Fellows


SEPTEMBER 2015-AUGUST 2017

Cohort 24

 

Shimrit Barda

Shimrit Barda

​​​Shimrit Barda directed the organizational consultancy unit of the Prime Minister’s Office, in which capacity she consulted on strategic processes in the office, and helped senior managers with leadership development and planning. Previously Shimrit worked as a senior organizational consultant in the IDF, and in the private and nonprofit sectors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and education, and a master’s in organizational studies, from the department of sociology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her master’s thesis was written on collaborations between academia and industry, and she has since concentrated on integration processes between systems and organizations. Shimrit is interested in policy development, as well as in the connection between different groups in Israeli society, and the fostering of trust and respectful dialogue, based on pluralism and tolerance.​ 


Galia Boneh

Galia Boneh

Galia Boneh works in community development, and has spent many years in this capacity in Africa and in the United States. In Malawi she set up and ran a local organization called the Center for Global Art and Health, developing programs to encourage leadership, entrepreneurship, and the use of art to create dialogue about social and cultural issues affecting health. Galia twice received a Fulbright scholarship to teach at the University of Malawi. She holds a bachelor’s degree in performing arts from the University of Ghana (including a year’s internship in Kenya in an international development program run by the University of Minnesota), and a master’s degree and PhD from the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. Galia is interested in education processes that can lead to the appreciation of human variety as a source of power and cultural wealth.​


Diana Daaboul

Diana Daaboul

​​Diana Daaboul is a lecturer and researcher in education and special education. She began her career as a special education teacher, and worked as a pedagogical instructor and lecturer in education and special education at the David Yellin Academic College of Education in Jerusalem, where she served for eight years as head of the track for special education in Arab society. Diana directed the Al-Farah Center supporting children with learning disabilities in private schools in East Jerusalem, and taught at a number of in-service teacher training institutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree, a teaching diploma, and a master’s degree in special education, and a PhD in social work, all from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She also holds diplomas in pedagogical academic management and in teaching school principals. She is a social activist, and a committee member at several educational institutions, including the board of directors of the Arab Pedagogical Council. Diana is interested in fostering cooperation between the different sections and streams of the education system.​


Ilanit Dror

Ilanit Dror

Ilanit Dror is an educator. She was most recently principal of the Beit Eckstein high school for young people with psychiatric difficulties. The school’s approach is humanist, with a strong emphasis on interpersonal relationships and on developing the pupils’ emotional and social skills. Ilanit has also worked at HaMidrasha at Oranim Academic College, as director of a program for at-risk youth in Israel’s northern periphery, and has run youth leadership development groups – programs aimed at developing young, socially involved leadership in Israel’s geographic and social periphery, and at promoting equal opportunities. In addition, she acts as a personal coach to new school principals. Ilanit holds a bachelor’s degree in the humanities, literature, and language, as well as teaching diplomas for each of those disciplines, and a master’s degree in education system development and management, from the University of Haifa. She is interested in strengthening trust between teachers and parents.​  


Revital Duek

Revital Duek

Revital Duek has 20 years of experience in hi-tech companies. She began her career in companies that developed computer-based platforms for learning technology, science, and languages. In a series of senior positions in Israel and in the international market she has directed business divisions, marketing divisions, and sales and business development units. Revital holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial design and management from the Technion, and a master’s in business administration from Bar-Ilan University. She is active in providing tools for young people to cope with the challenges of the internet and of surfing it, and serves in the Technology and Science Forum run by the “New Faces” nonprofit, which aims to introduce girls to scientific and technological professions – a subject she is interested in developing further.​


Yehuda Fridman

Yehuda Fridman

Yehuda Fridman directed a center for academic excellence at the “Educating for Excellence” nonprofit, and established the high school center for excellence in Netanya. As part of his role he helped outstanding students from low socioeconomic backgrounds to fulfil their potential and attain high academic achievements, and launched and led a project to introduce students to social content in different places throughout Israel. In recent years Yehuda has volunteered for the “House of Wheels” nonprofit, coaching and mentoring paraplegic youth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and politics from the Open University, and a master’s degree in education management, with a specialization in informal education, from Bar-Ilan University. He is interested in the issue of at-risk youth in Israel.​


