Professor David Dery


Professor (Emeritus) David Dery has been the Director of Mandel Center for Leadership in the North since July 2016. He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master's degree and PhD in public policy from UC Berkeley. Since 1995, he has held a variety of positions at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership and in the Mandel Graduate Unit. Professor Dery served as chair of the political science department and as founding dean of the School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He later established and chaired the graduate program in public policy at Sapir Academic College. He has also served in several public service positions, including as a senior policy analyst at the office of Deputy Prime-Minister Yadin, chief scientist of Israel’s Ministry of the Interior, and chief scientist of Israel’s Civil Service Commission. He also held research appointments at the Israel Democracy Institute and the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute. Professor Dery has held visiting and teaching appointments at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Harvard University. He has authored numerous books and scientific articles on public policy and public administration. In recent years, his research has focused on the question of leadership. He proposes to move away from the traditional association of leadership with position, power, and influence and to concentrate instead on the responsibility to care for fellow human beings and to act outside the boundaries of what is known and safe in order to serve humanity.


Dalit Caspin

Faculty Member

Dalit Caspin holds a BA degree in Philosophy and History, and an MA degree from the Cohen Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University. She is also a graduate of the Tehuda program for pluralistic Jewish leadership. Dalit was among the founding faculty of the BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture, where she served in a myriad of managerial, pedagogical, and instructional roles over the course of 17 years. As part of her engagement in the Jewish Movement for Social Change, Dalit took part in the establishment of Israel's first “Secular Yeshiva.” She has rich experience in group facilitation, with particular specialization in text-oriented work. Dalit also served as a lecturer and personal mentor in the “educational entrepreneurship incubator” within the framework of the academic teacher training track at the Institute for Democratic Education at the Kibbutzim College of Education.

Ayelet Ilany

Faculty Member

Ayelet Ilany holds an MA degree in Sociology from the University of Haifa . She is also a former Fulbright Scholar at the American University in Washington D.C. in the field of International Development. Ayelet's professional interests lie in the fields of social research, organizational consulting, and economic and community development. She specializes in the public sector, and her work emphasizes processes of democratization, diversity, and empowerment. Ayelet was among the founding directors of the Economic Empowerment for Women NGO. Alongside her position at the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North , Ayelet serves as a lecturer in the social education department at the Oranim Academic College.

Moshe Ohayon

Faculty Member

Moshe Ohayon is a graduate of Cohort 23 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership, and holds a masters’ degree in management and public policy from Sapir College. Beyond his educational work, Moshe is a social entrepreneur and public activist. Seventeen years ago, he moved with his family to Ofakim, where he set up a variety of social and educational projects: after-school facilities for children and at-risk youth, a center for special needs children and young adults, and more. Two of his most noteworthy initiatives are nonprofit organizations that he founded and managed: the Marhivim Ofakim building association, which builds single-story homes for young couples and enables Ofakim young couples and new families to build their home as part of a community, and Tzeida Laderech, and organization that develops leadership among youth and adults; fosters personal, social, and communal growth and development in young adults aged 16 and older; and runs a mentoring program from soldiers from weak sectors of society in Ofakim and the neighboring areas. Previously, Moshe served as a member of the national leadership of the Bnei Akiva youth movement and held a variety of public positions. He is currently a member of the Ofakim city council and heads the Ofakim Development Association.​

Dr. Asaf Turgeman

Faculty Member

Dr. Asaf Turgeman is a teaching fellow at the school for political science and the department of multidisciplinary studies at the University of Haifa. For several years he was a lecturer of political science and communications at the Yezreel Valley College. Asaf teaches various courses, primarily in political theory, political thought, and Jewish philosophy. His dissertation traced myths from Jewish tradition within Israeli secular discourse. He is currently engaged in research on the conflict between religion and state in Israel with a focus on religious radicalism and the significance and political implications of Chabad messianic mythos. From 2005 through 2010, Asaf coordinated the "Betzavta" (Together) project at the University of Haifa – a project to create secular-religious discourse through Jewish, classical and contemporary texts alike.


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.

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.

Hazar Kamal


Hazar holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Netanya Academic College, and has extensive experience in office work. Before joining the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North, she worked at Bank Hapoalim as a teller, and was in charge of credit card and check services. She has previously been employed as a secretary to the executive director of a construction company, where she managed orders and quotations, and as the head of the repossession department of a private law firm.