Hagit Adoni is the youth program director at the Ma’ase Center, where she is responsible for programs in the field of social and community education that promote social engagement and encourage volunteering in the community. Her work focuses mainly on the socioeconomic margins of society, and involves Jewish, Druze, Muslim, and Christian youth. Hagit wants to develop a multicultural social space that promotes the values of social engagement, mutual responsibility, volunteering, and cultural attachment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education, a master’s degree in education systems management with a concentration in community leadership, and a teaching certificate, all from Oranim Academic College of Education. She also holds certificates in education systems management, organizational consulting, and group facilitation. Hagit is married and a mother of two, and lives in Migdal Ha’emek.
Dvir Alexander is a project manager at the Hiburim Laderech non-profit organization, which supports a community of religious and secular Jews that has been active in Hazor Haglilit since 2010. Dvir was one of the founders of both the non-profit association and of the community. The projects he oversees include a national civilian service volunteering program, a community pub, student communities, residents’ activist groups to improve public education, and a campaign to combat violence against women and children. Dvir is a graduate of the Beit Yisrael pre-military academy and its beit midrash for graduates, and holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching Bible and Jewish philosophy from Herzog College. Married and a father of five, he lives in Hazor Haglilit.
Sahar Amoun is a community social worker for the Deir al-Asad local council, where she also serves as the coordinator of a therapeutic center for preschoolers. Sahar works to advance social projects in the community in a variety of areas, including planning and construction, public participation, volunteering, disabilities and accessibility, early childhood education and services, developing social frameworks, and more. Sahar believes that every individual can contribute and have an impact, can volunteer, and can be active in their local setting. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and policy from the University of Haifa. Married and a mother of two, Sahar lives in Deir al-Asad.
Itamar Eitam is a homeroom teacher and social education coordinator at the Hodayot youth village. Previously, he served as an officer and commander in the IDF for 13 years. Itamar believes that education is the deepest and most fundamental way to build and grow society and to reach and influence people. He holds master’s degrees in military and defense studies and in Talmud, both from Bar-Ilan University. Married and a father of six, he lives in Hoshaya.
Mkonet Gadamu was the head of the Nitzotz Yemin Orde pre-military program for youth at risk, which he founded under the auspices of the Village Way Educational Initiatives in 2018, in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Services and the National Insurance Institute’s Children and Youth Fund. Mkonet views the Galilee in general, and the Galilee Panhandle in particular, as a good place to live and grow up. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tel-Hai College, and a master’s degree in natural resources and environmental management from the University of Haifa. Married and a father of three, he lives in Rosh Pina.
Adi Har-Tzvi is a co-founder and one of the leaders of Stop the Deportations, a social protest movement that has prevented the deportation of asylum seekers from Israel. She comes from the world of education and of connecting young people from different backgrounds. In recent years, Adi has focused on social activism and human rights, and is especially involved in providing legal assistance to asylum seekers and helping them protect their rights. Previously, she served as the northern region director for the Katif Yisraeli summer volunteering program for students. Adi defines herself as a feminist and believes in equal rights for all. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and lives on the Habonim moshav.
Mary Kabiya is a teacher and pedagogical coordinator who is also a local coordinator for the Ministry of Education’s Uniqueness Project. She wants to create a cultural environment in schools that is based on tolerance, acceptance, love of one’s fellow humans, and love of the land and the Bedouin heritage. In particular, she focuses on developing entrepreneurial and innovative thinking, with the aim of fostering individual, social, and academic excellence and leadership among students and staff. Mary is a member of Reading Together, a community initiative designed to respond to the diverse needs of the local population in Ka’abiyye. She holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Oranim Academic College of Education and a master’s degree in education system management and organization from Sakhnin College. Mary is currently a student in the department of learning and instructional sciences at the University of Haifa. She is a mother of five, and lives in Ka’abiyye.
In her most recent position, Elyah Kadish Hefetz worked for the Northern Goals Association as district coordinator of programs for children at risk and families living in poverty and social exclusion. She also led a project at the Haifa municipal administration for social services, where she developed social, professional, and organizational infrastructures that will promote social mobility. Elyah wants to advance a national process that will improve social services in Israel by means of legislation, regulation, professional approaches, and more. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master’s degree in community and organizational development from Bar-Ilan University. Elyah is a mother of two and lives in Binyamina.