Nadav Greenberg

Nadav Greenberg

Nadav Greenberg is an educator who works mainly in informal educational settings. Most recently he directed the educational residential school of the Aloni Yitzchak youth village, and also lectured in the training course for residential school principals, and tutored in the training course for counselors. The village was awarded the Education Prize for Residential Schools. Nadav also served as a community emissary to Pittsburgh on behalf of the Jewish Agency for Israel. He holds a bachelor’s degree in brain science from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s in business administration, specializing in nonprofit management, from Haifa University. He is also a graduate of the Israel Tour Guide School. Nadav is interested in parental attitudes to the role of the educator; in the role of the education system in nurturing the relationship between parent and child; in a Jewishly-inspired approach to immigrant integration; and in education towards social awareness and proactivity in shaping a humanist society. ​​ 


Tzipora Gutman

Tzipora Gutman

Tzipora Gutman is a social activist in the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community, and focuses on the development and implementation of services for populations at the more extreme end of the therapeutic continuum. She has lobbied for legislative changes that will help bridge gaps between the Haredi community and the government in the field of treatment and punishment of sexual offenders in Haredi society, working in tandem with rabbis, legal experts, and MKs from different parties in the Knessset. Tzipora founded and directed the Adi Center for at-risk girls in Bnei Brak, an educational and therapeutic framework for girls from Haredi homes who have dropped out of the formal school system. She has also worked on setting up religious seminaries for female high school graduates from the Haredi community. Tzipora holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Open University, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in developing educational and therapeutic frameworks for girls from the Haredi community whose needs are not currently met within the community, such as a youth village for Haredi girls at risk.​​


Batya Houri Yafin

Batya Houri Yafin

Batya Houri Yafin is an educator and a teacher. In recent years she has taught Bible and Talmud at the Leyada high school in Jerusalem, where she has also coordinated social and pedagogical activities, and served as a member of the school’s pedagogical development team. In parallel, Batya has for many years been a volunteer in the “Street Address” program for at-risk youth, run by the Elem nonprofit. She directed a study program for Israeli singers interested in learning about traditional Jewish liturgical songs (“piyut”) from an artistic and intellectual aspect, called “Friend, did you Forget?!” Batya completed a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Jewish philosophy, along with a teaching diploma, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the Revivim honors program for Jewish education teachers. She is interested in deepening the conversation between different sections of Israeli society, and enriching their shared language.​  


Yaacov Kortzvail

Yaacov Kortzvail

Yaacov Kortzvail is an educator who served as the academic coordinator of the Hemdat Hadarom Academic College of Education. He has helped develop the boys’ track at the college since its inception, and as part of his role was responsible for training teachers from the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) sector in core educational subjects. Yaacov studied for ten years at the Maaleh Adumim national religious seminary, and from 2005 to 2015 taught Talmud and Jewish philosophy at the Lev Lada’at national religious seminary in Sderot. He holds a bachelor’s degree and teaching diploma in Bible and Jewish law, and a master’s degree and PhD in Jewish philosophy, all from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His doctoral thesis examines the religious philosophy of Rav Kook, and the way in which his writings were edited by his students. Yaacov is interested in developing Israel’s teaching colleges and in improving teacher training.​ 


Michael Krasner

Michael Krasner

Michael Krasner is a musician and educator. Most recently, he directed the music studies at the musical yeshiva (religious) high school “David’s Harp”, belonging to the Bnei Akiva religious school network. In cooperation with the Mateh Binyamin regional council he established the “Binyamin Players” program for teaching music in small groups in school settings, which gave more than a thousand children the opportunity to play instruments for the first time. In his role as a musical consultant Michael developed a unique spiral model for exploring music for grades 3 through 6. He also built a website that supports musical exploration, containing a large quantity of musical information. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz saxophone from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and a master’s degree in music education from Levinsky College of Education. He is interested in expanding musical education and in making music accessible to all students.​  


Sigalit Rachman

Sigalit Rachman

Sigalit Rachman is a professional in the field of sustainability and environment. For many years she worked at the Ministry for Environmental Protection, developing the ministry’s frameworks for action in local authority and community settings. She also worked to develop the areas of urban environment, local sustainability, and local government. Subsequently she directed the Jerusalem branch of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, in which role she led activities and new projects in the fields of active nature protection, education in the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) and Arab sectors, urban nature, and urban site preservation. Sigalit is a participant in various environment and sustainability projects in Israel and abroad, and is the chair of the board of directors of the Movement for Israeli Urbanism. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and geography, and a master’s degree in environmental policy from the faculty of geography, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sigalit is interested in promoting education towards sustainability and communitarianism, in particular in the formal education system.​ 


