Yigal Aricha, the founder and principal of the Rona Ramon School in Harish, has worked in education for three decades, holding a wide range of roles in formal and non-formal education both in Israel and abroad. In the last ten years, he has founded and been the principal of two schools with students from families that span the socioeconomic spectrum in Israel, one in Ra’anana and the other in Harish. Yigal wants to increase his influence on development and change processes in Israeli society. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Land of Israel studies from Bar-Ilan University, a teaching diploma from Herzog College, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the Schechter Institute. He is married and a father of five, and lives in Tzufim.
Reem Assad Daoud is a lecturer and educational instructor who supervises undergraduate students in early childhood education at Sakhnin College for Teacher Education. She also instructs Arab and Jewish educational staffs who work together in the Hand in Hand bilingual kindergartens in Haifa. Reem wants to bring about a fair, just, and equal society by promoting early childhood education and the women who work in it, based on a belief that education is a sociopolitical activity that can advance society as a whole. She is active in promoting joint education and coexistence between Jews and Arabs. Reem holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Haifa.
During the last decade, Tal Azgad has been involved in management and development in the field of education. In her most recent position, Tal was the principal of a six-year middle and high school, and led regional programs that forged links between schools and organizations in the academic, industrial, business, and agricultural sectors. She developed a broad network that transcended the physical boundaries of schools and increased available resources for the benefit of the students. Tal’s educational agenda is based on groundbreaking education centered around autonomy for the learner. She wants to advance partnerships with Arab communities in the region by developing joint programs. Tal holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Nottingham, and a master’s degree in education systems management from Gordon College of Education. She is a mother of two, and a member of Kibbutz Shamir.
Oshrat Barel specializes in creating and developing communities and has held senior positions both in Israel and the United States. She directed the Jewish Agency’s Beit Shean–Valley of Springs–Cleveland Partnership2Gether, served as an Israeli emissary (shlicha) to Tucson, Arizona, and was subsequently promoted to be the vice president for planning and community engagement at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, a position for which she received the Jewish Community award. Oshrat is the initiator and director of the Beit-Sheani Balev mentoring initiative and has developed other social initiatives with broad systemic impact in the city. She believes that strong communities and meaningful networks promote efficacy, a deep sense of belonging and identity, individual and social resilience, and actualization of potential. Oshrat holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo and a master’s degree in business administration from Netanya Academic College. She is also a graduate of IDC-Herzliya’s course for members of the board of directors in the third sector. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Beit Shean.
Naty Berye is the local director of the 360° National Program for Children and Youth at Risk in Nof Hagalil. Previously, he served as advisor to the director general of the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. Naty made aliya to Israel alone at the age of 15, after walking hundreds of miles on foot and being arrested and jailed in Sudan. A social change activist and volunteer, Naty established the Breakthrough Leadership forum. He wants to document and preserve the heritage of the Beta Israel community and share it with Israeli society. Naty is the chairman of the Ethiopian Israeli community in Nof Hagalil, where he founded a synagogue and helped ensure the provision of religious and social services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, and a diploma in group facilitation from the Western Galilee College. He is married and a father of three.
Amara Betow is a homeroom and classroom teacher at the Neve Yesharim school in the Yemin Orde Children’s Village. Over the last decade, he has held various managerial roles, including running the care frameworks for children with no family support at Yemin Orde. Amara wants to serve as the principal of a research school that will focus on the unique cultural elements of every community in Israeli society. He participates in dynamic group activities, and is a member of Besod Siach, a nonprofit organization that promotes dialogue between groups in conflict. Amara’s vision is to develop educational-social leadership with inner resilience, which will create change and forge meaningful relations between the Ethiopian Israeli community and mainstream Israeli society. Amara holds a bachelor’s degree in civics and community-social education, and a master’s degree in marginalized youth from Oranim Academic College of Education. He is married and a father of five, and lives in Pardes Hanna.
Shiran Blat is the head of special education for the Kiryat Bialik municipality, where she is also responsible for prevention of sexual harassment. She has held various managerial, organizational, and instructional positions in formal and non-formal education, specializing in early childhood education and special education. Shiran believes in social responsibility, fighting social inequality, and providing equal opportunity to students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. She wants to advance projects and initiatives that will enrich educational and developmental services for early childhood and foster the human capital in this field. Shiran holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Open University (winning the Dean’s Prize for Excellence), a master’s degree in education and early childhood development from the University of Haifa, and a teaching diploma in psychology from the Open University. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Haifa.
