Mordechai (Moti) Kahana is an Israeli-American businessman and philanthropist whose work on behalf of civil war refugees in Syria exemplifies the mission of The Man/Kind Project.
As a descendent of the famous 18th century rabbi, Aryeh Leib HaCohen Heller - Moti's history of service to Israel began with a stint in the IDF and continued to assistance in the rescue and extraction of the last remaining Jewish family in war-torn Syria.
Moti leveraged his success as an entrepreneur. In 1994, Moti established a leading automobile rental agency which led to his founding of Automoti - a company that was sold to Hertz. In 2005 Moti developed and patented the "Auto Eye" automatic camera that to this day is being implemented at airports and car rental agencies throughout the U.S.
With an invitation and financing of Senator John McCain's 2011 trip to war-torn Syria, Moti included a group of Israeli and American businessmen to provide humanitarian aid to Syrian Civil War refugees.
Moti interceded in saving the Jobar Synagogue in Damascus, through agreements with opposition elements.
In 2015, Moti aided the efforts to return Canadian-born Israeli citizen Gill Rosenberg, who had left for Syria in order to join the Kurdish rebels in their fight against ISIS. That same year, Moti assisted in the extraction of the last Jewish family in Aleppo, Syria.
Moti 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 Amaliah.org, 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.
The Man/Kind Project is proud to be affiliated with Moti, and look forward to being involved in his humanitarian projects that build bridges between cultures.