Nadav Kasher is an IT officer in the IT and communications system of the Israeli Air Force, serves at the Ramat David airbase, and flies as part of an airborne support team. He has initiated several educational and social initiatives both in the city of Beit She’an and in his work as a commander in the IDF, where his focus is on volunteer soldiers and soldiers with disabilities. Nadav wants to initiate projects that will empower the younger generation in the North, and particularly in Beit She’an, to believe in their abilities and to think big. He is interested in forging partnerships between Beit She’an and the surrounding rural communities, while maintaining the unique character of the city and its people. Nadav holds a bachelor’s degree in educational counseling from Michlalah Jerusalem College and a master’s degree in educational counseling from Bar-Ilan University. He also has certificates in practical electronic engineering and in teaching. Married and a father of six, Nadav lives in Beit She’an.
Noga Mazor-Amgar, northern district manager of the Hebrew Scouts youth movement in Israel, lives and breathes educational, social, and community work. Noga believes in social responsibility, advocating for equal opportunity through access to knowledge, and is engaged in fostering trust between politics and people. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and media studies and a master’s degree in political science, both from the University of Haifa. Her master’s thesis examines political exclusion and the 2015 protests of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Married and a mother of two, Noga lives in Haifa.
Leena Nassar is a social worker for the Community Security Authority at the Umm al-Fahm police station. In this capacity, she provides support to battered women who file complaints of domestic violence, tries to improve the experience of the victims, and refers them for treatment in the community. She also liaises between the police and social welfare services, serves on committees on women at risk, and is involved in community projects. Leena wants to improve the status of the Arab community in Israel. A qualified attorney, she holds a bachelor’s degree in law and in social work from the University of Haifa, a master’s degree in law from Bar-Ilan University, and a second master’s degree in social work from the University of Haifa. A mother of two, she lives in Kafr Yasif.
Elad Nevo is one of the founders of the Elchai beit midrash for IDF veterans, which combines study with preferred employment in agriculture. He is a correspondent and book critic for the Yisrael Hayom newspaper, and previously worked for Makor Rishon and Haaretz. Elad also writes scholarly articles that have been published in journals such as Hashiloach and Religia. He is the founder and editor of Sfar: A Journal of Unusual Literature, and has a blog about dreams called Rapid Eye Movement. Elad teaches at the Tal Hermon yeshiva high school, a framework for youth who have dropped out of the Haredi education system, and is a counselor at Yahad BaGalil, a hostel in the Galilee for adults with intellectual disabilities. He also lectures at festivals and literary salons, and was formerly a broadcaster on a radio station in the upper Galilee. Elad, who has become religiously observant, wants to work in the world of culture, the arts, and the intellectual arena in order to forge meaningful connections between the different sections of Israeli society. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the Orot Israel College of Education, and a master’s degree in Jewish studies from Ono Academic College, where he is a teaching assistant. Married and a father of five, Elad lives in the Golan Heights.
Hanan Sabbah is the director of the Community Security Authority in Turan, as well as an adviser for the advancement of the status of women. She promotes projects and programs combatting violence against women, and develops programs for women’s advancement in a range of areas. Hanan is actively promoting the idea of establishing a culture café for women and girls, and heads a fundraising initiative called Al Mashjal that is designed to help the needy. A social activist and group facilitator, Hanan was among the founders of a network for young adults in the Galilee as part of the Atudot North initiative. Hanan holds a bachelor’s degree from Tel-Hai College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Haifa. She is a mother of three, and lives in Turan.
Olga Shimansky, a recruitment and placement coordinator, has experience in the restaurant industry, and has managed and revived restaurants and cafés in the past. She volunteers with “Lo Omdot Me’negged,” a nonprofit organization that helps women and men who are survivors of prostitution, and is active in the organization’s “Cooking for You” project, which provides warm meals for the homeless. Olga dropped out of the education system at a young age due to difficult family circumstances and the trials of immigration, and experienced extremely hard times in her search for a safe harbor. Olga wants to promote enrichment programs in non-formal education settings for youth in crisis and at risk, in order to allow young people to discover their own uniqueness, build self-confidence, and find an anchor that will prevent them from dropping out of school. Olga holds a bachelor’s degree in management with a specialization in human resources from Western Galilee College, where she participated in the Rashi Foundation’s Maskila scholarship program for single mothers. She is a mother of two, and lives in Kiryat Yam.
Hadas Steiner is is the director of the programs unit of the Branco Weiss Institute. She is also the founder and director of the Institute’s graduate activities and is a member of its senior management team. Hadas is the proud leader of unique projects designed to break glass ceilings for marginalized populations. She is driven by a sense of calling and commitment to promoting social mobility, and wishes to create a fair and thriving Israeli society. Hadas’s goal is to erase the word “periphery” from Israeli discourse. She holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, a master’s degree in business administration (with a specialization in nonprofit management) from the University of Haifa, a certificate in personal coaching from the Open University, and a teaching certificate in civics from Beit Berl College. Hadas is married and a mother of three, and lives on Kibbutz Megiddo.
