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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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