Mrs.. Shira Reifman
Shira Reifman is the Chief Executive Officer of Keren Or Inc., a multi-service agency in Jerusalem that serves children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities, and their families. Shira oversees all of the organization's programs, as well as development and engagement efforts worldwide.
Shira joined Keren Or in September 2019, after ten years at Kishorit, a kibbutz in the Galilee for adults with special needs, where she was a Development Associate from 2008-2012, and the Director of Development from 2012-2019. During her tenure at Kishorit, Shira managed all of the organization's fundraising and public relations initiatives in the US, Canada, the UK, Holland, Australia and Israel. She worked closely with volunteers on 4 continents to create successful fundraising events, and developed partnerships with foundations, federations, and private donors.
Prior to making aliyah in 2007, Shira worked for the Orthodox Union for ten years in both their youth and special needs divisions. She served as the Coordinator of National Projects for the OU’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities and the Coordinator of Junior Yachad, a youth group that brings adolescents with special needs together with their same-age peers, for weekend retreats, summer camps, and a range of social and educational programs.
Most significantly at the OU, Shira served as a Regional Director for the Upstate New York region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) for eight years, and as the National Director of Operations for NCSY. As Director of Operations, Shira developed an ombudsman system, introduced extensive staff training for hundreds of employees and volunteers across North America, and created sexual harassment policies for the organization. She oversaw the creation of myriad new summer programs that brought hundreds of teenagers to Israel and Jewish summer camps, as well as the organization’s year-round programming.
Shira holds a Bachelor's Degree, a Masters in Social Work (MSW), and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), all from Columbia University in New York City and was selected by the Wexner Foundation as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Shira is married to Rabbi Daniel Reifman, a teacher at the Pardes Institute and the Bar Ilan Kollel, and they are the proud parents of five daughters.