Sarit Sultan has worked for the Bat Ami national civilian service organization since 2008, holding a range of different positions and most recently serving as director of the Sharon-Northern district. During the same period, she also worked for the Bnei Akiva youth movement, at the Or Akiva religious high school for girls, and in the city’s state-religious education administration. Sarit founded a social activist communal group (garin) of families in Or Akiva, and recently served as the director of the “Or L’Akiva” residents’ group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in logistics and economics and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Bar-Ilan University. Sarit also has certification in group facilitation from the Group Facilitation Institute and in organizational consulting from Oranim Academic College of Education. She is a mother of five, and lives in Or Akiva.
In his most recent position, Shaham Tamir was CEO of the Ma’ale Yosef regional council and of its Economic Development Company. He is currently leading an organizational renewal process to prepare the regional council for optimal demographic development. Shaham has worked in informal education, community development, and municipal and public management in the Western Galilee for two decades, and has been involved in many community initiatives. He wants to establish a social framework that will create connections between communities and individuals in order to develop unifying resilience that transcends cultural differences. Shaham holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources and management from Bar-Ilan University and a master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in nonprofit management from the University of Haifa. He is a father of three, and lives in Mitzpe Hila in the Western Galilee.
Chen Tessler is a special education homeroom teacher, mainstreaming coordinator, and 8th grade coordinator at the Hativa A middle school in Nesher. She wants to promote social initiatives in the formal and informal education systems that create connections between different groups and populations within the unique mosaic of Israeli society. Chen is active in several nonprofit organizations that provide aid to the needy. Her charitable work also includes being a surrogate mother to twins. Chen holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and community theater as well as a teaching certificate from the University of Haifa. She is also a certified didactic diagnostician from Oranim Academic College of Education, and holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Gordon College of Education. Chen is a mother of four, and lives in Moreshet.
Shachar Ufaz is the founder and CEO of Promoting Education in Israel–One of Us, a non-profit organization that aims to reduce socioeconomic gaps by providing tools to help disadvantaged young people integrate into society as equal and productive adults. He also heads the “One of Us” pre-military academies, which were among the first pre-army preparatory programs designed for vulnerable populations. Today, Promoting Education in Israel operates three pre-military preparatory programs for at-risk and marginalized youth, which include the Nitzotz academy for young women and a rehabilitation and integration program for young offenders released from Ofek prison. Shachar holds a bachelor’s degree in law and government from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and is studying for a master’s degree in educational administration and leadership at the Kibbutzim College of Education. Married and a father of three, he lives in the Hadassah Neurim youth village.
Tamar Bodek-Mala is the director of the resource development department of Oranim College of Education. In this capacity, she is responsible for expanding the social activity of the college by growing its network of connections with key players in civil society, the business community, government, and philanthropy. Tamar is a member of the development team of the Israeli Institute of Early Childhood Education, which aims to bring about reform in the level of professionalism of people who work with babies and young children. In her work, she strives to combine the business and social worlds. Tamar holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a master's degree in toxicology and environmental chemistry from the University of Ottawa. She lives in Moshav Zippori.
Avi Elbaz is the CEO of The Public Forum of Youth Villages and Boarding Schools and Foster Care in Israel. Prior to his current position, he served as the deputy director general of the Afula municipality. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing a range of departments and services, including early childhood, children and youth, young adults, immigrant absorption, welfare and social services, and senior citizens. Prior to that, Avi founded and directed a social organization active in the field of residential frameworks for at-risk children and youth, which has developed and implemented initiatives that have had national impact. Earlier, he served in various management positions over the course of a decade, including as head planner of the Rashi Foundation and deputy director general of the Northern Goals Association. Avi began his career in the business sector, working as an organizational consultant. He wants to advance marginalized and vulnerable populations in Israel and give them real equal opportunities for optimal integration in Israeli society. Avi holds a master’s degree in applied organizational sociology from the University of Haifa, and is a member of the Maoz Leadership Network. He is married and a father of two, and lives in Afula.
