Miki Nevo

Director, Mandel Center for Leadership in the North

Miki Nevo, a social entrepreneur, is the director of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North. Prior to his current position, he was the director of the Mandel Program for Youth Leadership of the Mandel Leadership Institute for five years. Miki has some twenty-five years' experience in founding and managing social and educational organizations. He was principal of the Misgav secondary school, and founded and directed the Israel Venture Network’s educational activities in Israel’s northern social periphery. He founded and directed the Ma’ase Center, which promotes socioeconomic mobility by providing volunteering frameworks for young adults from Israel’s social periphery, served as senior assistant director of research and development of the Rashi Foundation, and founded and directed Living Together – The Center for a New Social Partnership in Israel. In recognition of his work with Ma’ase, Miki was awarded the Sderot Conference for Society’s Prize for Excellence in Social Affairs, the Speaker of the Knesset’s Quality of Life Prize, and an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in neurobiology, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Miki is a graduate of Cohort 4 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Daphi Biran Singer

Program Director, Mandel Program for Regional Leadership in the North

Daphi Biran Singer is the co-founder and CEO of the Rothschild Caesarea Partnerships (RCP), an organization established by the merger of two successful leadership programs in 2016. RCP's vision is to promote equality opportunities for all people in Israel and create a better society by empowering young leadership, especially in the periphery. During the course of her career, Daphi has managed and led organizations, programs, and ideas relating to education and empowering youth and students to serve as change agents, with an emphasis on the periphery and on challenged sectors in Israeli society. She also worked in management positions at the Branco Weiss Institute. Daphi holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in the management of educational systems, both from the University of Haifa. She is also a certified coach from the Technion.

Safa Garb

Program Director, Mandel Program for Social Leadership in the North

Safa Garb is a faculty member of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North, where she is the director of the Mandel Program for Social Leadership in the North. She has more than 20 years of experience working as an organizational consultant, facilitating groups of experts and influencers, and spearheading initiatives and processes for advancing equal employment opportunity within organizations and on a national level. In the past, Safa headed the employment division at JDC Israel, where she developed social services for assisting individuals who seek to break out of the cycle of poverty through integration in the labor force. Safa holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and international relations from the University of Haifa, and a master's degree in public policy from Tel Aviv University.

Noga Gil Bassi

Program Director, Mandel Program for Leadership for Public Service in the North

Noga Gil Bassi is the director of the Mandel Program for Leadership for Public Service in the North. Over the last decade, she has served as director of the division for education and community at the Emek Hama’ayanot Regional Council. In that capacity, she established the division (which incorporates the departments of education, welfare, transportation, and community centers), developed a ten-year strategic plan, and worked to implement the plan while involving various sectors in activities to promote education and the community. As part of her work, a new regional educational discourse was created, a number of educational and community initiatives were launched, educational innovation was fostered, and a range of special collaborations were established between schools, business organizations, and institutions in the region. Previously, Noga was the co-principal of the Shaked secondary school on Kibbutz Sdeh Eliyahu, where she had served as deputy principal, pedagogical coordinator, and homeroom teacher. She is also active in religious feminist circles, and was involved in a project for high school students in development towns. Noga holds a bachelor’s degree in Talmud and a master’s degree in Jewish history, and is a graduate of a training program for school principals and of the Maoz Fellows Program.


Dr. Lior Alperovitch

Faculty Member

Dr. Lior Alperovitch is a lecturer on the 20th-century history of Europe and the Jewish people, who specializes in the history of the Holocaust and its commemoration in Israel, visual representation of the Holocaust, and halakhic rulings and religious observance during the Holocaust. He completed the bulk of his academic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the departments of history, Jewish history, Jewish thought, and international relations. He holds two master’s degrees – one in history and the other in Jewish thought – and a doctorate in history. His doctoral dissertation examined the relations between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany and their impact on Holocaust commemoration in Israel during the first two decades of the State. He conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Research at the University of Haifa. Lior is the head of the Center for the Study of Visual Representations of the Holocaust at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, is a Spiegel Fellow at the Finkler Institute for Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University, and teaches in the department of visual and material culture at Bezalel and the department of multidisciplinary studies at the Holon Institute of Technology. Lior is a graduate of the Mandel Program for Leadership Development in the Haredi Community in which he now teaches.

Professor Motti Golani

Faculty Member

​​Professor Motti Golani is a Professor for Jewish History, and chair of the Jewish History Department at Tel Aviv University, where he also heads the Chaim Weizmann Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel. His main research interests concern questions of morality, memory, politics, and war in the pre-state Zionist era and in the history of the State of Israel. A scholar of the British Mandate period from the perspective of Zionist-British relations, he chairs the Israeli Mandate Research Forum. Professor Golani’s books include: Zion in Zionism: Zionist Policy and the Question of Jerusalem, 1937–1949 (1992); Israel in Search of War: The Sinai Campaign, 1955–1956 (1998); Wars Don’t Just Happen: On Memory, Force, and Choice (2002);  The End of the British Mandate for Palestine, 1948 (2009);  The Last Commissioner: General Sir Alan Gordon Cunningham, 1945–1948 (2011);  Two Sides of the Coin: Independence and Nakba 1948, Two Narratives of the 1948 War and its Outcome (2011, with Adel Manna);  andPalestine Between Politics and Terror 1945–1947 (2013). His most recent publication, co-authored with Professor Jehuda Reinharz, is a third and final volume of the biography of Chaim Weizmann, which covers the years 1922 to 1952.


