Graduates


Mandel Program for Social Leadership: Cohort 2

OCTOBER 2018 – AUGUST 2019

 

Zainab Abu Swaid

Zainab Abu Swaid

National Supervisor for the National Civil Service Authority

Zainab Abu Swaid is a facilitator for groups addressing the Arab-Jewish conflict and a social activist for coexistence. She is one of the founding members of the Yanabiya community for the advancement of Arab women, is a community manager, and is responsible for all external relations and partnerships. She envisions recruiting young people from Arab society to serve in a national volunteering initiative, and to help them integrate into Israeli society in general, and particularly into employment and higher education, so as to reduce socioeconomic gaps and provide a more equal starting point for all young Israelis. Zainab holds a bachelor’s degree in education and Arabic language and literature, and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Haifa. She is a mother of two, and lives in Ka’abiyye-Tabbash-Hajajre in the Galilee.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Netanel Afek

Netanel Afek

Educator

Netanel Afek is Bnei Akiva's educational director for the northern region of Israel. A former Jewish Agency emissary to the United States, he works to promote relations between Israel and the diaspora, by means of the Partnership 2000 project and by setting up a tourist center for visitors from abroad. Netanel aims to import educational models from the United States and implement them in the periphery. He holds rabbinical ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, a bachelor’s degree in education (with a concentration in Bible and Land of Israel studies) from Herzog College, and is currently studying for a master’s degree in education system management from Oranim Academic College. He is a father of three, and lives in Migdal HaEmek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Moges Asnakew

Moges Asnakew

Educator and Physical Education Instructor

Moges Asnakew is the coordinator of military preparation for schools in the Northern district, and serves as a counselor at two schools for the Magalim nonprofit organization. He is also a fitness instructor at a residential facility for people with mental and intellectual disabilities. Moges dreams of leading and being part of a major organization or government entity working to promote quality education in the Ethiopian-Israeli community, and to optimize and properly plan the use of resources allocated to this cause. He believes that education is the main driver of social change, and thus should be the main focus of resource allocation. Moges holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and is a certified physical fitness instructor.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Hila Bar-Gal Schwartz

Hila Bar-Gal Schwartz

Deputy Prison Commander

Hila Bar-Gal Schwartz worked for 22 years in the Israel Prison Service (IPS). During that time, she held roles related to prisoner rehabilitation and prisoner education, and served as deputy commander of the Hermon prison and the Damon prison. Her main focus over the years has been on social aspects of the prison system, with an emphasis on advancing disadvantaged populations. She aims to establish a framework that will reduce socioeconomic gaps by proving a multi-disciplinary response to help prisoners integrate into Israeli society optimally. Hila holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Haifa and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Shimshit in the Jezreel Valley.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Michal Ben Zaken

Michal Ben Zaken

Educator

Michal Ben Zaken works for the Democratic Institute–Society and Education as a mentor for educational teams, and provides schools with guidance during processes of change and assistance in inculcating democratic culture. She also provides in-service teacher training on gender education. Michal is a firm believer in dialogue, respect for the individual, and emotional discourse as engines for personal and group growth. She aims to establish or lead a secular girls’ school or a major informal education institution for girls. Michal holds a bachelor’s degree in community theater and a master’s degree in gender studies, both from Tel Aviv University, and has studied group facilitation and a range of other related courses. She is a mother of three, and lives in Shlafim.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Uri Efroni

Uri Efroni

Social Entrepreneur

Uri Efroni is the director of Zionut 2000’s “City Change” program, which works to create social change for residents of the Yoseftal neighborhood in Petach Tikva. He heads a system of cross-sectorial partnerships with a unique model for setting up professional infrastructures in education, employment, and local leadership. Over the last decade, he has worked to promote social mobility and reduce socioeconomic gaps. He believes that change must happen in the political arena, and aims to establish a major political movement that will represent Israel’s periphery. Uri holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Haifa and a master’s degree in political science from Tel Aviv University. He is married and a father of two, and lives in Ya’ad in the Galilee.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Rotem Eshed-Lavi

Rotem Eshed-Lavi

Director of Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Youth

Rotem Eshed-Lavi is the head of the department for deaf and hard-of-hearing youth at Kivunim: New Directions for Special Needs Youth in Israel, and leads several programs that promote integration in the community. She aims to remove the bureaucratic barriers that prevent vulnerable populations from receiving the social benefits to which they are entitled. She also works to promote visibility and tolerance for the LGBTQ community in the periphery. Rotem holds a bachelor’s degree in alternative education and special education from Tel-Hai College, a teaching certificate from Oranim Academic College, and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Nahalal.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Hadas Gilboa

Hadas Gilboa

Educator

Hadas Gilboa is a writer and director of productions for children and youth, and is involved in developing the “LeadershipCulture” program of the Israeli Ministry of Education’s national initiative for developing cultural leadership in schools and towns. Today, she is part of the Teach First Israel community, which works to lead social change and promote equal opportunity in education in Israel’s social and geographical periphery. She is a homeroom teacher at the Branco Weiss agricultural school in Pardes Hanna–Karkur, and is involved in the implementation of the school’s multi-disciplinary learning project. Hadas believes that arts and crafts education is an educational tool that makes the world a better place, and aims to expand social-educational circles of influence and promote values of equality, tolerance, and pluralism. Hadas holds a bachelor’s degree in theater studies from Tel Aviv University, a master’s degree in literature from the University of Haifa, and a teaching diploma from Teach First Israel. She is a mother of two and lives in Zichron Yaakov.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Noa Gross

Noa Gross

Educator

Noa Gross is director of education for Melach Ha’aretz, a nonprofit that provides outdoor adventure experiences for youth at risk. Noa has 15 years’ experience in informal education, with an emphasis on developing youth leadership groups and youth social ventures. She volunteers as part of a social cooperative that works to promote the city of Migdal Ha'emek and its residents. Noa aims to establish a center for women’s empowerment among vulnerable populations, and works to encourage American immigrants to settle in the north of Israel. Noa holds a bachelor’s degree in community social work from Bar-Ilan University, and diplomas in group facilitation and personal coaching. She is married and a mother of four, and lives in Migdal HaEmek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Maisa Halabi Alshiech

Maisa Halabi Alshiech

Teacher and Mentor

Maisa Halabi Alshiech is an educator, homeroom teacher, entrepreneur, technology coordinator, and mentor for the Haifa District of the Ministry of Education. She is the founder of an initiative called “Youth Show the Way,” which raises awareness and promotes acceptance of people with disabilities in Druze society. She also founded the “Teachers Dream” Facebook page, which promotes creativity and innovation in education. Maisa works to promote higher education and make it more accessible for women in Druze society. She believes that improving the status and education of women is the key to social advancement. Maisa holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from Gordon College of Education and the University of Haifa, respectively, and is a graduate of the Avney Rosha Institute for School Leadership. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Isfiya.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Eti Itzhak

Eti Itzhak

Social Activist

Eti Itzhak directs the “Made in Israel Student Communities” program in Kiryat Shmona, and is heavily involved in community building by means of community involvement and joint action. Eti is active in Shinuy Kivun (“change of direction”), a civic movement to promote the Galilee Panhandle, and is working to establish and grow the movement. She aims to improve the image of the periphery in Israel so that it is seen as a worthy alternative to life in the center of the country, and to promote social mobility at the local and regional level. Eti holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and economics from Tel-Hai College, and is a graduate of the Maoz public service fellowship program. She has one son, and lives on Kibbutz Neot Mordechai.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Rawan Kabya

Rawan Kabya

Speech Therapist

Rawan Kabya is a speech therapist. Her thesis analyzes stories told by Bedouin women of three generations and serves as an introduction to Bedouin culture and feminine power. Rawan aims to enable Arab and Bedouin women to live more independent lives, pursue academic study, and become part of the leadership structure of their communities at a local and national level. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications disorders. She lives in Ka’abiyye-Tabbash-Hajajre in the Galilee.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Maskit Laufer

Maskit Laufer

Educator and Social Activist

Maskit Laufer mentors educational therapy teams at municipal youth promotion units, on behalf of the ATID Education and Schools Network. She is a social activist who is a co-administrator of the Facebook group “Zichron Yaakov Open Platform.” Maskit was one of the founders of Keshet, the Zichron Yaakov democratic school for religious and secular students, and the Orthodox partnership minyan “Minyan Kolot.” She is guided by the principle that people are beloved because they were created in God’s image, and believes that the educational act has the power to change the world. Maskit hopes to see dialogue between the “tribes” that make up Israeli society, work for the common good, equitable distribution of resources, and investment in education from early childhood onward and in the parallel development of individuals, families, and communities. Maskit holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree (cum laude) in human services, both from the University of Haifa. She is a graduate of the Matan women’s beit midrash, and has studied cognitive behavioral therapy. She is married, a mother of three, and has a granddaughter.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Lene Mayan Martsiano

Lene Mayan Martsiano

Educator and Social Activist

Lene Mayan Martsiano immigrated to Israel in 2000. She is a bridal counselor in the program for new brides run by the modern Orthodox rabbinical organization Tzohar. She facilitates women's learning and runs study programs in Yokneam for young women performing national civil service in the city. Lene is keen to learn and to acquire more tools for influencing Israeli society across all sectors via the education system. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education, and is a graduate of a teacher training program based on the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov. She is married and a mother of four, and lives in Kiryat Tivon.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Oshrat Morag

Oshrat Morag

Rabbi and Community Leader

Oshrat Morag is reform rabbi and activist working for social, cultural, feminist, and spiritual change. She promotes women’s rights and gender equality within Judaism, and creates spaces for action and growth where women and men can take responsibility for their Jewish culture and identity. Oshrat studies and writes on issues of gender and liturgy, in her doctoral dissertation and in various publications. She aims to transform Israel into a model society that lives by the values of justice and morality as laid down by the Prophets, where Jewish religion and culture become a source for peace, love, and bringing people together.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Nadav Nusbaum

Nadav Nusbaum

Educator

Nadav Nusbaum is a tenth-grade homeroom teacher and outdoor education coordinator at the Pisgat Amir High School for youth with behavioral and emotional problems. He has extensive experience in informal education systems and in work with at-risk youth and youth leadership. Nadav has been interested in values-based educational leadership for years, strongly believes that this is the way to change society, and aims to head an educational organization. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social and communal education and a master’s degree in education system management, both from Oranim Academic College. Nadav is married and a father of two, and lives in Yokneam.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Eti Oren

Eti Oren

Social Activist

Eti Oren directed the Jewish Agency’s youth leadership efforts in the Central Galilee, where she launched a regional youth forum, led a volunteer forum that created social initiatives, and developed leadership programs for youth and adults. Eti worked to strengthen the area’s relationship with its "twin city" of Detroit, creating and leading multidisciplinary joint programs, as well as hosting delegations and visits. She aims to empower youth in Israel’s periphery, and believes that developing competence and creative thinking are the key to helping young people realize their potential and become successful adults in a changing world. Eti holds a bachelor’s degree in Land of Israel studies and history, a master’s degree in organizational development and consulting, and a teaching diploma. She is a mother of three, and a member of Kibbutz Yifat in the Jezreel Valley.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Gila Ron Saada

Gila Ron Saada

Social Activist

Gila Ron Saada is the coordinator of cultural activities for the Bnei Yehuda community in the Golan Heights. She creates and executes a diverse range of activities and events, together with volunteers from the community. As part of her work at the Golan Regional Library, she introduces the local younger generation to the world of books while nurturing values, social skills, and personal development using stories, activities, and conversation. Gila is the owner of “Beralleh Bashetach,” a company that provides outdoor training (ODT) activities for organizations and families. She also established a volunteer project that provides humanitarian aid for refugees in Syria by collecting donations and transferring them directly to a clinic run by an American volunteer organization on the Syrian-Israeli border. Gila also coordinates the Bnei Yehuda emergency team on a voluntary basis. She is an active member of a local leadership team working to change approaches to leisure, culture, and sport, by focusing on the needs of individuals and using resources at a regional level. She served in the IDF for 26 years as an officer in the Technology and Maintenance Corps. Gila holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and Land of Israel studies from Bar-Ilan University, and a diploma in outdoor training from the XCOOL School of Challenge Tourism at the Academic College at Wingate. She is a divorced mother of seven and lives in Bnei Yehuda.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Nir Rubin Syrkin

Nir Rubin Syrkin

Educator

Nir Rubin Syrkin is director of leadership programs for the Hamahanot Ha'olim youth movement and Tikkun–A Center for Gathering, Education and Social Change. He promotes social pioneering – the 21st-century version of Zionist pioneering – by creating groups of young educators who settle in the country’s geo-social periphery and lead social change. Nir is one of the founders of Kibbutz Mishol, an educators’ kibbutz, in Upper Nazareth, and of the National Movement of Educators’ Kibbutzim, an offshoot of Hamahanot Ha'olim. He aims to build an equal and democratic Israeli society and plans to build a joint Jewish-Arab community in Upper Nazareth that will transform the city into a mixed city that can serve as a model for the entire country. Nir holds a bachelor’s degree in education and history from the Kibbutzim College of Education. He is a father of three, and lives in Nazareth Illit.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Itzik Shalem-Kaminsky

