FELLOWS

 

Mandel Program for Social Leadership: Cohort 3

October 2019 – August 2020

 

Doron Avdi

Doron Avdi

CEO, Gvanim Shel Matok

Doron Avdi was one of the founders of the Pardes Hanna social-activist communal group (garin), and was its director for its first few years. Since 2015, he has been involved in social business entrepreneurship focusing on youth at risk. His vision is to integrate at-risk youth and young adults into Israeli society by developing models for skills training and work placement. Doron holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and logistics 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 married and a father of three, and lives in Pardes Hannah.


Anna Bratzlavsky

Anna Bratzlavsky

Educator

Anna Bratzlavsky is the former director and treasurer of the Pardes Center for Values Education, which holds workshops and seminars for educators, school principals, and young people on core issues relating to Israeli society. Her vision is to strengthen public responsibility for the Israeli school system and to bring Jewish society and Arab society in Israel closer together. Anna directed the youth division of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement, and led the educational work of the Reut youth organization. A graduate of the Mandel Program for Youth Leadership, Anna holds a bachelor’s degree in Jewish history from the University of Haifa, where she is currently studying for a master’s degree in education management. She lives in an urban community in the Hadar neighborhood of Haifa.


Yousef Ibrahem

Yousef Ibrahem

Mathematics Teacher

Yousef Ibrahem taught math at the Reineh New Comprehensive High School. He seeks to transform the order of priorities in schools such that values-based education is a top priority and schools become a place of values-based learning and training, based on the strengths and passions of each student. Yousef is one of the founders of Shabab Kabul, a non-profit organization that works to combat violence in his village by means of various social activities, and seeks to reduce racism and clan-based conflict. He wishes to lead change in his community and society and is seeking tools that will help him to do so. Yousef holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Arabic literature from the University of Haifa. He is a father of two, and lives in Kabul, near Akko.


Hili Kagan

Hili Kagan

English Teacher, ORT Hodayot Youth Village

Hili Kagan teaches English at the Hodayot youth village, and leads a steering committee that has been working for five years to establish a unique new school in the eastern Jezreel Valley. She seeks to promote interaction and understanding between different cultures and communities, and to encourage cooperation between the five local councils in her region. Hili holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a certificate in English teaching from Oranim Academic College of Education. She is a mother of three, and lives in Kibbutz Gazit.


Limor Kano

Limor Kano

Co-Director of the Halutz Program and Facilitator of Change Processes in Schools

Limor Kano has been involved in initiating and leading change processes in the field of formal and informal education of marginalized populations for more than 15 years. In recent years, she has acted as a consultant on organizational change processes to schools in Israel’s social and geographic periphery. Limor is co-director of "Halutz," the Democratic Institute's Educational Pioneer Program. She seeks to bring a fresh approach to leisure activities for disadvantaged groups by making hiking and nature activities more accessible to them. Limor believes that spending time in nature can help reconnect people with themselves and their strengths, and can foster inter-personal and communal links in a healthy and beneficial environment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Tel Aviv University, a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a teaching certificate in Hebrew literature from the Kibbutzim College of Education. Limor is married and mother of three, and lives on Kibbutz Beit HaEmek.


Tsvika Kanot

Tsvika Kanot

Lieutenant Colonel (Res.), Israel Defense Forces

Tsvika Kanot served in a variety of commander and staff roles in the IDF for 24 years. A Lieutenant Colonel, he now volunteers at the Gal pre-military program as a mentor for young people who are approaching their military conscription. His vision is for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and youth at risk to be given an equal opportunity in Israeli society in general, and especially in the military. Tsvika holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is a father of three, and lives in Kiryat Tivon.


Dorit Katzir Itach

Dorit Katzir Itach

VP Business Development and Marketing, Etgarim

Dorit Katzir Itach is the vice president of business development and marketing for Etgarim ("Challenge"), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and socially integrating people with disabilities through outdoor sports. She is also an active lay board member of an NGO established to oppose the creation of airports in the Jezreel Valley. Dorit has more than ten years of experience in managerial, marketing, and business development roles in hi-tech companies. She wants to make the Jezreel Valley a thriving center for agricultural and tourism entrepreneurship. Dorit holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from the University of Haifa, and a master’s degree in management from Tel Aviv University. She is married and a mother of three daughters, and lives on Kibbutz Sarid.