Professor Amir Goldstein

Visiting Faculty Member

Professor Amir Goldstein is a visiting faculty member at the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North, where he lectures in the Center’s programs and is involved in developing its pedagogical approach. A historian and educator, he grew up in Kiryat Shmona, worked at his alma mater the Danciger high school, and was its principal until 2012. For the last decade, he has lectured at Tel-Hai College and served as dean of students and as chair of the department of multidisciplinary studies. Amir’s main fields of research are the history of Zionism and the Land of Israel in modern times and collective Israeli memory, and he has specialized in studying the Zionist Right from Ze’ev Jabotinsky to Menachem Begin. In recent years, he has studied the history of Kiryat Shmona and led community processes to develop a local historical narrative. Amir’s published works in Hebrew include: Heroism and Exclusion: Olei Hagardom and the Zionist Memory (Yad Ben Zvi and the Jabotinsky Institute, 2011); Zionism and Anti-Semitism in the Thought and Action of Ze’ev Jabotinsky (Ben-Gurion University and the Jabotinsky Institute, 2015); and Tel Hai 1920–2020: Between History and Memory, co-edited with Professor Yael Zerubavel (Yad Ben Zvi and Tel Aviv University, 2020).

Adv. Ali Haider

Visiting Faculty Member

Adv. Ali Haider is a visiting faculty member at the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North, where he is responsible for leading the Humanities Forum and for the subjects of development and teaching. For a decade, Ali was co-director of Sikkuy – The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality. Prior to that, he worked as a lawyer in several human rights and civil rights organizations. Ali is a founding member and active member of various civil society organizations, including Adalah –The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel; the Arab Pedagogical Council; I’lam – The Arab Center for Media Freedom Development and Research; the Center for Social Justice and Democracy at the Jerusalem Van Leer Institute, and more. A graduate of Cohort 22 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership, Ali subsequently took up a senior position at the Society for the Advancement of Education in Jerusalem, where he directed new projects and initiatives including Sindiana, the first Arab youth village in Israel. Ali holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Haifa. He lives in I’billin.

Professor Ruth Margalit

Visiting Faculty Member

Professor Ruti Margalit, M.D., is visiting associate professor and director of community engagement at the department of medical education of the Technion’s Ruth and Baruch Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in Haifa. She received her medical degree in 1993 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Hadassah School of Medicine, and is board certified in family medicine, with training in pediatrics and public health. Ruti completed fellowship training in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and at University of Maryland's department of family medicine and behavioral medicine. In 2003-2015, she was an associate professor at the University of Nebraska's College of Public Health and College of Medicine, where she founded and directed the Interprofessional Service Learning Academy, which runs projects in jails, homeless shelter, refugee centers, centers for domestic violence, and underserved neighborhoods. She was also involved in global health projects in India and Africa. In 2015, Ruti became director of research and development and special projects at MSR – Israel Center for Medical Simulation. She later established the "Change a World" program at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine before joining the Technion. Over the years, Ruti has dedicated her career to promoting professional, compassionate health care, while developing unique educational initiatives in healthcare that emphasize teamwork, student leadership, and engagement with underserved populations, to integrate social justice into healthcare education and practice.

Revital Yahalom Hahamov


Revital Yahalom Hahamov has been leading change processes and educational and pedagogical innovation in the formal education system in Israel for some 15 years. She has served as the pedagogical development director for the Democratic Institute–Society and Education, where she oversaw the department for establishing innovative schools. Prior to that, she founded and ran the Institute's Halutz (Educational Pioneer) program in the North, which develops educational leadership and pedagogical innovation in the social and geographic periphery, in partnership with the Ministry of Education. Revital has overseen both local and system-wide change processes, and has developed and led training programs to develop leadership among principals and teachers. Revital has taught educational and social entrepreneurship at the Kibbutzim College of Education’s educational innovation incubator and at the Regev Program for Excellence in teaching at the Oranim Academic College of Education. Revital holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Hebrew and general literature from Tel Aviv University, where she also completed a school principal training program. She is a graduate of Cohort 20 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Senior Staff

Dr. Yoav Kenny

Senior Staff Member

Dr. Yoav Kenny is a senior staff member at the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North, where he lectures in the humanities in all of the Center’s programs and provides academic support for the Mandel Program for Social Leadership in the North. A researcher, lecturer, editor, and translator, Yoav specializes in political theory, critical theory, ethics, contemporary European theory, and philosophical examination of relations between humans and non-human animals. Yoav was a founder and editor-in-chief of Mafteakh – A Lexical Journal of Political Philosophy, published by the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University. Yoav holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and the humanities from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy from Tel Aviv University. His doctoral thesis examined the relation between political philosophy and the philosophy of the animal in the philosophical works of Aristotle, Martin Heidegger, and Jacques Derrida. He completed post-doctoral studies at the Hebrew University philosophy department as a Dan David Prize recipient; at the department of rhetoric at University of California, Berkeley, as a Fulbright Scholar; and at the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. Yoav is also a certified spiritual care practitioner (SCP-C) and works with people and families suffering crisis and loss due to illness. He lives in Tivon.