Elyahu Elmaliach has served as a teacher in Israel’s Independent Education network of Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) schools for some 15 years. He has worked as a Hebrew language instructor at Ramot College and at the Alcastel school in Nazareth, and directed an educational framework for dropout youth in Jerusalem. Elyahu was also the executive director of Ima Meonot, a national association of daycare centers that represents some 150 private daycare centers vis-à-vis government ministries. Elyahu wants to help as much as possible, especially in cities in Israel’s periphery and in work with vulnerable populations, and seeks to work as a young leader in local and national government, where he can promote projects that benefit all citizens. Elyahu holds a bachelor’s degree in science education from Oranim Academic College of Education, and a master’s degree in administration and organization of educational systems from Michlalah Jerusalem College. He is a father of six, and lives in Afula.
Rasha Foodi Omari is the Ministry of Education’s national instructor in mass communication studies for high schools in Arab society. In addition, she is the pedagogy coordinator and a member of the management team at the Al-Nahda high school in Kafr Qara. In this capacity, she has promoted social engagement and social initiatives among the students. She was also involved in creating a dialogue program based on cinema. Rasha wants to lead positive change in the socio-educational arena to improve the quality of life for all residents of Israel’s north, based on respectful and empowering communication and democratic values. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and community-social education from Oranim Academic College of Education, and a master’s degree in communication from Tel Aviv University. She is a mother of three, and lives in Nazareth.
Waseem Hosary is the coordinator of Knesset relations and coordinator of fair representation of Arab citizens in the civil service at the nonprofit Sikkuy-Aufoq–For a Shared and Equal Society. He is also a social activist and entrepreneur, who promotes equality for Arab society in a variety of fields, and volunteers and consults for various social initiatives. Waseem wants to advance empowerment projects for young people in Arab society, and to help build a shared society founded on the values of equality and partnership. He specializes in professional advocacy for the equal allocation of government resources. A licensed attorney, Waseem has graduated from various courses in project management. He is married and a father of three, and lives in Umm al-Fahm.
Jumana Ighbaria Hamam is director general of the Social Development Committee (SDC) in Haifa, which runs projects to strengthen and empower the Arab community in that city. She is also a social activist, who contributes her knowledge and experience to help ensure that the Arab community and its challenges are firmly on the agenda of decision-makers. Jumana wants to promote coexistence based on equal rights and opportunities. A licensed attorney, she holds a bachelor’s degree in law and economics from the University of Haifa, where she is currently studying strategic human resource management. She is a mother of three, and lives in Haifa.
Hanaa Jijine (Hamada) is the national coordinator of the Information Centers for People with Disabilities in Arab Society, at JDC’s Israel Unlimited. In addition, she coordinates the Quiet Voice program for Negev Bedouin with hearing disabilities, which aims to increase awareness of the deaf community in the Al-Kasum regional council, which has the highest proportion of people with hearing disabilities in the world. The program’s goal is to establish a dedicated center that will host courses, workshops, and social events. Hanaa is a voluntary board member of the Tamra community center, which promotes social action and neighborhood projects to increase positive social cohesion. She is also a participant in the Social Cohesion Leadership Program, which aims to develop a project for mothers of children with disabilities. Hanaa holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and educational leadership and policy from the University of Haifa, and a master’s degree in organizational development and consulting from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. She is a mother of two, and lives in Tamra.
Esti Kadosh Shem Tov is the director of the 360° National Program for Children and Youth at Risk of the Tiberias municipality. In this capacity, she works to ensure the provision of services in the areas of health, welfare, and education to children and youth. Esti wants to reduce inequality in Israel’s periphery, and believes that the existing situation can be changed by increasing the availability of better services and education. Esti holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the Open University, a master’s degree in business administration and non-profit management from the University of Haifa, and a teaching diploma from Gordon College of Education. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Tiberias.
Aviv Lux is the director of educational programs and strategic projects at the Beit Shean municipality. She heads the municipality’s Sayeret Shean program, which brings non-formal education activities into all schools in the city with the aim of engendering social and ethical excellence among the next generation of leaders in Beit Shean. Aviv is also a researcher and content developer for podcasts and other digital content. She is one of the founders of Talking from the Field, an initiative that brings together former soldiers who served in the Army Radio and young people in Israel’s geo-social periphery in order to increase awareness of the field of media and communications as an influential arena in society. Aviv believes in listening, learning, and in-depth understanding as the basis for influential, grassroots work. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a master’s degree in public administration and policy from the University of Haifa, and a teaching diploma. She is married and lives in Kibbutz Yifat.
Shai Sabag is the vice principal and an educator at the Plagim elementary school. He is also chair of the public education committee of Kibbutz Ein Hashofet. Shai facilitates men’s discussion groups, and is a reserve company commander in the IDF. He wants to combat the epidemic of loneliness and make people aware of the power and importance of intimate human encounters, which have become endangered in the age of social media and video-conferencing. Shai’s plan for achieving this calls for training and supporting educators and leaders on this issue, and providing tools for creating a softer and more human society, in which people are at the center. Shai holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Oranim Academic College of Education, a diploma in group facilitation from HaMidrasha at Oranim, and a diploma in mediation from the Adler Institute. He is married and a father of two, and lives in Kibbutz Ein Hashofet.