Itzik Shalem-Kaminsky

Educator

Itzik Shalem-Kaminsky teaches media studies at the Ironi Hey High School in Haifa, where he has taught Mabar classes that prepare low-performing students for matriculation, as well as dropout-prevention classes. He has also served as an advisor for the student council and as the coordinator of all classes in one grade, and has run an educational bakery at the school. Itzhik is also a lecturer in the teacher-training program at Oranim Academic College and is a pedagogical advisor for students doing fieldwork in education. Previously, he volunteered for the Israel Gay Youth movement (IGY) and for Hoshen, the education and information center of the LGBTQ community in Israel, where he helped the community to which he belongs in its fight for equal rights and in its efforts to promote the value of accepting others by getting to know them better. Itzik holds a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in informal education and communication from Oranim Academic College, and has a master’s degree in education for marginalized youth. He aims to lead efforts within the education system that will make schools into safe and secure spaces for LGBTQ youth and faculty members, and to establish an alternative educational institution for youth at risk. He is married and a father of twins.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

Mandel Program for Regional Leadership: Cohort 3

OCTOBER 2018 – AUGUST 2019

 

Limor Berenshtein

Limor Berenshtein

Medical Studies Coordinator

A nurse by profession, Limor Berenshtein coordinates clinical studies at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa. She is a social activist who helps vulnerable communities and is a member of Kiryat Motzkin's committee on the status of women. For the last three years, she has also served as the coordinator and captain of Mamanet, a women’s netball league in Kiryat Motzkin. Limor has volunteered for the Ladies Circle Israel since 2007, and served as the organization’s chairperson and national spokesperson, and is now a member of the offshoot organization "Tangent Krayot." Limor aspires to establish a “Women for People” project in partnership with the municipality. In 2018, she received the “Leading Woman in the Community” award from the mayor of Kiryat Motzkin, where she lives. She is married and a mother of three.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Gali Dobes Gov Ari

Gali Dobes Gov Ari

Training and Education Manager

Gali Dobes Gov Ari is a political and social activist on disabilities issues who works as a training and education manager at Cimatron. One of the founders of the Coalition of Parents of Children with Special Needs, she is involved in promoting legislation, rights activism, supporting families, fighting discrimination, and changing attitudes toward people with disabilities. Gali is a member of the board of Bizchut, the Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities. She wants to ensure that every person with disabilities can exercise their right to live independently in the community, and seeks to enable them to do so through individual support tailored to their needs, abilities, and desires. A resident of Mishmar HaEmek, Gali holds a bachelor’s degree in machine engineering from the Technion, and has worked in hi-tech in international support, product management, and training.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Fayza Egbaria

Fayza Egbaria

Municipal Team Manager and Instructor of Social Workers

Fayza Egbaria works at the Umm al-Fahm municipal department of social services, where she is a team manager and instructor of social workers. Fayza is the liaison for early childhood services and women’s employment, and is responsible for promoting volunteering and developing partnerships with different groups in the community. She is a founding member of Al-Anwar, a nonprofit organization for women’s advancement. Fayza aspires to ensure the provision of the highest quality services to vulnerable members of the community, to improve their quality of life, and to enable them to integrate into the labor market and higher education. Fayza holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master’s degree in labor studies, human resource management, and organizational development from Tel Aviv University. She also has a teaching diploma in social science and civics from Beit Berl College. Fayza has a son, and lives in Umm al-Fahm.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ofer Eilat-Reiz

Ofer Eilat-Reiz

Advocate and Mediator

Ofer Eilat-Reiz is an advocate and mediator with her own law office. She specializes in divorce mediation, family law, and community law. She holds the portfolios of small business development and early childhood on Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk, and is active in these areas on the regional council. Ofer chairs the parent's committee at the local high school, and volunteers for the Pa’amonim nonprofit organization, which helps families in financial difficulty. She runs social activities designed to promote shared dialogue and connections between communities as a way of resolving conflicts and bringing people together. She aims to bring mediation and conflict resolution to other communities, in both social and business contexts. Ofer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, media studies, and law from the University of Haifa. A married mother of two, she lives on Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Avishay Grinshpan

Avishay Grinshpan

Head of Community, Leadership, and Society for the Darca Schools

Avishay Grinshpan is the head of community, leadership, and society for the Darca Schools network. Previously, he directed the program for educational empowerment in middle schools in Bat Yam, mentored struggling students at the Center for Academic Studies in Or Yehuda, and was a teaching and research assistant in the areas of community development, youth culture, and leadership. He was one of the founders and directors of a nonprofit organization for youth advancement in Tel Aviv. He has also been a coordinator of a hostel for girls and of a youth facility, and has held other educational roles. Avishay aims to improve the self-efficacy of children and educational staffs, from early childhood and throughout adolescence, by engendering an ethos of social engagement. Avishay holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in management of educational systems, both from the Center for Academic Studies. He is married and a father of two.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Soher Hassan Gazal

Soher Hassan Gazal

Educational and Social Entrepreneur

Soher Hassan Gazal is a training and guidance coordinator for Teach First Israel, a math teacher at the Reine High School, a high school math mentor, and a facilitator of in-service training. She also heads an initiative called Mothers Leading Social and Educational Change. Soher is driven by a vision that believes that every student has the right to know how to learn and why learning is important, and it is the job of teachers and the education system to provide learning opportunities that encourage thinking, creativity, and realization of potential. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematical education from the University of Haifa. Soher is also is certified in group facilitation from Western Galilee College and is a graduate of Avney Rosha–The Israel Institute for School Leadership at Oranim Academic College. She is a mother of three.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yifat Herman

Yifat Herman

Director of the Nazareth Branch of the National Insurance Institute

Yifat Herman is the director of the Nazareth branch of the National Insurance Institute. Prior to that, she was a senior manager in the benefits department of the Haifa Branch of Israel's National Insurance Institute, where she previously ran the Elderly Citizens’ Department. She works toward strengthening and formalizing cooperation between Israel's social welfare system and organizations and institutions in the community. Yifat lectures on national insurance and exercising rights in various forums, including the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Health, and Legal Aid. Yifat aims to introduce a more holistic view of clients who are served by multiple organizations and agencies, and to bring about proactive service that will ensure full utilization of rights. She has been instrumental in the inclusion of national insurance as a study module in the University of Haifa's degree programs in social work, and in the university’s flagship program for rights coordinators in the community. Yifat is involved in an initiative to implement digitization in the work of social workers in social service departments and in the Ministry of Social Affairs’ social work school. Yifat holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Haifa. She is a mother of three, and lives in Haifa.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Amir Malka

Amir Malka

High School Principal

Amir Malka has been principal of the high school at the AMIT Atidim Education Campus in Or Akiva, which has 1,000 students, since 2013. Previously, he directed WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim, a therapeutic and post-hospitalization residential treatment facility for children at extreme risk. Amir aspires to narrow the educational gaps between Israel's social periphery and its big cities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Beit Berl College, with a specialization in formal and non-formal education for youth at risk, and a master’s degree in educational administration from Gordon College of Education. Married and a father of two, he lives in Tirat Carmel.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Eran Mazouz

Eran Mazouz

Deputy Police Station Commander

Eran Mazouz is the deputy station commander of the Kfar Saba police station. He mentors young police officers and has launched a project to improve the relationship between the police and Israel's elderly population. Eran aims to improve the sense of security of all citizens of Israel, especially the elderly. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and humanities with a specialization in criminology and law enforcement from Beit Berl College, and a master’s degree in the humanities from the University of Haifa. Married and a father of two, Eran lives on Moshav Gan Hashomron.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Gil Meshulam

Gil Meshulam

Deputy Police Station Commander

In his role as deputy commander of the Shefaram police station, Gil Meshulam works to promote cultural competence, and sensitize the officers to the cultural and ethnic diversity within the police force, and between the Israel Police and the public it serves. He also organizes forums to learn about what bothers the residents of Shefaram and advances projects, not related to policing, to improve their general welfare. Previously, Gil served as head of investigations and intelligence at several police stations, and as a polygraph tester at the Division of Identification and Forensic Science. He aims to move up the ranks of the Israel Police and to promote community-oriented policing, by creating community projects that will increase public trust in the police and improve cooperation between the police and the public. Gil holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in public administration, both from the University of Haifa. He is a father of four, and lives in Neve Ziv.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Racheli Muler

Racheli Muler

Regional Programs Coordinator, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

Racheli Muler is a social activist and serial volunteer who works as the International Fellowship for Christians and Jews' regional programs coordinator in northern Israel. Racheli was one of the founders of the Migdal HaEmek Women’s Administration, and represents the town's residents at its Women’s Advancement Roundtable. She aims to make life in Israel better and more ethical by advancing social issues and getting them on the public agenda; for example, she wishes to increase awareness of the plight of former members of the South Lebanon Army and their families who live in Israel and receive services from the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration. Racheli holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology, psychology, and media studies from the University of South Africa. Married and a mother of two girls, she was born in Midgal HaEmek, where she still lives today.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Amal Natour Daxa

Amal Natour Daxa

Social-Values Education Coordinator

Amal Natour Daxa is a homeroom teacher, civics studies coordinator, and social-values education coordinator at the ATID high school in the Druze town of Daliyat al-Carmel. She promotes social, educational, and community projects, and believes that youth are the agents of real social change; for this reason, we must invest in them and develop their sense of social responsibility, community involvement, and social engagement. She hopes to see members of Druze society integrated into the globalized world without losing their unique character and identity. Amal led the school’s first trip to Poland, to improve the students’ knowledge of the history of the Jewish people and to nurture their universal human values. Amal holds a master’s degree in political science and a second master's degree in educational leadership, with a concentration in education, society, and culture, both from the University of Haifa. She is a mother of three, and lives in Daliyat al-Carmel.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Efrat Noy

Efrat Noy

Founding Director, Kaima Hukuk Farm

Efrat Noy is the founder and director of the Kaima Hukuk Farm, an organic farm that provides employment and social support to school dropouts in the Galilee, in Israel's northern periphery. She runs a program that enables youth who are eligible for social services to perform national-civil service as a group. She also works to integrate dropout youth from Arab communities in the farm. Efrat aspires to fundamentally change Israel’s approach to education, and base it on democratic values, multi-culturalism, and humanism. Efrat holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and democratic education from the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Tel-Hai College, a master’s degree in the sociology of education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a teaching diploma from the Chofen Institute for Experiential Open Education at the David Yellin College of Education. She is a mother of two, and lives on Kibbutz Hukuk.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Chen Ophir

Chen Ophir

Director of Municipal Youth and Culture Unit

Chen Ophir is the director of the Tiberias Municipality's Youth and Culture Unit and heads the city's "Yad Lebanim" cultural center. She is a leader in non-formal education in Tiberias, creating municipal leadership and empowerment programs for youth and youth counselors. Chen is involved in pre-army preparatory programs, volunteer work, and social engagement programs. She is also involved in promoting leisure culture for the city’s diverse population groups. Chen's vision is founded on community action. She seeks to create an educational cinema and movie archive, and to develop educational programs for children, with an emphasis on personal excellence and integration of all age groups – youth, soldiers, adults, and elderly. She believes in inter-organizational cooperation both with formal regulatory agencies and with the education system and the IDF. Chen holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Haifa. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Tiberias.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Eyad Salamey

Eyad Salamey

Physical Education Teacher and Social Activist

Eyad Salamey is a physical education teacher, 12th-grade coordinator, and homeroom teacher at the comprehensive high school in the Druze town of Hurfeish. In 2015, he volunteered to set up a running group for the school’s students, with the aim of encouraging physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, and received a national “Teacher of the Year” award in recognition for his work on the project. Eyad served as a career soldier in the IDF for three years, during which he served as a physical training officer. For the last five years, he has volunteered in a rural patrol unit of Israel's Border Police, and is currently working to establish a volunteering unit for local youth. Eyad hopes to see as many students and youth as possible engaged and giving back to the community on a regular basis, and not just on a one-time basis. Eyad holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in emergency and disaster management from the University of Haifa. He is also a graduate of Avney Rosha–The Israel Institute for School Leadership at Oranim Academic College.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Samar Shaaban

Samar Shaaban

Urban Planner, Responsible for Public Transportation in Sakhnin

Samar Shaaban runs a neighborhood rehabilitation program in the Bedouin town of Basmat Tab’un, where she serves on the local council. She initiates and coordinates various community programs in the town, and is an advisor on women’s status. Samar has run groups on empowerment, volunteering, and community work since 2002. She advises professional staff on community work and development, including staff at government Otzmah Centers aimed at combatting poverty and social exclusion. Samar aims to promote empowerment and prevent exclusion of women and special population groups. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in town planning from the Technion. A mother of three, Samar lives in Sakhnin.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Zahi Shulim

