Meet the people who work with you to make a difference every day.

Danielle Franks

Founder and Chief Executive

I founded Myisrael in 2008, three years after I made Aliyah from London. Living in Israel opened my eyes to the amazing work of so many small charities in Israel that really make a big difference on the ground. But they desperately needed support and didn’t have the resources to fundraise outside of Israel so I set up Myisrael to do that job for them. It was a far cry from my previous life in media marketing for SKY and Disney but I’ve not looked back since. I feel very proud of my team and our achievements to date. In my downtime I spend time with my amazing little boy and our dog, Max. For all Myisrael queries, email danni@myisraelcharity.org 

Hayley Sussman

UK Operations and Events Manager

After years of working in a corporate environment as a licensing manager for a large TV company, I had a break to have my gorgeous children (now teenagers).  I later set-up a cake business and after a few years of covering my home with a fine layer of icing sugar, I decided it was time to re-enter the workforce.  Before long I was Events Manager for Myisrael, knee-deep in discussing strategy, projects, gift aid, donor relations, events and a whole lot more.  I soon realised that Myisrael was “doing charity” the right way, and I loved how easy it was to see who we were helping and how.  For all things UK related, email events@myisraelcharity.org

Alison Gellman

UK Administrator

Working as a primary school teacher for 26 years, I decided to take the plunge and change direction in my career. Having always been involved with volunteering and the Jewish community throughout my life, I found my new calling in the Charity sector. I have been lucky to have had a great experience since leaving the classroom and am now thrilled to be working for Myisrael in UK Administration. Israel is close to my heart, having spent my gap year at Hebrew University. If I could pick up my husband, two sons and much loved family dog and move to Israel, I would in a heartbeat. However, as I live in London, working for Myisrael is a fantastic opportunity to get involved.

To get in touch email alison@myisraelcharity.org 

Eli Rudolph

Projects Co-ordinator

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, my husband, beautiful daughters and I fulfilled our long time dream of making Aliyah at the end of 2013. Having always been involved in communal work, I thought it would be tough to find something that inspired me and still made me feel connected to Israel that living here didn't already do...and then Myisrael came along! I work as the Project Co-ordinator so I get to see first hand on a daily basis how every penny literally changes peoples lives. The team at Myisrael feel like family and having my three year old son at home recently, I’m grateful how much they’ve embraced the very noisy interruptions during our Zoom meetings! For all things Amutah related, email projects@myisraelcharity.org

Yariana Nater-Atiya


I’m originally from the United States where I studied art and textile design and then later developed a career in the management of medical practice. But my life took a huge turn of direction in 2011 when my husband and I decided to move to Israel because we wanted our two children to grow up in this amazing country. As the Administrator for Myisrael, every minute that I work fills me with a sense of pride because I know that we are truly helping people and making their lives better.  For all things finance related contact finance@myisraelcharity.org

Chana Kaye

Israel Operations

Originally from London, I made aliya in 2011 with my husband and then almost 2yr old daughter. I quickly added 2 sabras to the mix and we settled in Raanana. As a qualified children's nurse I worked in a special needs nursery for 5 years before joining Myisrael this summer. I have known about the amazing work Myisrael does, I went to their launch at 'screen on the hill' in 2008! To see the projects with my own eyes made me fall in love with the work that we do. Knowing that we can make a real difference, I am learning so many new skills and loving it! In my downtime I enjoy hanging out with my family, anything food-related and having fun. For all things, Israel operations related contact resource@myisraelcharity.org


Chair of Trustees

I’ve been Chair of Trustees since 2016 and its my way of making a difference to Israel even though I am physically far from its shores. I’ve also been involved with other communal charities including Norwood, most recently Chairing the Young Norwood Board and helping to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds in the process in what has to be one of my proudest achievements to date. By day I’m a solicitor in Commercial Dispute Resolution at Rosenblatt Solicitors. And I also enjoyed a brief yet exciting "career" as a singer and actor, starring in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of Joseph alongside Jason Donovan, and touring Japan and the USA in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of A Winter's Tale!



I felt drawn to Myisrael from the minute I learnt about their refreshing approach to charitable giving - their 100% promise, the transparency and the fact that they support people in Israel. I was a primary school teacher for 18 years and then joined Myisrael as a staff member managing community relations. But I didn’t want my involvement to end when I left my role in 2016 and was delighted to become a trustee. I still speak in schools and shuls on behalf of Myisrael and have also set up a business teaching people to cook quick and healthy family meals. 



As the daughter of parents who supported the Soviet Jewry campaign in the 1970s, I was first introduced to Myisrael by the Musicians of Tomorrow project, founded by an ex-Refusenik. Once I learnt more about the charities Myisrael supports, I was sold and felt honoured to become a trustee in September 2015. I began my career in hotel management but returned to postgraduate study and qualified as a professional careers adviser in 2002. Since then I have worked for local authorities as well as Jewish charities using my expertise to help students and adults into university and work. I am now Head of Careers at JCOSS. 



My relationship with Israel was kindled during a five month stint at boarding school when I was 14 followed by a semester at the Hebrew University several years later. I’ve been involved in Myisrael for many years now, attracted by the ability to invest directly in deserving charities and see the direct difference that can be made. I’m originally from Liverpool and met my wife at Oxford University. We now live in Muswell Hill with our two teenage boys. I’m an investment manager and for ten years up to March 2016 I was part of a team managing an award-winning fund at Lansdowne Partners, prior to which I was a managing director at Credit Suisse. 



Born and raised in North London, I have had the pleasure of knowing Danni Franks for over 30 years. Her constant energy and desire to succeed is highly infectious and is carried all the way through her team. As a proud Jew and Zionist, I am excited to use my years of experience to benefit this wonderful cause. For 23 years, I worked as a Derivatives Broker in the City before moving into my existing role as a Company Director for the Pennine Way Serviced Office Group. I also work as a management consultant to the cigar industry where I lecture to those who hold the prestigious Masters of Habanos qualification. I have been actively involved in Jewish outreach projects for over 10 years and also sit on the Board of the Jewish Futures Trust. My wonderful wife Berneen and I are blessed with two amazing children, Josh & Amber, and we continue to learn from them every day.



I have supported Myisrael since its very early days due to its unique intersection between my support for Israel and its people. Myisrael focuses on smaller projects where your donation really makes a difference, with the knowledge that 100% of donations go directly to where they are needed. I have known Danni and Judianne since we all spent our year's off in Israel at the same time and was delighted when they asked if I could give my time by joining the Board as a Trustee at the beginning of 2021. I am General Counsel at a Bandwidth Infrastructure company and live in London with my wife and daughter.



I have been involved with Myisrael for a few years now in different capacities. The first call I had with Danni, I was struck by her passion to do things in an different way. 

Her drive and desire to help organisations in Israel and to fundraise in a very open way have drawn me in. 

I spent many years fundraising for charities in and out of the Jewish sector and I look forward to sharing and supporting the growth of this unique charity in the coming months/years.