Laurence Barchichat

Development Officer (she/her/hers)

Laurence is the Development Officer at the New Israel Fund of Canada. She is a seasoned fundraising expert with close to 10 year’s experience working at various non-profits in Montreal, QC and Toronto, ON. Laurence is passionate about fostering inclusive and vibrant communities, defending social and environmental justice, food security and sustainable agriculture. In her spare time, you can find Laurence exploring the wilderness and brushing up on her forest food foraging skills.

Ask me about… making a gift to our work, taking a study tour to Israel, or ways to help us fundraise, like hosting a salon for your friends and family.
416-781-4322 ext. 3

Hannah Blazer

Development and Operations Associate (she/her/hers)

Hannah is the Development and Operations Associate at the New Israel Fund of Canada. She studied History and Political Science at the University of Toronto, and has been involved in the nonprofit world and building Jewish community for many years. In her free time, Hannah fosters rescue cats and kittens, works on improving her mediocre French, and consumes as much history-related media as she can.

Ask me about… making a gift, general office inquiries, or anything that you’re not sure who to ask about and I can point you in the right direction.
416-781-4322 ext. 0

Hannah Cohen

Director of Operations & Programs (she/her/hers)

On parental leave until October 2024

Hannah is the Director of Operations and Programs at the New Israel Fund of Canada. Originally from Toronto, she has worked in civil society organizations around the world, including in Israel, Guatemala, Kenya, Barbados, and Thailand. She has a Master of Global Affairs from the Munk School at the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. Hannah lives in Toronto with her partner Kieran and two troublemaking cats.

Ask me about… our events, programs, and how your organization can work with us. These include, but are not limited to, questions regarding our NIFC project partners and Donor Advised giving, New Generations (20s and 30s) programming, the Naomi Chazan Fellowship, and our educational programs in Canada.
416-781-4322 ext. 2

Ben Murane

Executive Director (he/him/his)

Ben Murane is the Executive Director of the New Israel Fund of Canada and a leading voice of millennial engagement with Israel. For over fifteen years, Ben has led at the intersection of Jewish life, social justice, and Israel. He previously worked for NIF’s U.S. branch, won Jewish innovation awards for his work in environmentalism and campus life, and founded both online and offline Jewish communities. In 2012, he received the prestigious Dorot Leadership Fellowship in Israel, where he studied comparative nationalism and consulted for social action groups. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two young children.

Ask me about… our organization’s impact, media inquiries, partnerships, or planned and major gifts.
416-781-4322 ext. 1

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