Zahi Shulim

Teacher and Educator

Zahi Shulim is a homeroom teacher and teacher of mathematics and technology at the Adam Hevra Vateva high school in Karmiel, where he is also a bicycle-riding instructor. He served in the Israel Navy for 26 years as a commander, in training roles, and in technology positions, and retired from the IDF with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He then decided to fulfill his longstanding dream of working with youth at risk, and is now an educator at a special school for dropouts and at-risk youth. Zahi aims to establish a social enterprise for vulnerable populations that includes mountain bike riding and outdoor experiences. An electrical engineer by training, Zaki also holds a teaching diploma. He is married and a father of four, and lives in Avtalyon.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Khazni Taun

Khazni Taun

Math Teacher, Math Coordinator, and Evaluation Coordinator

Khazni Taun teaches mathematics at the Bir el-Maksour high school, where she also serves as the math studies coordinator, evaluation and measurement coordinator, and tenth-grade coordinator. She was the first woman in her village to enter a scientific profession. Khazni aims to encourage young people to be curious, to believe in themselves, and to aspire to excellence. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science, and a master’s degree in mathematical education, both from the University of Haifa. Khazni is also a graduate of Avney Rosha–The Israel Institute for School Leadership, and is studying measurement and evaluation at Oranim Academic College. She has a daughter, and lives in Iblin.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Racheli Tidhar-Caner

Racheli Tidhar-Caner

Organizational and Community Consultant for Social Change

Racheli Tidhar-Caner is an organizational consultant and group facilitator specializing in work with communities and social change organizations. She consults on leadership development and organizational-community development processes. Racheli is one of the founders of the Green Movement political party, and served as its chairperson. She was also one of the founders of the civil movement Tivon Shelanu, which ran in the 2018 local elections. Racheli aims to study, cultivate, and support lively and thriving communities that take an active role in managing their public, educational, and cultural spheres. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and literature from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a master’s degree in organizational behavior from the Israel extension of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Married and a mother of four, she lives in Tivon.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Liran Tzimerman

Liran Tzimerman

Director of Operations, Haredi National-Civil Service

Liran Tzimerman is a social activist who works to advance vulnerable populations in various aspects of life. From 2013–2018, he served as director of operations of the Ultra-Orthodox National-Civil Service, a national project designed to create opportunities that will enable Israel's Haredi population to integrate into Israeli society and employment while maintaining their traditional lifestyle. In the past, Liron served as a project manager and supervisor in the areas of sheltered housing, public housing, assistance and support to the elderly. Today, he works to enhance the status and quality of life for Israel's elderly population, independently promoting volunteer projects for the elderly out of a desire to correct their social and economic situation, improve attitudes towards the elderly, and increase their rights. Liran is also involved in an initiative to promote volunteerism in Israel, as an expression of the Jewish commitment to repairing the world and to improve Israel's image. Liran holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master's degree in law from Bar-Ilan University, and is a brigade intelligence officer in the IDF reserves.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yair Yalovsky

Yair Yalovsky

Head, Gilboa Regional Council Education Administration

Yair Yalovsky has been head of the education administration of the Gilboa Regional Council since 2014. His work involves everything from bureaucratic functions to making dreams come true, based on a solid educational vision and a true desire to change attitudes. Together with the head of the regional council, he leads efforts toward coexistence as a way of life in the Gilboa region. He aims to establish an action team that will work with the Ministry of Education to develop a holistic view of all areas of education. Yair holds a master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from Tel Aviv University. He is married and a father of three.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ebtehal Zoubi

Ebtehal Zoubi

Elementary School Principal

Ebtehal Zoubi is the principal of the Sulam elementary school, where she also mentors new teachers and student teachers. She is an active member of the steering committee of the Pisga Center for educational staff development in Daburiyya, and serves as a consultant for educational staffs developing work plans. Ebtehal attends interdisciplinary meetings at local authorities and leads Ministry of Education projects that involve parents. She aspires to advance the field of education by training teachers and contributing to their professional development, and adapting curricula to the unique needs of students. Ebtehal holds a bachelor’s degree in educational counseling from Beit Berl College, a teaching diploma in special education from the Arab College of Education, and a master’s degree in management of educational systems from the Center for Academic Studies in Or Yehuda. She is married and a mother of three.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

Maisa Alshiech

Maisa Alshiech

Teacher and Mentor

Maisa Alshiech is an educator, homeroom teacher, entrepreneur, technology coordinator, and mentor for the Haifa District of the Ministry of Education. She is the founder of the “Youth Show the Way” initiative, which raises awareness and promotes acceptance of people with disabilities in Druze society. She also started the “Teachers Dream” Facebook page, which promotes creativity and innovation in education. Maisa works to promote higher education for Druze women and to make it more accessible. She believes that the key to social advancement is improving the status and education of women. Maisa holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from the Gordon College of Education and the University of Haifa, respectively, and is a graduate of the Avney Rosha Institute for School Leadership. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Isfiya.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Erez Arad

Erez Arad

Director General, Zevulun Regional Council

Erez Arad has served as Director General of the Zevulun regional council since 2008. The council comprises 14 diverse communities, including kibbutzim, Bedouin and Arab villages, communal settlements, cooperative agricultural settlements, and residential educational institutions. Previously, he was deputy director of the Israel Society for the Protection of Nature. Erez wants to improve the conditions of the Arab population of the North, and to create equality between Arab villages and residents and the Jewish population. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from the Open University, and a master’s degree in public policy from Tel Aviv University. Erez is married and has a daughter, and lives in Alonei Abba.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Efrat Arava

Efrat Arava

Pedagogical Director, Beit Ekstein

Efrat Arava has worked in a variety of educational capacities over the last two decades, including teaching, counseling, and pedagogical management, while specializing in work with students with special needs, in particular those with learning disabilities. In the last two years, she has founded and now directs the BE Academic College, created by Beit Ekstein, for students with complex learning disabilities and high-functioning autism. Efrat holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a diploma in expressive and creative arts therapy, and a master’s degree in educational counseling. She has a son, and lives in Nesher.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Eviatar Baksis

Eviatar Baksis

Senior Community Emissary, Jewish Agency for Israel

Eviatar Baksis served as the Jewish Agency’s senior community emissary (“shaliach”) to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, where he oversaw Israel activities. He has worked for many years in promoting youth in northern Israel, and in strengthening ties between Israeli and American Jewry. Eviatar believes in the power of education and experiential activities, and wants to lead the next wave of innovative Jewish education in the Galilee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Eviatar is married with a son, and lives in Migdal Haemek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Racheli Balali

Racheli Balali

Director, Pardesiya Pedagogical Center

Racheli Balali has been active in special education for over 30 years. In the past, she served as a member of the Herzliya municipal council and as deputy director of the Pardesiya local council, where she worked to advance the status of women and to improve education. Over the past year, Racheli has been running a special Shabbat program for children with and without disabilities, in partnership with the youth movements in Pardesiya. She wants to advance the integration of disadvantaged populations and people with disabilities into the community and the education system. Racheli holds a degree in educational and rehabilitation services for children with special needs from a university in Budapest, a bachelor’s degree in special education from the Kibbutzim College of Education for Technology and the Arts, and a teaching certificate in special education. She lives in Pardesiya.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Nir Boneh

Nir Boneh

Developer of Educational Projects

Nir Boneh lectures on “Israeli Society from a Satirical Perspective.” He develops educational projects on Israeli society and Jewish peoplehood that connect diaspora Jewry with Israel and vice versa. Nir believes that humor and thinking outside the box make it possible to engage in deep identity discourse. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and Israel studies from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a master’s degree from the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa. Nir is married and has a daughter.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Hadas Dagan Blum

Hadas Dagan Blum

Supervisor of Social Workers; Counselor to Victims of Domestic Violence

Hadas Dagan Blum is involved in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of women and children who are victims of domestic violence, using principles of poverty-aware social work. For the last eight years, she has directed a shelter for women victims of violence and their children. Hadas wants to promote rehabilitation initiatives that will pave the way for a better future for young women who have suffered domestic violence, who have no family support, and who are themselves mothers. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Haifa, and a bachelor’s degree in geography from Tel Aviv University. Hadas lives in Yokneam.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Sharon Galperin

Sharon Galperin

Community Mentor

Sharon Galperin works with communities that are in processes of change and growth. In this capacity, she assists them in leading social-communal processes and dialogue groups, and civic action. Sharon writes training programs on leadership, ecology, engagement, and social action. She wants to create an open society that respects and cherishes human, social, and cultural diversity, and her work is geared toward this end. She holds a master’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in marketing from Tel Aviv University, and a diploma in mediation. Sharon is married and a mother of four, and lives in Katzir.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Essam Hajajra

Essam Hajajra

Employment Program Manager

Essam Hajajra is the manager of the JDC-TEVET’S Riyan Arab Employment Centers program in Bedouin society in the Galilee. The program provides guidance and employment services that facilitate integration into the workforce, in particular for women. He wants to increase the empowerment of women in Bedouin society, and to ensure that members of the educated younger generation lead the community and society. Essam holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Middle Eastern history, and a master’s degree in public administration and policy, both from the University of Haifa. He is a father of five, and lives in Hajajra.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Sawsan Kadora

Sawsan Kadora

High School Principal

Sawsan Kadora is principal of the NA’AMAT technological high school in Nahf. She wants to dispel the stigmas attached to technological vocational education in Israel, especially in the Arab sector, and to make her school a source of inspiration for the community – all while exemplifying independent and strong women’s leadership. Sawsan holds a bachelor’s degree in Arabic language and literature from the University of Haifa, and a master’s degree in Arabic language and literature from Yarmouk University in Jordan, as well as a diploma from Oranim Academic College in teaching at-risk and disenfranchised students.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Noa Katz Liberman

Noa Katz Liberman

Community Coordinator for the Israel National Trail

Noa Katz Liberman works with communities in the Carmel area, leading social change via meaningful ecological activities, under the auspices of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Previously, she led environmental rehabilitation and support programs for youth at risk. She is a member of a group working to establish a school that will serve as a viable and sustainable model for education that is multi-dimensional, empowering, and transformative. Noa formulates, initiates, and implements programs that bridge cultures, religions, and languages by strengthening what people have in common – our connection to places and nature, our humanity, and our desire to preserve the world for future generations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, philosophy, and Jewish thought from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a diploma in mediation. Noa has a daughter, and lives in Ofer, in the heart of the Carmel.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Wafaa Khateeb Jamool

Wafaa Khateeb Jamool

Personal and Group Coach

Wafaa Khateeb Jamool is a personal and group vision coach and facilitates groups for enhancing empowerment, leadership, and life skills. She is also a co-founder of a nonprofit organization for the advancement of Druze women, has developed training programs for developing personal visions of youth in the Arab sector; and volunteers in organizations for social change. Wafaa wants to build a society that produces leaders with values and vision, who are guided by the principle of equal opportunities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and comparative Hebrew literature from the University of Haifa. Wafaa has three daughters, and lives in Yarka.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Roni Koch

Roni Koch

Community Center Director

Roni Koch is the director of the Kfar Tavor community center, which is affiliated with the Israel Association of Community Centers. As part of her job, she leads community development programs with activists and volunteers. Roni wants to develop regional discourse and collaboration, based on a belief that it is possible to accomplish more by working together. Roni holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and tourism from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the master’s program in local government at the University of Haifa. She is a mother of three, and lives in Sharona, an agricultural settlement in the Lower Galilee.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Maya Layton

Maya Layton

Head of Business and Entrepreneurship for an NGO

Maya Layton develops regional economic development projects that involve public institutions and businesses, as the head of business and entrepreneurship at the Ma’avarim Ba’emek Community Employment and Business Center. She is leading an initiative to establish an entrepreneurship and innovation center and an entrepreneurship accelerator for community, agricultural, and technological enterprises. This initiative also aims to partner with educational frameworks, in order to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in schools. A group facilitator and mediator, Maya holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminology from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree in organizational consulting from the College of Management – Academic Studies. Maya is a mother of three, and lives on Kibbutz Gazit.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Shirly Marom

Shirly Marom

Cultural Entrepreneur, Linguist, and Dancer

Shirly Marom is active in a number of coexistence initiatives (BeingPeace, Engaged Dharma, helping Arab farmers with olive harvests, and Sea Days for Palestinian children). She is a butoh dancer (avant-garde Japanese dance), and initiates and produces cultural events, including the Sheikh Abrikh Festival for Civil Culture, which was held in Tivon in April 2017. Shirly wants to continue promoting creative communal activity. She initiates and produces cultural activities, including Book Week and Aliya Project activities in Tivon. Shirly holds a bachelor’s degree in generative linguistics, and a master’s degree in documenting endangered languages, and she worked for many years as a freelance translator and editor. She lives in Tivon.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yiftach Ori

Yiftach Ori

Chief Superintendent, Israel Police, Central Unit–Jerusalem

Yiftach Ori serves in an operational police unit that deals with serious crime in Jerusalem. With 270 police officers, the unit works in the fields of intelligence, investigations, and minorities. Yiftach has served in the Israel Police for 24 years, during which time he has commanded several units and set up Jerusalem's Municipal Policing Unit, which is responsible for liaising between the Jerusalem municipality and the police force. Since 2010 he has led a project in which police mentor children under the auspices of "Rachel's Center," which provides children from disadvantaged neighborhoods with academic and social support. Yiftach aims to lead social projects that will improve police services to civilians and help youth at risk. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies and history from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a master’s degree in diplomacy and security from Tel Aviv University. Yiftach is married and a father of four, and lives in Modi’in.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Idit Segev

