Fellows


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.


 

SEPTEMBER 2017-AUGUST 2019

Cohort 26

 

Yael Boim-Fein

Yael Boim-Fein

Yael Boim-Fein is an educator and cultural activist. Most recently, she founded and directed the department for educational programs at BEIT AVI CHAI, overseeing the development and implementation of programs on Jewish and Israeli identity for youth, year of service volunteers, female soldier-teachers, students, young adults, artists, and the general public. Yael volunteered for 15 years at the Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center, leading workshops on sexual violence, responding to hotline calls, and serving as chair of the Center’s board of directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and media studies, and a master’s degree in media and cultural studies, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yael is interested in the potential of education for creating change in gender issues, and in critical and feminist pedagogy.


Sari Dror

Sari Dror

Sari Dror is an educator, and most recently was principal of the Ramot comprehensive high school in Bat Yam, with 1,200 students in grades 7 through 12. Under her leadership, the school was listed by the Ministry of Education as one of the country’s leading schools in values-based education, and gained recognition for its high matriculation rate. Previously, Sari was a “house leader” at the Branco Weiss high school in Bet Shemesh. She was also a pedagogic counselor for the Alliance Israelite Universelle‘s Gateway to Matriculation program, where she worked with principals, pedagogic coordinators, and management teams to improve school leadership and pedagogy. Sari is a graduate of the Revivim program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Jewish philosophy and Bible, and a master’s degree in Jewish philosophy. She also holds teaching certificates in two separate disciplines – one in mathematics, and the other in Jewish philosophy and Bible. She is also a graduate of the Avnei Rosha Institute’s training program for school principals. Sari is interested in advancing political education and humanist, values-based education in Israel’s state education system, and in developing secular Israeli Jewish identity.


Shahar Feinstein

Shahar Feinstein

Shahar Feinstein is an educator and educational entrepreneur, a civics teacher, and a musician. From 2006 to 2017, he worked with young people with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders. In his most recent position, he was principal of the Beit Ekstein high school in Givatayim. Under his leadership, the school won the Ministry of Education’s regional education prize. Shahar himself was awarded the Givatayim municipality’s Outstanding Educator award. Shahar is the head of the learning disabilities cluster in Beit Ekstein’s education division, in which capacity he mentors and counsels principals, faculties, and schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law, a teaching diploma in civics, and a master’s degree in sociology of education, all from Tel Aviv University. Shahar is also a graduate of the Mifras Educational Entrepreneurship Incubator, which promotes the introduction of entrepreneurial culture into schools. He is interested in music as an educational and therapeutic tool, and is involved in the connection between schools and real life and the role of parents in their children’s education.


Tomer Grossman

Tomer Grossman

Tomer Grossman is an educator and principal. He most recently served as principal of the Lod yeshiva high school. After completing his studies and receiving rabbinical ordination at the Hispin yeshiva, Tomer entered the world of technology, and led a development department at Motorola. He subsequently served as the head emissary in the United States for the Bnei Akiva youth movement, and as head of teacher-emissaries in North America , and was principal of a pluralistic Jewish school in New York. He is also head of Google Israel’s online community for school principals. Tomer holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree in education from Yeshiva University in New York, and is a graduate of the Avney Rosha Institute’s training program for school principals. He is writing a doctoral dissertation on meta-cognition in the use of technology in education. Tomer is interested in how best to combine technology and pedagogy in the 21st century.


Avi Hadida

Avi Hadida

Avi Hadida retired from the IDF with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 25 years’ service as a combat officer in the Israel Air Defense Force. He served as deputy commander of the Arrow missile defense unit and as commander of the Southern Battalion. In addition to his operational command positions, Avi held a number of training-related positions within the Air Defense Force, including commander of the school for new recruits, commander of the officers’ school, and head of the training and doctrine branch. He has studied training development, and developed and taught training at the IAF Air Defense School. Upon retiring from the IDF, Avi became a partner in founding a unique enterprise focused on training and personal development for educational instructors at youth villages for at-risk youth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from Tel Aviv University, and a master’s degree in military studies from the Air University, the intellectual and leadership center of the United States Air Force in Maxwell, Alabama. Avi believes that the success of any educational institution lies in the professional training, personal development, and individual mentoring provided for its teaching staff.


