Fellows


Cohort 28

SEPTEMBER 2019–AUGUST 2021

 

Bella Alexandrov

Bella Alexandrov

Bella Alexandrov is a social activist and entrepreneur. Most recently, she was CEO of the Eretz Ir nonprofit organization, which works to improve communal quality of life in towns in Israel’s social and geographic periphery by promoting community development, social entrepreneurship, and diverse and fair employment. In all her activities in the social arena over the last decade, Bella has worked to strengthen vulnerable populations, including young adults and youth at risk, and especially to promote quality of life and communal urbanism in towns and cities in the periphery. Her positions have included head of social change for Shatil South; communities director for Ma’avarim, the communal employment center serving the Eshkol and Merhavim regional councils; and coordinator of an Elem–Youth in Distress outreach van in Kiryat Gat. Bella holds a bachelor’s degree in communal social work from Sapir College and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a member of Kama, an activist community that settled in Beer Sheva to work for grass-roots social change, and is interested in deepening her knowledge of communal urbanism.


Yitzhak Ben David

Yitzhak Ben David

Yitzhak Ben David is an educator, administrator, and educational-social entrepreneur. For the last few years, he was head of Midreshet Ein HaNatziv, a religious seminary for young women, while serving as the rabbi of the Kibbutz on which it is located. Yitzhak also founded Beit Midrash Kedma, a unique Torah study framework for university students who are graduates of yeshivot and midrashot, and was recently involved in founding Drisha in Israel. Yitzhak holds a bachelor’s degree in Talmud and Jewish philosophy from Herzog College, a master’s degree in philosophy of Halakha from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a doctorate in law from Bar-Ilan University. He is interested in developing new models for community leadership in Israel, with a focus on the relevance of Sephardi-Mizrahi culture for contemporary Jewish life and an emphasis on the importance of female leadership in the religious and communal space in Israel.


Itay Benovici

Itay Benovici

Itay Benovici is an educator whose recent positions have included principal of the Israel Arts and Science Academy (a national residential high school for outstanding students), and director of the Israel Center for Excellence through Education. Previously, Itay was involved in informal education, as a staff member of the Israel Scouts Federation and as an emissary to London on behalf of the Jewish Agency for Israel. A qualified biology teacher, he conducted research on genetic engineering and protein expression at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before entering teaching. Itay holds a bachelor’s degree in life sciences and a master’s degree in natural science, both from the Hebrew University, and is a graduate of the Avney Rosha training program for school principals. He is interested in the field of teaching gifted and outstanding students.


Yonatan Boumfeld

Yonatan Boumfeld

Yonatan Boumfeld is an educator, history teacher, school principal, and amateur woodworker. For more than a decade, he has worked with students with learning disabilities and attention deficits. Most recently, he founded and served as principal of the Beit Ekstein School in Kfar Malal, which became a school for the arts for special education students, under his leadership. Yonatan holds a bachelor’s degree in general history and a teaching diploma in history, both from the Open University, and a master’s degree in American history from Tel Aviv University. He is interested in political education and in the role of historical education in the education system.


Avi Cohen

Avi Cohen

Avi Cohen is an educator, manager, and social entrepreneur. Most recently, he co-founded and directed Derech Eretz, a nonprofit that operates social-educational programs for young people, including pre-army leadership academies and programs for soldiers who have recently completed their compulsory military service. In this capacity, he worked to promote awareness of pre-army academies among communities in Israel's social periphery, and to create heterogeneous groups that facilitate encounters and shared living among young people from different backgrounds in Israeli society. Avi holds a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in business administration, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also a qualified tour guide, trained at Beit Yatziv. Avi is interested in founding and leading educational programs that create encounters and enable shared living among young people from different sectors of Israeli society.


Yoni Enzel

Yoni Enzel

Yoni Enzel is an entrepreneur and educator. In recent years, he founded and served as the principal of a state school in Tel Aviv, and was a member of the city’s “Trailblazers” program to develop advanced models for learning and evaluation. Previously, Yoni was the principal of the Democratic School in Shoham. He has also held a series of positions at the Branco Weiss Institute, including training development, working with youth villages for disadvantaged youth and youth in crisis, mentoring, and running national programs to foster thinking. Yoni holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a master’s degree in organizational consulting and development from the academic track at the College of Management Academic Studies. He also holds a teaching diploma in sociology, and is a graduate of the Avney Rosha training program for school principals. Yoni is interested in educational entrepreneurism, and wants to create international collaborations that advance the values of humanist-progressive education against the backdrop of the challenges of the 21st century.


