Dani Serlin – Director

Dani is the Director of Yesod, a partnership of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, and JDC, investing in key individual Jewish communal professionals, educators and activists to strengthen Jewish life in Europe through professional development and Jewish fluency opportunities.

Dani previously led Limmud International, supporting and advising Limmud volunteer leaders and teams in Europe as well as worldwide to deliver diverse cross-communal Jewish learning events to over 80 Limmud communities in more than 40 countries. She was responsible for delivering regional and international development and connection programmes. Her background is in project management, social research into community conflict, and she was a madricha in a pluralist youth movement. Dani has a BA in Modern History and Political Science and an MA in Mediterranean Studies. She lives in London.

Rabbi David Levin-Kruss – Jewish Learning Director

“Jewish knowledge is the ‘technology’ we use to make the world a better place”. In his role as Yesod’s Jewish Learning Director, David guides professionals as they find or enhance their Jewish voice using rich and innovative Jewish content. In addition to working for Yesod, David is also Director of Jewish Education for JDC-Europe.

Prior to joining JDC, David taught at and directed special programs at Jerusalem’s Pardes Institute, served as the Overseas Director at the Melitz Centers for Jewish Zionist Education, and was the Community Director and Family Educator at Stanmore Synagogue in London.

David holds a B.A. and Teachers’ Certification in English Literature and Jewish Thought from Hebrew University. He served in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit and received rabbinic ordination from the Strauss Rabbinical Seminary.

Colin Bulka – Program Director

Colin was born in London and started his career in the UK as a youth and community worker and informal educator in a variety of roles including running a youth club, working with an information and advice project and supporting a Zionist youth movement. In 1992, Colin made Aliyah to Jerusalem and continued his work with Zionist youth movements, including running a year-long leadership program for young madrichim on their gap year, later serving as the director of the Machon L’Madrichim program. Returning to the UK for specific roles since 1992, Colin ran a leadership institute for the British Jewish community, oversaw educational initiatives as a shaliach, and was the first program director of JW3, London’s new JCC. In the last two years he has been working as the Director of JDC Hungary, setting up a new foundation there and having overall responsibility for the well-known Szarvas camp experience.

Colin has an MA in The management of Youth and Community Work and Applied Anthropology’ and is a graduate of the Jerusalem Fellows Programme at the Mandel School of Educational Leadership. In this role at Yesod, Colin works with Jewish community professionals and educators to identify their growth and development goals and supports them in making plans to reach them. Colin also manages Yesod’s Professional Development Fund.

Aya Yariv Gordon – Administrator

Originally from Tel Aviv, Aya holds a B.A. in Economics and Social Science from Ben Gurion University in Israel and a MSc. in HR Management & Organisational Analysis from King’s College London. She has worked as an administrator, an economist at a law firm specialising in municipal taxes, and as Head of Hebrew in a London nursery.  Aya also has a background volunteering in various organisations that support families in need, developing relationships between communities and promoting local tourism. She lives in London.