Rabbi Yoav Ende is the founder and CEO of the Hannaton Educational Center, a pre-military academy that he headed for the first seven years of its existence. In addition to teaching, he works to advance the Center’s vision and educational approach and manages the directors of the Center’s programs. In 2009, Yoav proposed the idea of renewing and rejuvenating Kibbutz Hannaton, and subsequently founded the first group that resettled the kibbutz. Since moving to the Galilee, he has worked extensively in education and in community and public activity. A Conservative-Masorti rabbi, Yoav serves in a rabbinic capacity at Kibbutz Hannaton. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Neve Hanna school (where he worked previously) and a member of the youth committee of Noam, the Masorti youth movement. He is involved as a volunteer in coexistence activities with neighboring Arab towns (Kafr Manda, Bir al-Maksur, Zarzir, and more), facilitating and participating in cooperative residents’ meetings, and helping develop regional and local leadership. Yoav holds a bachelor’s degree in Jewish philosophy from the University of Haifa, a master’s degree in conflict resolution and management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and rabbinical ordination from the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary. He is married and a father of four, and lives in Kibbutz Hannaton.
Inbar Eshbal Soha directs the voluntary service year program of the Ma’ase national service initiative. She promotes equal opportunities for young people from different populations in Israel to choose a year of meaningful volunteer service that exposes them to personal, social, and group processes. She wants to continue having an impact and to integrate diverse population groups from across the spectrum of Israeli society in every field and sector, with the aim of building bridges, fostering collaboration, and nurturing trust between people. Inbar holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from the Ruppin Academic Center, a master’s degree in educational counseling from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, and a teaching diploma from the University of Haifa. She is a mother of three, and lives in the Golan Heights.
Hadas Gavish is the purchasing manager for the Golan regional council. She is also a member of the council’s team that promotes gender equality. Hadas wants to improve professionalism in the public sector and to make her mark in the field of equal opportunity, gender equality, and equality in general. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminology from Bar-Ilan University, and has studied psychotherapy. She is married and a mother of five, and lives in Moshav Nov in the Golan.
Yair Golan is a farmer who owns the Carmey Golan boutique olive oil brand. He is also an independent land appraiser, entrepreneur, and the director of the Golan Agri Innovation Unit at the Shamir Research Institute. The Unit operates as a small start-up company with employees from different disciplines, who aim to design the future of agriculture in the Golan. Yair holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science, and a diploma in land appraisal. He is married and a father of five, and lives in Moshav Nov in the Golan Heights.
Eiman Hawary is an academic consultant and lecturer in education and sociology at the Open University. She is also a journalist and television presenter focusing on current affairs, politics, society, and citizenship. Eiman’s work is founded on humanist values and faith in human beings, with no distinction between race, religion, or gender. She has years of experience in group facilitation and individual coaching, and is interested in processes to advance the status of women – particularly Arab women – in Israel. Eiman currently is a consultant to women’s advancement projects in Arab society, including projects facilitating access to higher education and academic degrees. She is also active in promoting a shared society based on justice, equality, and humanism, and is an active member in the Geneva Initiative, an organization fostering dialogue in search of solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a peace agreement. Eiman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Haifa, as well as a master’s degree in education and a teaching diploma from Oranim Academic College of Education. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Akko.
Amit Hazan is the vice president of development and projects of the MAOF Business Advancement Network in the North – the agency for small and medium businesses of Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry. He establishes and manages accelerators for entrepreneurships and startups, networks of business communities within local and regional ecosystems, integration of the concept of a sustainable local economy, and more. He also works to increase the range of opportunities for business owners in the periphery. Previously, Amit served as Northern District manager for the Ministry of Construction and Housing and the ATID education and school network. He has volunteered for over a decade in developing and managing programs for children at risk in the periphery, and was cited by the city of Dimona for his ten years of activism there prior to moving to northern Israel. Amit holds a bachelor’s degree in social work, and a master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in nonprofit management, from the University of Haifa. He is married and a father of two, and lives in Pardes Hanna-Karkur.
Suha Helou-Mansour is a freelance organizational consultant who works with the Israel Police division dedicated to combatting crime in Arab society. In this capacity, she facilitates the development of collaborative work plans between police station commanders and Arab mayors, with the aim of increasing the sense of personal security among Arab citizens of Israel. Suha also develops and manages programs for vulnerable populations in Arab society. She is interested in consulting to people in senior and key positions in Israel, with the goal of promoting equality and partnership in Israeli society. Suha holds a master’s degree in sociology and anthropology (specializing in human resource management) from Tel Aviv University, and is a qualified group facilitator and mediator. She is a mother of four, and lives in Nazareth.
