Graduates


Yarden Abarbanel

Yarden Abarbanel

Social Entrepreneur

After working in various capacities in the IDF and the business sector in the fields of planning and strategy, Yarden Abarbanel headed two social business ventures: Desert19, an initiative designed to promote quality employment in the periphery, and Supersonas, an organization that promotes equal representation of women in positions of power and influence. Currently, she is setting up a social-business venture to promote high-tech in the periphery and quality employment in northern Israel. Yarden holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Tel Aviv University, and is a graduate of the Atidim professional development program. She is married and a mother of one, and lives in Ramat David.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Neta-Li Almagor Friedlander

Neta-Li Almagor Friedlander

Regional Manager of the YATED Young Adults National Program

Neta-Li is the regional manager of the Northern and Haifa Districts of YATED, the National Program for Young Adults At-Risk – a joint project of the Ministry of Social Affairs and JDC Israel. In this capacity, she is responsible for ensuring the program’s operations and for implementing the relevant government resolutions in 123 local authorities. Her work involves close coordination with local social-service departments, 11 government ministries, and various other organizations – all for the cause of improving the situation of young adults at risk and help them secure their futures. In addition, Neta-Li is also involved in a number of social change processes at the individual and communal levels. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Haifa. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Masad in the Lower Galilee.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Reem Azaiza

Reem Azaiza

Lawyer and Notary, Director of Azaiza Law Office

Reem Azaiza is a lawyer, notary, mediator, and owner of a private law firm. Reem also serves as a special director/ trustee on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and as a disciplinary court judge for the Israel Bar Association, and is a member of several of the Association’s professional committees. In 2017, Reem was chosen to be a member of the Directors Team of the Government Companies Agency (GCA). Her vision is to better our society, infuse it with ethics and culture, and reduce violence of all kinds. Reem holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master’s degree in human rights law from the University of Haifa, as well as several professional diplomas. She is a mother of three, and lives in Daburiyya.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Nisreen Dbayat Bitar

Nisreen Dbayat Bitar

Community Organizer for Hand-in-Hand, Upper Nazareth

Nisreen Dbayat Bitar is a community organizer for Hand-in-Hand—The Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel, and is also a trained speech therapist. She is currently working to establish a joint community of Arabs and Jews in Upper Nazareth, with the aim of setting up a bilingual preschool. Over the years, Nisreen has worked in a range of therapeutic and educational frameworks, providing treatment and professional training. She also translates, adapts, and dubs computer games into Arabic for children with special needs, and raises awareness of cancer in Arab society as a volunteer. Nisreen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the department of communication disorders at Tel Aviv University, as well as a teaching diploma in para-medicine. She is married and a mother of one, and lives in Upper Nazareth. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Keren Ganot-Prager

Keren Ganot-Prager

Head of the Rehabilitation and Treatment Department, Israel Prison Service

Keren Ganot-Prager is the head of the rehabilitation and treatment department of the Israel Prison Service. In this capacity, Keren is responsible for developing and promoting therapeutic and rehabilitative programs for the prison population as a whole, while adapting services to special populations and to the changing realities in Israel and the world in general. Keren also oversees the design of service and training tracks for the professional therapeutic staff of the prison service. In the past, she held various positions in the field of human resources and training development. Keren wants to advance therapeutic projects and processes to create a continuum of treatment for prisoners, which support their optimal integration into society. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Tel Aviv University, with a specialization in group facilitation. Married and a mother of three, Keren lives in Kfar Saba.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Michal Golden

Michal Golden

Advocacy Coordinator, Haifa Rape Crisis Center

Michal Golden is the advocacy coordinator at the Haifa Rape Crisis Center. She also lectures on gender and women’s empowerment and facilitates a running group. Prior to her current position, Michal oversaw the Rape Crisis Center’s efforts to prevent sexual harassment. In this capacity, Michal was responsible for strategic and pedagogical development, providing support to sexual harassment officers in various organizations, coordinating conferences, promoting collaborations with women’s organizations, and more. Michal dreams of making running into a tool for women’s empowerment. She holds a master’s degree in women’s studies and gender studies from the University of Haifa, and is a certified as a running trainer from the Wingate Institute. She is a married mother of two and lives in Binyamina.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Celia Jawabreh

Celia Jawabreh

Director of the Unit for Arab Students, Shenkar College

Celia Jawabreh is a social activist and feminist. She currently runs the Unit for Arab Students at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art, in which capacity she is responsible for ensuring the optimal integration of students from the Arab sector, and for managing the unit’s budget. Previously, she was co-director of the Feminist Dialogue group, and was one of the founders of 0202 – a nonprofit that raises awareness of the varied perspectives of different populations in Jerusalem. Celia has also provided support for families from Gaza and the West Bank while they receive medical treatment at the Tel Hashomer hospital. She serves as the deputy chair of the parents’ committee of the Ibn Khuldoun school in Baqa al-Gharbiyye, and volunteers for ERAN—Emotional First Aid. Celia believes in focusing on systemic change that affects great numbers of people. She holds a master's degree in educational guidance from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley Academic College. Married and a mother of two, Celia lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Uzi Kaplan

