targum Press 2005 and “Be A Mensch” Gefen Publishing 2009 in English. In 2010, he founded the "Be A Mensch" Organization, an educational program to upgrade the basic values in Israeli society with the book being published in Hebrew by Yediot Achronoth Group. In 2011. he founded Recnac, a company which has produced the worlds first all natural, science based broad spectrum product, Negda (www.negda.com), to boost the immune system. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Karen.
Tal Brody is Israel’s first modern-day sports hero. A University of Illinois All America in 1965, Brody joined the Maccabi-Tel Aviv team after leading his United States team to a gold medal in the 1965 Maccabiah Games.
In 1967, the New Jersey-born basketball star was named Israel’s Sportsman of the Year
Brody played two seasons for Maccabi Tel-Aviv team taking the team in his first year to the finals of the Cup of Cups of Europe.
In 1968, Brody was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served primarily on the All-Army and All-Armed Forces basketball teams.
He was selected to play for the USA team in the 1970 World Championships in Belgrade before making “Aliyah” to Israel upon finishing his US Army service.
In what was then the State of Israel’s greatest international sporting achievement, Brody led his 1977 Maccabi team to the European Cup Championship. In Israel’s quest for the title, competition on the court occasionally needed to surmount political intrigue. At the height of the Cold War and a Soviet boycott of Israel, the Middle East champions were matched against ZSKA Moscow (the Red Army team), champions of the Soviet Union and winners of the four previous European Cups. The Soviets refused to play their semifinal match versus Maccabi in Tel Aviv and would not allow the Israelis to come to Moscow. Virton, Belgium, was selected as a neutral site, but the location did not help the Bolsheviks. Brody’s Maccabi team triumphed 91-79. Excitement broke out after the game in Virton and all over Israel as Brody declared on National TV, :We are on the Map, and we are staying on the Map, not only in Sports, but in everything.”
The championship contest against Italy’s Mobil Girgi was held in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, also a communist country at the time. The El Al plane that delivered Maccabi-Tel Aviv to the event was the first Israeli plane permitted to land in the country. “The little team that could” won the tournament of 23 national champion teams by defeating Italy’s best 78-77, to capture the European title.
During his playing career, Brody’s Maccabi-Tel Aviv teams won 10 Israeli championships and 6 Israeli State Cups.
At the University of Illinois, the 6’2″ guard won All American & All Academic honors in 1965. That year, he was the thirteenth NBA Draft pick overall and number 2 selection of the Baltimore Bullets , but opted to return to Illinois for his Master’s Degree and return to Israel to take up the challenge presented to him by Maccabi Tel-Aviv during the 7th Maccabiah Games, to take the Israeli Basketball & sport to another level.
In 1979, Brody was awarded the Israel Prize, the country’s highest civilian honor and today serves the State of Israel as the country’s first Ambassador of Goodwill.
Shoshanna has made aliya twice and is now here for good. She has worked with numerous nonprofits helping them to get their unique message across and is thrilled to be on the Be A Mensch team. As a resident of Bet Shemesh she knows the dangers that occur when people do not display mensch- like behavior and is determined to show that anyone can and should be a mensch in any situation, all the time.
Stephen G. Donshik, D.S.W.
Stephen G. Donshik, D.S.W., is the founder of Stephen G. Donshik Consultants, Ltd. The firm provides a range of services to non-profit organizations, foundations and donors. Stephen holds a B.S.W and M.S.W. from Adelphi University and his Doctorate of Social Welfareis from Yeshiva University. He also has a degree in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Jewish Communal Service by Hebrew Union College. Prior to establishing the consulting firm he was the Director of the Israel Office of the UJA-Federation of New York from 1994 – 2008. In this position he was responsible for overseeing the funds allocated in Israel both to the major overseas partners (The Joint Distribution Committee and The Jewish Agency for Israel) and more than 150 non-profit organizations that received yearly grants from the Federation. He is on the adjunct faculty of the Hebrew University and teaches in the Israeli MA program Non-Profit Management and in the international MA program in Leadership and Philanthropy. He made aliyah in 1983 and he lives there with his wife and six children. Throughout his career he has been involved in Jewish communal service, and in the United States he was an Associate Professor of Social Work at Yeshiva University and the Director of the Jewish Family Service of New Haven, CT. Since moving to Israel he has worked for the United Israel Appeal, and was Director of the Israel Office of the Council of Jewish Federations for 8 years. He has written numerous articles and has spoken in communities throughout the United States.
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