Rania Ibdah is the local director for the 360° National Program for Children and Youth at Risk in the local councils of I’billin, Ka’abiyye-Tabbash-Hajajre, Bir al-Maksur, and Kaukab Abu al-Hija. She works to advance the program in these localities by instilling a shared language and comprehensive, in-depth view of children and youth at risk. She wants to transform the education system in Arab society into a more effective system. Rania holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Gordon College, a master’s degree in inclusive education from Oranim Academic College of Education, and a diploma in group facilitation from Gishot College. She is a mother of two, and lives in Kabul.
Noam Juma is the founder and director, on a volunteer basis, of various projects in the city of Beit She’an and the Emek Hama’ayanot regional council. These include the Local Network of Doers, Kisufim, the Byte-Va’emek Tech Community, and the Joint Life Initiative. His projects address diverse issues, working mainly with young adults aged 20–45 but also with youth, and each project involves tens of volunteers and activists. Most of this activity focuses on empowering individuals and providing them with tools, and on fostering connections between Beit She’an and the Emek Hama’ayanot region. Noam holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Bar-Ilan University, and works in computers. He is a father of six, and lives in Beit She’an.
Haya Mahagne is the national manager for Arab society of the Ministry of Education’s Or Program for children at risk. She is also a project coordinator and early childhood supervisor at the Bidayat Center for Early Childhood at Al-Qassemi Academic College of Education. Haya is involved in a range of programs aimed at improving the quality of life and emotional wellbeing of children and families in Arab society, on an in-depth, long-term, and systemic basis. Haya holds a bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech-language pathology from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, and a master’s degree in early childhood studies and supervision from the Schwartz Program in Early Childhood Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a mother of two, and lives in Umm al-Fahm.
Dotan Mantsor is the head of a national section of the Israel Police that includes some 700 community police officers, who are responsible for local neighborhoods and towns and whose main role is to increase the sense of personal security and increase the public’s level of trust. These officers identify patterns of offenses, prevent them from repeating, and strengthen relations between the police and the community, with the aim of creating a safe environment with a high quality of life. Dotan holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, and a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Haifa. He is married and a father of two, and lives in Kibbutz Heftziba.
Aula Mohanna is the director of Steps, the early childhood services of the Northern Goals Association. In this capacity, she oversees a range of early childhood programs and services in the North of Israel, including early childhood centers, child development centers, and daycare centers. Aula has over 14 years’ experience in early childhood management. She has established early childhood centers and developed and implemented programs for children and their parents. Aula’s vision is to bring about social change by realizing the potential of every child while promoting better parenting and optimal developmental environments. A special education teacher by training, she holds a bachelor’s degree in education and sociology, and a master’s degree in educational counseling from the Israel Academic College in Ramat Gan. Aula is married and a mother of one, and lives in Peki’in.
Oshrat Sisso is the director of the Tavor Leadership Academy for IDF commanders, which develops programs for IDF officers and commanders to promote meaningful military service and foster a sense of mission in the IDF. In this capacity, she runs the Academy’s programs for newly released soldiers, as well as its programs for graduates, and also works to make Israeli Jewish culture accessible to the general public. Oshrat is currently developing a new women’s program that will provide a space for deeper exploration of Israeli Jewish identity, and enable women to achieve greater influence in Israeli society. She also aims to develop programs to recruit young people from Israel’s social periphery into meaningful positions in the IDF. Oshrat holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree in organizational consulting and group facilitation from the College of Management Academic Studies. She is a mother of three, and lives in Moshav Ilaniya.
Shaymaa Taoun is an organizational consultant, coach of coaches, and mentor to social enterprises. Her work focuses on connecting people to meaning and self-expression via social contribution and creativity. Shaymaa wants to establish an initiative for self-expression via art and entrepreneurship, which will provide an enabling and supportive space for people – especially women – to gain tools for leadership and social and community entrepreneurship, and to achieve deep, long-term, spiral impact on society. Shaymaa holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology, and a master’s degree in organizational and systems development. She lives in Bir al-Maksur.
Lael Tolchinsky is a social entrepreneur who founded and manages a national civilian service program for young women at risk from the Haredi community. She also coordinates national service volunteers in Migdal HaEmek. Lael is a project manager and entrepreneur in the fields of formal and non-formal education, and is a board member of the Yesodot Migdal housing non-profit association. Lael wants to create equal opportunities for meaningful public and community activity within and between the different sectors in Israeli society, and is currently working to promote Haredi participation in national civilian service. Lael holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible studies and literature from the Talpiot College of Education, and is currently completing a course in group facilitation. She is a mother of five, and lives in Migdal HaEmek.