Uzi Kaplan

Head of the Operational Competence Department, National Police Academy

Uzi Kaplan is the head of the Operational Competence Department at the National Police Academy, and was among the founders of this department at the Academy. He is currently spearheading the launch of a wheelchair sports teams for the Israel Police, in collaboration with outside organizations. Uzi works to promote social initiatives in partnership with the community, by involving officers from his department as volunteers. His vision is to foster a positive public perception of the Israel Police and its officers, and to promote an organizational culture that recognizes social differences and their implications. This is to be achieved by and integrating police officers as partners in social initiatives and processes that foster understanding and cooperation. Uzi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in educational administration from the Israel branch of the University of Derby, as well as a diploma in sports coaching. He also has certification as an industrial design and management technician, from the Institute for Work Productivity. A married father of three, Uzi lives in Ra’anana.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Dror Lalush

Dror Lalush

Clean Energy and Real Estate Entrepreneur; Political Activist

Dror Lalush is a project manager for Be'Artzeinu – The Mechina Alumni Community Building Project. Previously, he served as the deputy mayor of Tiberias, where he held the education portfolio. Dror initiated a project to promote the absorption of young Israelis in the Galilee, through which he hopes to turn the tide and bring talented young people back to the most beautiful part of Israel. He believes that everything begins with education, that every child can succeed, and that children should be given the opportunity to paint their own futures. Dror holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Kinneret College (an extension of Bar-Ilan University), a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Haifa, and a master’s degree in educational management from the Open University. He is married and a father of four, and lives in Tiberias.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


David (Dudu) Magal

David (Dudu) Magal

Chief Operating Officer, Branco Weiss Institute

David Magal founded the operations unit at the Branco Weiss Institute, which works to devise optimal organizational practices and develop solutions for high-quality pedagogical management. Previously, David co-founded the educational initiative “LaKita” (“For e Classroom"), a platform for crowdfunding teachers’ educational initiatives. He was also a co-founder of the nonprofit “Ro’im Rahok,” a program dedicated to strengthening youth in the socio-economic periphery, which operates in Hazor Haglilit and Tzfat. David aspires to maximize the organizational capabilities of change-making civil society organizations in Israel, with the aim of narrowing socioeconomic gaps and bridging social divides. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Haifa, is a father of three, and lives in Alon Hagalil.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Hiam Mahameed

Hiam Mahameed

Team Leader and Center Director, Umm al-Fahm Municipality

Hiam Mahameed is a team leader and instructor in the municipal welfare department of Umm al-Fahm. In this capacity, she directs the city’s Violence Treatment Center, liaises with the Ministry of Social Affairs regarding reforms to social services, and promotes and leads social programs to prevent and address domestic violence. Hiam is also a local committee member for the national City Without Violence program, as well as for 360o – The National Program for Children and Youth at Risk. She was a co-founder of Alanwar and Eheye Ani, two nonprofits devoted to women and children at risk. Hiam is also involved in several other projects for women, and is currently working toward establishing a club for single mothers. Hiam believes in the power and unique capabilities of women. Her vision is to bring women to positions of power and to empower them as leaders in the political, local, and global spheres. Hiam holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in drama therapy from Tel-Hai College, and she is studying spiritual counseling. She is a mother of five, and lives in Umm al-Fahm.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Tami Niv Alon

Tami Niv Alon

Director of the Local Special Education Support Center in Naharia

Tami Niv Alon has been the director of the Ministry of Education’s local special education support center (MATYA) in Nahariya since 2012. This organization provides a warm and professional home for all issues relating to special education. Tami is responsible for the organization’s human and professional resources, for providing guidance to school staff and parents, and for direct and indirect counseling provided to students. She is also the coordinator of the Individual and Community Committee of the Kamon communal settlement, where she lives. Tami’s vision is to be a partner in building social, developmental, and cultural infrastructure for populations in crisis, as well as to be involved in treating infants and their parents. She holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy, a special education teaching diploma, and a master’s degree in education management from Clark University. Tami is also a graduate of the Avney Rosha Institute’s school principal training program. A married mother of three, Tami lives in Kamon.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Eitan Omer