Zivit Kornblau

Zivit Kornblau

Former CEO, Israeli Physical Therapy Society

Zivit Kornblau is the former CEO of the Israeli Physical Therapy Society (IPTS). A physiotherapist by profession, she has been involved in community work in Binyamina for many years. She served as chair of the elementary school parents’ committee, was a candidate in the elections for the Binyamina Local Council, is involved in an initiative to establish a neighborhood bar and meeting place, and is a member of the board of the local community center. For several years, Zivit ran the physiotherapy unit at the Haifa Beit Halochem center for disabled IDF veterans. Zivit wants to set up a rehabilitation center along the lines of the Beit Halochem model, which provides sporting, social, and rehabilitative facilities for disabled IDF veterans. The new center will serve the general public, particularly in the North, and will support optimal rehabilitation and rapid return to family and community life after injury. A keen sportsperson, she also writes poetry and has published a book of poems called Mirroring (Iton 77, 2019). Zivit holds a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy from Tel-Aviv University, and a master’s degree in health management from Netanya Academic College. She is a mother of four, and lives in Binyamina.


Dr. Nida Shoughry

Dr. Nida Shoughry

Researcher and Lecturer

Nida Shoughry is an academic researcher and lecturer who holds a doctorate in international politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College in Boston. She has led a number of research projects on media and politics, focusing mainly on the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as on social movement theory. Nida has also published a number of books and academic and journalistic articles, including her book Israeli-Arab Political Mobilization: Between Acquiescence, Participation, and Resistance. In addition, Nida has initiated and participated in a diverse range of social and public projects in Israel and abroad, with the goal of fostering partnership, mutual respect, and equality. She was one of the founders of the first municipal website in Arabic in Israel, which was created by the Jerusalem municipality. Nida was born in Kafr Yasif, and is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She returned to Israel after more than a decade of academic study and work at universities in the United States, Britain, and Turkey.


Vered Solomon

Vered Solomon

Educator, Mentor, and Leader of Processes

Vered Solomon is an educator involved in several avenues for improving teaching and schools: she trains and mentors new teachers; leads processes to help Israeli schools develop unique identities; and is involved in the implementation of the “Israeli Culture” program in the Israeli education system. She is also active on behalf of at-risk families and children. Vered seeks to promote collaborations and partnerships between all bodies involved in education, and sees equal opportunity as the foundation of an enlightened society. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Gordon College of Education, a master’s degree in educational leadership and Land of Israel studies from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, and is currently studying mediation in education at the Wingate Institute. She is a mother of five (including two foster daughters), and lives in Kiryat Ata.


Laila Srour

Laila Srour

Director of Arab Volunteer Programs, Ma’ase

Laila Srour has directed the Arab sector volunteering programs of Ma'ase, a non-profit that encourages volunteering as a tool for social and economic mobility and for developing a civil society, since 2015. Her work involves helping young Arab women advance into careers and achieve self-actualization, as a means of changing mindsets and bringing about social change. She believes in the power of Arab women to effect real change via political involvement in local government. Laila holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in organizational management from the University of Haifa. She is also a graduate of the UJA-Federation of New York’s social enterprise incubator program, and is active in building bridges between Arab society and Jewish society in Israel.