Hiba Salalha is a counselor for women’s empowerment and gender equality at the Beit Jann local council, where she also serves as a sexual harassment prevention supervisor and community social worker. Hiba is also a board member of the National Association of Counselors. She leads social change processes and change in the area of gender at both the local and national level. Hiba believes that peace is possible, and is a participant in the Geneva Ambassadors program, which promotes Arab leadership in Israel. Her vision is to live in an enlightened and equal society without glass ceilings, where every individual can realize his or her potential. Hiba aims to reach positions of influence in the public and political arenas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, anthropology and art from the University of Haifa, a bachelor’s degree in social work from Tel-Hai College, and a master’s degree from the executive program in public administration and policy at the University of Haifa. She lives in Beit Jann.
Noa Seligman is the director of the northern district and head of educational programs at Tozeret Ha’aretz, which aims to create activist communities in Israel’s geo-social periphery by encouraging young citizens to create community in rural parts of Israel. Noa founded the Tozeret Ha’aretz program in her home community of Nof Hagalil, where the program is currently celebrating its fourth year of building communities of local young people in order to strengthen the city and create a place for young people within it. In Nof Hagalil, Noa is a leader of the Mishol urban kibbutz, is involved in volunteer work in the city, is active in parent leadership in schools, and is a member of the local board of the Rashi Foundation’s “City at the Center” program. Recently, Noa represented Tozeret Ha’aretz in a delegation sent by the Israel Council of Activist Groups and Communities to provide aid to Ukrainian refugees in Romania. Noa has extensive experience in non-formal education and in leading educational-community programs and wants to foster community relations and encourage social action and change among diverse populations. Noa holds a bachelor’s degree in education and history from a joint program of the Democratic Institute and the Kibbutzim College of Education, and a master’s degree in education from Oranim Academic College of Education, with specialization in marginalized populations. She is married and a mother of two, and is a member of the Mishol urban kibbutz in Nof Hagalil.
Tzvi Tabachnik is the director of security and safety at Bar-Ilan University’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in Tzfat. He is a reserve battalion commander in the IDF, and chair of the local committee of Moshav Nov. Tzvi believes in the ability of every individual to have a positive impact on their surroundings. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from Tel-Hai College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Bar-Ilan University. Tzvi is married and a father of six, and lives in the Golan.
Amgad Alman is the national deputy director of the Small Vessels and Sailing Division of the Administration of Shipping and Ports of the Ministry of Transport and Road Safety. In this capacity, he promotes sailing programs and projects and works to make this pastime more accessible to the general public. Amgad was one of the first Druze in Israel to be accepted to the IDF pilot’s course and served as an officer in the IDF’s prestigious Unit 8200 intelligence unit. He was one of the founders of the Druze student association at the University of Haifa, and is active in promoting higher education for Druze students. Amgad wants to see more young Israelis, particularly from the country’s social and geographical periphery, involved in leadership positions in all areas of Israeli life and reaching their personal potential. He holds an executive master’s degree in business administration and a second master’s degree in political science, both from the University of Haifa. He is a father of three, and lives in Kasra-Samiya.
Miki Atias is an industrial engineering and management specialist who works as a project manager at Elbit Systems. He is a volunteer member of the board of directors of the Ma’alot-Tarshiha community center, responsible for youth and culture; chair of the town’s parents’ committee; and active in arranging cultural events for local residents. He is also involved in leading projects related to bridging gaps between religious and secular Jews and between Jews and Arabs, as well as various other social and cultural projects. Miki holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management and a master’s degree in supply chain management and logistics, both from Bar-Ilan University. He is married and a father of five, and lives in Ma’alot-Tarshiha.
Lev Brodinsky is a teacher, screenwriter, and director, whose work focuses on Israel’s geographical and social periphery and who seeks to advance proper representation. Lev immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s, and lived for three years in a caravan site for new immigrants. He teaches theater and film studies to students of all ages, including students on the autistic spectrum. He has also founded a production company that focuses on moviemaking in the Galilee. Lev strongly believes in the power of art to change the world, and wants to strengthen Israel’s periphery as an arena for culture, local artistic expression, and high-quality education. Lev is a graduate of the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, holds a bachelor’s degree in directing and teaching from the Kibbutzim College of Education, and holds a master’s degree in film studies from Tel Aviv University. He lives in Kfar Kisch with his family.
