A survivor of child sexual abuse himself, Manny was a vice-president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and president of the Canberra Jewish Community when he spoke out publicly about the abuse in 2011. In 2012 he established Tzedek, an Australia-based support and advocacy group for Jewish victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. In 2016 Manny relocated to Israel with his family mainly to continue his public advocacy work in this area, culminating in his founding of Kol v'Oz. Manny has previously held a number of other senior leadership positions in Australia. His activism on behalf of victims/survivors of child sexual abuse is the subject of two television documentaries produced by the ABC (Code of Silence and Breaking the Silence). Manny has published his memoir, Who Gave You Permission?. His full bio is available here.

Robert has over 20 years of experience as a prosecutor and a judge in the areas of child abuse, child welfare, domestic violence, and sex crimes. He was the Chief of the Child Abuse Unit at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he investigated and prosecuted cases of physical and sexual abuse of children, including homicides, cybercrimes, and trafficking. He became a New York State Family Court Judge in 2014, presiding over cases where child protection authorities alleged abuse and neglect of children. Robert has worked closely with law enforcement, medical and mental health providers, child welfare and foster care organizations, and the courts to coordinate and improve child abuse prevention, holistic help and support for victims and their families, and the way courts and government deal with child abuse and neglect. As part of his work, Robert helped found and oversee the Manhattan Child Advocacy Center, where children are seen holistically and by experts in the field in order to provide proper evaluation, treatment, support, and investigation. He has worked closely with schools, religious organizations, hospitals, and other companies to investigate allegations, develop educational and awareness programs for employees and communities, and create child abuse prevention protocols. For many years, Robert has taught law school courses on child abuse, domestic violence, the judicial process, and criminal justice at the Benjamin Cardozo Law School in New York. He has lectured and trained in these areas around the US, in Cuba, Turkey and Israel. Robert graduated from Dartmouth College, became a high school teacher for two years before going to law school, and then graduated from New York University Law School in 1996.​

Chief Executive Officer

Manny Waks

Director of Legal Affairs

Hon. Robert Hettleman (Ret.)

Chief Business Development Officer 

Noga Shelleg



Noga Shelleg specializes in branding and strategic marketing. She served as the Chief Marketing Officer at The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, where she was responsible for business development, branding, strategic planning, and product development. Prior to that she had been the Marketing Manager at Philip Stein & Associates (Israel), developing and implementing the company’s vision and goals while establishing the marketing department's methodologies. In her previous work she was the Marketing Manager at Rudlin Torah Academy (Richmond, VA) and the assistant marketing consultant of Prof. Avichai Shuv-Ami. Noga graduated from the School of Business at the College of Management—Academic Studies and has been certified by the International Advertising Association (IAA). 

Mr. Doug Amnon Trebish

Founder and CEO at CaptiFi-IL

Mr. Philip Weinberg

Managing Director at Block Event®


Professor David Forbes – Director, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (Australia)

Mr. Alan Gill – Executive Vice President Emeritus, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (Israel)

Ms. Lisa Hofheimer – Executive Director, Lee Liberman Charitable Foundation (US)

Dr. Yitzhak Kadman – Executive Director, Israel National Council for the Child (Israel)

Dr. David Lisak – Forensic Consultant, Professional Trainer and Public Speaker (US)

Rabbi Michael Melchior – Former Cabinet Minister and Chairman of the Committee for Children's Rights in the Knesset (Israel/Europe)

Dr. Michael Salamon –  Senior Psychologist and Director, ADC Psychological Services (US)

Prof. Asher Ben-Arieh Director at The Haruv Institute (Israel)

The role of the Global Advisors is to provide broad strategic direction and advice to VoiCSA.

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