 

Mandel Program for Regional Leadership: Cohort 4

October 2019 – August 2020

 

Yarden Abarbanel

Yarden Abarbanel

Social Entrepreneur

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


Neta-Li Almagor Friedlander

Neta-Li Almagor Friedlander

Regional Manager of the YATED Young Adults National Program

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


Reem Azaiza

Reem Azaiza

Lawyer and Notary, Director of Azaiza Law Office

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


Nisreen Dbayat Bitar

Nisreen Dbayat Bitar

Community Organizer for Hand-in-Hand, Upper Nazareth

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


Keren Ganot-Prager

Keren Ganot-Prager

Head of the Rehabilitation and Treatment Department, Israel Prison Service

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


Michal Golden

Michal Golden

Advocacy Coordinator, Haifa Rape Crisis Center

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


Celia Jawabreh

Celia Jawabreh

Director of the Unit for Arab Students, Shenkar College

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


Uzi Kaplan

Uzi Kaplan

Head of the Operational Competence Department, National Police Academy

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


Dror Lalush

Dror Lalush

Clean Energy and Real Estate Entrepreneur; Political Activist

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


David (Dudu) Magal

David (Dudu) Magal

Chief Operating Officer, Branco Weiss Institute

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


Hiam Mahameed

Hiam Mahameed

Team Leader and Center Director, Umm al-Fahm Municipality

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


Tami Niv Alon

Tami Niv Alon

Director of the Local Special Education Support Center in Naharia

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


Eitan Omer

Eitan Omer

Tour Guide and Lecturer in Geography and Land of Israel Studies

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


Yahav Onn

Yahav Onn

Deputy Commander of the Tzalmon Prison, Israel Prison Service

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


Sana Patuash

Sana Patuash

Head of Circassian Language Teaching, Ministry of Education

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


Merav Rosenthal

Merav Rosenthal

Head of the Education Development Section, Israel Police

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


Michal Sadeh Goldvasser

Michal Sadeh Goldvasser

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

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


Anat Siegal

Anat Siegal

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

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


Dr. Nina Suliman

Dr. Nina Suliman

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

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


 

Hilana Agbariye

Hilana Agbariye

Social Worker and Educator, Umm al-Fahm Municipality

Hilana Agbariye is the director of the personal service unit and acting director of the elementary education department of the Umm al-Fahm municipality. She has professional expertise and experience in working with girls at risk, managing and counseling welfare teams, and mentoring education teams. Hilana holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Haifa, and has experience and certification in group facilitation, sex education, and treatment of child victims of sexual abuse. She is a mother of four and lives in Umm al-Fahm.


Denis Begun

Denis Begun

Deputy Commander of Ofer Prison, Israel Prison Service

Denis Begun is the deputy commander of Ofer Prison, where he is responsible for all logistical operations. He works to improve the welfare of wardens, coordinates staff work, and is responsible for efficiency and financial savings. Denis strives to empower staff in the Israel Prison Service and to ensure that their behavior is ethical and professional. His vision is to “lead and have an impact based on love of one’s fellow man.” Denis holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Derby in Israel, and a master’s degree from the Center for Academic Studies in Or Yehuda. He is a father of three, and lives on Kibbutz Tlalim.


Shiri Ben-Ari

Shiri Ben-Ari

Legal Advisor to the Haifa District Health Bureau, Ministry of Health

Shiri Ben-Ari is the legal advisor to the Haifa District Health Bureau and head of its legal bureau, in which capacity she provides legal counsel to all the Bureau’s employees and represents it in legal cases of various kinds. Shiri is a certified prosecutor, who has been authorized by the State Attorney’s Office to issue indictments on behalf of the Ministry of Health. She also serves as legal advisor to the Fliman Geriatric Hospital, as chair of the district risk management committee, as chair of the district committee for medical negligence claims, and as a member of several other district committees. As part of her work, she maintains strong working relations with various government bodies, and ensures that employees of the District Health Office and Fliman hospital are familiar with the office's work regulations. Her vision in the short term is to advance the area of legal counsel and enforcement within the District Health Bureau. Shiri holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Netanya Academic College and a master’s degree in law from the University of Haifa, as well as certification in mediation. She is married, a mother of three, and lives in Kiryat Bialik.


Liat Cohen

Liat Cohen

Head of Community Service, Israel Prison Service

Liat Cohen heads the Israel Prison Service's community service unit, which oversees prisoners sentenced by the courts to community service. In this capacity, she manages around 80 staff members throughout Israel and is responsible for oversight of some 2,000 prisoners serving their sentence by performing community service. Liat wants to create and lead a committed community-based leadership that will employ prisoners based on mutual trust. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is married and a mother of two, and lives in Modi’in.