Idit Segev

Group Facilitator

Idit Segev is a group facilitator and professional mentor who accompanies social processes and provides guidance to groups of volunteers. In the past, she coordinated the “Nigun Halev” congregation, a regional center for secular Jews, and established “Blossoming: Women’s Content Encounters.” Idit works with young immigrant women and guides groups of entrepreneurs who are designing a digital museum of the Ethiopian-Israeli community in Migdal Haemek. Idit also develops programs designed to develop consciousness, such as "simple speech" and "let's talk openly." She holds a master's degree from Boston University in managing cultural institutions. Idit is a mother of two.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Meira Tsur

Meira Tsur

Environmental Social Entrepreneur

Meira Tsur has two decades of experience in senior managerial positions in the private sector. She is the founder of a community environmental social enterprise called “Back Yard—Garage Sale,” established in her family’s old cowsheds in the agricultural settlement of Tzippori, which connects objects that have their own stories with people who care about the environment and society. Meira’s personal vision is to develop and promote sustainability in the region. She is an active member of the community of Tzippori, and a member of the nonprofit NAALEH – People Helping People in Natzrat Illit. Meira holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She is a mother of two, and lives in Tzippori.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Hatim Yassin

Hatim Yassin

Director General, Arraba Municipality

Hatim Yassim is director general of the Arraba municipality, where he is responsible for managing all the municipality’s divisions and employees. Hatim wants to develop the city into a flourishing commercial, social, and cultural hub, marked by innovation, creativity, and pluralism. In particular, he wishes to ensure the provision of high-quality education that meets the needs of all students. Hatim holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He a father of three, and lives in Arraba.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

Mandel Program for Social Leadership: Cohort 1

OCTOBER 2017 – JULY 2018

 

Dikla Bar

Dikla Bar

Science Educator

Dikla Bar is a faculty member at three schools for gifted students in the north of Israel, where she creates and teaches courses in astrophysics, particle physics, science fiction, and encryption. She has prepared and accompanied delegations of gifted students to space camps in Israel and abroad, and to the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. Dikla wants to advance and improve higher order thinking skills among students in all educational institutions and sectors of Israeli society, by designing challenging and unconventional learning environments. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology engineering, cum laude, from the Technion, and a master’s degree in genetics from the faculty of medicine at Tel Aviv University. She is also a graduate of the Avney Rosha training program for school principals. Dikla is married and a mother of three, and lives in the Golan Heights.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Niva Begin Ben-Ari

Niva Begin Ben-Ari

Local Council Member and Parenting Coach

Niva Begin Ben-Ari is the director of the Parenthood Learning Center of the Pardes Hanna–Karkur local council, where she facilitates parents’ groups. She also is a member of the Binyamina–Givat Ada local council, where she holds the education portfolio. Niva believes that education begins at home, and that local government has a responsibility to strengthen parents, the family unit, and children, and to encourage cooperation between the home and educational institutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and communications (cum laude) from the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, and a diploma in family and group facilitation from the Alfred Adler Institute.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yael Ben Moyal

Yael Ben Moyal

Educator

Yael Ben Moyal worked with Garin Tzameret, a gap-year program of volunteer service before army service, and well as a “garin” (social-activist communal group) of volunteer youth coordinators from the Bnei Akiva youth movement. She herself served as a Bnei Akiva youth group coordinator in Ramle during her national service. Yael holds a bachelor’s degree in education and society from the Ono Academic College. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Meron.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Avi Chapnik

Avi Chapnik

School Principal

Avi Chapnik is principal of the Honi Hame’agel experimental elementary school in Hazor Haglilit. He is also one of the founders of the educational “garin” (social-activist communal group) in Hazor and served as its coordinator in its early years. He is also the town’s coordinator of volunteers. Avi wants to transform the Israeli education system into an international beacon for values-based education, by introducing a future-oriented approach that will make the best possible use of Israel’s unique qualities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Jewish studies, and a master’s degree in education that included a thesis on teaching Bible, from Touro College. He is currently studying at the Ono Academic College for a second master’s degree in organizational consulting for education systems. Avi is a father of nine and has one granddaughter, and lives in Hazor Haglilit.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Tali Cohen

Tali Cohen

Video Editor

Tali Cohen is a video editor for investigative programs that highlight social issues. These include The Source with Raviv Drucker, Magazine with Oshrat Kotler, and various documentaries and current affairs programs broadcast on Channel 10 and Channel 2. Tali was a member of the development team for Family in the Red, a socially-oriented television series that sought to help people manage their family budget. She holds a bachelor’s degree in film studies and Middle East history (cum laude) from Tel Aviv University, and is currently completing her master’s thesis on Iranian cinema, at the University of Haifa. Tali is a mother of three, and lives in Haifa.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Barak Dasta

Barak Dasta

Police Officer, Israel Police

Barak Dasta was born in Ethiopia and made aliya to Israel in 1982. A graduate of the Yemin Orde youth village, Barak wants to foster social integration among youth and, in particular, to strengthen the sense of belonging among Ethiopian-Israeli youth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in multi-disciplinary studies and a master’s degree in Israel studies and contemporary Judaism, both from the University of Haifa. Barak is married and a father of three girls, and lives in Modi’in.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Tehila Karo

Tehila Karo

Bibliotherapist and Group Facilitator

In recent years, Tehila Karo has worked with families of people with mental health disabilities under the auspices of MILAM Family Counseling Services in Haifa. She has also directed the social engagement department of the national secretariat of the Bnei Akiva youth movement, which nurtures leadership among the movement’s members in Israel’s social and geographic periphery. Tehila seeks to develop and promote culturally-sensitive mental health services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and literature from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree and certification in bibliotherapy from the University of Haifa. A certified group facilitator, she is currently training as a family and couples therapist. Tehila is a mother of three, and lives in Sde Yaakov.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Nadia  Kittany

Nadia Kittany

Speech-Language Therapist and Audiologist

Over the last three years, Nadia Kittany has developed and run the Baqa al-Gharbiyye Community Child Development Unit, which serves as a regional provider of paramedical services. She was one of the founders of a rehabilitative center in Baqa al-Gharbiyye for children on the autism spectrum, and one of the founders of ALSON, a non-profit organization that provides research and training resources for Arab speech pathologists. Nadia is active in the leadership of several national and local professional forums. She wants to be involved in building a better future for Arab society in Israel by investing in early childhood development and in disadvantaged populations. Nadia holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech therapy from Tel Aviv University, and is a graduate of the Mandel Program for Local Leadership in Baqa al-Gharbiyye.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Itzchak Kogan

Itzchak Kogan

Police Officer, Israel Police

Itzchak Kogan is an intelligence officer at the Bet Shean police station. He was one of the founders of the municipal police force in Tiberias, which became a model for similar units throughout the Northern District. Itzchak holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and Middle East studies from the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, and a master’s degree from the Jewish history department at the University of Haifa. He is father of three, and lives in Kfar Tavor.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Mayss Mansour Abu Saleh

Mayss Mansour Abu Saleh

Director of Educational Programs

For the last three years, Mayss Mansour Abu Saleh has served as the Arab society and northern region manager for the internship program “The Next Step,” founded by the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation and the Aluma non-profit organization. In this capacity, she has developed and overseen internship programs at institutions of higher education in both the Arab and Jewish sectors, with the aim of bridging the gap between academia and employment. Mayss wants to create educational programs that involve communities, families, and individuals in empowering Arab youth and helping them succeed in various areas of life in Israeli society. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management and a master’s degree in organizational development and consulting, from the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel. She lives in Isfiya.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Naveh Masad

Naveh Masad

Social-Environmental-Economic Activist

Naveh Masad is CEO of the Israeli Monetary Change Movement, and a project manager in the environmental protection division of the Jezreel Valley regional council. He is passionate about leaving the world a better place for future generations. Naveh works to bring about change in the way that money is created in Israel so that it benefits all Israelis, and promotes financial education and finance-technology education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the Open University. Naveh lives on Kibbutz Ein Dor.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

Nijmi Abbas

Nijmi Abbas

Nurse and Health Activist

Nijmi Abbas is the head of nursing at a corrective clinic belonging to the Clalit HMO. She is a member of the Tamra al-Zeitoun non-profit organization at the Shfar’am Anthroposophic school, a member of the Civil Forum for Health Promotion in the Galilee, and a member of the Health Council at the Shfar’am municipality, as well as one of the founders of the city’s health forum. Nijmi believes that local authorities should be involved in health promotion as part of their responsibility for residents’ welfare, and wants to establish an international strategic organization to develop health programs and teach healthy lifestyles. She holds a multidisciplinary bachelor’s degree from the University of Haifa, and has completed an advanced course in geriatrics. Nijmi is married and a mother of four.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Nizar Daaka

Nizar Daaka

High School Principal

Nizar Daaka is the principal of the Ein Naquba Comprehensive High School, run by the Branco Weiss Institute, which is a unique model of a comprehensive school for the non-Jewish sector in Israel. He is a founding member of Joint Israeli Leadership, a nonprofit organization working to establish a study program for Arab-Jewish leadership aimed at high-school graduates. Nizar is also a member of the Ministry of Education group, “Principals Pioneering for Israeli Hope.” He retired from the IDF Manpower Corps with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and national security, and is a qualified group facilitator and life coach. He is married and a father of three, and lives in Shfar’am.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Uri Deutch

Uri Deutch

Principal of ORT Psagot High School in Beit She’an

Uri Deutch is the principal of a religious high school in Beit She’an, where he is responsible for the development and success of 600 students from seventh to twelfth grade. He is devoted to introducing innovative and unique programs that can help reinforce students’ strengths and increase the percentage of students who attain a high-quality matriculation certificate. Uri seeks to change the education system so that it includes emotional empowerment as a significant component of the curriculum and of evaluation methods. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in Jewish education, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Uri is married and a father of six, and lives in Hazor Haglilit.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Aziza Diab

Aziza Diab

Director of the Shfar’am Cultural Center

Aziza Diab is the director of the Shfar’am Municipal Cultural Center, and is responsible for developing and promoting cultural activities for all ages at the center and throughout the city: exhibitions, poetry and literature events, shows, and festivals. She also directs the Karev Foundation’s “Rainbow” program for arts in the Arab sector, writes and develops enrichment programs for kindergarten through middle school, and oversees the training of arts counselors employed in schools as part of the program. Aziza is interested in empowerment and in changing ways of thinking by using art. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art and English literature from the University of Haifa and a master’s degree in art education from the University of Leeds. Aziza studied management of arts and cultural institutions at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and studied group facilitation at Oranim Academic College of Education.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Shai Gil

Shai Gil

Health Activist and Volunteer

Shai Gil works to improve public awareness of the revolution in stem cell (bone marrow) donation, the ease with which it is now possible to save lives, and the need to increase the “Struggle for Life” bone marrow registry at Hadassah Hospital, which is named for the late Eli Elkobi. Shai manages the spit4life.com website, which provides simple home saliva test kits enabling people to join the Hadassah bone marrow registry. His goal is for every citizen of Israel to be included in the registry. Shai volunteers for “Struggle for Life” and for the Israel Cancer Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, and lives in Haifa.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Rola Hassoun

Rola Hassoun

Human Resources Director and Community Coordinator

Rola Hassoun is the human resources director for Druzenet, a project management company in the north of Israel, and is the Shfar’am community coordinator for the Ofakim La’atid (Future Horizons) nonprofit, which is devoted to youth empowerment. Her vision is to reduce social inequality both by increasing the number of women in the workforce (especially religious women), and by increasing access to education, particularly higher education. Rola holds a bachelor’s degree in human services, leadership, and education policy from the University of Haifa, and a diploma in bookkeeping from the Ministry of the Economy and the Michlala LeMinhal College of Management in Haifa. She lives in Shfar’am.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Amal (Amoury)  Jarrus

Amal (Amoury) Jarrus

Educator and Sports Professional

Amal Jarrus is a homeroom teacher and the social education coordinator at the Shfar’am municipal high school. She is active in women’s sports, particularly basketball, and is a professional player for the Israeli women’s national basketball team and the women’s team of Ramat Hasharon in Israel’s Premier League. Amal is also a qualified basketball coach. She seeks to enable as many girls as possible, of all ages and from all parts of Shfar’am, to be active members of the city’s basketball family and hopes to change the city’s priorities in terms of budgets and resource allocation. Amal holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in educational system management.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Asma Khaldy

Asma Khaldy

Educator

Asma Khaldy is a homeroom teacher and the computer studies coordinator at the Elharubiya elementary school in Shfar’am. She is active in promoting women’s education, particularly among Bedouin women in the Shfar’am area. Asma is a member of the Shfar’am Women’s Forum, which promotes women’s empowerment and the involvement of women in social action. She believes that the key to social progress lies in improving women’s status and education. Asma holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching math and science from the Arab Academic College of Education in Haifa, and a master’s degree in educational administration, policy, and leadership from the Open University. Asma is married and a mother of four, and lives in Shfar’am.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Claudia Koby

Claudia Koby

Founder of the Krembo Wings Youth Movement

Claudia Koby is the co-founder of Krembo Wings, a youth movement for children with and without disabilities, and is a member of the organization’s board of directors and chair of its steering committee. She is the mother of Kfir, the movement’s first member and inspiration. Claudia created and developed the movement’s educational philosophy and professional approach of Krembo Wings, was a partner in formulating its vision and guiding values, and plays an instrumental role in the growth and development of the movement. She is a social activist, who is working to change perceptions and attitudes toward people with disabilities in today’s society.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ran Levi

Ran Levi

Station Chief, Israel Police

Ran Levi is the station chief of the Tiberias police station. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Haifa. Ran’s vision is to foster cooperation and create synergy in Israel’s heterogeneous society, through mutual trust, in order to increase confidence in the Israel Police. He is married and a father of five.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Laila Najar Amouri

Laila Najar Amouri

Project coordinator and group facilitator

Laila Najar Amouri is the co-director of the Moms@Work project of the Israel Women’s Network. She advances programs for Arab Palestinian society, and particularly for Arab women. Her vision is to see Arab women in positions of power in local government. Laila is developing a new program for Arab society involving sheltered housing for the elderly. She is also highly active in promoting partnerships between Jews and Arabs. Laila holds a bachelor’s degree in literature and multidisciplinary studies from the University of Haifa, and a master’s degree in gender studies from Bar-Ilan University. She also has a diploma in group facilitation from the University of Haifa. Laila has five daughters, and lives in Shfar’am.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ilanit Natan

Ilanit Natan

Educator and Director of Kohel Group Ltd.