Pazit Gabay Elgi

Pazit Gabay Elgi

Pazit Gabay Elgi is an educator and psychologist. For six years, she was the Dimona director of Israel's National Program for Children and Youth at Risk, while working as an educational psychologist for Dimona's municipal psychological services. In her most recent job, she served as deputy director of Dimona's municipal department of education. In the year prior to entering the Mandel School for Educational Leadership, Pazit worked on the “Education Spaces” program of the Ministry of Education’s Research and Development Unit, in which capacity she helped local authorities open new school registration areas and develop the unique character of schools. Pazit holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, a master’s degree in educational psychology, and a doctorate in developmental and educational psychology, all from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where she served as an external lecturer in the department of education while studying. She is interested in closing educational gaps and promoting equal opportunity in education in Israel.


Adi Gilboa

Adi Gilboa

Adi Gilboa is an educator who most recently was the principal of the Ofek School in Jerusalem, an enrichment center for gifted and talented students. In this role, Adi worked to expand the school’s ability to address the emotional and social needs of gifted students, to promote awareness of the special characteristics and needs of gifted students in Jerusalem schools, and to open a variety of frameworks for outstanding students from different populations in Jerusalem. Adi holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy and a master’s degree in education, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in examining the teaching of gifted students and applying practices from this area to other areas of education. In particular, she is interested in the ways that knowledge acquired from education for gifted students can be used to foster motivation, curiosity, creativity, and thinking among all children in the Israeli education system.


Sharaf Hassan

Sharaf Hassan

Sharaf Hassan is an educator, manager, and social activist. In recent years, he has been the director of the education department at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, has been a teaching fellow in the sociology departments at Tel Aviv University and Oranim Academic College of Education, and has taught civics at the Alkhawarezmi high school in the city of Tamra in the Galilee. Since 2018, he has served as head of the Follow-Up Committee on Arab Education, played an active role in various local and social organizations, and participated in social and environmental movements. Sharaf holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science, a master’s degree in sociology, and a teaching diploma, all from the University of Haifa, and a doctorate in sociology from Tel Aviv University. He is interested in promoting education for the values of human rights, democracy, and social justice; in advancing Arab education in Israel; and in processes of taking responsibility, and creating a social infrastructure for vulnerable populations, based on the education system, civil society, and local authorities.


Mohammad Kundas

Mohammad Kundas

Mohammad Kundas is an educator, artist, actor, and musician, who has worked as the director of a number of institutions and programs engaged in education through music and art. Most recently, Mohammad was the director of the Manar Center for Advancement of Youth at Risk in Jaffa. He also founded and directed the Qarar House for Music and the Arts – a nonprofit organization that promotes Eastern musical culture as a way of fostering social and educational connections in the city of Yafo. Mohammed holds a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from Brandeis University, and a master’s degree in society and the arts from the Academic College of Society and the Arts in Netanya. Mohammad believes that education is a driving force for social change, and that social and political equality in education is the foundation for solving complex conflicts. He is interested in art as an educational tool and in the question of education as art.


Ofir Levy

Ofir Levy

Ofir Levy is an educator who most recently served as deputy principal of a boarding school for young offenders. In that capacity, he developed a therapeutic educational program for strengthening the self-efficacy and personal empowerment of young people in the facility – a program that is being implemented in several other educational frameworks. Ofir has also developed and led a “fathers and sons” program for young Ethiopian Israelis at the boarding school. This program aims to reduce intergenerational gaps and strengthen the family as a unit. Ofir holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and an executive master’s degree in education administration and leadership from Tel Aviv University. He is interested in advancing and integrating youth at risk in Israeli society by creating beneficial educational frameworks.