Shlomit Tuvyana Rosh is the director of municipal early childhood services in her hometown, Hatzor Haglilit. She is responsible for advancing the field of early childhood education and care, developing organizational infrastructures, and formulating multi-system policy. She is active in various social and professional forums in the town, and is a member of group of young activists working for accessible housing. Shlomit also served as a board member of the Hatzor Haglilit Economic Development Company for two years. She wants to promote social mobility based on a universalistic approach and a commitment to ensuring healthy development and quality of life for infants. Shlomit holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Tel-Hai College, and an early childhood teaching diploma from Ohalo College. She is a mother of three, and lives in Hatzor Haglilit.
Tal Valentine is the Haifa director of Dror Israel – a social, educational, and cooperative movement. He is responsible for the movement’s various educational institutions in the city, which include a social high school, a kindergarten, and a multidisciplinary center for children; for nine branches of the HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed youth movement; for the extensive activities of an educational instruction center; for two urban kibbutzim of educators who live and work in Haifa; and more. He also manages the movement’s relations with various departments of the Haifa municipality, and with other organizations and communities active in the city. Tal has extensive experience in education and community work in Haifa and Akko, with a broad range of population groups. Previously, he managed Beit Hatzeirim, a multidisciplinary center for children at risk, and held various managerial positions in HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed. He believes in equality, in the power of groups, and in the ability to build a better world via social processes, inter-sectorial cooperation, and good leadership. Tal holds a bachelor’s degree in informal education and a teaching diploma from Beit Berl College. He recently became a father, and lives in Akko and in Tel Aviv, while also a member of an urban educators’ kibbutz.
Eman Zoabi is a certified public accountant who owns an accounting firm in Nazareth. She is a member of a nonprofit organization that promotes tourism to the city, and is the co-founder of the first guesthouse in the Old City of Nazareth. Eman is a member of the central committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel (ICPAI), and is the ICPAI’s honorary treasurer, a member of its presidential council, chair of the committee to promote small accounting firms, and a member of several other professional committees. She is also active in a nonprofit organization that promotes women’s basketball. Eman wants to lead meaningful change in advancing women in accountancy and wants to represent Arab society in a way that will build bridges between Arab and Jewish accountants in Israel. She is also interested in establishing an initiative that will train Arab women and place them in senior positions in leading companies and business institutions in Israel, whether as directors or as senior managers. Eman holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and accountancy from the University of Haifa, and is certified as an accountant by the Ministry of Justice. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Nazareth.
Sigal Ben Oz is the director of investments and entrepreneurship at Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. She works to promote and develop tourism in the North by encouraging private investment in hotels, by supporting grant applications under the terms of the Encouragement of Capital Investments Law, and by encouraging local authorities to invest in public tourist infrastructure and supporting their applications for government funding for infrastructure projects. She is responsible for developing a supportive and positive business environment for entrepreneurs that ensures easy access to tools provided by the Ministry at all stages of the process (statutory, real estate, capital investment, consulting, professional training, tourism incubators, and more). Sigal represents Israel’s minister of tourism on the Northern District Planning and Construction Committee. She is also a board member of the Union of Kinneret Cities regional authority, and a board member of the Old Acre and Nazareth Development Company. She wants to help the North flourish and to put it on the map of international tourism. Sigal holds a bachelor’s degree in social science (specializing in management) and a bachelor’s degree in economics, both from the Open University. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Kiryat Bialik.
Hila Blutrich is the legal counsel and director of the legal department for the Israel Land Authority’s Northern District. She is responsible for providing legal advice and for the professional management and guidance of the attorneys in her department. Hila strives to create welcoming and respectful discourse for women in the public sector, and to simplify the “legalification” that has recently gained popularity. Hila holds a bachelor’s degree in law (cum laude) and a master’s degree in law with a specialization in public administration, both from the University of Haifa. She is married and a mother of three, and lives on Kibbutz Alonim.
Telem Chorin is CEO of the Center for Culture and Community in the Upper Galilee, a municipal non-profit organization operated by the Upper Galilee Regional Council. In this capacity, he manages the Clore Centre for Performing Arts, promotes culture and cultural education in locations throughout the Upper and Eastern Galilee, and develops collaborative projects that bring together Arabic-speaking and Hebrew-speaking students. Telem holds a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in musical performance from Tel Aviv University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Open University. He himself studied music at the Clore Centre. Telem lives with his family on Kibbutz Kishor in the Misgav regional council – an integrative kibbutz that includes Kishorit, a home for life for adults with special needs.