Ilanit Natan is the managing director of the Kohel Group for entrepreneurship in science and technology education, which specializes in promoting unique programs that help develop critical thinking through science and technology at enrichment centers for children and youth in underprivileged and disadvantaged neighborhoods. She is active in promoting social enterprises for youth that also involve the elderly and the entire community. Ilanit is interested in leading change and empowering disadvantaged groups by means of social enterprises. She holds a master’s degree in communications and technology from Bar-Ilan University, and has a continuing education certificate in group facilitation and individual and group coaching. Ilanit is married and a mother of two, and lives on Moshav Gan Yoshiyah in Emek Hefer.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ella Nave

Ella Nave

Environmental Epidemiologist

Ella Nave is the coordinator of Mothers and Fathers Saving Haifa and the Krayot, a voluntary organization that she founded. For the last 13 years, she has worked to improve environmental health policy in Israel: first by leading the Coalition for Public Health, for which she wrote the first Hebrew reports on the effects of air pollution on women and children, and subsequently for Mothers and Fathers Saving Haifa and the Krayot. For the last three years, she has fought the construction of a new refinery planned for the Haifa bay area. Ella works to change public priorities in order to save lives, reduce human suffering, and improve public health. She is married and a mother of three children.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Hila Rubin Shalem

Hila Rubin Shalem

Director of the Ramot Begin Community Center in Haifa

Hila Rubin Shalem is the director of the Ramot Begin Community Center in Haifa. She is also on the board of directors of the Kiryat Ata municipal network of community centers and serves as a voluntary advisor to the mayor on youth and young adults. Previously, Hila was a city council member in Kiryat Ata and was the chair of its Youth Council. Hila seeks to create a society that is just, tolerant, and accepting, which provides equal opportunities and invests in strengthening communities and mutual responsibility. She holds a bachelor’s degree in community theater and the humanities, and a master’s degree in public administration and public policy, both from the University of Haifa. She is married and a mother of twins, and lives in Kiryat Ata.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Somood Sife

Somood Sife

Educator and Women’s Activist

Somood Sife teaches biology and chemistry at Comprehensive Secondary School #3 in Shfar’am. She is a representative to the National Teachers’ Association, a social and political activist, and a volunteer for the Na’amat women’s organization in the Central Galilee region. A member of the Democratic Women’s Movement, Somood ran for election to the local council, and has served as the chair of the Shfar’am Women’s Council. She is interested in promoting the integration of women in local politics, and influencing local authority budgetary allocations. She is also a keen mountain biker, riding with the Arab Cycling Club. Somood holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry teaching from the Arab Academic College of Education in Haifa, and a master’s degree in science teaching from Oranim Academic College. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Shfar’am.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yara Sleman

Yara Sleman

Social Worker, Shfar’am Municipal Welfare Division

Yara Sleman is a social worker in Shfar’am, and is a community and social activist involved in helping the needy in a number of settings – the workplace, churches, the Scouts, mosques, and zakat (charity) committees. She is a committed vegan and seeker of world peace. Her professional vision is to reduce the socioeconomic gaps between residents of Shfar’am, and her personal vision is to promote love and compassion between all living things. Yara holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Haifa.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Maram Yasin

Maram Yasin

Community Social Worker

Maram Yasin is a community social worker and the head of welfare projects in Tamra for the national “Cities without Violence” program, which is run by the Ministry of Internal Security. In this capacity, she initiates and leads projects to promote discourse and cooperation in society and community. Maram seeks to advance gender equality and justice in Israel, particularly regarding the representation of Arab women in public life. She holds a research master’s degree (cum laude) in organization and administration, and a certificate in group facilitation, both from the University of Haifa. She is also studying at Gordon College of Education for a teaching certificate.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Nir Yona-Cohen

Nir Yona-Cohen

Deputy Station Chief, Israel Police

Nir Yona-Cohen is the deputy station chief of the Zevulun police station in Haifa, which serves residents of the Krayot region, Nesher, and Tivon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Derby, a master’s degree in Oriental studies from Tel Aviv University, and a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Haifa. Nir is committed to improving social resilience in Israel. He is divorced and a father of three.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Saber Yousfen

Saber Yousfen

Director of the Shfar’am Municipality Youth Division

Saber Yousfen is the director of the youth division of the Shfar’am municipality, the deputy chair of the Israel Association of Youth Division Directors, and a facilitator of youth councils for the Ministry of Education’s Northern Region. He is responsible for leadership development and empowering youth to take responsibility for Israeli society, and for Arab Israeli society in particular. He seeks to make the world a safer place for children. Saber holds a bachelor’s degree in education and Arabic and Hebrew instruction, and has an advanced diploma in informal education, with a specialization in developing social and community programs, from the Arab Academic College of Education in Haifa. He is studying at Ono Academic College for a master’s degree in organizational consulting to educational institutions. Saber is married and a father of three, and lives in Shfar’am.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

Mandel Program for Local Leadership in Afula

OCTOBER 2015 – JUNE 2017

 

Yaniv Bouganim

Yaniv Bouganim

Director, Afula municipal cultural center and gallery

Yaniv directs the Afula municipal cultural center and gallery, and is in charge of the day-to-day running of the facility which contains a large, modern auditorium forum for musical performances, repertory theater, children’s shows, professional conferences, and more. He is a member of a number of municipal steering committees, and is involved in municipal event planning and large-scale productions. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, a reflection of his commitment to facilitating collaborations between Afula and the neighboring regional council. Yaniv holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and public policy from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, and a master’s degree in political science and political communications from Tel-Aviv University. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Shani Cabra-Gerbak

Shani Cabra-Gerbak

Coordinator of Teach for Israel (TFI) Ambassadors program, Haifa and north

Shani coordinates the Teach for Israel (TFI) Ambassadors program in Haifa and the north, and also runs her own business in organizational development consulting and personal coaching. She is responsible for supporting teachers who graduated from the TFI program, as individuals and as a group, and for their personal and professional development. Her vision is to nurture teachers and leaders for change who will promote equal opportunities in Israeli education. Shani holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in organizational consulting and development, both from the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel. She has a daughter, and lives in Afula.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Avihay Dahan

Avihay Dahan

Home room teacher, Yad Sasson school

Avihay is a home room teacher at the Yad Sasson school on Kibbutz Lavi, where he also teaches a number of different subjects. His work is informed by a deep belief in educating and developing individuals as the key to a strong society. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a teaching diploma from the Herzog-Lifschitz College of Education. Avihay is married, and lives in Afula. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Eti Dahan

Eti Dahan

Director, Human resources division, Afula municipality

Eti directs the human resources division of the Afula municipality. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing and developing human resources, developing human capital, and managing organizational processes for the municipality. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Afula Economic Development Corporation. Eti holds a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies and social sciences from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, and a master’s degree in political science (with a specialization in public policy and administration) from the University of Haifa. Married and a mother of three, she lives on Kibbutz Mishmarot. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Itay Eliyahu

Itay Eliyahu

Placement consultant, Israel Elwyn nonprofit

Itay is a placement consultant at the Israel Elwyn nonprofit, working to help place people with disabilities in employment as part of a collaborative project with the National Insurance Institute’s rehabilitation department. His vision is to reduce social gaps through accessibility and guidance initiatives in the labor market. Itay holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. He is married and a father of two, and lives in Afula. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Adi Gaber

Adi Gaber

Home room teacher, AMIT Yehuda religious high school for boys

Adi is a home room teacher at the AMIT Yehuda religious high school for boys in Afula, and also serves as rabbi of the city’s Yemenite community. He was a partner in establishing the Afula religious gar’in [an ideological community of young adults working together in a municipal setting to promote social and communal issues], and helped run its community activities for the first five years. He is also a relationship counselor. Adi sees his role in Afula as a religious mission, providing spiritual and educational resources for the public in the city and the region which draw on the teachings of Rabbi Kook, and based on a willingness to partner and collaborate with any individual or group interested in helping Afula flourish. He holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Ohalo College, and a master’s degree in education system management and development from the Orot Israel Academic College in Elkana. He is married and a father of seven. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Gershon Getahun

Gershon Getahun

Educational mediator

Gershon works for the Society for the Advancement of Education as a consultant and mentor to educational mediators in the state education system’s northern district. He also acts as an educational mediator on behalf of the University of Haifa, and as a legal mediator on behalf of “Israel Mediation” and the justice system. Previously, he set up the Gur Aryeh Yehuda nonprofit which works to preserve and nurture the heritage and traditions of Ethiopian Jewry. Gershon also established a synagogue for the Ethiopian community, and helps organize social gatherings there for the community. He volunteers as a community police officer, and is involved in social activism and public and community activities. Gershon holds a bachelor’s degree in informal education, and is a qualified community education professional.  *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Neta Kopelzada

Neta Kopelzada

Coordinator of “Connecting Bridge” program

Neta is the coordinator of the “Connecting Bridge” program, a partnership between Afula-Gilboa and the Jewish communities of southern New England. She has been involved in Jewish-Zionist education for over a decade, and served as an emissary of the Jewish Agency for Israel to the universities in Toronto. In her current role, she is responsible for the connections and relationships between residents of Afula-Gilboa and the partner Jewish communities in the United States. This includes hosting incoming missions, and leading various projects of the partnership, such as a youth leadership program and a community service year program abroad. Neta holds a bachelor’s degree in community social education and communications from Oranim Academic College. She is single, and lives in Afula.  *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Noga Lavi

Noga Lavi

Director of Tarbut School

Noga is director of the Tarbut school in Afula, which trains artists, writers, and creatives to become change agents in communities in the periphery. The school provides education for a range of ages, but focuses on young adults in the city and surrounding region. Noga also leads young women’s groups in Afula on gender, feminism, and female creativity, and is active in the Bo’ena women’s cabaret in the city. This latter enterprise is a pilot for creating additional groups of women in Afula who are aware, organized, and socially active on behalf of other women. Noga is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in education and art at the Beit Berl College’s “Hamidrasha” Faculty of Arts.  *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Omer Lev

Omer Lev

Educational/social program director, Afula municipality

Omer is an educational/social program director for the Afula municipality, responsible for a variety of violence-prevention programs. He manages the Afula municipal park, with an area of 45 acres, and is responsible for its upkeep and for organizing activities for the park’s visitors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a qualification in industrial engineering and management. He is married and a father of three, and lives in Afula as a third-generation resident of the city. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Dana Levavy

Dana Levavy

Family and community coordinator, Future Horizons program

Dana is a family and community coordinator in the “Future Horizons” program in Afula, responsible for providing financial guidance to families in the program, helping them exercise their rights, facilitating groups, nurturing community relations, and developing community projects. Her vision is to reduce social and economic gaps by increasing awareness of rights, and by helping people gain the skills to become economically independent. Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Sapir College, and a master’s degree in management and conflict resolution, including a diploma in mediation, from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She lives on Kibbutz Dovrat. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Mor Lifshitz

Mor Lifshitz

Director of Ohel theater

Mor is coordinator of graduate activities and director of the Ohel theater (belonging to the Tarbut [“Culture”] Movement) in Afula, and is responsible for the activities of the movement’s artist-educators active in various institutions in the city. As part of the movement’s activities, she also produces cultural events in Afula, develops models for culture in the community, and is responsible for relations with various representatives in the municipality. Mor is studying for a bachelor’s degree in art and a teaching diploma, in Tarbut’s special study program at Beit Berl College. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Shai Matalon