Ziva Mekonen-Degu

Ziva Mekonen-Degu

Ziva Mekonen-Degu is a social activist and leader. In her most recent position, she was Executive Director of the Israel Association of Ethiopian Jews, which lobbies for policy change and fights institutional racism and discrimination. In this capacity, Ziva worked to achieve changes in government ministry policies toward Ethiopian Israelis through promoting measures to reduce gaps between Ethiopian Israelis and the general population. These measures include closing down separationist programs for Ethiopian Israelis in the education system and the IDF. Ziva holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in gender studies, both from Bar-Ilan University. She is also a graduate of Tehuda, the Beit Midrash for Jewish Leadership run jointly by the Kolot nonprofit organization and HaMidrasha at Oranim . Ziva is interested in acquiring knowledge and tools for closing gaps in Israeli society through education, and in exploring how the documentation, preservation, and commemoration of the heritage of Beta Yisrael (Ethiopian Jewry) as part of the narrative of Israeli society can contribute to this goal.


Tal Navoni

Tal Navoni

Tal Navoni is an educator and educational administrator, who served as the principal of the Tzviya religious girls’ high school in Revava, and headed the Hadar Ganim religious high school for girls in Petach Tikva. Over the years, Tal developed the “Face to Face” program, which promotes emotional discourse and intra-personal and inter-personal skills among students, and trains educational staff in group facilitation. In addition, she has led women’s empowerment programs that address adolescence, sexuality, and gender from a standpoint of dialogue with Jewish tradition and halakha. Tal holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Efrata College of Education and a master’s degree in education management from the Kibbutzim College of Education. She is interested in developing her knowledge of issues relating to Judaism, education, and gender, in order to identify new avenues for developing leadership roles for religious girls and women.


Adi Nir Binyamini

Adi Nir Binyamini

Adi Nir Binyamini is a lawyer who most recently worked in the human rights legal clinic of Tel Aviv University’s law department. In that capacity, she worked to advance human rights and social change by bringing cases to court, supporting legislative and policy making processes, collaborating with civil society organizations and government ministries, developing work plans, and building coalitions. As a member of the law faculty, Adi also taught and tutored students. Previously, she worked as Senior Deputy to the Solicitor General in the Tel Aviv District Civil Department. Adi holds a bachelor’s degree in law and political science and a master’s degree in law, both from Tel Aviv University. She is interested in the connection between education and law and between theory and practice in both those fields, which play a key role in promoting human rights and social change and reducing gaps in society.


Netta Oren

Netta Oren

Netta Oren is a public sector lawyer. Most recently, she held a senior position in the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law in the State Attorney’s Office, in which capacity she represented the government and its branches in cases of judicial review and administrative appeals before the Supreme Court of the State of Israel. Netta was also involved in formulating policy and decision-making processes for various government departments regarding issues discussed by the High Court of Justice in areas such as schooling, higher education and equality, security matters, religion and state, and more. Netta holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master’s degree in law, specializing in public and international law, from Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University in Chicago. Netta is also a member of the board of directors at Kasimba, a non-profit organization that promotes creative and cultural activities for families with or without special needs. She is interested in advancing social change and closing gaps in education. In particular, she is interested in advancing rights of children with disabilities and special needs by embracing diversity and inclusion of these children in the education system through the legal system and legal tools.


May Pundik

May Pundik

May Pundik is a feminist social activist and entrepreneur. Most recently, she was the director of New Generations and Israel Travel at the New Israel Fund in the United States. In this capacity, she led fundraising and social justice campaigns and worked to build a community based on a renewed relationship between young American Jews and civil society in Israel. May was involved in setting up a legal team to support political struggles in Israel, and was one of the founders of an educational program that conducted dialogue groups of young Jews and Palestinians in high schools in East and West Jerusalem. May is a graduate of the Leadership, Organizing and Action program at Harvard University, and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in exploring possibilities for changing power structures and creating a more equitable society via partnerships and relationship building, and in advancing sustainable solutions for connecting individuals and communities.