Eti Cohen Gez is the head of the planning section of the Israel Police’s Planning and Organization Department. She is responsible for formulating planning and organization policy for the police, including preparing its overall work plan, overseeing the plan’s implementation, and coordinating all headquarter activities. She wants to encourage members of various minority groups to serve as police officers, including members of Haredi society, Arab society, the Ethiopian Israeli community, and the LGBTQ community. Eti holds a bachelor’s degree in education and geography and a master’s degree in criminology, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a certificate in editing from David Yellin Academic College of Education. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Mevaseret Zion.
Merav Finkelshtein is a midwife and the head nurse of the operating room unit at the Carmel Medical Center. She believes in the right of every human being to medical treatment, does everything possible to cut red tape and make processes more efficient, and wants to make the health system more dynamic so that every patient in Israel, and the world, can receive treatment. Merav holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Haifa, a master’s degree in nursing from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a diploma in organizational consulting from the University of Haifa. She is married and a mother of six, and lives in Haifa.
Anan Ghanem has served as an attorney in the criminal division of the State Prosecutor’s Office in the Haifa district for 15 years. His work focuses mainly on serious crime, including murder cases, national security cases, and various other criminal offenses. Anan is involved in several school projects to educate young people about the legal system and the dangers of crime. He participated in the Ministry of Justice’s “Different Lesson” project, the “Mock Trial” project conducted by the Haifa office of the Israel Bar Association, and more. He believes in social impact via educational initiatives, and not just via judicial punishment. Anan holds a master’s degree in law. He is married and a father of two, and lives in the Druze town of Sajur.
Reem Haj-Sbiet is the Haifa and Northern District supervisor of the Community Work Service at the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs. She is an activist social worker, who views social work and community work as a means of effecting social change, and wants to bring about change in the design, development, and implementation of social policy. Reem believes in human equality as a fundamental value, and in the right of individuals and communities to organize collectively in order to improve their quality of life. She is a board member of Kayan, a feminist organization that works to advance the status of Arab women and create a secure and just society free of gender-based discrimination. She is also a practitioner at Little Hans, an Arabic-Hebrew psychoanalytic center that provides treatment and counseling to children, youth, and families for free or for a nominal fee. Reem holds a master’s degree in social work and management of social services from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a certified group facilitator. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Haifa.
Eli Haviv is one of the founders of the municipal services for young adults in Akko, and is deeply involved in expanding this field both locally and nationally. He was among the founders of the Association of Young Adult Centers in Israel, is a member of its board of directors, and served as its chair for three years. Eli is also a member of the young adults committee of the local authority, and is responsible for promoting youth activities by means of a partnership between three sectors. In addition, he is a board member of the Israel Council of Museums. Eli holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree in public administration (specializing in local government) from the University of Haifa. He is married and a father of three, and lives in Akko.
Lieutenant Colonel Asher Ifrach is the head of the operations section of the Israel Prison Service (IPS). He seeks to introduce innovations in the prison service so as to maximize its capabilities and fulfill its mission of safely guarding and rehabilitating prisoners. Asher holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and law enforcement from Bar-Ilan University (Safed campus), and a master’s degree in Middle Eastern and African studies from Tel Aviv University. He is also a graduate of the Israel Police Service’s Talpiot Lahav cadet program, and is a football and boxing fan. Asher is married and a father of four, and lives in Kiryat Shmona.
Shoshi Leon Shpigel is the national head of social education in the Ministry of Education’s society and youth administration for the religious school system. She is responsible for leading social pedagogy in the education system, for managing partnerships with civil society organizations and various government ministries, and for linking different sectors of the education system. She creates infrastructure for the professional development of staff in the Ministry of Education national headquarters, its district offices, and in the field. Shoshi runs study days and training sessions, and provides professional instruction. She has extensive experience in formal and non-formal education, and previously worked for the Student Union of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, leading the union’s first student delegation to Poland. She has also served as a parliamentary aide, as a spokesperson at the Knesset, and as director of the youth department of the Jerusalem municipality. She believes that creating a cohesive educational continuum comprising school and after school activities in the community is key to a holistic view of the child in education. Shoshi holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and geography, and a master’s degree in environmental planning, both from the Hebrew University. In addition to holding a teaching diploma, she is a graduate of Tel University’s Lahav program for school principals, the UJA-New York Federation’s Co.Lab incubator for social cohesiveness, and the Community leadership course run by the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and Gesher.
Moshe Levi, who has worked for the Israel Fire and Rescue Authority for almost three decades in different roles, is currently deputy commander of the Haifa fire station. He has taken part in tens of fire and rescue events, and played an active role in fighting the 2010 Mount Carmel forest fire. He also contributes to the work of the National Fire and Rescue College, and has taught and mentored generations of firefighters and commanders. Moshe holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from the University of Haifa. He is married and a father of three, and lives in Kiryat Bialik.
