Zimra Vigoda is AJEEC-NISPED’s Acting Director of Resource Development. Zimra was born in Budapest, Hungary and grew up in New York City. She holds a BA in communications and sociology from Brooklyn College and a JD.
After working in Hungary for two years, Zimra immigrated to Israel in 1994 and has 15 years of experience working with diverse non-profit organizations in Israel. Since 2009, she has been an active member of the AJEEC-NISPED resource development team.
Zimra and her family are also active in a Jewish-Arab community in Beer Sheva, the Hagar Association – Jewish-Arab Education for Equality. Prompted by her son Amit’s orthopedic impairment, Zimra is involved in special needs advocacy.
Languages: English, Hebrew, Hungarian.
View Zimra’s LinkedIn profile here.
- “‘Five Broken Cameras’ and a punch in the stomach” (Times of Israel)
- “It’s not safe here, we gotta go back to Israel” (Times of Israel)
If you are visiting AJEEC-NISPED after hearing Amit Vigoda’s story, welcome! You can learn more about this brave boy – and his amazing mother – at the links below.
- Amit’s own blog (with stories, videos, and photos). As to why Amit has agreed to tell his story publicly? “I want other kids with similar stuff to know they have options for a better life.”
- “Thanks to his leg amputation, my 12-year-old can finally run,” (Kveller, with video)
- “Choosing to have my son’s leg amputated was the most difficult decision I’ve ever made” (Kveller)
- “Boy, 11, gets his wish to have his leg amputated” (Yahoo News, ABC News’ Good Morning America)
- “Boy, 11, gets his wish to have his leg amputated after being born with agonizing rare condition which causes his bones to constantly fracture” (Daily Mail UK)
- “A better life: 11 year old boy gets wish to amputate leg” (Fox News)
- “Boy, 11, wants his leg amputated” (CNN: video)
- “Bay area boy suffering from rare bone disorder gets wish to have his leg cut off” (New York Daily News, with video)
- “רגלו של עמית בן ה-11 תיכרת – לפי בקשתו” (YNet)