Itsik Shachar

Itsik Shachar

Itsik Shachar served in the IDF for many years, commanding various Artillery Corps field units at the battalion and brigade levels, and eventually commanding the School for Field Artillery in Shivta. In his final position he served as head of the Doctrine, Instruction and Training Division of the IDF GOC Army Headquarters, in which role he worked on strategies for the continued development of IDF ground forces, prepared warfare doctrines, and developed training policies using innovative implementation methods. Itsik holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center, and a master’s degree in education administration and leadership from Tel Aviv University. He is interested in strengthening weakened population groups and integrating them in the education system, and in the aspiration toward personal and social excellence.​​  


Assael Sharir

Assael Sharir

Assael Sharir is an educator, musician, and entrepreneur. In his most recent position, he was director of the central region for the “Education for Excellence” nonprofit, and was a member of the organization’s management team. He launched educational programs, led the opening of new centers of activity, and took an active part in forming the organization’s educational agenda. Assael has directed the youth and community unit of a regional council, run discussion groups for parents and teachers, set up and led youth delegations abroad, and produced community events and musical performances. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, as well as a master’s degree in management of educational systems. He is an active flautist. Assael is interested in the development of scientific research as the basis for the design of future education systems


Ofir Slipoy

Ofir Slipoy

From 2010 to 2015 Ofir Slipoy served as the director of the education division of the Israel Scouts movement and as the organization’s deputy director-general. As such he was responsible for the educational activities of 80,000 scouts, including programs for the inclusion of children with special needs, new immigrant children and children of immigrant families, and at-risk youths. Ofir led many educational processes during his term, including the writing of a new educational program for the movement on the issue of Jewish-Israeli identity, and developing a program to address juvenile drinking. Ofir has also served as an emissary to the United States on behalf of the Israel Scouts and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Ofir holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, management, and economics, and a master’s degree in non-profit management, both from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He also holds a diploma in group moderation from the University of Haifa. Ofir is interested in the application of experiential, values-based education in formal education settings.​​​​​  


Hilla Soferman Harnik

Hilla Soferman Harnik

​​Hilla Soferman Harnik is a social worker. She directed and led the founding of the Girls and Young Women Area in the “Bat Ami” organization, working to integrate young women from at-risk and deprived backgrounds into national service frameworks, both civilian and military. Hilla treated young people in extreme circumstances and in severe risk situations, and developed programs for girls and women in crisis. Via the Forum of Organizations for At-Risk Girls she helped lead efforts to promote the rights of girls and young women, and to create models for housing solutions. Hilla holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in group moderation from Tel-Aviv University. She is interested in developing unique, tailored responses for girls and young women in crisis situations, based on critical feminist theory.


Moti Vaknin

Moti Vaknin

Moti Vaknin is an educator and school principal. He served as the middle school principal and high school principal of the Gross Education Campus in Kiryat Gat, which contains religious schools for boys and girls. As part of his role he led collaborations with the major hi-tech companies in Kiryat Gat, such as Intel, opened a cyber study track, and developed cooperation with the Nahal Soreq Nuclear Research Center. During his time as principal the school was awarded a regional excellence prize, the National Education Prize, and the National Prize for Student Integration. Moti is a graduate of the Orot Yisrael religious seminary and teaching college, and one of the founders of the teachers’ settlement group in the city’s Oshiot neighbourhood. He holds a master’s in economics and public administration from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is an ordained community rabbi, and is a graduate of a Diaspora community leaders program. Moti is interested in the possibilities for the development and the training of the next generation to be independent-thinking and entrepreneurial.​  


