Our team has the most incredible people, all united by one purpose - to bring the best, most comprehensive, nuanced and inspiring Israel education to the next generation of the Jewish people.

Masha Merkulova

Founder and Executive Director
Masha Merkulova founded Club Z to provide teens with a platform to connect to Israel, Jewish history, Zionism, and one another. Born in the Former Soviet Union, Masha did not know that she was Jewish. As she grew up, she began to question her identity and embrace Zionism, realizing that it is a movement of justice that corrects many wrongs throughout history. Before founding Club Z in 2011, Masha spent more than a decade as a Jewish community activist in the San Francisco Bay Area, spearheading efforts to address antisemitism on campus and to advocate for Israel. During these years, Masha witnessed the need for teens to have a platform to connect to Israel and Zionism, which propelled the founding of Club Z. Masha is a commentator in print media, with op-eds published on FOX News, in the Jewish News Syndicate, and more. Her writing focuses on antisemitism, bigotry, and the delegitimization of Israel.

Devora Fine

Deputy Director

Devora Fine is a lifelong advocate for the State of Israel. Her strong Jewish identity was forged growing up in the heart of Silicon Valley, where she attended Jewish Day School, Hebrew School, and Synagogue. Before attending college, Devora took a community service gap year in Israel through Hassadah and Young Judea. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from UCLA, where she became a proud and active member of the Israel community. After graduating, Devora spent two years bringing her talents to tech companies, but she wanted to harness her passion for Zionism and Israel to make a larger impact. Devora joined the Club Z team in 2017 so that she could help the next generation of Jewish leaders connect to Zionism.

Naya Lekht

Director of Education
Naya Lekht is the Director of Education for Club Z. She develops and teaches Club Z’s dynamic curriculum, helping to cultivate articulate and thoughtful teens who advocate for the Jewish people and Israel. Naya is a scholar of Russian Jewish culture and writes about contemporary anti-Semitism. Before joining Club Z, Naya taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she obtained a Ph.D. in Russian Literature in 2013. Naya lectures widely on modern-day anti-Semitism and was a scholar-in-residence at Oxford University through the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism (ISGAP).

Hadar Farkash

Regional Director, Bay Area
Hadar Farkash is a passionate Zionist and Jewish community advocate. Born and raised in Israel, Hadar moved to the Bay Area in 2013 as part of a cultural exchange program. As an Israel activist in the United States, she has collaborated with organizations including the Israeli-American Council and StandWithUs. She also has volunteered with the JCC, Moishe House, and Tzofim. Hadar is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she received a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hadar joined the Club Z team after an impactful experience as a university student in America, in which she realized the importance of educating high school students about Israel before they reach university.

Alla Raykham

New York Program Manager
Alla Raykhman leads Club Z’s efforts to engage teens in the New York Jewish community. She believes that it is crucial to educate young adults about Jewish history and the connection between Israel and Jewish people, as well as have a fact-based understanding of today’s situation in the Middle East. Alla holds two Master of Science degrees in Metallurgy from Ukraine and Chemical Engineering from NYU. She recently graduated from the COJECO Keystone Fellowship leadership training program and is an alumna of the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service for community lay leaders.