Amira Haiin Ghrayeb

Amira Haiin Ghrayeb

Amira Haiin Ghrayeb is an educator who works in education system management. Most recently, she was the principal of a state school in Haifa (grades 1–8), which specializes in alternative education through arts. The groundbreaking school achieved notable successes in the areas of pedagogy and values education. Amira teaches management in the master’s program in education system management at the Gordon College of Education, and provides in-service training and professional development to school principals and deputy principals at the Arab Academic College for Education in Israel – Haifa. She has worked as an organizational consultant and coach for the Ministry of Education and its subcontractors , leading organizational and pedagogical processes at a number of local authorities. Amira holds two master’s degrees: in education system management, and in Arabic language. She also is certified in organizational consulting and in personal and organizational coaching. Amira is interested in educating for coexistence based on universal human values, and in examining the crisis of identity in Israel’s Arab community.


Oshri Hayke

Oshri Hayke

Oshri Hayke is an educator and therapy, and rehabilitation professional. From 2014-2017, he directed an employment rehabilitation program for young people at high risk, on behalf of the Hut HaMeshulash (The Threefold Cord) nonprofit. In that capacity, he designed the project’s rehabilitative model and established collaborations with other organizations that contributed greatly to the project’s success. Oshri was also a member of a team charged with creating a municipal program for vocational rehabilitation of young homeless people in Jerusalem. Previously, he worked with gifted youth in an educational program run by Ness Technologies, where he lectured and mentored teams in writing their final projects. Oshri holds a bachelor’s degree in law and philosophy, and a master’s degree in public and international law, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is interested in dialogical pedagogy, and in developing a framework to prepare at-risk youth for independent living and optimal integration into society.


Yissakhar Indig

Yissakhar Indig

Yissakhar Indig retired from the IDF after 25 years’ service in the navy, having held a range of operational command positions and training posts. In his last position in the navy, he was commander of a missile boat and a team commander at the IDF Command and Staff College. After leaving the IDF, he retrained as a mathematics teacher at the Oranim Academic College of Education via a program run by the Trump Foundation. He then served as a high school mathematics and homeroom teacher for the next two years. Yissakhar holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and a master’s degree in education system management, both from the University of Haifa. He is interested in adapting the education system to meet the challenges of the 21st century.


Ofir  Itah-Senderey

Ofir Itah-Senderey

Ofir Itah-Senderey is a social activist and entrepreneur. Most recently, she served as a program director at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, where she developed and managed social programs for marginalized groups in Israel. Ofir has held positions in program management, coordination, and facilitation for civil society organizations working to reduce socioeconomic inequality. She is also a partner in an initiative to document the oral history of Dimona from the perspective of its long-time residents. Ofir holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University, and is certified in group facilitation from the David Yellin College of Education. She is interested in promoting social change, and sees education in general – and higher education in particular – as a vital tool for creating an equal and just society in Israel.


Reda Jaber

Reda Jaber

Reda Jaber is a lawyer and a social and public activist . He is a member of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee’s subcommittee on violence prevention, and a member of a number of public forums. Reda is the director of the Aman Center – The Arab Center for a Safe Society, which works to address violence in Arab society. He has previously served as head of the Arab Lawyers’ Unit at the Israel Bar Association, as a member of the Association’s Government and Legislation Unit at the Knesset, and as a lay leader of the Abraham Fund Initiatives. Reda holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Tel Aviv University, and is currently completing a master’s degree in public law at Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University in Chicago. He is interested in national and cultural minorities that are transitioning from a collectivist tradition to modernity, and in the political, cultural, and educational implications of this transition for such phenomena as violence, social cohesion, and individual and collective identity.


Shira Kendler

Shira Kendler

Shira Kendler served in the IDF Education and Youth Corps for 25 years in a variety of positions, including company commander for new recruits from at-risk backgrounds, and chief instructor at the IDF Education Training School. In her final position, she was head of the Identity and Social Resilience Section, overseeing the production of policies, written guidelines, and operational approaches for content areas that serve to strengthen the shared values, mutual commitment, and unity of purpose among all soldiers in the IDF. Shira holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from Tel Aviv University. She is board member of the non-profit Yachad Modi’in, and serves as the representative of this educational community to the Modi’in municipality. Shira is especially interested in leveraging interpersonal and social encounters, and in looking closely at the inspirational models that constantly surround us.