Shai Matalon

Social activist

Shai is a social activist and director of the “Yezreel Quarter – Afula” Facebook group, working to build a community in the new Yezreel Quarter in the city, and to develop cooperation between the municipality and the nascent community. He is active in encouraging residents to be involved in their environment, and promoting cooperation within the community. Shai is a software engineer at Intel, a graduate of the IDF’s Naval Officer School, and holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from the Technion. He is married and a father of three, and lives in Afula. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yarden Mokria

Yarden Mokria

Director of Afula youth social involvement programs

Yarden directs the Afula municipality’s youth social involvement programs, implementing the Ministry of Education plan for “Personal Development and Social Involvement for Youth.” She guides and mentors the city’s schools on social involvement issues, and works to develop relations with volunteering organizations in the city and create new volunteering programs for young people. Yarden holds a bachelor’s degree in educational counseling from the University of Haifa, and a special education teaching diploma from Oranim Academic College of Education. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Michal Shato

Michal Shato

Educational counselor and teacher, ORT Afula educational campus

Michal is an educational counselor and home room teacher at the ORT Afula educational campus. As a counselor, she focuses on leading the school’s array of therapeutic services and on student emotional welfare, while building partnerships between parents, teachers, and the school. She also tutors teachers and parents on caring for students, and works with the school’s various student committees. Michal holds a bachelor’s degree in special education, sociology, and anthropology, a special education teaching diploma, and a degree in educational counseling. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Avishai Shlomi

Avishai Shlomi

Social activist and educator

For the last decade Avishai has been involved in education, teaching, and social activism, mainly in the field of sustainability and the environment. He has set up a Center for Local Sustainability in Upper Afula, to form part of a national network of sustainability centers. Avishai holds a bachelor’s degree from Bar-Ilan University in Land of Israel studies (archaeology track), a master’s degree in geography (with a specialization in site development), and a teaching diploma in Land of Israel studies. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ohad Yona

Ohad Yona

Director, Roundglobe

Ohad is the founder and director of Roundglobe, a digital marketing agency providing advanced marketing solutions for businesses, nonprofits, and public institutions. He also acts as a consultant and mentor to entrepreneurs and businesses, including on behalf of the Israel Small and Medium Enterprises Authority, and directs a variety of projects in the fields of online commerce, marketing strategy, and communications and information technologies. Ohad holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, and a master’s degree in communications and journalism from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He lives in Afula. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

Tyseer Atamnah

Tyseer Atamnah

Director, Golden Age NGO

Tyseer is the director of an NGO for the elderly in Baqa al-Gharbiyye and a consultant on employee training and placement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree from the Schwartz Program for Non-Profit and Public Management at the same institution. He also holds a diploma in group facilitation from the Ministry of Education’s training department, and a diploma in managing day care facilities. Tyseer recently has been developing a vision and strategy for the NGO, so as to improve facilities and services for the elderly in the city. He is married and a father of three, and lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Monir Awisst

Monir Awisst

Director, vegetable gardens of Baqa al-Gharbiyye

Monir is an industrial manager at Netafim, an agro-technology company based at Kibbutz Magal. He also serves as founder and director of the vegetable gardens in the kindergartens of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, and is a member of the local steering committee on health promotion and healthy eating. He holds a diploma in industrial engineering and management from the Amal College in Afula. Monir is working on the development of a Sustainability Education Center, in collaboration with the Al-Quds school and with the help of two other fellows, Shareef Masarwa and Fadi Mawassi. He is married and a father of three, and grew up and lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Almas Gnaiem

Almas Gnaiem

Coordinator, Afikim employment program for young adults

Almas coordinates the Afikim employment program for young adults, at the Baqa al-Gharbiyye municipal welfare department. Previously she launched a volunteer project in schools that worked with adolescents on emotional and social challenges, and helped them navigate the transition to high school and to young adulthood. Almas holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Tel-Aviv University. Together with Marwa Mgadly Badran, another fellow, Almas initiated “Amal” – a project for the promotion of women’s status and gender equality in Baqa. She grew up in Baqa al-Gharbiyye, is married, and now lives in Jatt. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Naeemah Keadan

Naeemah Keadan

Educational and life skills counselor, Al-Qasemi high school

Naeemah is an educational counselor and life skills counselor at the Al-Qasemi high school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and sociology from the University of Haifa, and a master’s degree in educational counseling from Beit Berl College. She is a graduate of the Avney Rosha school principals’ training course at the University of Haifa, holds diplomas in mediation and in managing social systems, and is a graduate of the Q-Start entrepreneurship development course at the Al-Qasemi College of Education. Naeemah has twenty years of experience in educational counseling. She is a social activist in Baqa al-Gharbiyye’s educational institutions and communities, and a former member of the Baqa women’s committee. Naeemah is also collaborating with another fellow, Amtiaz Katana, on an initiative for the promotion of child friendly urban development. Their endeavor has already won the blessings of Baqa’s mayor and municipal engineering department. She is married and a mother of four, and lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Imtiaz Ketana

Imtiaz Ketana

Teacher and coordinator, Al-Andalus middle school

Imtiaz is a biology teacher, home room teacher, and evaluation coordinator at the Al-Andalus middle school in Baqa al-Gharbiyye. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a master’s degree in educational measurement and evaluation and curriculum planning from Beit Berl College. She also holds a teaching and curriculum planning diploma, and is a graduate of the Avney Rosha school principals training course. Imtiaz is a member of the Baqa al-Gharbiyye steering committee for health promotion and healthy lifestyles. She and Naeemah Keadan, another fellow, are leading the initiative for the promotion of child friendly urban development in Baqa. Imtiaz is married and a mother of four, grew up in Taibe, and resides in Baqa al-Gharbiyye. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Nadia Kittany

Nadia Kittany

Director, child development unit, Baqa al-Gharbiyye community center

Nadia directs the child development unit at the Baqa al-Gharbiyye community center, and serves as a communications clinician for the Ministry of Education in Hadera. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the department of communication disorders at Tel-Aviv University, where she is currently studying for a master’s degree in the same field. She also works as a mentor to students and communication clinicians at the Alut autism nonprofit, and is a participant in the “Business and Community” project at the Baqa community center. Together with Razan Mossarwi, another fellow, Nadia initiated a city-wide forum dedicated to preschool education. The two are now turning their efforts to the establishment of a preschool center that will offer all the relevant services. Nadia is also active in the promotion of a regional child development center. She grew up and lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Heba Majadla

Heba Majadla

Educational consultant, Al-Andalus middle school

Heba is an educational consultant at the Al-Andalus middle school in Baqa al-Gharbiyye. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a master’s degree in educational psychology, both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, as well as a teaching diploma in psychology from the Open University. She is currently studying for a doctorate in educational psychology at Ben-Gurion University; her research focuses on the relationship between parents and infants, and the subsequent impact on the relationship between them during adolescence. Heba is also involved in researching the place of Arab women in the public sphere in Baqa, in particularly regarding employment and education. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Shareef Masarwa

Shareef Masarwa

Volunteer coordinator, Bidayat early childhood center

Shareef is a volunteer coordinator at the Bidayat community early childhood center, and a consultant on developing community schools in Ramallah and the surrounding region. He holds a bachelor’s degree in informal education and community studies from Beit Berl College, and a master’s degree in the Islamic cultures of Spain, from the University of Alcala in Madrid. He also holds diplomas in organizational consulting, mediation, community media, group facilitation, and coaching; a senior teaching diploma from the Arab Teacher Training College in Haifa; and is a graduate of a course on attracting government funding to the Arab sector. Shareef is involved in a number of social activities in Baqa al-Gharbiyye, including environmental activities, a collaborative community project between Baqa al-Gharbiyye and the Menashe regional council, and more. He also initiated, and is the coordinator of an elderly community volunteering project. Shareef was recently put in charge of establishing and building the Al-Qasemi College graduate unit. He is married and a father of six, and lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Dr. Awny Massarwah

Dr. Awny Massarwah

Lecturer, Al-Qasemi College of Education

Awny is a lecturer at the Al-Qasemi College of Education. For 15 years he has volunteered as a preacher at a mosque in Baqa al-Gharbiyye, and for the last four years has taught in a course on mosque preaching for imams, also as a volunteer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic studies and Arabic from the Al-Qasemi College, a master’s degree in Islamic studies from the An-Najah National University in Nablus, a doctorate in Islam from the World Islamic University in Jordan, and a teaching diploma in Islamic studies and Arabic. He teaches a weekly study day for retirees on compromise and sustainability in Islam, and operates a community volunteering initiative in schools called “Giving,” which promotes awareness of the importance of volunteering and community action. Awny established the "A'ata" foundation, which offers scholarships for students who volunteer in the community. Married and a father of two, Awny was raised and lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Fadi Mawassi

Fadi Mawassi

Director of youth department, Baqa al-Gharbiyye municipality

Fadi directs the youth department in the Baqa al-Gharbiyye municipality, and is a middle-school physical education teacher in the town. He directs Baqa’s first youth center, played a central role in its establishment, and also serves as facilitator for the town’s youth council. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the Wingate Institute, is a graduate of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program for youth in Israel, and is a graduate of the training course for local authority heads of youth departments. Fadi developed a vision for the future development of youth activities and services in Baqa. He is married and a father of two, and was raised and lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Razan Mawosi Mossarwi

Razan Mawosi Mossarwi

Director of preschool education department, Baqa al-Gharbiyye municipality

Razan is the director of the preschool education department at the Baqa al-Gharbiyye municipality, and the former coordinator of the truancy and dropout prevention unit there. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle East geography and history from the University of Haifa, and a master’s degree, with teaching diploma, in geography from Tel-Aviv University. Razan is a doctoral student in the geography department at Tel-Aviv University. Together with program fellow Nadia Kittany, Razan initiated a city-wide forum dedicated to preschool education; the two are now turning their efforts to the establishment of a preschool center that will offer all the relevant services. She is married and a mother of three, and was raised and lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Marwa Mgadly Badran

Marwa Mgadly Badran

Professional development coordinator, Bidayat early childhood center

Marwa is the professional development coordinator, and responsible for budget oversight, at the Bidayat community early childhood center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences, with a specialization in human resources, from the Netanya Academic College, and is a member of the parents’ association at her children’s school. Marwa works in partnership with another fellow, Almas Gnaiem, on “Amal” – a project for the promotion of women’s status and gender equality in Baqa. Married and a mother of two, she grew up in Baqa al-Gharbiyye and lives in Zemer.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Haneen Wasel Shalbi

Haneen Wasel Shalbi

Director, Baqa al-Gharbiyye Human Resource Center

Haneen is the director of the Baqa al-Gharbiyye Human Resource Center, where she also directs the business development activities, and facilitates women’s employment groups. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Netanya Academic College, and a master’s degree in international relations from Tel-Aviv University. Haneen initiated "Nur" – a project offering free legal counsel for people in need, in the areas of family and labor laws. She is married and a mother of three, and was born and raised in Ar’ara, where she lives.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Marwa Watad

Marwa Watad

Teacher and coordinator, Al-Qasemi high school

Marwa is an electronics teacher and coordinator at the Al-Qasemi high school. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from Tel-Aviv University, and a physics teaching diploma from the same institution. Marwa currently spearheads a technology education initiative for the introduction of adolescents to different subjects and areas of the hi-tech industry, so as to imbue them with passion for and interest in the relevant vocations. Marwa intends for this project to promote the pursuit of such vocations within the Arab-Israeli community and to increase this population’s contribution to Israel’s hi-tech industry. Marwa started a technological education program to introduce the city's youth to the world of high-tech. As part of the program, students work on the development of a product that will assist people with special needs. Marwa is a married and a mother of one. She grew up in Baqa al-Gharbiyye, where she lives today.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Majdy Watted

Majdy Watted

CEO, “Values for Excellence” center

Majdy is the owner and CEO of the “Values for Excellence” Center, and coordinates a young leadership program for the Abraham Fund. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Sund non-profit organization for orphans. Majdy holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and electronics from Ariel University and a teaching diploma in science from the Achva Academic College, and is also a qualified group facilitator and a leadership and excellence coach. Majdy works on developing a vision and strategies for the "Values for Excellence" Center. He is married and a father of two, was born in Jatt, and lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Nura Yaakov-Abuhusien

Nura Yaakov-Abuhusien

Middle-school pedagogical counselor, Baqa and Umm el-Fahm

Nura is a middle-school pedagogical counselor, working in Baqa al-Gharbiyye and in the city of Umm el-Fahm. She holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching mathematics and science (excellence track) from the Al-Qasemi College of Education, and a master’s degree in counseling and human development (gifted students track) from the University of Haifa. In addition to her professional work, Nura is involved in a number of social activism enterprises in Baqa al-Gharbiyye, including projects for young adults, gender equality, women’s empowerment, and more. Nura started "Reroute" – an initiative that aims to establish a center for students with special needs that will operate within the school. She was raised and lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

Yair Afik

Yair Afik

Head of Center for Jewish Identity, Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel

Yair heads the Center for Jewish Identity at the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, which works to strengthen the Jewish identity of students at the college. He holds a bachelor’s-level rabbinic qualification from the Chief Rabbinate. He is active in building bridges between the different Haredi communities in Migdal HaEmek, and developing collaborations between them. He is married and a father of eight, and lives in Migdal HaEmek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ruthie Avadeyav

Ruthie Avadeyav

Director, Migdal HaEmek “Youth Futures” program

Ruti directs the “Youth Futures” program in Migdal HaEmek, a Jewish Agency flagship program that provides community-based mentoring for at-risk pre-teens and adolescents in Israel. She holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and criminology from the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, and a special education teaching diploma from Oranim Academic College. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Migdal HaEmek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Shiran Bardugo

Shiran Bardugo

Continuing education coordinator, Migdal HaEmek Center for Human Capital Development

Shiran is the continuing education coordinator at the Center for Human Capital Development in Migdal HaEmek. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational sociology and a master’s degree in educational counseling, both from the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Kfar Gideon.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yehudit Chaimson

Yehudit Chaimson

Yehudit Chaimson

Yehudit is a teacher and educator in the Haredi community. She founded and runs the local educational resource center at the “Migdal Or” educational campus in Migdal HaEmek. She develops informal education frameworks for the city’s Haredi public, and promotes cooperation between the religious and non-religious communities in the city. Yehudit holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the Shaanan Academic Religious Teachers' College, and a diploma in group facilitation from Bar-Ilan University’s school of social work. She is married and a mother of five, and lives in Migdal HaEmek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Zvia Dahan

Zvia Dahan

Develops tourism initiatives in Migdal HaEmek and Emek Yezreel

Zvia owns a business consulting firm, and develops and launches tourism initiatives in Migdal HaEmek and Emek Yezreel. She lectures and organizes courses on commercial tourism at the University of Haifa, runs a regional tourism group for Sikkuy – The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, and is also active in a Jewish-Arab women’s group in Migdal HaEmek. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and literature from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and an advanced diploma in tourism from the National School of Tourism. Married and a mother of three, she lives in Migdal HaEmek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Mali Eligiov

Mali Eligiov

Director, Migdal HaEmek education department

Mali is the director of the Migdal HaEmek municipal education department, in which capacity she is responsible for carrying out the city’s education policy and for all its educational institutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources, and a master’s degree in education system management and development, both from the University of Haifa. Married and a mother of one, she lives in Migdal HaEmek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Shimon Even Haim

Shimon Even Haim

Teacher, Migdal HaEmek ORT Rogozin high school

Shimon is a physics and mathematics teacher and home room teacher at the ORT Rogozin high school in Migdal HaEmek, where he has taught for 22 years. He set up the school’s Regional Center for Technological Excellence, and is a member of the school’s management team. He holds a bachelor’s degree in...  physics from the Technion, and a master’s degree in mathematics curricula from the University of Haifa. He is a father of three, grew up in Migdal HaEmek, and now lives in Shimshit.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Orit Geva-Dvash

Orit Geva-Dvash

Human resources director, Camtek

Orit has been the human resources director for the Camtek company in Migdal HaEmek since 2008. As part of her job, she is responsible for the company’s community activity, which focuses on promoting educational projects. Orit holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and English, and a master’s degree in political science with a specialization in public administration, both from the University of Haifa. Married and a mother of three, she lives in Zichron Yaakov.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Dafna Hasan

Dafna Hasan

Coordinator of food security program, Migdal HaEmek municipal welfare services

Dafna coordinates the food security program for the Migdal HaEmek municipal welfare services division, and counsels client families at the Otzma Welfare Services Center. She serves on the municipal women’s committee, and is chair of the Migdal HaEmek Western Residents’ Administration. She is also active in women’s empowerment and in finding aid solutions for welfare client families. Married and a mother of four, she lives in Migdal HaEmek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Sharon Hinda-Kassous

Sharon Hinda-Kassous

Community social worker, Migdal HaEmek social services division

Sharon is a community social worker in the Migdal HaEmek municipality’s social services division, who has led several social and environmental campaigns. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in public policy, both from Tel-Aviv University. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Kiryat Ata.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Efrat Karniel

Efrat Karniel

Community activist and volunteer

Efrat is an educator and is active in public life in Midgal HaEmek, having taught Bible in the city’s schools for 44 years. She volunteers in training and education at the local high school, at the Migdal HaEmek community forest and archaeological park, at the city’s community center, in WIZO, and in other settings. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of three, and lives in Migdal HaEmek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Sigal Laffe

Sigal Laffe

Social engagement coordinator, Migdal HaEmek Center for Human Capital Development

Sigal is the social engagement coordinator at the Migdal HaEmek Center for Human Capital Development, and the young community coordinator for Kavkazi Jews in the city. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, and is currently studying towards a master’s degree in business administration. Married and a mother of one, she was born in Migdal HaEmek, and now lives in Haifa.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Niva Luriya

Niva Luriya

Coordinator of “Yaadim” program for at-risk youth, ORT Rogozin high school

Niva is the coordinator of the “Yaadim” program for at-risk youth at the ORT Rogozin high school in Migdal HaEmek, and is a member of the “Mechanchim” urban kibbutz in Upper Nazareth. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and community social education from Oranim Academic College, and is a graduate of the Mandel Young Educational Leadership in the Periphery Program. Married and a mother of two, she lives in Upper Nazareth.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Shamir Nakash

Shamir Nakash

Regional Director, Pa’amonim

Shamir is the regional director for the “Pa’amonim” non-profit organization, which arranges for volunteers to assist struggling families get out of debt and manage their financial affairs better. He is responsible for 140 volunteers who counsel 120 families throughout the region, including in Migdal HaEmek. In the past he was a volunteer mentor of students at the Gvanim high school in Afula. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and human resources from the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Derby. Married and a father of three, he lives on Kibbut Dovrat.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Inbar Nathan

Inbar Nathan

Teacher, Migdal HaEmek ORT Rogozin middle school

Inbar is a history teacher and home room teacher, and is coordinator of social activities at the ORT Rogozin middle school in Migdal HaEmek. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in criminology, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Migdal HaEmek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Moshe Peretz

Moshe Peretz

Director, Migdal HaEmek youth department

Moshe is the director of the Migdal HaEmek municipal youth department, and also volunteers in a rural police unit of the Israel Border Police. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Derby, and is currently studying for an educational professional diploma at Beit Berl College. Married and a father of three, he lives in Ahuzat Barak.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Elana Peretz-Ayash

Elana Peretz-Ayash

Director of volunteering unit, Migdal HaEmek municipal social services division

Elana has directed the volunteering unit of the Migdal HaEmek municipal social services division for the last 14 years. She is responsible for recruiting and managing around 500 volunteers in various municipal programs. Elana holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Bar-Ilan University. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Migdal HaEmek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Liora Pinsky

Liora Pinsky

High school teacher and social activities coordinator

Liora has taught high-school geography in Migdal HaEmek for 25 years, and she is also the school’s social education coordinator and field trip coordinator. As a volunteer, she leads trips and hikes for young people with disabilities, and hosts events combining folk songs and lectures. Liora holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in multidisciplinary teaching from Oranim Academic College. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Alon Hagalil.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Limor Segal

Limor Segal

Co-director, Tikkun – A Center for Encounters, Education, and Social Change

Limor is the co-director of “Tikkun – A Center for Encounters, Education, and Social Change,” which runs educational programs for some 3,000 children and youth every year. She is a founding member of the “Mechanchim” urban kibbutz in Upper Nazareth. Limor holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics (outstanding students’ track) from the University of Haifa, and a teaching diploma in mathematics from Oranim Academic College. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Upper Nazareth.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Oxana Vonholsky

Oxana Vonholsky

Director, Migdal HaEmek employment bureau

Oxana directs the Migdal HaEmek employment bureau, and was the recipient of the Israel Employment Service’s outstanding employee of the year award for 2012. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in textile engineering from the Technological Institute of Kiev, Ukraine. Born in the USSR, she made Aliya in the 1990s, and now lives in Upper Nazareth. She has one son.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Judith Yaniv

Judith Yaniv

Director, WIZO - Migdal HaEmek branch

Judith directs the Migdal HaEmek branch of WIZO. She is an active volunteer and participant in several initiatives in the city, and also works as a freelance facilitator and mediator. Judith holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Haifa, and a master’s degree in communications from Clark University. Married and a mother of three, she lives in Migdal HaEmek.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Shira Yardeni

Shira Yardeni

Teacher, Migdal HaEmek ORT Rogozin high school

Shira is a history and civics teacher at the ORT Rogozin high school in Migdal HaEmek, where she is also an educator in the “Yaadim” program for at-risk youth. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and education from the Kibbutzim College of Education. Married and a mother of two, she is a member of the “Mechanchim” urban kibbutz in Upper Nazareth.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Effi Zamir

Effi Zamir

Volunteer, Partnership 2000

Effi is a co-director of his family’s beauty and cosmetics firm, and a volunteer in Partnership 2000, which builds long-term relations between the Detroit Jewish community and Migdal HaEmek and the region. He previously served as chair of the finance committee of a school in Migdal HaEmek, and was also active on the city’s parents’ committee. Effi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Derby. Married and a father of three, he grew up in Migdal HaEmek, and now lives in Givat Elah.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

Haseeb Abo El Habayeb

Haseeb Abo El Habayeb

Comptroller, Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education

Haseeb is the wages and budget comptroller for the Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education in Baqa al-Gharbiyye. He holds a diploma in tax consulting and budget oversight from the College of Management Academic Studies, and is a graduate of the Israeli Center for Management’s executive program in non-profit management. Haseeb lives in Ar’ara.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Lila Abu Arkaya

Lila Abu Arkaya

High school teacher, Kafr Qara

Lila is a high-school teacher in Kafr Qara, and a community activist in Kfar Mesar involved in promoting informal education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and history from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, a master’s degree in education for marginalized students from Oranim Academic College, a diploma in educational counseling from Beit Berl College, and a diploma in kinesiology from the Karkur College of Holistic Medicine. A native of Kafr Qara, she lives in Kafr Misr.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Amira Azab

Amira Azab

Kafr Qara education director, HILA program

Amira is the Kafr Qara education director of the HILA program, which helps youth who have dropped out of formal education to complete their studies, and a mentor in a social leadership program at Tel Aviv University. She is also tutors at the Branco Weiss Institute for the Development of Thinking. Amira holds a bachelor’s degree in English teaching from Beit Berl College, and is studying for a master’s degree in education administration, policy, and leadership from the Open University. She lives in Kafr Qara.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Wisal Ganaiem

Wisal Ganaiem

Director of counseling department, “Leaders in Science and Technology” organization

Wisal is the director of the counseling department of the “Leaders in Science and Technology” nonprofit, which promotes young scientists in Arab society in Israel. Her work involves responsibility for a number of projects, such as a leadership program for 13-14 year olds, and a leadership and social engagement program for students. She is also an educational counselor for middle schools in Kafr Qara. Wisal holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from the Arab Academic College of Education, and a master’s degree in educational counseling from the Kaye Academic College of Education. She lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Rani Haikal

Rani Haikal

Coordinator of young leadership and volunteering programs, Kafr Qara community center

Rani is a Land of Israel studies schoolteacher in Kafr Qara, and also coordinates young leadership and volunteering programs at the town’s community center. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a teaching diploma in informal education and general history from Beit Berl College. He lives in Kafr Qara. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Majed Igbaria

Majed Igbaria

Rehabilitative social worker,Umm al-Fahm municipal welfare division

Majed is a rehabilitative social worker for the Umm al-Fahm municipal welfare division, and an instructor at the Ashkelon Academic College and at the University of Haifa. He is responsible for ensuring the accessibility of welfare services and for services to people with disabilities. He also volunteers for a non-profit organization promoting women’s interests in Umm al-Fahm, and at a nonprofit that promotes arts in the city. Majed holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Haifa. He lives in Musmus.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Rabab Kabaha

Rabab Kabaha

English teacher and social activist

Rabab is an English teacher at the Katzir school, an English tutor at the Open University, and an instructor in English education for the Ministry of Education. A social activist, she is involved in leadership programs and in women’s empowerment programs, and also in a range of social initiatives in Barta’a and the Triangle area, such as setting up a women’s forum and a non-profit promoting the three main towns of the Triangle. Rabab holds a bachelor’s degree in English teaching and a teaching diploma from Beit Berl College, and a master’s degree in English teaching from Tel Aviv University, and is also a graduate of the Oranim Academic College's program in remedial English teaching for students with learning disabilities. She lives in Barta’a.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Shorook Mahamid

Shorook Mahamid

Director, Kafr Qara “City Without Violence” project

Shorook has served as the legal advisor to the Kafr Qara local council since 2008. She directs the “City Without Violence” project in Kafr Qara, serves as the local liaison for the Israel Anti-Drug Authority, and is a member of a holistic team responsible for the Kafr Qara municipal plans for welfare, education, and quality of life. She is involved in a large number of projects, including summer camps for youth, founding a parents-and-children center and a preschool center, women’s emergency teams, setting up the town’s residents’ hotline, and creating a network of cameras providing coverage of the town. Shorook holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and a diploma in teaching high school civics from the Oranim Academic College, and is now studying for a master’s degree in organizational consulting and development at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. She lives in Kafr Qara.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Omaima Masalha

