To say Moran Zipper Goldenberg is the perfect fit for FIBA is quite an understatement. The Forbes Israel “30 under 30” recipient has lived her entire life as an entrepreneur creating connections. Moran came to FIBA in the Fall of 2017 as an intern. Learning about FIBA and how they are helping Israeli startups come to the United States and connect with the Jewish Community in Tampa and beyond, but FIBA has learned so much from Moran. She is the epitome of the ideals FIBA holds dear: innovation, collaboration, & results. And it seems she has been this way her entire life. When Moran’s grandparents passed away, there was a void that she chose to fill through volunteering at nursing homes. The relationships she developed through that work often rewarded her just as much as it helped the nursing home residents. It was then that she realized her passion and she set out to connect the generations.
A self-described social activist for the elderly, Moran has committed to not only preserving but cultivating the relationship between the young generation and the elderly. At only 28-years-old, she has already created several organizations and initiatives to successfully fulfill this goal and shows no signs of stopping. She has recognized the finiteness of the generation of people who founded Israel and who lived through the Holocaust and she works tirelessly to ensure their stories are heard and live on.
Moran started the initiative “Around the Bonfire” to celebrate the holiday of Lag B’Omer in a more meaningful way by listening to the personal stories of the founders of Israel. The bonfire setting creates a magical and meaningful experience for not only the listeners but the storytellers. With the goal of hearing and recording every Isreali founder, the project enables a direct encounter between young people and the founders. This Lag B’Omer there are plans for 25 thousand Israelis to gather around 700 bonfires.
Moran also co-founded Zikaron BaSalon, Hebrew for “Memory in the Living Room.” A project where Holocaust survivors are invited on the Israeli Holocaust Memorial Day, into private homes to tell their stories. Again, the goal being to create an intimate setting, where generations are connected and stories are told and remembered from a generation that is that last of its kind. Since 2011,
Zikaron BaSalon has grown to include 750,000 people; contributors and listeners.
While working as the activity coordinator for the Dor LeDor (Generation to Generation) organization, Moran’s passion for the intergenerational connection, led her to initiate the start-up, “Help on the Way,” which wishes to connect seniors who need specific assistance with young people who live nearby. They are even creating an app to make it easy for the younger generation to see who needs help nearby.
Everything Moran has done and continues to do is with the intent to connect. Admittedly she is not happy unless she is doing multiple things at the same time, so you will always find her working towards this goal. Moran even connected with one of the new FIBA cohorts and is planning on trying to unite their organization with policy makers back in Israel. “Being in Tampa for the past three months and working with FIBA has been an unbelievable experience,” says Moran. “The exposure to all of these entrepreneurs and experiencing how FIBA is connecting Israel to the United States is a win-win for Israeli start-ups and the Jewish community in Tampa as well. “ For FIBAs part, having Moran work with us has been amazing and we are sad to see her go back to Israel. We wish Moran luck with all her future endeavors and know she will continue to make her mark no matter what she does.
FIBA would love to add more interns to our team. If you are interested in becoming an unpaid, FIBA intern, please go to our website https://www.fiba.io/participate/be-an-intern/ and fill out the application form.