Eitan Omer

Tour Guide and Lecturer in Geography and Land of Israel Studies

Eitan Omer is a tour guide and geographer, and lectures in tour guide training courses and at the Talpiot College of Education. One of the founders of the Galil touring center in Akko, he previously served as educational director for several providers of guided tours of northern Israel. He also served as the director of national education for Eshkolot, a leading educational touring organization. Eitan has been the content director for various educational, research, and tourism initiatives including the Wadi Ara Conference, the Hadera Conference, and the Carmel and Sea Conference. He aims to lead educational projects involving people and places (from a geographical, historical, and social perspective), using an educational approach that focuses on tolerance, heritage, and listening to others and to the Earth, in order to find common ground. Eitan holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Jewish literature from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree in geography and water studies from the University of Haifa. A married father of five, he lives in Moreshet in the Galilee.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yahav Onn

Yahav Onn

Deputy Commander of the Tzalmon Prison, Israel Prison Service

Yahav Onn is the deputy commander of the Tzalmon Prison, bearing overall responsibility for the safety of prisoners and detainees in custody, and for their rehabilitation toward successful integration into society following their release. He is involved in promoting therapeutic and educational services for prisoners during their incarceration. Yahav wants to improve and develop the relationship between the Israel Prison Service and local authorities and community organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from Bar-Ilan University and a master’s degree in political science from Tel Aviv University. A married father of two, he lives in Yesud Hama’ala.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Sana Patuash

Sana Patuash

Head of Circassian Language Teaching, Ministry of Education

Sana Patuash is the head of Circassian language teaching in Kfar Kama and Israel’s Circassian communities. She is a member of the management of the towns’ various educational institutions and community center, and leads educational and social programs to strengthen Circassian identity and encourage participation in higher education. Sana strives to transform the pedagogical model for teaching the Circassian language into a cross-cultural, values-based bridge. She also hopes to create a center for the empowerment of education professionals, students, and parents that will serve as a basis for interaction and for launching collaborative programs and projects. Sana holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in education management and organization, both from Oranim Academic College of Education. She is a mother of five, and lives in Kfar Kama.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Merav Rosenthal

Merav Rosenthal

Head of the Education Development Section, Israel Police

Merav Rosenthal is head of the Education Development Section of the Israel Police. She is responsible for building and implementing educational programs for field units and for the law enforcement training system. She is also responsible for building and implementing programs aimed at inculcating the values of the Israel Police, and for mentoring police training instructors on educational issues and topics related to cultural awareness and Israeli society. Merav hopes to continue her development in the field of non-formal, multicultural education. She has been serving as acting Chief Education Officer of the Israel Police since 2019. She holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Ben-Gurion University and a master’s degree in industrial psychology from the Technion. Married and a mother of two, Michal lives in Rosh Ha’ayin.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Michal Sadeh Goldvasser

Michal Sadeh Goldvasser

Director of Ashoka Programs and Programs of the Jisr az-Zarqa Local Council

Michal Sadeh Goldvasser is a program director at the Israeli branch of Ashoka Worldwide, an international organization dedicated to the promotion of social enterprises. She also directs economic-employment programs for the Jisr az-Zarqa local council, as part of a project supported by the US Embassy’s MEPI fund to promote economic development. Michal initiated the establishment of the Zarqa Gallery, a social space dedicated to the emotional and occupational empowerment of local women. A prominent community activist in the region, Michal is involved in numerous projects, including the establishment of community libraries. In addition, she worked for some 20 years in the media – editing content, developing television formats, and managing a television channel. Michal wants to promote broad collaborations that bridge different segments of the population. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and gender studies from Tel Aviv University, and holds a master’s degree in social work, with a concentration in social leadership and change, from the University of Haifa. Michal lives in Moshav Aviel. She is married and a mother of four, and her family serves as a host family for a girl from a nearby boarding school.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Anat Siegal

Anat Siegal

Head of the Professional Guidance Section, Cyber-SIGINT Division, Israel Police

Anat directs the section for professional guidance of the cyber and signals intelligence (SIGINT) division of the Israel Police's Criminal Investigation Branch. The division is responsible for providing high-quality and professional responses to life-threatening situations and to solve and prevent crimes. Anat aims to continue improving the capability of law enforcement to combat online crime. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Bar-Ilan University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Latvia. She is also a licensed attorney. A mother of three, Anat lives in Jerusalem.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Dr. Nina Suliman

Dr. Nina Suliman

Head of the HR Planning and Development Department, Israel Prison Service

Nina Suliman is the head of the HR planning and development department at the Israel Prison Service. She strives to make the prison service a leader in its field in terms of human resource management, against the backdrop of the unique challenges presented by the prison work environment. She believes in realizing the individual potential of every employee by combining their capabilities with work challenges, personal development, and empowering leadership. Nina holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Tel Aviv University, is accredited as a specialist by the Ministry of Health, and holds a doctorate in criminology from Bar-Ilan University. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Gedera.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

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


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 educational systems management, 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 educational systems management 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


 

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 systems 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