Oria Caspi is executive director of the Cleaning Cooperative, a member-owned business run by Arab and Jewish women who seek to change the reality for women working in the exploitative cleaning market in Israel. Previously, she was the parliamentary consultant and spokesperson of Shelly Yachimovich, former head of the parliamentary opposition. She was also one of the leaders of the struggle for direct employment at the University of Haifa. Oria is a social and political activist who wants to reduce inequality in Israeli society, and is involved in the fight against the exploitation of disadvantaged workers in general, and in the cleaning industry in particular. She also works to develop employment alternatives and possibilities for women, while equipping women with employment skills and community empowerment. Oria holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Haifa, where she is currently studying for a master’s degree in Jewish history, and is a qualified lawyer specializing in labor law. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Yokne’am Illit.
Noam Edelman is the community manager at Kfar Yehoshua, and has founded a unique social education system which is the first of its kind in the Jezreel Valley communities. He wants to advance the status and role of non-formal education as a central source for transmitting social values to young people and giving them a connection to the Land of Israel, to society, and to surrounding communities, both Arab and Jewish. In his work, he encourages social engagement and builds partnerships between residents of Kfar Yehoshua and other villages in the Jezreel Valley. Noam holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education systems management, and is also a qualified basketball coach and sports psychology coach. He is a father of four, and lives in Kfar Yehoshua.
Abed Elkareem Azzam is a parliamentary advisor in the Knesset for the Ra’am party. Previously, he was responsible for the party’s activities involving academicians and young adults; ran dozens of projects relating to discourse between leaders from Arab society and Jewish society; and was involved in joint projects and delivered lectures on this topic to both Arab and Jewish audiences. Abed holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in Islamic philosophy, and is an expert in Israel’s Islamic movements. He also participated in an academic delegation to the United States, exploring the topics of violence and crime.
Ayat Jwamees Gadir is a community social worker who works for the Community and Welfare Division of the regional council. Her work involves developing and empowering local leadership in the Bedouin communities in the region, with the aim of strengthening community infrastructure and encouraging residents to play an active role in decision-making processes in their community. Ayat believes in diversity and in equal rights for all and wants to reach a position of influence in which she can advance Bedouin society and Arab society in general. Ayat holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Haifa. She is married and a mother of one, and lives in Zarzir.
Safwan Mreeh served in the IDF in field command and headquarters positions for 25 years, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. He founded the section for minorities at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) nine years ago, and for the last three years has also managed IFCJ’s emergency and security section. In this capacity, Safwan identifies needs not sufficiently met by state agencies and service providers, and develops programs to address them. Examples of this include development of a collaborative model with Magen David Adom and AJEEC to operate two ambulances for the rural Bedouin population in the Negev, and the provision of significant aid (in the form of food and medicines) to Druze refugees from Syria and Christian refugees from Iraq who had fled to Jordan. Regarding emergency and security, Safwan’s work involves addressing the security needs of the home front, bolstering the capacity of hospitals to deal with trauma, and providing defensive infrastructure for buildings in the Gaza border region. He is also one of the leaders of the campaign to amend the Nation-State Law. Safwan holds a bachelor’s degree in Oriental studies and a master’s degree in political science and national security, both from the University of Haifa, as well as a diploma in civics teaching from Oranim Academic College of Education. He is married and a father of three, and lives in Daliyat al-Karmel.
Yana Neuman is an organizational consultant with expertise in diversity and inclusion, who works with social change organizations. She served as vice president of knowledge and consulting at Co-Impact–The Partnership for a Breakthrough in Arab Employment, where she led organizational consulting processes with major employers in the labor market, working to develop an organizational culture based on diversity and inclusion of employees from Arab society. Yana is a member of the executive management of Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet and of Ma’avarim Ba’Emek, a regional center that promotes employment and social mobility. She was involved in the establishment of the gender equality committee of the Megido Regional Council, and is a member of the executive board and head of the women’s committee of the Israel Rugby Union. Yana wants to promote equality in Israel, with an emphasis on women’s rights and Arab society. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology, and a master’s degree in conflict management and resolution, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She lives on Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet.
Sondos Saleh is the founder and CEO of E.E. Compass Ltd., a company that provides strategic and organizational consulting in the fields of education, economics, and the environment. In this capacity, she provides project management support to local authorities, mainly for educational projects, and helps educational organizations make their programs more accessible to Arab society. Previously, Sondos worked for the Ministry of Education’s Arab Education Department, responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Ministry’s five-year plan – a role that included designing plans and budgets for formal and non-formal education in the Arab sector, and creating a strategic workplan with defined goals and targets for the Arab education system.
Afaf Sheeny hosts and produces news broadcasts and current affairs shows on Radio Nas and on the Musawa TV channel. In addition to her work in news content, she also hosts and produces a program aimed at increasing public awareness regarding physical health issues and is active in social issues in which she wants to bring about change, such as violence in Arab society. Afaf holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in strategic communications from the University of Haifa. She is single and lives in Haifa, the city of her birth.