Shamir Yeger

Shamir Yeger

Shamir Yeger is an educator, researcher, and entrepreneur. From 2013 to 2015 he taught at the school of education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and founded the “Israel Competition for Young Historians” – an initiative to encourage the study of research supported by the Zalman Shazar Center, the Ministry of Education, and the European EUSTORY network. Previously he was a founding faculty member of the Hevruta school, where along with his roles as teacher and head of humanities he also engaged in developing unique programs. Shamir holds a bachelor’s degree in general history and philosophy, and a master’s degree in general history, both from the University of Haifa. His doctoral thesis at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is on the education system of the Third Reich. He is interested in promoting the technological/professional education system, in strengthening the connections between academia and schools, and in the development of pedagogy relevant to a changing reality.​ 


Anat Yona Amedey

Anat Yona Amedey

Anat Yona Amedey has held a variety of management and coordination positions in social change organizations, including Shatil, the Alliance Israelite Universelle, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Unit for Social Involvement. She has developed and written educational programs on social justice, education, and leadership for Mimizrach Shemesh, a Jewish study center dedicated to social leadership, and was co-moderator of the “Tidrashi” study program. Most recently, she developed and ran the “Making Changes” program to foster initiatives to improve the status of women in religious and traditional society. As part of her work she created a range of interactions and networking activities among female activists working to make women’s voices heard in the religious bureaucracy. Anat holds a bachelor’s degree from the joint degree program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in philosophy, political science, and economics, and a master’s degree in political science from the same institution. She is interested in furthering social change inspired by Jewish tradition and by Oriental Jewish heritage.​


 

SEPTEMBER 2016-AUGUST 2018

Cohort 25

 

Chen Aharon

Chen Aharon

Chen Aharon is a teacher and educator. In his most recent role, he served for a year as principal of the Har Tuv secondary school. He has also served as guiding principal for the establishment of the unique Park Hamada school in Nes Ziona, designing the school’s educational approach and planning and implementing special teaching and pedagogical processes. Chen has taught in the United States, where he was introduced to the use of technology and innovation in the classroom, and to modifications that make the learning environment more suitable to changing realities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master’s degree in research-based sociology from the University of Haifa. He also holds a teaching diploma, and is a graduate of the Avney Rosha school principal training program at the David Yellin Academic College of Education. Chen is interested in leading change processes and introducing challenge-based learning in the education system as a whole, and in effecting change in vocational education in particular.


Naama Avital

Naama Avital

Naama Avital is an entrepreneur and a manager of social and business enterprises. Most recently, she was director of European activities for Time to Know, an international company that develops innovative technological tools for teaching and learning. Prior to that, she was a member of the company’s management, strategy, and business development team in Israel. Among other jobs, Naama has served as deputy director of the nonprofit Educating for Excellence, where she developed a national program for nurturing academic excellence in Israel’s socioeconomic periphery. This involved developing training and evaluation programs, as well as developing curricula for the development of mathematical and logical thinking. Naama also served as the national pedagogical director of the Branco Weiss Institute’s program “Leadership, Learning, Thinking,” which reached thousands of children, youth, teachers, and school principals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and literature, and a master’s degree in Hebrew literature, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in creating a platform to enable the general public to participate in academic thinking and research, in particular in the natural sciences.


Guy Ben Gal

Guy Ben Gal

Guy Ben Gal is an educator and teacher. For the last decade he has worked as a home room teacher, instructor, and coordinator of civic studies at the Rabin experimental high school in Tel Mond. He also led social and pedagogical activities at the school, and was a member of its research and development team. Alongside teaching at the school, he worked for four years as a lecturer and national counselor for the Civic Education Unit at the Ministry of Education’s Pedagogical Secretariat, and was mainly involved in developing teacher training courses and curricula about the prevention of racism and the promotion of a shared society. Guy has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a teaching diploma from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Haifa. He recently completed the Avney Rosha training program for school principals, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. Guy is interested in deepening the dialogue between different sectors of Israeli society by enriching various aspects of political education.


Eliram Elmalih

Eliram Elmalih

Eliram Elmalih works in education, therapy, and rehabilitation. For the last ten years, he has directed a hostel for high risk youth with addictions to psychoactive substances, operated by the Enav nonprofit and the Youth Protection Authority. While in this role, he led the development of a unique model for treating addiction using a range of tools, the main one being outdoor adventure therapy. During his time as director, youth at the hostel participated in 80 outdoor adventure days annually; as part of this program, Eliram led the longest and most complex survival activities conducted in Israel. He has also coordinated social projects for the Perach nonprofit, in which capacity he was awarded a national prize for excellence at a ceremony attended by the prime minister. Eliram holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s in public administration from the executive program at Tel Aviv University. He is interested in alcohol- and drug-use prevention among youth in Israel; in research and development in the field of nature therapy; and in improving the integration of at-risk youth into Israeli society.