Elior Liav is an urban planner with many years’ experience in environmental planning. In recent years, she has served as a planner for the Northern District at the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Elior holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Haifa and a master’s degree in urban and regional design from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She enjoys reading, painting, and gardening. Elior lives in the community settlement of Yuvalim.
Nir Mishory Lev Tov, a criminal court judge, is the vice president of the Magistrates’ Courts in the Northern District, who is responsible for the courts in Tiberias and Beit She’an. Previously, he held a series of command and management positions in the IDF and the Israel Police, and founded and led a social initiative to help Holocaust survivors. Nir also initiates and runs charitable projects for needy populations, and has published a book of poetry and prose. He wants to expand the ways in which he can contribute to the community in his current position, to help foster leadership, and eventually to develop a major social initiative. Nir holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law (cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University and the University of Haifa, respectively. He is married and a father of four, and lives in Shimshit.
Dunya Nassar is a judge in the Kiryat Shmona Magistrates’ Court, where she mostly hears criminal cases. Her vision is to improve the criminal punishment system so that it includes components that will help offenders to be rehabilitated and return to society as better citizens. Dunya holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Netanya Academic College, and a master’s degree in adjudication and criminal procedure from the University of Haifa. She is a mother of three, and lives in Tur’an.
Rachely Raif is the head of the Electronic Monitoring Unit of the Israel Prison Service (IPS), where she is responsible for the electronic bracelet system used as an alternative to imprisonment and with early-release prisoners. She views the unit’s work, beyond its importance for supervision and law enforcement, as a personal mission and an important social cause. Her vision is for the unit’s capabilities to be seen by legal decision-makers as an alternative to imprisonment. This will result in a greater proportion of convicts being monitored electronically, which will reduce the personal, familial, and social impact caused by extended stays in prison. Rachely holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Bar-Ilan University, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Humberside, and various professional diplomas. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Hadera.
Shelly Shalem is the CIO of the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, where she runs the information systems division, in a role that combines technological, professional, strategic, business, and human dimensions. Shelly leads and participates in projects for the hospital and at a national level, and also has years of experience in non-formal education. She wants to reach positions of influence in which she can reduce social gaps between residents of the North. Shelly holds a bachelor’s degree in informal education and Land of Israel studies as well as a teaching diploma, both from Oranim Academic College of Education. She is a mother of three, and lives in Kiryat Motzkin.
Tal Volvovitch is the head of the Information and Population Training Division of the Israel Fire and Rescue Service, where she works to change the fire safety culture in Israel so as to save lives and protect nature, the environment, and property. Previously, she served as spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Security, in which capacity she promoted violence prevention programs, with a focus on children. Tal wants to develop an initiative that will help children overcome ostracism, bullying and violence, and will raise public awareness of these issues. Tal holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and media studies from the Open University, and a master’s degree in political communications from Bar-Ilan University. She is a mother of four, and lives in Nili, in the Modi’in region.
Eilon Yarchi is the deputy director of the residents’ relations division of the Harish municipality, a division that was established under his supervision in 2019. A graduate of the Ministry of the Interior’s Local Government Cadets program, Eilon is also a member of the planning committee of his home community of Mitzpe Ilan. Over the years, he has volunteered with a variety of organizations, including the Bnei Akiva youth movement, House of Wheels (an organization serving people with physical disabilities), the Koby Mandell Foundation for bereaved families, and more. Eilon is a firm believer in the public sector and its ability to improve the quality of life for all residents of Israel, and believes in discourse and collaboration between different sectors. Eilon holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Ariel University, and a master’s degree in public administration (specializing in local government) from the University of Haifa. He is married and a father of four, and lives in Mitzpe Ilan.
Hagit Zamir is head of the prosecution unit of the Israel Police’s Coastal District and has served as a police officer for three decades. She is responsible for some 50 prosecutors and 9,000 cases each year. Hagit strives to improve the personal and professional capabilities of those under her command, and to expose them to the multiculturalism of Israeli society so that they can develop a broader, more human, and more professional perspective. She is involved in running a course on “Criminal legal proceedings in theory and practice” at the University of Haifa, which is operated as a collaboration between the university and the police prosecution unit. She is also involved in the discussions of The Institute for Safety in Law in the criminology department of Western Galilee College. Hagit holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science, as well as a law degree, all from the University of Haifa. She is married and a mother of three, and lives on Kibbutz Gesher Haziv, where she and her family serve as an adoptive family for an immigrant lone soldier in Garin Tzabar.
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