Keren Lee Avigal


Keren Lee Avigal is the receptionist of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North. In the past, she was a team leader at the call center of Partner Communications, where she led training workshops for experienced and new employees. Her previous experience also includes work as the office manager at Ramim Environmental Technologies. Keren Lee is an active advocate for the rights of children with life-threatening allergies and provides support to their parents. She has participated in Knesset hearings to advance legislation that will make the public school system more accessible to such children. In her spare time, Keren Lee is interested in art, music, theater, and dance.

Sharon Hershko Sholev

Coordinator, Registration Process

Sharon Hershko Sholev is the coordinator of the registration process of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North. Prior to her work for the Mandel Foundation, Sharon worked for seven years in management and resource oversight for Hila, a Ministry of Education program for youth at risk and young people who have dropped out of Israel's formal education system. Her responsibilities there included development, implementation, and support of work policies; employee training; budgetary planning and allocation; implementation of computerized systems; and support for youth welfare units. Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from the Open University, and a teaching diploma in special education from Gordon College of Education. She is currently studying for a master’s degree in education system management from the Open University.

Dana Kleinman

Administrative Manager

Dana Kleinman holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from the Open University. She is a highly experienced senior administrator, having previously served, among other roles, as the administrative director of the Moriah specialist medical clinic in Haifa and as the personal assistant to the clinic’s director-general. In her various positions, Dana has been responsible for hiring, for employee placement and for administrative management of teams. She also has a great deal of experience in organizing different kinds of events, producing a professional medical newsletter and organizing and coordinating courses and social gatherings. Dana served as an officer in the IDF Adjutant Corps, and also as the chief of staff for a divisional commander.

Liraz Maanit

Program Coordinator, Mandel Program for Leadership in the Civil Service

Liraz Maanit is the coordinator of the Mandel Program for Leadership in the Civil Service. Prior to her work for the Mandel Foundation, Liraz served as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Haifa for various courses, including introduction to research methods, introduction to public administration, and a course on Israel’s political system. She also ran projects for the Israeli Chemistry Society, a non-profit that works to promote chemistry studies at schools and universities. Her work there included organizing and managing conferences for scientists from universities around the world. Most recently, Liraz was an administrative coordinator at the Technion. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and comparative literature, and a bachelor’s degree in public administration, both from the University of Haifa. Her master’s thesis focused on local authorities in crisis.

Efrat Nisimov Sharshevski

Staff Member

Efrat Nisimov Sharshevski is a staff member of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North, where her responsibilities include content development, teaching “leadership in a diverse society” in the Mandel Program for Social Leadership in the North, staff training, and lecturing on writing skills. A screenwriter and a poet, Efrat is a graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School. The script she wrote as her final project won the Johanna Prenner Award for Television Drama and her first book of poems is due to be published by Helicon Press. Before joining the Mandel Center, Efrat spent three years leading development processes as a content manager at the Ma’ase Center. Prior to that, she was a program manager at the Agnon House in Jerusalem, where she worked to develop it into a lively and vibrant literary center. After returning from a long stint as an emissary in Uzbekistan, Efrat facilitated study groups in beit midrash programs of Memizrach Shemesh, where she was part of the content development team. In addition to her work at Mandel, Efrat is a member of the research and development department of the Rashi Foundation, where she is in charge of knowledge management and content development for new initiatives.

Rinat Pilipp

Program Coordinator, Mandel Program for Regional Leadership in the North

Rinat Pilipp is the coordinator of the Mandel Program for Regional Leadership in the North. Prior to her work for the Mandel Foundation–Israel, Rinat worked in non-formal education for two decades. A graduate of a pre-military national civil service program and of the IDF’s Nahal brigade, she began her career in Green Horizons, the Jewish National Fund’s youth movement, in which she had been active in her youth. In this capacity, she educated young people and led teams of civilian service volunteers. Subsequently, Rinat worked in various education and coordination roles, including work at Lotem, a nonprofit organization that aims to make nature sites accessible to people with disabilities, and at the Center for Children’s Science Education at the ORT Braude College of Engineering. Rinat also worked at Machshava Tova, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing underprivileged populations access to technology, where she led a digital literacy project. Over the years, she has volunteered in a variety of fields in her local community, mainly related to culture. Rinat holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Technion, and a master’s degree in natural and environmental resource management from the University of Haifa.

Nadav Rubinstein

Professional Assistant to the Director

​Nadav holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Haifa and is currently completing a master’s degree in the philosophy of science and rationality. He has taught mathematics and English in junior high and high schools, and has extensive experience organizing events.

Samia Zobidat


Samia Zobidat is the housekeeper of the Mandel Leadership Center in the North, where she is responsible for custodial work. Samia has previous experience in housekeeping and worked in order fulfillment in a jewelry factory.