Maor Sheleg, a social activist, retired from the IDF in 2021 after 15 years of service in command positions both in headquarters and in the field, most of which were related to social mobility. In his last position in the IDF, he was an officer in the Atidim program of Unit 81 of the Intelligence Corps, which works to integrate thousands of high-school students from Israel’s geographical and social periphery into the IDF’s academic programs and elite intelligence programs. Today, Maor is the director of career development for graduates of the Ma’ase Center, which is dedicated to advancing social mobility in Israel by realizing the full potential of young people. He is also a social activist and leader in towns and villages in northern Israel, who is involved in developing regional initiatives. Maor serves as a reserve lieutenant in the IDF Home Command infantry unit. He wants to lower barriers, advance social mobility, and increase equal opportunity, particularly among the younger generation in the Galilee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resource management from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and is currently completing a master’s degree in law at Bar-Ilan University. He lives in the Galilee, where he was born and raised.
Noa Shimshoni is head of training and recruitment at Tsofen, an organization dedicated to the integration of Arab university graduates into the hi-tech industry. She has held various managerial roles over the years in the non-profit world, focusing on social and educational issues, and especially on the advancement of Bedouin Palestinian society in Israel. She wants to help bring about real-world change in the fields of equality, distributive justice, and the social integration of vulnerable populations. Noa is a graduate of the Change Agents course at the Neve Shalom School for Peace, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and Israel studies from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a master’s degree in public policy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (outstanding students track). Her master’s thesis was on “Civics teaching in Arab society.” She is married and a mother of three, and a member of Kibbutz HaMa’apil.
Dr. Hadas Sibony Benyamini is a lab manager and lecturer at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in Tzfat. She was a leading figure in the establishment of a new school that adds grades over time in Moshav Ramot, where she is a member of the parents’ committee and is involved in local educational and social projects. Hadas seeks to advance a project for social engagement between communities in the periphery and institutions and agencies that support populations with special needs; for example, to arrange for residents of her community to “adopt” a hostel for people with special needs. Hadas holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science from the faculty of agriculture of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a master’s degree in life sciences from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and a doctorate in medical science from the faculty of medicine in the Galilee of Bar-Ilan University. She is a mother of three, and is a resident of Moshav Ramot.
Beni Svisa is the director of the Kfar Hasidim religious youth village. He has worked with youth at risk for the last two decades. Among other roles, he has been a teacher, home-room teacher, and pedagogical coordinator at the Branco Weiss high school in Marom Hagalil; principal of the Branco Weiss Ramot high school for youth at risk in the Golan Heights; and deputy director of the Branco Weiss network of schools for at-risk students. Beni believes strongly in people’s ability to undergo meaningful change. He is married and a father of four, and lives on the Bar Yohai community settlement in Marom Hagalil.
Hadas Talmon is the director of campus life at the Givat Haviva International School. In both her personal and professional life, she is engaged in advancing a shared society between people from different cultures. She is also a licensed tour guide, a nature lover, and an environmental activist. Hadas believes in multicultural interaction and in problem-solving based on collaboration and addressing environmental issues. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental development from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a master’s degree in natural resource management and the environment from the University of Haifa. Hadas is also a graduate of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. She is a mother of two, and lives in Givat Haviva.
Efrat Weiss is the director of the Nahariya branch of Emunah–The National Religious Women’s Movement, and is the movement’s regional liaison for women’s advancement for all of its branches in northern Israel. In this capacity, she advances initiatives related to women’s rights, women’s empowerment, and the prevention of violence against women. Efrat believes that every woman is a leader and wants other women to see themselves this way, and to believe in themselves and their ability to lead change. She is a member of her local parents’ committee, has served as its chair, and has been one of the leaders of the Nahariya municipal parents’ association. Efrat holds a bachelor’s degree in law and Jewish studies from Bar-Ilan University, is a qualified lawyer, and has worked in the field of law. She is married and a mother of four, and lives in Nahariya.
Bracha Amar is head of the strategy department of the Israel Prison Service (IPS). In this capacity, she plays a leadership role in promoting the vision and values of the service, with the aim of inculcating ethical discourse among commanders and officers, and ensuring that they strive for ethical conduct in practice. Most of Bracha’s professional experience has been in treating prisoners who have a history of addiction, violent behavior, and sexual criminality. Bracha is currently dealing with a recurrence of breast cancer, which has motivated her to help other women with cancer. She wants to establish a multidisciplinary helpline for cancer patients and their families in the Gaza border region. Bracha holds a bachelor’s degree from Bar-Ilan University, a master’s degree in social work from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and certification in coaching. She is married and a mother of five, and lives in Kfar Maimon, in the Gaza border region.
Tal Avraham is the public defender of the Northern district and Nazareth for the Ministry of Justice. In this capacity, she is responsible for providing representation to defendants in criminal proceedings who are eligible for public defense. Tal wants to promote equality and justice in the legal system, with an emphasis on vulnerable and at-risk populations, such as people with disabilities, young people, and more. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in law from Bar-Ilan University. A mother of three, she lives in Avital, a moshav in northern Israel.