Shlomit Ravitsky Tur-Paz

Shlomit Ravitsky Tur-Paz

Shlomit Ravitsky Tur-Paz is active in the worlds of education, culture, and management. Most recently, she was the director of Elul, a pluralistic beit midrash that works to create a cultural common denominator among different sectors of Israeli society by means of Jewish text study, inter-sectoral encounters that nurture and challenge such study, and artistic, educational, and social creativity inspired by the texts and learning process. Shlomit has also served as chair of Rashut Harabim, a forum of organizations dedicated to Jewish renewal in Jerusalem. Previously, she co-founded and co-directed ITIM, a center for resources and advocacy for Jewish life, and founded and directed Sha’arim, a pluralistic beit midrash of Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa. She has also lectured and tutored in Judaism, law, and gender in various frameworks, including HaMidrasha B'Oranim, Midreshet Ein HaNatziv, the Ministry of Education’s Shenhar Center, the Efrata School, and more. Shlomit holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in researching the post-secondary landscape of yeshiva study in Israel and in exploring possibilities for innovation in this arena.


David Simchon

David Simchon

David Simchon is an educator and manager, who has spent the last decade working for the Bnei Akiva youth movement, most recently as the deputy director of education. In this capacity, David was responsible for the movement’s educational operations and for developing its educational strategy. He also worked to increase collaboration between different youth movements and sectors, in order to connect additional populations to informal education and to increase social activism among young people. David holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science and communications, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is interested in realizing the goals of youth movements to create autonomous spaces for young people, in education in general and particularly in religious and spiritual education.


Anat Thon Ashkenazy

Anat Thon Ashkenazy

Anat Thon Ashkenazy is a lawyer and feminist activist. In her most recent position, she was CEO of the NGO "Itach-Maaki ("with you" in Hebrew and Arabic) – Women Lawyers for Social Justice", where she led programs promoting gender equality at a national and municipal level, with an emphasis on the needs of women from disadvantaged groups in society. As part of her work at Itach-Maaki, Anat represented dozens of women’s organizations that demand equality and equal representation in decision-making bodies for women from diverse groups in Israel. Anat holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in law from Tel-Aviv University, as well as a second bachelor’s degree in psychology from the same university. She is interested in strengthening the values of democracy and gender justice, both in the education system and in Israeli law.


Lior Yellin Frajnd

Lior Yellin Frajnd

Lior Yellin Frajnd is an entrepreneur and manager, who most recently worked as the municipal coordinator of services for at-risk youth and young adults at the Jerusalem municipality. In this capacity, she established platforms for interdisciplinary work in Haredi neighborhoods in the city and implemented integrative work methods in core areas of the field. Previously, Lior ran the ELEM–Youth in Distress outreach van in Jerusalem, she directed the youth at risk services of the Binyamin Regional Council, and she developed innovative models for working with young people at risk, as a member of the Bloomberg Foundation Innovation Team at the Jerusalem municipality. Lior holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a master’s degree in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in creating a clear system of work interfaces between social work and education, and in improving the correlation between the needs of residents and the municipal welfare and education services.


Hagit Yogev

Hagit Yogev

Hagit Yogev is an educator who has spent the last decade as the principal of the Tzviya religious girls’ high school in Lod, which accepts students from Lod and central Israel and prides itself on heterogeneous education focused on personal growth. Previously, she was a homeroom teacher, math teacher, and school social coordinator. Hagit holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from the University of Haifa, and a master’s degree in history and education. She is a graduate of the Avney Rosha training program for school principals and of the Mifras Educational Entrepreneurship Incubator. She has also mentored new principals on behalf of the Avney Rosha Institute. Hagit is interested in values-based education in the pedagogical world of the 21st century, and in processes that encourage personal growth of students and faculty members.


Tamar Zeira Dvir

Tamar Zeira Dvir

Tamar Zeira Dvir is an educator and manager, who most recently served as deputy director of the Joint Council of Leadership Academies for high school graduates (Mechinot). In this capacity, she established and directed the Council’s alumni project, and developed advanced work methods for the educational staff with the programs' alumni. She also led training programs for directors of leadership academies , and worked to advance women in leadership roles in the academies. Previously, Tamar directed the second-year program at the Aderet academy, where she later served as finance director and chair of the board of the non-profit organization that supports the academy. Tamar holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree from the Mandel Social Leadership MBA program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Tamar is interested in educational means for advancing women in leadership roles, towards a world of full partnership between women and men in leadership.


