Community Shlichim / Israel Program Specialists

Jewish Federation of Madison began its Shlichah program in 2003 to strengthen our community’s connection to Israel and the Israeli people.


Shlichim serve as Israel program specialists and share their time between Jewish Federation of Madison and on campus at UW-Hillel and UW-Chabad. Shlichim provide educational programming for the entire Madison area Jewish community, and also serve as advocates for Israel within both the Jewish and broader community. They typically teach at Gan HaYeled, Chug Ivrit and Midrasha, and provide programming during the summer at Camp Shalom. Three of Madison's shlichim have earned well-deserved recognition for their work here. Our first Shlichah, Shirin Ezekiel, received the JDC’s Ralph Goldman Fellowship, often referred to as the most prestigious post-graduate fellowship in Jewish communal work. Diklah Cohen (2005-2007) and Nilli Glick (2008-2010) were named JAFI’s outstanding Shaliach for their work in Madison. August 16, 2019, Madison's Jewish community will welcome our new Shlichim, Danielle and Gal (pictured right). We hope you will consider them a wonderful resource for the entire community.



The Jewish Federation of Madison is excited to welcome our two new Community Shlichim, Danielle Man (who will be working primarily at the Jewish Federation of Madison) and Gal Ben Yishay (who will mostly be working on Campus). They arrived on August 16, just a few days after their wedding! Danielle and Gal will be taking over for Shlomit and Tal who are returning to Israel after completing two years as our Community Shlichim.


Danielle served as head of the IT section in one of the IDF’s largest training bases and at Mizrahi Tefahot Bank as a mortgage banker for two years after completing her military service. Prior to her arrival in Madison, Danielle was working as a training coordinator at Maof, a project of the Israeli Ministry of Economy which assists in the development and support of small and medium businesses. Danielle holds a BA degree in Behavioral Sciences and Human Resources from the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Academic College.

“For many years I had this feeling that I want to contribute and do more in the name of the state of Israel. I think that Shlichut is the perfect platform for learning and understanding the uniqueness of our diverse and colorful Jewish World. I truly hope to tell the story of Israel in the best way through my own perspective. We’ve heard so much about this amazing community and I just can’t wait to meet everybody.” ~ Danielle

Gal served in the IDF’s Airborne division as a combat medic for 3 years, worked for over 4 years at EL AL airlines, and for the last two years as a media consultant, most recently at Fleisher Communications as an account manager on the International team. Gal holds a BA degree in Communications and Business Management from the College of Management and he is currently an MA student for Security and Diplomatic Affairs at the University of Tel Aviv.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be arriving in the beautiful city of Madison and be a part of this amazing community. I’m looking forward and excited to meet all the students who I’ve heard so much about. For me, it’s a dream coming true and I believe that together, we’ll be able to bring you a sample of Israel, the way we see it. See you soon!” ~ Gal


  • What's Your Movie?

    Host a party with your friends or family at your home and our Shlichim, will bring an Israeli movie of your choice to watch - then lead a follow-up game or discussion afterwards.

  • The Israel Committee

    Join our Community Shlicha, Shlomit, on the JFM Israel Committee if you are interested in bringing Israel to Madison.

    For more information contact:
    Danielle by

There have been seventeen Jewish Federation of Madison Shlichim to date since the program began in 2003.

  • Shirin Ezekiel (2003-2005)
  • Diklah Cohen (2005-2007)
  • Shlomi Nahumson (2007-2008)
  • Nilli Glick (2008-2010)
  • Michal Agassi (2010-2011)
  • Dan Landa and Maya Pney-Gil (2011-2012)
  • Eden and Yehonatan Hazani Zion (2012-2013)
  • Racheli Komar-Azizullahoff and Mickey Azizullahoff-Komar (2013-2015)
  • Daniel Gill and Shirly Raiz (2015-2017)
  • Shlomit Ezer and Tal Sheffer (2017-2019)
  • Danielle Man and Gal Yishay (2019-present)


Danielle Man at
Gal Ben Yishay at

Learn What's Happening in Israel


For questions on how to support Israel and information about what is happening, please contact our Israeli Shlichim: Danielle - Jewish Federation of Madison Shlicha at or Gal - Jewish Federation of Madison Campus Shaliach at


With The Shlichim

Danielle and Gal will be arriving soon and they are looking forward to meeting members of the Madison Jewish Community. Host them for a meal. Tell them about your favorite parts of living in Madison, get to know more about Israel, and meet this fabulous couple! To make arrangements, email Danielle at