Yossef Ben Yossef has been CEO of the Yavne’el local council since 2020. Previously, he served for 30 years in the Israel Fire and Rescue Authority, where he held a variety of positions, the last of which was commander of the Tiberias regional fire station. Yossef works to promote interaction and partnerships between Jewish and Arab residents of northern Israel, in order to improve the region and make it more secure, and the unique demographic model of northern Israel provides fertile ground for these efforts. Yossef holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and humanities from the Open University, and a master’s degree from the department of geography and environmental studies at the University of Haifa (focusing on responses in disaster areas). He is married and a father of five, and lives in the Hanaton communal settlement.
Michael Dian is the head of intelligence operations and deputy head of the intelligence division of the Israel Prison Service (IPS). He directly commands 30 staff members, most of them officers, and oversees all the members of the Service’s intelligence operations nationally. Michael is responsible for classified intelligence communications on the national level, and for operational coordination with the various IPS districts and field units. He is leading two unique projects within the intelligence division that are in line with his vision: integrating people with special needs, including people on the autistic spectrum, and members of the Haredi community into core roles in intelligence. For the last three years, he has been part of a team that recruits minorities into military and defense service. Michael holds a bachelor's degree in criminology from the Open University (combined track with Beit Berl College) and a master's degree in Jewish studies and Middle Eastern studies from Ono Academic College, and has recently completed the course for directors of public companies. He is married and a father of three, and lives on Kibbutz Tlalim.
Revital Ezov is a district supervisor for the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs in Israel’s North, who works in the division for families, children, and youth in the community. She oversees the work of social services departments in local authorities in the areas of prevention, protection, and legal treatment of children and youth in situations of crisis and danger. Revital is the quality assurance supervisor of an out-of-home framework for pre-school children who have been removed from their homes following abuse or neglect, in Northern Israel. She also supervises a child protection center in Haifa that provides multidisciplinary services for minors who have suffered abuse. Revital’s goal is to ensure that children and families in the North have equal access to maximum opportunities in different aspects of life, so that they can develop and fulfill their potential and ambitions. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Haifa, and completed studies in family and couples therapy. She is married, a mother of four, and lives in Yokne’am Illit.
Tali Frid is the president of the District Military Court of the IDF Northern Command and the Israeli Navy, president of the IDF’s Special Military Court, and commander of the Military Justice Campus of the IDF Military Courts Unit. She also serves in several quasi-judicial roles, including chair of the Sentencing Review Board and chair of the Prisoner Transfer Committee. In addition, Tali is chair of the steering committee for the Integrative Military Court initiative, an innovative program that seeks to reintegrate AWOL soldiers into normative military service as a rehabilitative alternative to criminal proceedings, using tools and approaches based on a holistic view. She wants to promote multidisciplinary collaborations that will improve social mobility via rehabilitation and advancement of vulnerable populations and criminal populations. Tali holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from the University of Haifa, and is a graduate of the IDF’s Command and Staff College. She is married and a mother of four, and lives in Moshav Tzippori.
Meir Gabay is the deputy director of the Ministry of Education's northern district. Before joining the Ministry, he served as an officer in the IDF, holding various command, training, and headquarters positions over a 25-year career that included his last role as chief training and instruction officer for the IDF Northern Command. In his current position, Meir is responsible for various areas of operation, and in particular for leading the system that supports the operation of educational institutions for all ages, the hiring of teaching staff, and professional development for teachers. Meir aims to improve the education system in the North in an egalitarian manner, by improving the quality of teaching staff it employs. He holds a bachelor's degree from Max Stern Yezreel Valley College and a master's degree in political science from the University of Haifa. Meir is married and a father of three and lives in Kibbutz Afik in the Golan Heights.
Renana Galpaz Mokady is a judge in the Nazareth District Court. Prior to her appointment, she held various positions in the IDF Military Advocate General Corps, attaining the rank of major. Previously, she served as head of the psychotechnics department in the IDF’s Draft Administration, where she managed a large staff and led important processes in the field. Renana was active in the initial development of Shimshit, and was a member of its formative audit committee. She is currently a member of the parents’ committee of the Re’im school in Shimshit, lectures in various forums and is responsible for ethics training in courts throughout the northern district. Renana sees her participation as a fellow in the Mandel Program for Leadership for Public Service in the North as an opportunity for growth and aspires to develop educational fields related to her current work and in other fields as well. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law (cum laude) from the University of Haifa and a master’s degree in law and business administration from Tel Aviv University, and is certified in mediation. A mother of three, she lives in Shimshit with her husband and three children.
