Rina Edelstein

Rina Edelstein

Associate Vice President, Global Programs

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Jewish Federations of North America, Israel Office

Rina is the Associate Vice President for Global Programs in JFNA’s Israel office, a position she has held since January 2016.   As the AVP for global programs, Rina serves as JFNA’s lead field-based professional, responsible for developing organizational strategy, implementing programs, and overseeing a range of initiatives that relate to key Israel and Overseas content areas.  Working in close collaboration across JFNA in Israel and the United States, and with Federations across the system, Rina connects strategy to planning to implementation.  She manages lay processes with the senior Federation leadership, generating collective decision-making and rendering creative and timely educational programming and engagement opportunities in Israel, North America and with Jewish communities around the world.  In addition, Rina serves as the JFNA liaison to multiple constituencies and organizations within and beyond the Federation ambit, including with various government ministries, leading NGOs, research and academic institutions, and beyond.  Previously, Rina spent 18 years with the JDC and in her last role served as the Director of the Donor Relations Division for JDC's FSU division.  There she worked to articulate and represent the needs of the clients served by JDC in the FSU to individuals and organizations.  In addition, she managed the programmatic implementation of restitution funds for elderly Nazi victims in the FSU.  Rina's responsibilities included oversight and management of programs and capital projects throughout the FSU.  In the course of her work, she traveled extensively throughout the FSU and met frequently with community leaders and official government representatives.  Prior to joining JDC, Rina served with the Israeli Consulate in New York and the Israeli Democracy Institute in Jerusalem.  Rina was born in New York and has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She has a Masters degree in Comparative Government from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.   Rina lives in Jerusalem with her three children.