Yulia Omari, Interim CEO
Yulia Omari, who was born in Moscow in 1971, spent her first two decades of life in that frosty city. In 1991, she immigrated to Israel alone with the massive wave of aliya from the former Soviet Union. She celebrated her 20th birthday in Israel, while coping with all the complications of living on her own in a new country.
Yulia’s education in administration and finance began with courses in bookkeeping and accounting. She also did a practicum in hotel financial administration.
In 2000, she joined the world of high tech just as the field began its boom years in Israel, with stints at Ericom and Wiz-Com, where her potential was soon recognized. She rose to VP Finance at one firm, and its board of directors encouraged her to pursue an academic degree. She earned her BA in business administration, with distinction, from the Lander Institute in Jerusalem.
Omari came to the YMCA in 2010 as Chief Bookkeeper and was promptly sent to study accounting at Bar Ilan University. She graduated in 2014, passed her certification exams and was promoted to CFO at the JIY.
In fact, Omari’s association with the Y began well before 2010. As a young new immigrant job-hunting in Jerusalem, she chanced upon the YMCA building and was entranced. She did not find work at the Y, but the Tzrif (Shack), the restaurant there at the time, became the favored hangout spot for Yulia and her husband Ayoub.
The couple have 3 daughters. In 2000, they decided to register their girls for YMCA’s Peace Preschool, which inevitably strengthened her connection to the place. She recalls that, when she was first interviewed and they asked her why she wanted to work at the YMCA, she said that she felt at home. A glance at her life story makes clear why she might feel that way. Yulia herself has Jewish and Christian roots, her husband Ayoub is Muslim, and they speak four languages at home: Hebrew, Russian, Arabic and English. They celebrate, in a cultural rather than religious context, a diverse collection of holidays from the three religions. Yulia’s own life is all about forging connections between different people and different cultures – among the core values cherished by the YMCA.
In April 2018, with the departure of Amos Gil as CEO of the YMCA, Yulia Omari began her tenure as Interim CEO.