Adv. Roi Abecassis is taking over the position of Head of the Spiritual Services Department of the global Mizrahi movement, replacing Rabbi Yechiel Wasserman. Roi grew up in Kedumim in Samaria, to Bracha and Gad Abecassis, who served as deputy director of the Ministry of Education. He studied at Har Etzion Yeshiva and served as a soldier in the Golani brigade. He was certified as a lawyer in 2002, and holds a master's degree in political science, specializing in public policy from Bar-Ilan University. A member of the management of "Mizrahi Global", "Kanfei Ruach" and "Keren Meirim", Roi, a married father of five, lives in Modi'n-Maccabim-Reut, with his wife Yael and children.
From 1988-1992, Roi worked at the World Secretariat of Bnei Akiva as coordinator of training programs and was responsible for mission manpower. He additionally interned at the law office of Meron, Bension and Prywes simultaneously. In 2003, he served as the Jewish Agency’s Bnei Akiva emissary in Scandinavia, and was there when tensions between the Jews and Arabs peaked in the Danish city of Malmo. He returned to Israel in 2006 and was appointed Director General of the Department for Fulfillment at the World Zionist Organization, together with Gal Greenwald, who served as the head of the department.
Five years later, in 2011, he was appointed Deputy Secretary General of World Bnei Akiva. Since 2015, Abecassis has served as Secretary General of World Bnei Akiva, which operates in 26 countries in 110 branches and has 120 emissaries. He led the process of establishing the World Council (the movement’s Board of Directors), established the World Preparatory School - a mixed pre-military preparatory school for foreigners and Israelis, expanded the movement's activities among new populations and led the construction of two buildings used by Bnei Akiva Jerusalem Tirat Yosef and The World Preparatory School in Haifa - Atzmon Cinema. In October 2020, he was elected as the representative of the Mizrachi movement in the national institutions.
Using his new role, Abecassis seeks to continue the Ben Ami project, sending 30 emissaries around the world, to act as community emissaries whose message is to strengthen Judaism, prevent assimilation, and strengthen ties with the State of Israel and encourage immigration.
Abecassis added that part of the department's activities would continue strengthening ties with communities that have grown more distanced over the years and offer them a new connection to Judaism and the State of Israel.
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