Maya Kaski is head of the fire safety department in the Hof District of the Israel Fire and Rescue Authority. She plays a key role in the Authority's fire prevention efforts. Her work to improve the service provided to the public and enhance fire safety includes public awareness campaigns, as a reflection of her belief that greater awareness about the importance of installing and maintaining safety equipment can significantly reduce the incidence of fires. Maya has been instrumental in female representation in the Authority, paving the way for more women to take on similar roles. She holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Ariel University and a master's degree in infrastructure systems engineering from Afeka Academic College of Engineering. She is married and a mother of three.
Ofer Keren is vice president, head of the national human resources section, and head of career and training and management of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion of the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC). He is responsible for the caeer pathways of workers and managers from hiring to retirement. He is also a senior participant in discussions about reforms to the electric corporation and the energy sector in Israel. Ofer has led the issue of workforce diversity at the IEC over the last decade, striving to raise awareness of this issue throughout Israel's labor market. In this context, he has developed innovative models for the integration of disadvantaged groups, such as members of Arab society and Haredi society, Ethiopian Israelis, youth at risk, and new immigrants, which have been adopted by many companies. Ofer created the Nitzan Or model, which has led the IEC to employ some 500 people with disabilities. He believes in the importance of education to promote the inclusion of disadvantaged populations in companies and organizations, not just as a humanitarian issue but also as a key to economic growth. Ofer holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and an executive master’s degree in public administration from the University of Haifa. A major in the IDF reserves, he lives in Kiryat Ata.
Yaara Lev Yirmiyahu is a senior deputy for civil cases at the Northern District Attorney’s Office in the Ministry of Justice. She heads the team that represents the Ministry of Defense in cases involving soldiers and members of the security forces who are injured during their service. Yaara is also a volunteer board member of Misgav Hagalil, the nonprofit organization that operates the Misgav Community Center, and volunteers as a judge in disciplinary hearings at the Israel Bar Association. Her goal is to reduce inequalities between Israel's periphery and center, and to remove barriers that prevent residents of the periphery from reaching senior positions in the civil service. Yaara holds a bachelor's degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master's degree in public law from Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University. She is a mother of three and lives in Manof, a community in the Misgav Regional Council.
Advocate Wisam Nabwani has been mayor of the Julis Local Council since the end of 2018. He served in the IDF’s Military Advocate General Corps, reaching the rank of major, and worked as a lawyer for two decades. Wisam is a graduate of the “Leaders of Local Government” program of the World Zionist Organization and the Kolot Association. His leadership is based on a systemic vision that is reflected in annual workplans that bring about social, cultural, and educational change with broad impact throughout the local council’s system. Wisam holds a bachelor’s degree from the faculty of law at Tel Aviv University, and a master’s degree from the University of Haifa. He is married and a father of four, and lives in Julis.
Nisreen Salameh is the director of the Arab society division of the Public Defender’s Office of the Ministry of Justice, and is the first person to hold this position. As part of her work, she leads the national forum on Arab society, which is designed to help the Public Defender’s Office deal with the need for increased law enforcement in Arab society in Israel. Previously, Nisreen worked for 15 years as a lawyer in the Public Defender's Office in the Haifa district, where she successfully initiated and led several district-wide projects, while also serving as a public defender in criminal cases and working in the department that oversees the quality of representation. Nisreen headed a particularly noteworthy project concerning the representation of people arrested for being in Israel without a permit. She was also the regional head of gender equality in the Haifa and Northern regions, and was a member of the Office's gender committee. Nisreen aims to increase the number of Arabs in influential positions in the civil service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Haifa, is a mother of two and lives in Nazareth.
Dr. Yoni Shapira is an investigations and intelligence officer for the Carmel region and Hof district of the Israel Police. He operates methodically in a variety of sectors with diverse characteristics in order to strengthen the public’s sense of security and trust. Yoni has conducted academic research on patterns of conduct of the Arab population of the Galilee in the pre-state era. He wants to establish a combined Jewish-Arab educational-social network for the Galilee region, which will help establish healthy coexistence in the area. A graduate of the police command and staff training course, Yoni holds a bachelor’s degree in Jewish philosophy and Oriental studies from Bar-Ilan University, a master’s degree in Jewish history from the University of Haifa, and a doctorate in Oriental studies from Bar-Ilan University. He is married and a father of four, and lives in Hoshaya.
Dr. Rana Shibli is the deputy district health officer at the Haifa District Health Office. She implements public health policy throughout the Haifa region and supervises the delivery of necessary services She also teaches epidemiology at the Technion’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, and heads and participates in several research projects aimed at improving public health. Rana’s goal is to lead changes that will improve the public health system, advance the health of all populations in Israel, and reduce inequalities between the populations. In her work, she emphasizes preventive medicine. Rana holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Haifa and a doctorate in medicine from the Technion. She is married, a mother of three, and lives in Haifa.
