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Michael Littenberg-Brown

Vice President

Michael has been working in the non-profit space for over 10 years. He sits on the Board of the Council of Young Jewish Presidents and was listed this past year as one of the 36 Under 36 by The Jewish week. He received his BA from Brown University and MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Michael can be reached at michael@israelrescue.org.

Cari Margulis Immerman

Director of Leadership Giving Midwest/Central Region

Cari has extensive experience in brand marketing, Fortune 500 consulting, and resource development.  She's raised over $20 million for Israel the last 5 years, is a graduate of the National Wexner Leadership Program, and a member of the Lions of Judah. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio.  Cari can be reached at Cari@israelrescue.org or 216-544-3010

Darya Rubenstein

Regional Development Officer, Canada

Darya Rubenstein received her BA in Psychology with a concentration in Theatre Studies. She cares deeply about making the world a better place and has volunteered in hospitals, travelled to Nicaragua on a medical mission, published twice in medical journals, and hosted multiple fundraisers to save lives. Additionally, Darya heads our Canadian fundraising department. Darya can be reached at darya@israelrescue.org

Jason Katz

Regional Development Officer, New Jersey/New York

Jason received his BA in Individualized Studies with a concentration in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Wanting to make a difference in the world, he started at United Hatzalah of Israel by teaming up with NBA superstar Amar’e Stoudemire to help save lives in Israel during the 2015 NBA season. Working now as a fulltime fundraiser in the New York and New Jersey area, Jason, in addition, runs the organization’s MyMitzvah Campaign site and works with b’nei mitzvah around the country to raise funds for livesaving medical equipment in Israel.  Jason can be reached via email at Jason@israelrescue.org

Robin Rendel

Regional Development Officer, New Jersey/New York

Robin Rendel graduated from CUNY Queens College with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Business, with Honors. She has worked as a Chaplaincy intern at North Shore Hospital and a teacher at the Torah Learning Center in Great Neck. She is passionate about United Hatalah's mission to save lives regardless of race or religion. Robin can be reached at Robin@israelrescue.org

Rachel Levine Podhorcer

Senior Development Associate

Rachel received her BA in Violin Performance from Brandeis University. She manages the internal operations and accounts for United Hatzalah's New York office. Rachel can be reached at Rachel@israelrescue.org

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Ayelet Kon

Resource Development & Community Relations, Israel and International

Ayelet received her BA in Business Management from Hebrew University and spent 8 years directing Birthright Israel programs- both in Jerusalem and in metro Detroit, focusing on post-trip engagement. She is passionate about United Hatzalah and its fabulous team of professional staff and volunteers and loves sharing the work of this incredible organization with our wonderful partners and supporters in Israel and around the world. Ayelet can be reached at Ayelet@israelrescue.org.


Michael Yudien

Marketing and Special Events Coordinator

Michael Yudien received his BA with a double major in Marketing and Management with a focus in leadership. He cares deeply about teamwork and how it influences our world, which is something that is distinct to how United Hatzalah functions. Michael started with United Hatzalah in 2014, working on their marketing and communications. As a fundraiser, Michael hopes to help continue spreading the United Hatzalah message. Michael can be reached at MichaelY@israelrescue.org

Gavy Friedson

Deputy Director of International Operations

Gavy has been saving lives since the age of fifteen. In the course of twelve years on the job, Friedson has distinguished himself through more than 9,000 emergency calls, ranging from acute medical crises to multiple casualty events. He has been first medic on the scene at a number of terrorist attacks during his years as a first responder. He spent most of his life volunteering with all of Israel’s rescue agencies, and recently returned to the United States to help expand United Rescue’s operations. He is responsible for helping in identifying additional United Rescue locations and emergency programs. Gavriel Friedson, who served in the elite Nahal Infantry Brigade and served in the Spokesperson’s Unit of the IDF, holds a Master’s degree in Public Health specializing in Emergency and Disaster Management from Tel Aviv University. Gavy can be reached at GavyF@israelrescue.org

Danielle Elyse David-Galsky

Senior Development Advisor

Danielle is passionate about United Hatzalah's revolutionary approach to emergency medical response and the way the organization brings unity to the region through lifesaving. Before joining the United Hatzalah team, Danielle worked for News Deeply, an award-winning media platform dedicated to covering the world’s most important news stories. Prior to that, she spent four years at Ogilvy as a Program Manager for the IBM Latin America account. Danielle earned an M.A. in International Education at New York University, with a focus on Media and Cultural Studies. She obtained her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College with a major in International Relations. Danielle can be reached at DanielleD@israelrescue.org

Dusty Heist-Levine

Senior Development Officer

Dusty represents United Hatzalah to communities in the Western United States.  He has spent the past decade working with various Jewish non-profits including synagogues, Jewish federations, and the Jewish Agency for Israel.  Dusty is based in Bozeman, MT with his wife, son and two dogs. Dusty can be reached at Dusty@israelrescue.org

Josh Cerf

Regional Development Officer, West Coast

After working as a volunteer firefighter and EMT during college in upstate New York, Josh continued to work in public service professionally on a 911-contracted ambulance in Santa Barbara County, California.  Now five years later, while he no longer works on an ambulance, his love for emergency medical services has not diminished but rather pivoted. On a trip to Israel with his older brother a few years ago, he was  introduced to United Hatzalah and enthusiastically became involved with the organization via two successful fundraisers in L.A.  Josh, a committed member of the organization, can be reached at JoshC@israelrescue.org

Adir L. Cohen

Regional Development Officer

Adir was born in Jerusalem and moved to the United States at an early age, eventually returning to live in Tel Aviv after graduating with a degree in Human Services from State University of New York. Adir is thrilled to be part of such an amazing organization which feels like a family - committed to saving as many lives in Israel as possible. Adir can be reached at Adir@israelrescue.org

Michelle Namdar

Development Associate

Michelle received her BA in Economics with honors from CUNY Queens College. Her intense love for Israel, combined with her desire to do good in the world is what drives her work for United Hatzalah. Michelle can be reached at michelle@israelrescue.org

Maya Horowitz

Development Assistant

Maya is a political science graduate from Vassar College, with a background in non-profits, student government, and think tanks. A lover of travel and debate, Maya fought against BDS while in college and is a staunch advocate of intersectional development practices. Maya can be reached at mayah@israelrescue.org