 

Cohort 29

SEPTEMBER 2020–AUGUST 2022

 

Ido Amar Hadany

Ido Amar Hadany

Ido Amar Hadany is an educator, manager, and expert in Israel studies. In his most recent position, he was head of the Gal Leadership Center and of the Mechinat HaNegev pre-military academy in Sde Boker. During the course of his work, he founded an additional branch of the academy on Kibbutz Holit, and established Daroma, a social activist beit midrash for young people who recently completed their military and national civilian service. Previously, Ido directed the Midwest region of the Israel Scouts of America, and coordinated the summer programs of the Young Judea youth movement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Beit Berl College, with a specialization in Israel studies and geography, and a master’s degree in Israel studies and archeology from Bar-Ilan University. He is also a licensed tour guide from the Ministry of Tourism. Ido is interested in strengthening the sense of personal and social responsibility in the formal and informal education systems via independent learning, action, and experience.


Erez Amber

Erez Amber

Erez Amber is an educator. Most recently, he served as principal of the Re’ut School – an inclusive pluralistic high school in Jerusalem. In his previous position, he was principal of the Mae Boyar residential high school in Jerusalem. Before entering the world of education, Erez served in combat command positions in the IDF for 13 years. He co-founded a pre-military academy in Jerusalem and led the establishment of the inclusive Ma’ayanot elementary school in Tzur Hadassah. He is also a member of Bereshit, an egalitarian community in Tzur Hadassah. Erez holds a bachelor’s degree in educational administration and political science from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree in Jewish education from the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is interested in education through the world of boarding schools, and especially in enhancing integration between the members of different sectors of Israeli society who study in them. He is also interested in international curriculum models and schools.


Hisham Bader

Hisham Bader

Hisham Bader is an educator. He served as principal of the comprehensive high school in Hurfeish in the Galilee from 2013 to 2020. Within this role, he worked to promote ecological and environmental sustainability initiatives. Hisham is a civics and history teacher, and over the years has done much to provide professional guidance and training to staff and educators working with at-risk students. Hisham holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern history from the University of Haifa and a master’s degree in Middle Eastern history from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is a graduate of the Mifras and Zamarot programs for school principals, and is a trained consultant to education and welfare organizations. Hisham is interested in high-quality teaching and the role and image of the teacher, and in the related question: “Why don't students like school?”


Ido Brume

Ido Brume

Ido Brume is an educator. In recent years, he has worked for the Branco Weiss schools in Bet Shemesh and Tzur Hadassah as a member of the management team, as a homeroom teacher, and as a coordinator. In the course of his work, he directed an autonomous in-school unit specializing in at-risk youth, mentored teachers, and led innovative educational processes. Ido holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and Jewish studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in business administration from Bar-Ilan University. He is a graduate of the Teach First Israel program, and of the Avney Rosha Institute’s school principal training program. He is also a qualified tour guide and specializes in Jewish identity in Diaspora Jewry. Ido believes that the main function of education is to nurture the human spirit and to create opportunities for fundamental social change. He is interested in developing innovative, groundbreaking educational models that can result in real change for disadvantaged populations.


Avraham Dadon

Avraham Dadon

Avi Dadon is an educator and school principal. Since 2015, he has served as principal of the AMIT Nachshon yeshiva high school, which is based on an innovative integrative educational model. Avi promoted pedagogical innovation by removing classroom walls and introducing an open-space approach, in order to advance three main principles: independent learning, collaborative learning, and choice in learning. In addition, he worked to develop and empower the teaching staff by instituting a staff beit midrash for learning and growth; by creating teacher research and development teams; and by emphasizing the role of teachers ad developers. Avi began his career as a homeroom teacher and a civics and history teacher at the Oriya religious comprehensive high school in Rishon Lezion. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Middle Eastern history, and a master’s degree in political science, both from Bar-Ilan University. Avi is interested in fostering connections between different groups in Israeli society, particularly between Jews and Arabs.


Asaf de Vries

Asaf de Vries

Asaf de Vries is an educator. Most recently, he worked as a teacher and coordinator of Jewish thought at the Kiryat Sharet high school in Holon, and as a national instructor of Jewish thought for Israel's Ministry of Education. In the latter role, Asaf was involved in mentoring teachers and in developing in-service teacher training programs and curricula. Previously, he served as a counselor and caregiver at Alin Beit Noam, a nonprofit organization that operates a day center and community housing for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. Asaf holds a bachelor’s degree in Jewish history and Jewish philosophy, and a master’s degree in Jewish philosophy, both from Tel Aviv University. He is interested in promoting civic and democratic thinking in the education system, and in the role of the humanities – and Jewish studies in particular – in strengthening this type of thinking.