Miriam Leibowitz-Assaraf

Miriam Leibowitz-Assaraf

Miriam Leibowitz-Assaraf is an educator. For the last decade, she has worked as a teacher, homeroom teacher, social education director, and member of the management team at the Keshet high school in Jerusalem. Her work involved the promotion of pluralistic values education as part of the school’s informal education activities. In addition, she was engaged in creating opportunities for staff development and peer learning within the school. Miriam has a bachelor’s degree in history and general humanities studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a graduate of the master’s program in pluralistic Jewish education run jointly by the Hebrew University and Hebrew Union College (HUC). Following her graduation from the latter, she served as a mentor to students on HUC’s Tenufah program for entrepreneurs in Jewish education. Miriam is a member of the board of directors of the Fund for Innovative Teaching, and believes in school-based educational entrepreneurship as a platform for the professional development of teachers and for improving education in Israel.


Gili Leibushor

Gili Leibushor

Gili Leibushor is a specialist clinical psychologist. In her most recent position, at the Kiryat Gat municipality’s educational-psychological services, she founded and oversaw a therapeutic center. The center was an expression of her belief that the city’s children should have access to publicly funded psychological therapy. Prior to that, she was the coordinator of services to the city’s pre-school frameworks, and formulated the policies for the provision of educational-psychological services to kindergartens. She also coordinated a program providing group therapy for children with behavioral difficulties, and ran a program called “Learning to Live Together” that provided knowledge and tools to help pre-school educators develop children’s socio-emotional capabilities. Gili has her own clinic, is a specialist in treating trauma victims, and volunteers with local and regional emergency teams. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology, and anthropology from the University of Haifa, and a master’s degree cum laude in clinical-educational psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Gili is interested in processes that will transform the education system into a space that develops children’s socio-emotional skills, especially empathy.


Ahmir Lerner

Ahmir Lerner

Ahmir Lerner promotes the use of pedagogical innovation and a networking approach in Israel’s public education system. Most recently, he was Manager of Education 2.0 implementation at Education Cities, where he worked to introduce educational networks into schools and to drive substantial change in pedagogical processes in order to make them better suited to today’s information age. Previously, Ahmir directed the School for Leadership at the Prime Minister’s Office, and was involved in the development and implementation of training courses and in individual mentoring of managers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of London, and a master’s of business administration from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Ahmir is interested in systemic perspectives and in the implementation of significant, system-wide changes in the education system.


Haneen  Magadlah

Haneen Magadlah

Haneen Magadlah is an educator, social worker, and social activist. For the last few years, she has lectured at the Al-Qasemi College of Education. Prior to that, she served for four years as the Jerusalem Foundation’s director of program development in East Jerusalem, in which capacity she led programs in education, health, welfare, and more. In the past, Haneen directed a center for citizens’ rights in East Jerusalem, and served as a social worker at the ALYN hospital for pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation. She was also one of the founders of a nonprofit working to promote volunteerism among Arab citizens of Israel. Haneen holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in non-profit management, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; a teaching certificate in psychology and sociology from the Hebrew University’s school of education, and she is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on religion and gender in daycare centers in the Arab sector. She is interested in developing volunteerism in Arab society, and in inculcating the principles of social responsibility and social change.


Shlomit Naim Naor

Shlomit Naim Naor

Shlomit Naim Naor is an educator and poet with over 20 years’ international experience in informal Jewish education. In her most recent position, she was a training and content specialist at Makom, the educational content unit of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Shlomit has served as a Jewish Agency community emissary in London, and as chair of the Israeli Batei Midrash Network. She is a board member for the religious Zionist organization Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah, a member of the editorial board of the periodical Deot, and an editor for Mashiv HaRuach, a Jewish-Israeli poetry journal. Her first book, No End in Sight, was published in 2016 and received the Minister of Culture’s Prize, the Mifal Hapayis Award, and the Ramy Ditzanny Helicon Prize for emerging authors. Shlomit holds a bachelor’s degree in Hebrew literature and philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in creative writing from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her areas of interest include museum-based education, advancing women artists, and reflective education.