Pnina Gal-Jacob

Pnina Gal-Jacob

Pnina Gal-Jacob directed the Beer Sheva municipal department for educational administration, which provides special education services for all residents of Israel’s South who need them. Pnina holds a bachelor’s degree in education and Bible, a master’s degree in education, and a master’s degree in public policy and public administration (with a concentration in non-profit management), all from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her doctoral studies involved research into the sociological aspects of the therapeutic discourse in Israeli education. Pnina is interested in educational and social processes that expand the boundaries of inclusion, and that facilitate the participation of the entire population in a colorful and broad social fabric in which every person has a meaningful place. She seeks to reduce the social exclusion of certain groups—whether due to class, socioeconomic standing, ethnic group, or gender discrimination; or whether along“professional” lines, due to special educational and therapeutic needs.


Noa Hadar

Noa Hadar

Noa Hadar is a biotechnology scientist and entrepreneur. As director of research and development for a start-up developing products to treat chronic wounds, she led the development of products from initial idea through production and distribution in international markets. The initiatives she has led have focused on finding innovative solutions that employ multi-disciplinary research to address medical problems. Noa holds a bachelor’s of science degree in chemical engineering and biology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a master’s degree and doctorate in biotechnology from Tel Aviv University. She is interested in exploring the possibilities for creating change based on the plasticity of the brain. She plans to establish a center for testing and researching multi-disciplinary technologies and applications, with the aim of improving learning, alongside motor-cognitive work and brain science research, which will help schools to address the diverse needs of children and support their development.


Lior Halevi

Lior Halevi

Lior Halevi is an educator. Most recently, he served as principal of the middle school at the AMIT Eliraz yeshiva in Petah Tikva. As principal, he encouraged empowerment of the school’s students and faculty, and used coaching tools to emphasize the importance of working toward personal and group goals. Under his leadership, the middle school made impressive pedagogical achievements and developed a remarkable educational environment in which equal opportunities were given to Ethiopian-Israeli students as well as students from Israel’s social periphery. Lior holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies and Bible, and a master’s degree in history, both from Bar-Ilan University. He served for four years as an educational emissary to the United States on behalf of the Jewish Agency for Israel. He is interested in professional development for principals and teachers, and in strengthening relations between Israel and the diaspora.


Sameer Kadan

Sameer Kadan

Sameer Kadan is a therapist and educator. He works as a supervision instructor for the Ministry of Education’s psychological counseling service, and mentors educational counselors in their work in the education system. He also teaches at the David Yellin Academic College of Education and at the Arab Academic Institute of Education at Beit Berl College, where he is head of education studies. Sameer is nearing completion of his doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s school of social work. His research explores education and training in a political-conflictual context, and identity and education among minorities using post-colonial critical discourse. His doctoral dissertation is entitled “Palestinian therapists treating Jews: Conceptual approaches to training, the therapeutic encounter, and professional identity,” and examines the balance of power and the dynamics between minority and majority in the therapy room. Sameer is interested in promoting social change and changes in awareness among vulnerable populations via education, and in improving knowledge about education among native societies undergoing transition processes.


Raviv Kronenfeld

Raviv Kronenfeld

Raviv Kronenfeld retired from the Israel Defense Forces after 30 years’ service in the military, and decided to devote his energies and his experience to Israel’s education system. He served in a variety of roles in the IDF, from combat soldier and commander, through technological positions, to positions at army headquarters. In his last position in the IDF, he was head of a military administration responsible for leading wide-ranging changes in the military. Raviv has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Technion and Tel Aviv University, and a master’s degree in business administration and leadership from Tel Aviv University. He is interested in the challenge of shifting schools away from frontal learning methods that were developed during the industrial revolution, and toward experiential methods more suitable for the 21st century.


