Our Staff

Donna Horwitz, Director
After Shlichut  in both San Francisco and  Cleveland, Donna completed her dual BA in Economics and Business Management at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She then entered the corporate world as an analyst at one of Israel’s largest insurance companies, Migdal. Looking for quality of life and open spaces led her to the Negev, and to the External Affairs Division at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where for the past three years she gained a deep understanding of the possibilities and opportunities  that lie in the area. Donna experienced Aliyah twice, first as a 10-year-old from West Orange, NJ to Givatayim and later alongside her husband when he made Aliyah as an adult. Though she has lived coast to coast in the US and sea to sea in Israel, she found her home in the south of Eretz Yisrael. She enjoys sipping coffee on Friday mornings, while watching her kids and dog play against the desert backdrop.


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Naama Zigdon, Regional and Employment Coordinator
Naama grew up in Chashmonaim, a dati-leumi yishuv located between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, where she befriended many English-speaking Olim.  During her national service,  she worked for one year with the elderly in Be’er Sheva and a second year with the Jewish community in Sydney, Australia. She is currently completing her BA at Ben Gurion University in general history and Israel studies. Last year, she lived in the Ayalim student community in Arad. This year, she is living in Be’er Sheva and working part-time with Nefesh B’Nefesh. The two things she cares most about are making connections with Olim & Jews all around the globe, and living and working in the beautiful Negev of Israel.


Mallory Kahn, Events and Social Media Coordinator
Mallory grew up in Connecticut.  She has a BA in International Relations from Washington College and recently completed her MA in Middle Eastern Studies at Ben Gurion University. Mallory made Aliyah with Nefesh B’Nefesh in 2013. After Kibbutz Ulpan, she made her way down to Be’er Sheva, which she now considers home. Mallory and her fiance – also an Oleh (from Uruguay!) look forward to building their life together in the Negev!



Moshe Heilman, Pre-Aliyah Advisor
Moshe grew up in New York.  He earned his Masters in Social Work and worked in a number of challenging and rewarding settings.  After taking a year off to learn in Kibbutz Ulpan and in a Judaic College in Jerusalem, he fell in love with Israel and made Aliyah. After 8 years as the Manager of the Pre-Aliyah Advisory Team at NBN, Moshe was happy with the chance to join the Go South Department.  He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and 2 children.