FELLOWS

 

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


 

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Yifat Herman

Yifat Herman

Senior Manager, Haifa Branch, National Insurance Institute

Yifat Herman is 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Samar Shaaban

Samar Shaaban

Community Organizer, Basmat Tab’un Local Council

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.