Lea Fishof

Lea Fishof

Lea Fishof is a social activist and entrepreneur. In recent years, she has been involved in promoting employment for people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Previously, she provided consultation services to businesses and families. In recent years, she has been active in the advancement of women and girls by promoting employment and encouraging financial independence and high-quality education. As part of these efforts, she founded and directed an employment promotion program for young Haredi women, under the aegis of the Shlavim nonprofit organization. Lea holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Herzog College, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in expanding the choices available to young women and in increasing the accessibility of high-quality employment models as an effective tool for positive change.


Dvir Kali

Dvir Kali

Dvir Kali is an educator and social entrepreneur. In his most recent position, he was a senior manager for HaShomer HaChadash, responsible for leading the organizations’ youth programs. In this capacity, Dvir worked to strengthen the foundations of agricultural education, settlement, love of the land, and civic courage in the program participants. As part of his work, he managed the AMLI forum, a national forum of post-military programs in education and agriculture, and founded the KEMACH program, which brings together communities of educators and farmers in the Eshkol regional council. He also initiated and led programs for different sectors of Israeli society, including an empowerment and employment program for Bedouin women in the Negev conducted in partnership with the Yanabiah non-profit organization, and a program for ecological agriculture studies conducted in partnership with Sapir Academic College and the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. Dvir holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and administration from Sapir Academic College, and a master’s degree in organizational consulting and organizational sociology from Bar-Ilan University. He is interested in the connection between the world of theory and ideas and the world of action and creation, and in the ways in which this connection can be used to create task-oriented frameworks for educating young men and women in Israel.


Amit Kitain

Amit Kitain

Amit Kitain is a social activist whose work focuses on promoting human and social rights in the Negev. In his most recent position, he directed the Mezach Social Rights Center, a nonprofit organization supported by Sapir College, and lectured at the College’s school of social work. As part of his work, Amit worked to advance the civil rights of various populations, including disadvantaged people, the elderly, and people with mental health issues. He was also involved in founding civil rights consultation centers in Sderot, Ofakim, Beer Sheva, and Rahat, and has trained many residents and local students in civil rights. Amit holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Sapir College, and a master’s degree in social work from McGill University in Montreal, with a concentration in rights and community development. He is interested in how human rights can be used to boost social activism, and in the development of social movements.


Sara Levanon

Sara Levanon

Sara Levanon is an educator and teacher. In recent years, she served as principal of the religious girls’ high schools in Rosh Tzurim and at the Tzvia school in Kokhav Ya’akov. Together with the schools' staff, Sara led the development of innovative educational programs that facilitate active, collaborative, and relevant learning, and helped create a pedagogical discourse aimed at driving change in the school environment. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in Jewish studies. She is interested in processes that encourage holistic personal growth – encompassing spiritual, social, cognitive, and emotional development – and seeks to find ways to implement these processes in school settings.


Salah Mohsen

Salah Mohsen

Salah Mohsen is a social activist. His work focuses on human rights and promoting equal rights. In his most recent position, Salah directed the information and research department at the Gisha human rights organization. In this capacity, he was responsible for collecting, processing, and analyzing information about the many aspects of life in the Gaza Strip affected by restrictions on freedom of movement, including education, healthcare, the economy, and civil infrastructures. He previously served as director of communications and public activity at Adalah, the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel, in which capacity he was responsible for drafting and disseminating the center’s messages and ideas, and for developing and implementing media strategies for combating discrimination and promoting equality for Arab citizens in Israel. Salah holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Haifa. He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Leaders for Democracy program, and of the Emerging Leader Development Program (ELDP) at Columbia Business School. Salah is interested in the interactions between the three most influential factors in education – schools, parents, and local authorities – and seeks to increase the beneficial coordination and cooperation between these factors.