Tzuriel Robbins

Tzuriel Robbins

Tzuriel Robbins is an educator and principal. He founded the AMIT B’levav Shalem yeshiva high school in Yeruham, and was its principal for eleven years. Previously he taught at the Yeruham hesder yeshiva (which combines religious studies with military service), and directed a program to train immigrants from Ethiopia as educators to work in the Ethiopian-Israeli community. Tzuriel also served as director of a garin (a community action group) in Yeruham for three years, leading activities that brought together different communities in the town. He is a graduate of the Yeruham hesder yeshiva, and holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Herzog College and a master’s degree in education administration and policy from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Tzuriel is interested in ways to strengthen public education in Israel, and in models for creating heterogeneous classrooms.


Avital Rosenberger Seri

Avital Rosenberger Seri

Avital Rosenberger Seri is a lawyer and a social activist. For the last few years she has served as director of the Task Force on Human Trafficking and Prostitution, which pursues legal, educational, political, and social avenues in order to change public policy, legal realities, and social attitudes regarding prostitution and sex trafficking in Israel. As part of her work, Avital drafted and promoted legislative amendments, coordinated the coalition against prostitution, led public campaigns, represented clients in legal proceedings, and gave lectures. She was a partner in founding and directing the Ombudsman’s Office of the Claims Conference, which was established to help serve Holocaust survivors around the world. Avital holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in creating a rehabilitative and educational framework that will prepare at-risk youth for optimal integration into Israeli society.


Moshe Solomon

Moshe Solomon

Moshe Solomon is a rabbi, educator, and social entrepreneur. He moved to Israel from Ethiopia at age nine, after journeying through Sudan on foot. Moshe was the founder and CEO of the Hineni Community Network, which established taskforces of Ethiopian-Israelis in 16 locations throughout Israel. As part of his work for Hineni, Moshe founded the Atachlit Farm, an experiential agricultural enterprise for preserving and maintaining the Ethiopian Jewish heritage of the Beta Israel community. He was awarded the 2011 Leonore and Larry Zusman–JDC Prize for Excellence in the Field of Social Services in Israel. Moshe is a lieutenant colonel in the IDF, and serves as a reserve forces battalion commander. He is a founding member of the council of communities and task forces, a member of the board of directors of the Kiryat Ye’arim youth village, a member of the advisory committee of the Commission for Equal Opportunities in Employment, and a member of the National Library Council. Moshe holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Herzog College, and a master’s degree in Jewish studies from Ono Academic College. He is interested in creating dialogue about tolerance and recognizing others, with an emphasis on strengthening the uniqueness of every community in the mosaic of Israeli society, and in building an egalitarian society that sees all its components as opportunities rather than challenges.


Fainy Sukenik

Fainy Sukenik

Fainy Sukenik is a feminist social activist in the Haredi community. Until recently, she served as a teacher and educational counselor at a girls’ school in Jerusalem. Fainy is the chair and founder of Ba’asher Telchi (“Wherever You Go”), an organization providing support for Haredi and Orthodox women going through separation and divorce. She is active in a number of arenas connected to the visibility and empowerment of women in Haredi and Israeli society. Fainy is a member of the advisory committee for Yad L’Isha, a legal aid center and hotline for women seeking divorce, who are chained in hopeless marriages. She is also a board member of Art Shelter, a center for developing culture and art for women in Jerusalem. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the Jerusalem College for Women, and a master’s degree in educational counseling from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is also a graduate of the Mandel Program for Leadership Development in the Haredi Community and a fellow of the Gesher Leadership Institute. Fainy was one of 12 honorees chosen to light a torch at Israel’s national Independence Day ceremony in 2016. She is interested in people, education, social entrepreneurship, and in perfecting the world.


Ron Ziv

Ron Ziv

Ron Ziv is an educator, manager, and entrepreneur. Most recently, he served for six years as principal of the A. D. Gordon School in Givatayim. As a fellow in the Mifras Educational Entrepreneurship Incubator, he led the school’s transition from traditional learning methods to a natural learning approach. Since 1998 , Ron has held various educational, managerial, and training positions in both formal and informal education settings in the public, private, and non-profit sectors—including founding a company for developing social entrepreneurship among youth and young adults. Ron holds a bachelor’s degree in food resource management and agricultural economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from Tel Aviv University. He is interested in innovative and groundbreaking methods for teacher training and professional development, and in the economics of education.