Adva Vilchinski, Consul for Public Diplomacy, Consul General of Israel in New York

Thursday, October 8

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Adva Vilchinski is the Consul for Public Diplomacy at the Israeli Consulate in New York. In her role, she is responsible for engagement with civil society across the consulate’s five state jurisdiction of New York, New Jersey Pennsylvania, Ohio and Delaware. She focuses on three key areas:  academia, social media and social impact, primarily creating bridges between Israeli non-profits (NGOs) and US governmental and non-governmental organizations.  One of her current initiatives, using sports as a universal connector, resulted in the May 27 webinar with several African American athletes playing in Israel’s professional basketball league.

Adva came to the New York Consulate from India where she served as a political advisor at the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi.  Prior to joining the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 2015, Adva worked for several Israeli NGOs.  After Typhoon Haiyan tore apart the Philippines in 2013, as the director of the Israeli Humanitarian Aid and Development Agency (IsraAid), Adva headed up their relief efforts there.  Prior to IsraAid, Adva worked at The Yitzhak Rabin Center: The Israli Musuem and was a program director for OneVoice Movement/Peaceworks Foundation.  In her spare time Adva answered calls at a domestic violence hot line and served on the Israeli AIDS task force.

Born in Tel Aviv, Adva earned a BA and MA in Political Science and Government at Ben Gurion University. While at Ben Gurion, Adva served as Project Manager for the Africa Center. She currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Odet, and their 2 yr. old daughter. Adva is an avid runner and recently placed third in half marathon for the diplomatic corps in Israel.  Adva is one of those amazing people who has devoted her life to repairing the world and looks forward to partnering with Maccabi USA in the future.

This event will be moderated by Maccabi USA First Vice President, Donald Kent.