Mira Monayer

Mira Monayer

Mira Monayer is an educator. In her most recent position, she was co-director of the Shared Education Program of the Center for Educational Technology (CET). She led regional efforts to foster educational partnerships between schools of different groups in Israeli society, to provide training for teachers and principals, and to recruit partners from local government and the Ministry of Education. Mira has extensive experience in group facilitation, bilingual resources development, and in implementing meaningful encounters between Jewish and Arab students, teachers, and principals. Mira holds a bachelor’s degree in education and English, a teaching diploma from the Kibbutzim College of Education, and a master’s degree in management from the Centre for Academic Studies in Or Yehuda. She also holds a diploma in facilitation of multicultural groups and groups focused on sexuality. Mira is interested in improving education in Arab society by creating shared campuses for groups from Israel’s different educational streams, in which each group's identity will be maintained and the needs of each community will be accommodated.


Amnon Rabinovitz-Reshef

Amnon Rabinovitz-Reshef

Amnon Rabinovitz-Reshef is an educator and social activist in Jerusalem who served as the principal of the Ziv and Marks junior high school. In his most recent position, he was one of the leaders of a program for identifying and cultivating future principals for Jerusalem schools, and was one of the founders of an educational innovation center in the Katamonim neighborhood of Jerusalem. Previously, he served as CEO of Wake Up Jerusalem, was one of the founders of the new teachers’ movement and a leader of the social protest movement in Israel. Amnon began his educational career working with students who had dropped out of school in Jerusalem and running the Yuvalim learning center for at-risk youth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy and a master’s degree in public policy, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Amnon is interested in promoting humanistic approaches in the public education system and in fostering related pedagogical change in schools.


Natan Rubin

Natan Rubin

Natan Rubin is a social and educational manager and entrepreneur. Over the last decade, he has held a series of managerial and consulting positions in local government and the third sector. These have included directing the youth department, and subsequently the strategy department, at the Netivot municipality, working as a private consultant, and serving as CEO of the Magshimim Beyachad nonprofit organization. In the course of his work, he founded social projects and developed strategic plans in the fields of education, economics, and urban regeneration – all with the aim of reducing gaps in society by changing public consciousness, building trust, and creating connections between different groups, using strategic and interdisciplinary thinking. Natan holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and administration from Sapir College, a master’s degree in educational systems management from Tel Aviv University, and a diploma in organizational consulting. He is interested in the impact of local authorities on educational innovation and social change via municipal education systems.


Tamar Shimi

Tamar Shimi

Tamar Shimi is an educator, group facilitator, and mediator. In recent years, she has led programs in reflective medical education at the Moshe Prywes Center for Medical Education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in which medical students, interns, and doctors participated. She is also a member of the university’s medical school admissions committee. Tamar is one of the founders of Ayala, a nonprofit organization that assists people with adrenal gland syndromes. Previously, she was a member of the Beer Sheva municipal education committee, facilitated parents’ groups, and launched programs for teaching mediation skills. She also worked as a science teacher and homeroom teacher in elementary schools in Beer Sheva. Tamar holds a bachelor’s degree in education and science teaching from Hemdat Hadarom Academic College of Education, and a master’s degree in administration, society, and educational policy from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Tamar views ongoing personal and collective reflection as a vital element in every profession, and is interested in promoting reflective professionalism, particularly in medical education.


Riki Siton

Riki Siton

Riki Siton is an educator and manager. In her most recent position, she directed the Ayelet Hashachar Foundation's Havruta project and coordinated the women’s group in the Mashpi’im program for integrating ultra-Orthodox Jews into public service. In recent years, she has also worked in inter-sectoral group facilitation. In the past, Riki established and managed kindergartens throughout the country, as well as after school centers for at-risk youth in Jaffa, Ramla, and Lod. She has also taught in schools in Hadera and Tel Aviv. Riki holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ono Academic College, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Jerusalem College of Technology. She is interested in strengthening the connections between the different groups in Israeli society.


Guy Van-Raalte Gal

Guy Van-Raalte Gal

Guy Van-Raalte Gal is a training and development professional. He served for over 20 years in various operational and senior management roles in the security sector, and most recently directed the main training school at his place of work. In this capacity, Guy developed learning processes that introduce learners to their skills and personality traits in a controlled and experiential manner, in order to improve the learners' ability to lead effective processes in their work. In recent years, he coordinated a unique volunteer program at a pre-military academy, based on a model that allows for the participation of a changing roster of volunteers while maintaining a regular curriculum. Guy holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from Tel Aviv University. He is interested in promoting learning processes in formal education that encourage learners to improve their understanding of their selves and their abilities while creating a dialogue of acceptance that builds trust with others. He is also interested in how the mutuality created by this kind of human interaction can lead to social change.