Eli  Livschitz

Eli Livschitz

Eli Livschitz manages social and business entrepreneurial ventures. In the past, he was the director of a start-up company that developed software for senior citizens, and vice president of operations and assets management for a traded oil and gas exploration company. Eli is one of the founders of a joint school for religious and secular students in Tel Aviv. In his work, he connects professionals from different disciplines in order to provide new and effective responses to contemporary challenges. Eli holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French language and literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in European Union politics from Lund University in Sweden. He is interested in the organizational aspects of the Israeli education system, and in the interactions between its various interest groups.


Nelly Markman

Nelly Markman

Nelly Markman is an educator and youth counselor. For the last few years she has been head of the youth counselor department of the Israel Hebrew Scouts Movement. In this capacity, she led significant change processes in diverse areas, such as political education, dealing with alcohol use among youth, and addressing issues of gender and sexuality. Previously, Nelly worked at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and at the Adva Center. At Van Leer, she co-authored a multicultural civics textbook for middle schools, and led research groups on education policy in Israel, while at Adva, she was responsible for training development. Nelly has a bachelor’s degree in education and politics, and a master’s degree in education, both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She also leads youth trips to Germany, facilitates workshops for Jewish-Arab encounters, and is a tour guide for the Israel Society for the Protection of Nature. Nelly believes in humanist education, and is interested in exploring ways to develop informal education in Israel.


Yuval Nevo

Yuval Nevo

Yuval Nevo served a year of community service following high school, and then joined the Israel Defense Forces’ Talpiot program for recruits who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability in the sciences. Eventually, in his most recent position, he became the commander of the program. Yuval has also been involved in the field of teaching for gifted students in the formal education system, via the Ministry of Education’s department for gifted and outstanding students; as a history and math teacher at the Hebrew University High School in Jerusalem; and by promoting the Nachshon program for nurturing excellent high school students. He also volunteers at the Elem mobile center for street youth in Jerusalem’s Zion Square. Yuval has a master’s degree in operations research and systems engineering. He is interested in individual work with students in the classroom, and in the various ways in which it is possible to challenge our students.


Efrat Penner

Efrat Penner

Efrat Penner is an environmental anthropologist. She was co-director of Interface, a fellowship program for doctoral graduates aimed at implementing environmental scientific knowledge in government ministries. She was also the assistant editor of Ecology & Environment, a Hebrew-language journal that provides ecological and environmental scientific knowledge to policy makers in an accessible format, and has worked in environmental education in a variety of educational frameworks, as well as in adult education. Efrat holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology, and has a master’s degree in environmental studies from the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University. Her master’s thesis examined ecological “earth building” in Israel and the communities being formed around this issue. Efrat is interested in environmental education and sustainability education, in particular the model of forest kindergartens and forest schools, and in developing tools for teaching adults.


Yehuda Rosenberg

Yehuda Rosenberg

Yehuda Rosenberg is an educator. For the last 13 years he has served as principal of diverse educational institutions: a secondary school for religious girls; an elementary school; and a youth village for at-risk students. He has also been an educational emissary to South Africa on behalf of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The religious girls’ school he oversaw was awarded a national prize for state-religious education. It was chosen as one of the 50 outstanding schools in Israel for values-based education, while also achieving a significant improvement in matriculation results. Yehuda has a bachelor’s degree in social science, a bachelor’s degree in law, and a master’s degree in education and Judaism, all from Bar-Ilan University. He is a graduate of the Shalom Hartman Institute and of the Amiel Institute’s program to train rabbis and educators for Jewish communities, and served as rabbi of a Jewish community in Cape Town, South Africa. Yehuda plans to focus on the periphery of the Jewish people in Israel and the diaspora, and to help high school graduates in the periphery – who are excluded from Israeli centers of activity – to become leaders and entrepreneurs.


Shirley Rosman

Shirley Rosman

Shirley Rosman has 15 years of international experience in the hi-tech consulting and learning fields. During her time in the business sector she managed global teams and complex projects, engaged in business development, and led organizational changes. After living in North America and Europe for several years, Shirley returned to Israel and decided to change course and embark on a career in the field of education. She also became involved in various social activities in the fields of leadership, gender, and social entrepreneurship. Shirley has a bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a master’s degree in business administration from Tel Aviv University, a PMP project management certificate, and a teaching diploma in civics and social science from Beit Berl College. She is interested in creating open and diverse learning spaces, and in using her experience to help improve learning methods in schools.


