NEW YORK—American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) announced today the appointment of Maayan Dauber as new Eastern Region Executive Director. She will lead fundraising efforts on the East Coast, beginning October 26. Ms. Dauber’s hiring signals AFIPO’s commitment to supporting the world-class Israel Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the pandemic, while bringing more accessible, inspiring digital musical content to global audiences.

“The Israel Phil is iconic,” said Ms. Dauber. “I’m honored to be on the team entrusted with its wellbeing at this critical juncture in history, as arts institutions face unprecedented challenges even as the healing and hope they bring to the world is more necessary than ever. AFIPO’s unwavering commitment to expanding both development and programming efforts, despite the pandemic, sets it apart as a visionary nonprofit I’m proud to join.”

In addition to hiring Ms. Dauber, in the past months AFIPO has produced a Global Gala, hosted by Dame Helen Mirren, that reached more than 500,000 people; is promoting the Israel Phil’s chamber music series, a 10-part broadcast of original recordings; released original music education resources for children; and is planning multiple online events, free and accessible to all, through 2021.

“Maayan shares our commitment to supporting Israel’s preeminent cultural ambassador and spreading its music to uplift and transform,” said Danielle Ames Spivak, AFIPO Executive Vice President and CEO. “As Israel faces a second lockdown and the world continues to grapple with enormous challenges, bringing someone with Maayan’s experience on board will help us play our vital role in providing support to the Orchestra and solace to its audiences.”

Prior to joining AFIPO, Ms. Dauber served as Director of Patron Programs and Major Gifts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where she grew its young patrons’ group to more than double its size, diversified its leadership, oversaw a marketing rebrand of all patron programs, and ran multiple successful campaigns. Before her role at BAM, Ms. Dauber received a PhD in modernist literature from Princeton University.

Ms. Dauber lives in Brooklyn with her husband Aryeh and sons Teddy (5) and Zeb (2). She is an active member of the Prospect Heights Shul and serves on the development committee of Luria Academy, a Montessori Jewish day school. Ms. Dauber was born in Israel, where she has many close relatives, and spent a gap year after high school studying in Jerusalem.

 About American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra:

American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) supports the world-class Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), enabling the IPO to enrich diverse audiences around the world in its role as Israel’s preeminent cultural ambassador. AFIPO’s vision is to inspire the human spirit through transformative music education programs and extraordinary performances that celebrate Israel and the arts. For more information, please visit

 About the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) is the leading orchestra in Israel and globally recognized as a world class symphonic ensemble. Founded in 1936 by famed Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, the IPO performs regularly in its home, the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, as well as across Israel, including Jerusalem and Haifa. Additionally, it tours internationally, from Europe to Asia to North and South America. Since its inception, the IPO has enjoye

d long-lasting relationships with renowned soloists and conductors which have kept it at the forefront of the classical music world. For more information, please visit

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