Sharon Wasserman

Sharon Wasserman

Sharon Wasserman is an educator. Since 2018, she has worked as a training and mentoring coordinator for Teach First Israel, responsible for the training and integration of new teachers in schools in disadvantaged areas. Previously, she served as a homeroom teacher, pedagogical coordinator, and member of the management team of an elementary school in Bat Yam. She has also worked as a municipal instructor for the development and implementation of pedagogical innovation in schools, specializing in matching pedagogical strategies to the strengths and needs of the school’s faculty and students. Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from Tel Aviv University, and is a graduate of the Avney Rosha Institute’s school principal training program. Sharon is interested in the relationship between a holistic educational approach and the integration of formal and informal education, with the aim of promoting equality and reducing educational gaps.


Helen Yanovsky

Helen Yanovsky

Helen Yanovsky is a documentary filmmaker. Her documentary feature Jerusalem Boxing Club (2015) was screened at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, and her short documentary The Boy from H2 (2017) was shown at many international festivals, most notably the Berlin International Film Festival. Helen has led documentary film projects that involved disadvantaged youth in the production, and the resulting films were screened both nationally and internationally. Helen holds a bachelor’s degree in theater and from the Shota Rustaveli Theater and Film University in Tbilisi, Georgia, and a master’s degree in film from Tel Aviv University. She views the documentary medium as a tool for developing the capacity for observing one’s surroundings, and a means for personal expression and growth. She is interested in developing different models that bring together education, film, and the arts, with an emphasis on promoting the abilities and personal development of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Daphna Yavin Reches

Daphna Yavin Reches

Daphna Yavin Reches is a lawyer. She has worked in the public sector, most recently as the attorney responsible for criminal matters in the Tel Aviv district attorney’s office. Daphna has volunteered for many years at the Sexual Assault Crisis Center, and taught prevention of sexual assault and online bullying as part of a project run in schools by the Ministries of Education and Justice. Daphna holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a master’s degree in law from Tel Aviv University, and a second master’s degree in public policy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also holds a teaching diploma from the Kibbutzim College of Education. Daphna is interested in preventing violence of all kinds among youth in schools, using practices from the fields of both law and education.


Yaniv Yosef Cackon

Yaniv Yosef Cackon

Yaniv Yosef Cackon is an educator in the field of informal education. In his capacity as director of the youth movement department of the Ashdod municipality, he created a unique model called “Building a Community, Together” for operating informal education activities nationwide. He also founded the community department of the Democratic Institute—Society and Education, and was one of the founders of Shvilim, an academic program for groundbreaking educators at Kaye Academic College of Education. In addition, Yaniv directed the department of local politics and community organizing of Shaharit, a think tank and community organizing hub. He is also a founder of the Ashdodim movement, having served as the movement’s chairman and its representative on the city council, where he held the youth, young adults, and special needs portfolio. Yaniv holds a bachelor’s degree in education, history, and literature and a teaching diploma from the Kibbutzim College of Education, as well as a master’s degree in educational policy and democratic education from Tel Aviv University. He is interested in educating young people toward active citizenship, by means of creating connections between diverse groups in Israeli society in both communal and political arenas.


Shiran Zaharoni

Shiran Zaharoni

Shiran Zaharoni is a teacher and educator. Since 2015, he has served as vice principal of the Ironi Dalet high school in Tel Aviv. In this capacity, Shiran invested efforts in the professional development of his educational staff as a part of a learning and teaching community, and led pedagogical processes and initiatives, while promoting a vibrant and uniform pedagogical language in the school, with an emphasis on connecting pedagogical, emotional, and social aspects of education. Shiran has served as a group facilitator in various educational and social settings, and has experience in integrating informal education approaches and methods into formal education. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Revivim program, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Bible studies and a master’s degree in Hebrew language, and is a graduate of the Avney Rosha Institute’s school principal training program. Shiran is interested in founding an inclusive school that will provide a diverse range of students with optimal education, with the aim of cultivating a society that is sensitive to its members’ differences and uniqueness.