Omaima Masalha

Group facilitator, School for Peace

Omaima is a group facilitator on the topic of conflict at the School for Peace, and a political activist on behalf of the Balad party, serving as the volunteer coordinator of the women’s faction. She is a home room teacher and special needs mainstreaming teacher at the Jisr a-Zarka high school, and is involved in a special education project at the school. Omaima holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from the David Yellin Academic College of Education, and a master’s degree in conflict management and resolution from Bar-Ilan University. She lives in Kafr Qara.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Etidal Masarwyd

Etidal Masarwyd

Community social worker, Kafr Qara “Cities Without Violence” project

Etidal is a consultant on women’s advancement and a community social worker for the “Cities Without Violence” project at Kafr Qara local council. Among other duties, she is responsible for coordinating the town’s Women’s Council activities, from planning through to implementation. She is involved in other social and educational projects, and serves as an advisor to the “Warm Corner” project for post-natal mothers. Etidal holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in organizational consulting and development from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. She lives in Kafr Qara.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Thaeer Massalha

Thaeer Massalha

Director, “The Art of Rehabilitation”

Thaeer is the owner and director of “The Art of Rehabilitation,” a company specializing in supportive employment for people with mental health disabilities, in finding employment and income solutions, improving communication skills, and increasing awareness of the issue in the community and among the participants themselves. He is involved in social initiatives in different fields, including women’s empowerment and women’s rights, coping with illness and disability, and more. Thaeer holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Haifa, and is studying for a master’s degree in community mental health work from the same institution. He lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Soher Odeh Baderny

Soher Odeh Baderny

Special needs coordinator, Akko “Wings of Krembo”

Soher is a special needs coordinator in Akko for “Wings of Krembo”, a youth movement for children with disabilities. Previously she was Arab sector director for the “Ruach Tova” volunteering nonprofit. She is an activist engaged in social issues and the treatment of animals, and is involved in a project working to raise awareness and reduce violence against animals, and for animal adoption. Soher holds a bachelor’s degree from the Open University in social sciences, with a specialization in learning disabilities, and a diploma in complementary medicine from the College of Management Academic Studies’ school of complementary medicine. She is also studying animal-assisted therapy at the Magid Institute for Continuing Education. She lives in Haifa.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Murad Saabni

Murad Saabni

Director, Saabni Energy Ltd.

Murad is the owner and director of Saabni Energy Ltd., a company specializing in gas station management. He is also the comptroller of Disol Energy Ltd. Murad holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from Tel Aviv University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the College of Management Academic Studies. He lives in Kafr Qara.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Sondos Saif

Sondos Saif

Regional supervisor of elementary educational institutions, Ministry of Education

Sondos is the Ministry of Education regional supervisor of elementary educational institutions, and the director of the Kafr Qara Preschool Center. She is a lecturer on preschool education, and a pedagogic instructor at College of Sakhnin for Teacher Education. Sondos holds a bachelor’s degree in education and special education from the David Yellin Academic College of Education, and a master’s degree in preschool education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is currently completing her PhD on preschool education at the University of Moldova. She lives in Ar’ara.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Wagih Sidawi

Wagih Sidawi

Director, Mor Institute for treatment of women's trauma

Wagih is the director of the Mor Institute which opened recently in ‘Ara, the first center in the region treating women’s trauma. He holds diplomas in community organizing from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, in culture and arts institution management from Lahav Executive Education at Tel Aviv University, and in facilitation of parenting groups from Oranim Academic College. He is a founder of social projects, and an activist for empowering Arab society in different fields. Wagih is a member of the Ar’ara local council, serving on the naming committee and the popular committee, and is also a member of the forum for Jewish and Arab nonprofits in Givat Haviva. A native of Ar’ara, he now lives in ‘Ara.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Khawla Yahia

Khawla Yahia

Implementation director, Kafr Qara “360 Degrees” program

Khawla has worked for the Kafr Qara municipal welfare division, and from 2005 until 2013 was the educational coordinator for the Farah Shalaby hostel for people with cognitive disabilities. Since 2013 she has directed the implementation in Kafr Qara of the “360 Degrees” national program for children and youth at risk. Khawla holds a bachelor’s degree in education, sociology, and society, another bachelor’s degree in social work, and a master’s degree in sociology, all from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She lives in Kafr Qara.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ahlam Yahya

Ahlam Yahya

Educational counselor, Al-Nahada high school

Ahlam is an educational counselor at the Al-Nahada high school in Kafr Qara. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a diploma in English teaching, and a master’s degree in educational counseling, all from Beit Berl College. Ahlam lives in Kafr Qara.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Suha Zahalqa

Suha Zahalqa

Triangle area regional instructor, Ministry of Education

Suha is a regional instructor for the Ministry of Education in the Triangle area. She began as a school teacher, and led technological projects that transformed her school into an advanced, computerized learning environment. She was active in the Doctors for Human Rights NGO, where she ran the Occupied Territories department. She was also involved in a project supporting students and academics in Kafr Qara. Suha holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Middle East history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a teaching diploma from Beit Berl College. She is currently studying organizational consulting and facilitation at the Adler Institute in Kfar Saba. She lives in Kafr Qara.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Maha Zahalqa Massalha

Maha Zahalqa Massalha

Director of culture and road safety departments, Kafr Qara local council

Maha directs the departments of culture and of road safety at the Kafr Qara local council. She initiates projects that promote and develop culture in the town, and raises funds from various government ministries to support cultural activities for all the town’s population groups. She also hosts cultural events in Kafr Qara and the region in a voluntary capacity. Maha holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in sociology, anthropology, and education from the University of Haifa, and a teaching diploma in social science from the same institution. She lives in Kafr Qara.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

Mandel Program for Local Leadership in Tira

NOVEMBER 2010 – AUGUST 2012

 

Samia Abu-Khit

Samia Abu-Khit

Social engagement and personal development coordinator, Tira ATID high school

Samia is the social engagement and personal development coordinator at the ATID high school in Tira, and a biology and environmental science teacher. After the Mandel program she was appointed by the Ministry of Education as a tutor and training developer for environmental science teachers, and was made a national instructor in environmental sciences. She recently launched a social engagement project encouraging high schoolers to volunteer, and is in charge of developing the school’s “social matriculation” qualification. Samia holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tel-Aviv University and a master’s degree cum laude in environmental education from the Kibbutzim College of Education. She lives in Tira.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Noor Basam Mansour

Noor Basam Mansour

Director, “City Without Violence” program in Tira

Noor is the director of the “City Without Violence” program in Tira. She recently began work on a master plan for combating urban violence, a groundbreaking step for Arab cities and towns. She is also the volunteer coordinator of the “Accessible Community” program that provides training for people with disabilities. Noor holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Shaarei Mishpat College in Hod Hasharon and a diploma in professional mediation from the Gevim Group. She recently received her license to practice law, and is currently studying towards a diploma in group mediation from the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace. She lives in Tira.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Salima Bisharah

Salima Bisharah

Advisor to mayor on women’s issues

Salima is the mayor’s advisor on women’s issues, a social worker responsible for child and youth care, and chair of the municipal committee on early-age children at risk (part of the national 360 Degrees program). Over the last two years she has worked towards the establishment of a parent-children center in Tira that will combine guidance for parents, emotional therapy for children, a day center for children, a day fostering program (in which children without families spend the day at the homes of foster families), and a personal mentoring and nurturing program. She has set up a program, in partnership with one of the high schools in the city, to provide employment and professional guidance counseling for girls. Salima holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, both from Tel-Aviv University. She lives in Tira.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Raed Fadila

Raed Fadila

Coordinator and teacher, Tira Tomashin high school

Raed works at the Tomashin high school in Tira, where he is a member of the management team, the social education coordinator, a home room teacher, and a natural sciences teacher. Raed is responsible for all informal education activity in the school, and has launched the school’s Health Day and its Palestinian Heritage and Culture Day. He is also involved in a city-wide project to promote youth leadership in Tira. Raed holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University respectively, and also holds diplomas in group facilitation (from the HILA program), environmental education (from the Heschel Center), and mediation (from the Knesset). He lives in Tira.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Athar Haskia

Athar Haskia

Director of community relations at Israel Railways

Before taking charge of Israel Railway's community relations department, Athar was director for the national 360 Degrees program for children and youth at risk. Under her belt are a number of processes aimed at implementing national reforms of work with at-risk children and youth in Tira. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in non-profit and community organization management, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Manal Kadri

Manal Kadri

Educator, Tira Tomashin high school

Manal is a history teacher at the Tomashin high school in Tira, where she is chair of the school’s teacher association and responsible for the school timetable and monitor schedule. She is currently leading a campaign for the Tomashin national education network to create a fairer distribution of teacher association funds among the network’s schools. Following the Mandel program, she joined the board of the Tira community center, and recently also joined the city’s Parents Committee. Manal holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and the Middle East, and a master’s degree in Islamic studies and the Middle East, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also holds a diploma in mathematics teaching from the David Yellin Academic College of Education. She lives in Tira.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Samira Kassim

Samira Kassim

Truancy officer, Tira municipal education department

Samira has served as a truancy officer in Tira’s municipal education department for the last six years. She works to create cooperation between institutions in order to benefit students, and is leading a drive to recruit non-profit organizations to provide enrichment activities for these children. She was recently put in charge of the city’s road safety office, and is responsible for creating a traffic and road sign committee. She has also been made chair of the children and youth committee at the Tira center for youth at risk. On a volunteer basis, she recently opened a center offering academic guidance and counseling for students from disadvantaged family backgrounds (help with the psychometric exams, academic guidance, grants, and so on), and professional guidance for students with no matriculation qualification. Samira holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and education from the Open University, and a teaching diploma in social science and civics from Beit Berl College. She is currently studying for a master’s degree in at-risk youth promotion from Beit Berl College. She lives in Tira.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Latifa Mansour

Latifa Mansour

Social services supervisor, Ministry of Welfare - Tel-Aviv and Central District

Latifa is a Ministry of Welfare and Social Services supervisor for the Tel-Aviv and Central District, a position to which she was appointed after her first year on the Mandel program. She is the first female Arab district supervisor in a non-sectorial role. She works to improve awareness of people with cognitive disabilities, in particular in Arab society. Latifa recently joined the Ministry of Welfare roundtable group charged with thinking about and planning the ministry’s work in the Arab sector. She is also a board member of the Tira community center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in social work from Tel-Aviv University. She lives in Tira.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Hemmat Samara

Hemmat Samara

Deputy director, Tira welfare department

Hemmat is a social worker in Tira’s welfare department, where since 2013 she has been a team leader and deputy director of the department. Among other projects, she has recently been responsible for setting up a nutrition club for the elderly, a rehabilitative day center for autism, a social club for over-18s with cognitive disabilities, and a project focusing on social assistance for people in poverty, and she has also established and managed a social club for widows. She was recently accepted to a prestigious two-year program for select team leader instructors in local authority welfare departments. Hemmat holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Bar-Ilan University and a master’s degree in educational counseling from the Israel Academic College in Ramat Gan. She lives in Tira.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Summer Samara

Summer Samara

Youth promotion social counselor

Summer has been a youth promotion social counselor for over 20 years, and a group facilitator, working at the city’s youth promotion unit. Following the Mandel program, she was appointed as the unit’s project coordinator. Among the programs she has launched are a sex education program for girls, and a program for girls in distress, which have both been expanded to other locations beyond Tira. Her work was recognized by the Ministry of Education with an award for excellence in 2014. She was involved in starting the “Belonging and Giving” NGO in Tira, and serves on the organization’s board of directors. She is also a board member of the Tira community center, and recently set up a forum combating violence against women. Summer holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching and youth promotion from Beit Berl College. She lives in Tira.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ohud Shbita

Ohud Shbita

Director, Tira center for youth at risk

Ohud is the director of the Tira center for youth at risk. She is responsible for much of the informal education in the city, and serves as a volunteer consultant to youth center directors throughout Israel. She is also the coordinator of cultural activities at the Tira community center, and has brought the “Wings of Krembo” project to Tira, in which youth volunteer to work with children with disabilities. In partnership with the “Mahapach” NGO she has led a project providing grants to financially disadvantaged students, and was among the founders of a youth volunteering program in the city.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Lena Sultan Bisharah

Lena Sultan Bisharah

Lawyer for at-risk minors, Public Defender's Office

Lena owns a law firm. Following the Mandel program, she was appointed by the court system to represent at-risk minors and youth on behalf of the Public Defender’s Office, and is responsible for all cases of Arab minors in the Central Region. She volunteers as an advisor to the NGOs “Power to the Workers” and “With You,” which promote women’s rights and women’s access to work while raising a family. She is also working to help establish a mediation and dialogue center in Tira. Lena holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Shaarei Mishpat College in Hod Hasharon, and is studying towards a master’s degree in law at Tel-Aviv University. She also holds a diploma in mediation. She lives in Tira.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program