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 with the Jewish Federation of Madison. 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, and on campus with UW-Chabad. 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 1, 2021, Madison's Jewish community welcomed our new Shlichim, Hanna and Oz. 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, Hanna Bloch and Oz Bin-Nun. They arrive on August 1 and will both be working at the Jewish Federation of Madison. Hanna and Oz will be taking over for Danielle and Gal who have returned to Israel after completing two years as our Community Shlichim.


A Note of Introduction


Hello to our new friends in Madison!


We are Hanna and Oz, and we live in Bet Shemesh, a nice town next to Jerusalem. We got married right before the Covid pandemic while we were both in the army. Hanna was in an intelligence unit, and Oz was in a combat unit called Egoz.


We enjoy learning philosophy in general, and especially Jewish philosophy. We love to read, cook, and travel, but the biggest fun for us is having a coffee cup along with good conversation.


We wanted to be Shlichim for a very long time. We are very excited to come to Madison, and we're looking forward to meeting you all! We wish you all a pleasant summer.


See you soon!

Hanna & Oz


More About Hanna and Oz

In addition to the army, Hanna and Oz have lots of experience with education and youth. For Hanna, that includes managing a program for youth and children with disabilities, leading dialogue circles, tutoring at-risk youth, and volunteering as a youth counselor and at a children's learning center. Oz's experience includes working with the Brofman Fellowship program as a Recruitment Coordinator, leading dialogue circles, being a counselor for high schoolers, tutoring children with special needs, and coaching children's basketball.

  • Enjoy your favorite drink with the new Shlichim!

    We invite you to join us for your favorite drink - either on Zoom or in person - wherever you feel more comfortable. It can be in a park, a cafe, or at your favorite place in Madison. If none of the options listed on the sign-up are good for you, let us know and we'll find another date. Looking forward to seeing you!

Israeli Song Playlists
Each week, our Community Shlichim, Hanna and Oz, are curating playlists on YouTube of Israeli songs based on a theme and post them to Facebook with personal stories and connections. Listen to the playlists below or follow Hanna and Oz on Facebook.


  • 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 Shlichim on the JFM Israel Committee if you are interested in bringing Israel to Madison.

    For more information:

There have been nineteen 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 (2019-2021)
  • Hanna Block and Oz Bin-nun (2021-present)

Learn What's Happening in Israel


For questions on how to support Israel and information about what is happening, please contact our Jewish Federation of Madison Community Shlichim, Hanna and Oz, at