Sally Oren, Our Gala Honoree December 2012

sallySally Oren is a native of San Francisco and a graduate of UC Berkeley with a BA in Near Eastern Studies and Dance. She moved to Israel over 30 years ago, where she met her future husband, Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the US. She taught dance in Jerusalem and throughout the southern region of Israel.

Returning to Jerusalem after 5 years in the Negev, she worked as a writer, editor, and researcher at the Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University. Before her husband’s appointment in Washington, Sally was employed by Taglit Birthright Israel, where she served as the assistant to the director and as a liaison for communities outside of North America. In her spare time she taught Tai Chi in Jerusalem. Currently, Sally is involved in international aid and issues regarding women’s health and education in Israel.
Sally and Michael have 3 children. The eldest, Yoav, is married to a Jerusalemite and this summer is working for an international company in Shanghai.  The middle daughter, Lia, is teaching English in an elementary school in Jerusalem, and Noam, the youngest, is  serving as an officer in an elite unit in the Israel Defense Forces.