Executive Director, Danielle Burenstein
Danielle is Executive Director of Beit Ruth and directs strategic planning and development to help lead Beit Ruth to a higher level of community-building, visibility, partnership development and impact.
Before joining Beit Ruth, Danielle was the Executive Director of Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda for vulnerable and orphaned youth -- modeled after the youth villages built in Israel after the Holocaust. Previously she led development at an independent school in Harlem and at a leading congregation in NYC.
Prior to her work in development, Danielle was a Corporate Social Responsibility manager at a Fortune 11 company. She began her career as an attorney with a Paris law firm before moving back to NYC to join the Legal Aid Society where she represented the underserved, addressing issues of poverty and housing. Danielle is the proud daughter of a Holocaust survivor who arrived in what was then Palestine on the Exodus 47.
She credits her Mother as showing her what courage looks like, teaching her how even during the worst of atrocities, generosity and kindness can thrive and breed hope. She wants to pass on this hope to the girls at Beit Ruth who have never been given reason to believe that the world can be a kind and good place. Danielle lives happily in NY with her partner.
Managing Director, Iris Twerski
In 2006, Iris was given the enormous task of setting up the Beit Ruth Hostel, and then the Beit Ruth Village, as Managing Director. Ever since, she has been the driving force behind Beit Ruth's evolution from a great idea to a fully operational village equipped to care for and educate 45 at-risk girls. Overseeing Beit Ruth's growth for the past ten years, Iris also manages all of Beit Ruth's institutional activities in Israel, including public relations, partnerships and collaborations, funding and operations. She is also overseeing Beit Ruth's Capital Development Projects, including the construction of Beit Ruth's brand new on-site school building and two additional residences.
Prior to joining Beit Ruth, Iris spent seven years in New York as the Regional Director of the tri-state area with the Friends of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). Iris holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Director of Advocacy & Outreach and Special Projects, Ronit Lev-Ari
Ronit Lev-Ari, who served as the Israeli Government’s foremost authority on women’s issues under two Prime Ministers, developed Beit Ruth from a synthesis of her professional experience and changing trends in female juvenile transgression in Israel. Ronit’s responsibility is to plan, direct, and oversee the programmatic structure of the Village with great sensitivity and attention to the specific needs of young women. She is responsible for working as liaison, on behalf of Beit Ruth, with relevant government Ministries to ensure the utmost cooperation and collaboration.