Irit Sarig

Irit Sarig

Irit Sarig is an educator. Most recently, she was a home room teacher and civic studies teacher at a ”last chance” high school in Lod, which works with Arab and Jewish students. The school’s educational approach focuses on interpersonal relationships between teacher and student and on empathetic education, in order to develop emotional, social, and academic skills. Irit was a national instructor for the Ministry of Education’s Civic Education Unit, in which capacity she advanced content related to tolerance education, pluralism, acceptance of the other, and shared living. In the past, she has worked as an organizational consultant, and as director of human resources for an international hi-tech company. Irit holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and Hebrew literature, a master’s degree in employment studies from Tel Aviv University, and a teaching diploma in civics and sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in developing empathy education, and in promoting empathy between teachers and students, between students, and between teachers.


Ilana Sarig Hughes

Ilana Sarig Hughes

Ilana Sarig Hughes is a social activist on disabilities issues. For the last five years she has served as chairwoman of Ahada, a parents’ organization supporting families of children and adults with disabilities in the kibbutz movement. In this capacity, she led community processes on kibbutzim, as well as processes for changing and implementing legislation in this field. Ilana served for 18 years as a deputy human resources director in industry, and as an organizational consultant specializing in leading organizational change processes and in mentoring managers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and politics, and a master’s degree in applied organizational sociology, both from the University of Haifa. Ilana is interested in the application of the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the education system; in leveraging parental involvement in the education system; and in values-based education.


Assaf Shemer

Assaf Shemer

Assaf Shemer is an educator and teacher in both formal and informal education settings. He has served as principal of the Ashbal Youth Society, a boarding school and youth village, and as vice principal of the Deshanim technological school for youth at risk. He also founded a center for promoting youth entrepreneurship and social engagement at the Ein Karem experimental school, and has led groups of youth and adults on visits to Poland. Assaf holds a bachelor’s degree in education and history from Beit Berl College, and a master’s degree in teaching and learning from the David Yellin Academic College of Education. He is interested in developing processes to change and improve teaching styles among veteran high school teachers, and in training new teachers.


Chaim Shmila

Chaim Shmila

Chaim Shmila is an educational psychologist for the Kiryat Gat educational psychological service, where he coordinates the city’s special education services. Previously, he worked for some ten years for the Orthodox Union’s “Makom Balev” youth movement, initially founding new branches in Sderot and Kiryat Gat, and later as a coordinator of activities and member of the movement’s management team. Chaim founded and directed an informal education framework that brought the youth movement and its resources into one of the city’s most socially disadvantaged neighborhoods. He is a member of the Jewish Culture Forum in Kiryat Gat, which aims to improve and bolster the city’s population by means of cultural and educational events that foster a connection to Judaism in its broadest and most accepting form. Chaim is interested in strengthening emotional awareness among students, teachers, and school management, as a way to improve learning and the school environment.


Hanna Yamin Sherky

Hanna Yamin Sherky

Hanna Yamin Sherky is an educator working in civil society organizations. For the last five years she has been the professional director of the Shalva nonprofit in Jerusalem, where she managed and developed the organization’s educational and therapeutic programs, and worked to develop its government relations. As part of her work, Hanna led organizational change processes, founded educational initiatives, and formulated a strategic vision for the organization based on a belief in the human commitment to integrating people with disabilities and addressing their needs. Hanna holds a bachelor’s degree in Judaism and special education, with a specialization in communication disorders, from the Bayit Vegan College of Education, and a master’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Schwartz Early Childhood Program. She wants to promote policy on integrating people with disabilities into society in general, and in education in particular, while developing collaborations between the public, private, and non-profit sectors.


Ohad Zimran

Ohad Zimran

Ohad Zimran is an educator and school principal. Most recently, he served as principal of the Kiryat Arba yeshiva high school, where he worked to promote academic excellence via collaborative projects with the Israel Aerospace Industry and with the department of machine engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. At the same time, Ohad developed a special education framework that provides optimal responses to the needs of students with learning and emotional difficulties. Ohad has held various positions in formal and informal education, and volunteers in assisting victims of sexual assault and rape within the religious community. He is a graduate of the hesder yeshiva in Yeruham, and a graduate of the rabbinical studies program at the Har Etzion yeshiva. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Herzog College, and a master’s degree in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University. He is interested in developing pedagogy suitable for the modern age and for generation Z.