Moti Kahana

Founder and Board of Directors, Amaliah

Moti Kahana, born in 1968 in Jerusalem, is an American-Israeli businessman and philanthropist who has donated considerable money and time providing support for the Syrian opposition. He financed the opposition group which took senator John McCain to visit war-torn Syria, and has provided humanitarian relief for Syrian civilians. Moti became well-known for rescuing the last Jewish family from Aleppo, and recovering ancient Jewish artifacts, including Torah scrolls, in danger of destruction from synagogues in Syria. He has been called the Jewish Raoul Wallenberg for providing passports to hundreds of Syrian opposition members and their families. Three years ago, Moti founded the organization, which is now working in tandem with the Israeli Defense Force and Syrian local council, toward a goal of bringing over a million Syrians back home to a designated "Safe Zone,” territory in Southern Syria on the border with Israel.