Yitzhak Shriki is the deputy commander of Ramon Prison. In this capacity, he is responsible for building the force, managing and leading the staff’s work, managing the value resources of the prison, developing empowered leadership, and promoting efficiency. Yitzhak wants to lead initiatives that will strengthen ties within the community – both between the staff members and toward relevant prisoners. Strengthening ties between staff members is part of his work fostering moral competence and staff development, while strengthening ties with prisoners is part of the acquisition of corrective tools that will enable the optimal integration of prisoners into the community after their release. Yitzhak holds a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in public policy from the executive program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a father of four and lives in Jerusalem.
Dr. Nadine Simaan Barhoum is a pediatrician for the Meuhedet health fund in two regions: Galillee-Golan, where she works in the Arab sector, and Haifa and the Krayot, where she works in the Jewish sector. She is also the regional medical director of the Meuhedet’s northern district, who supervises pediatric referrals for further treatment. Nadine aims to improve the quality of public medicine in the North, especially, by recruiting high-quality personnel, and throughout Israel, through improved cooperation between health funds and hospitals, increased investment in preventive medicine (especially in the Arab and religious sectors), and advancing hybrid medical care. Nadine is certified by the American Heart Association as an instructor in advanced resuscitation for children and newborns. She is married to Dr. Wisam Barhoum (an eye surgeon) and is a mother of two. She lives in Shfar'am.
David Turgeman is deputy commander of the Border Police in Northern Israel. In this capacity, he plays an influential role in intelligence, in operational policing, and in community work to promote change. David’s vision is to create expanding ripples of impact by means of collaborative leadership, with the aim of forging multidimensional change. As part of his current role, David is leading an enforcement initiative to combat harmful intrusions into state lands, nature reserves, and private land, using a mediation approach and in collaboration with other state enforcement agencies. He views the opportunity to advance projects that improve Israeli society as an added bonus of his work. David holds a multidisciplinary bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Jewish history from the University of Haifa. He is in a relationship, has three children, and lives in Sde Nahum.
Eyal Uzman is the commander of the Rehovot Fire Station. In this capacity, he is responsible for a region covering some 180,000 square kilometers that is home to around 330,000 residents. Eyal’s vision is to lead his officers and staff to provide high-quality operational services, including firefighting and rescue services and public education on fire safety. He is currently working on a project to promote the installation of smoke detectors in the homes of older people, which has been proven to save lives. He is also spearheading the inclusion of young people with disabilities in the work of the station as part of their national service, in order to promote equal opportunities. Eyal holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and humanities from the Open University. He has three daughters and one grandson, and lives in Be’er Ya’akov.
Razia Zehavi is the northern district planner of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. She develops plans for areas that the state will declare as national parks and nature reserves. Razia manages a team of six workers who work with government agencies and private institutions to resolve short- and long-term planning conflicts regarding development and construction on undeveloped lands. These include matters related to expanding existing towns and industrial areas, installing wind turbines and other renewable energy facilities, extending Route 6 in the North, rehabilitating streams and valleys, and more. Razia coordinates a multidisciplinary district planning team of representatives of the Authority who specialize in ecology, infrastructure, development of public access, and environmental planning, to formulate the Authority’s positions and present them to state planning agencies. Her vision is to implement a balanced environmental planning approach in all government ministries involved in national planning, in order to protect Israel's nature, heritage, and unique landscapes. Razia wants the next generation of Israel, which is expected to have a population of around 16 million by 2040, to enjoy a good quality of life while respecting the natural environment. Razia holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the Technion. She is married, a mother of three, and lives in Yuvalim.
Navot Ziso-Goldwyn is the director of the community development division of the Misgav Regional Council. He is responsible for improving relations and work processes between the council and its member localities. He is also a member of the council's management team, oversees the management of the council’s Bedouin localities, and works in the mayor’s office. He also volunteers with the Pa'amonim nonprofit organization, helping families manage their finances and overcome debt. Navot’s goals are to promote moderation, non-partisanship, and collaborations among different individuals and groups and establish mutual aid mechanisms, including in his own community. He holds a master's degree in public administration and policy from the University of Haifa and is a graduate of the Ministry of Interior's local government cadet program. Navot is a father of two and lives in Kibbutz Ginegar in the Jezreel Valley.
Aldo Zolfi is the chief financial officer of the Beit Hakerem Haglili Regional Cluster of Municipal Associations. In this capacity, he oversees a budget of around NIS 80 million and aims to reduce inequality between different populations in the region. Aldo raises and allocates resources that enable the implementation of engineering, environmental, and social projects and support of vulnerable populations, in order to narrow gaps, promote equal opportunity, and develop Israel’s north. He also works on programs to foster community, with the aim of improving quality of life in his region. Aldo believes in promoting multiculturalism, and creating new economic, environmental, and social opportunities for the benefit of the area’s residents. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from the Ruppin Academic Center. Aldo is married and a father of two, and lives in Karmiel.
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