Rifqa Haidar

Rifqa Haidar

Director of the Akko Sub-District, Ministry of Labor

Rifqa Haidar is the director of the Akko sub-district of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, and Social Services. In this capacity she supports and coordinates the activities of the municipal welfare departments. Rifqa helps local authorities develop projects and programs and create interfaces and partnerships with all relevant bodies and agencies in their area. Previously, she served as director of the welfare department of the local council of I'billin, where she founded a women’s council to advance the status of women. Rifqa is also a trained family and couples therapist. Her vision is to see more women in influential positions in Arabic society, both locally and as members of Knesset. Rifqa holds master’s degrees in family therapy and in local government administration, both from the University of Haifa. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in I'billin.


Avi Hazan

Avi Hazan

Head of Wages and Pension Planning Unit, Israel Prison Service

Avi Hazan is the head of the wages and pension planning unit of the Israel Prison Service, in which capacity he has launched an ethical initiative to promote fairness and equal services for all. He has promoted the establishment of a call center for employees in need of guidance regarding professional issues and issues related to salary and promotion. Avi holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics and a master’s degree in business administration and organizational behavior. He is married and a father of two, and lives in Netanya.


Tami Levi

Tami Levi

Head of the Education Department, Tiberias Municipality

Tami Levi was director of the municipal education department in Kiryat Shmona for seven years, and has been head of the Tiberias municipality’s education department since 2016, working with school principals, the Ministry of Education, various municipal departments, civil society organizations, and parents and parents’ committees. Tami holds a master’s degree in education from the Open University and a diploma in organizational consulting from Oranim Academic College of Education. She has two grandchildren, and lives in Zichron Yaakov.


Meron Maman

Meron Maman

Deputy Commander of the Nazareth Police Station, Israel Police

Meron Maman is the deputy commander of the Nazareth police station, where he is responsible for logistics, providing internal and external services, handling public complaints, ensuring safety, and managing the budget. He is involved in a collaborative effort with the Nazareth branch of the Israel Teachers’ Union to reduce violence in schools, particularly in secondary schools. His vision is to engender a sense of self-efficacy in non-Jewish youth in Nazareth, and to provide them with tools for independent and critical thinking about themselves and society, as well as social skills, emotional intelligence, and leadership capabilities, so that they can create new social structures to overcome their sense of deprivation. Meron holds a bachelor’s degree in social and political science from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Derby in Israel. He is married and a father of three, and lives in the Golan Heights.


Anan Najar

Anan Najar

Administrative Director, Haifa District Health Bureau

Anan Najar is a qualified nurse, who has served as the administrative director of the Haifa District Health Bureau since 2015. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing all aspects of the Office’s administrative and logistic work: personnel, budget, transportation, training, and more. Anan seeks to change the organizational infrastructure in the District Health Bureau and to base it on mutual respect, appreciation, modesty, transparency, and cultivation of human capital. He began his professional life as a nurse at Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. Anan holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a master’s degree in health management from the Israel Academic College in Ramat Gan, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Haifa. He is married and lives in Haifa.


Dr. Ariella Ofran

Dr. Ariella Ofran

General Director of the Galil Region, Northern District, Clalit Health Services

Ariella Ofran is the director of the Galil Region in the Northern district of Clalit Health Services. She is responsible for the planning and operation of health services in the Eastern Galilee and the Golan Heights, and for the provision of health services to Clalit’s 170,000 clients in the region. Her work includes recruitment and staff development of primary care physicians, promoting interdisciplinary teamwork, and advancing the new generation of young doctors in the region. Her vision is to foster collaboration between sectors in order to promote innovative, high-quality medical care throughout Northern Israel. Ariella is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s medical school and a specialist in family medicine, and holds a master’s degree in public health. She is also a graduate of several management courses and a course in mediation.


Suzi Lian Saadon

Suzi Lian Saadon

Deputy Commander of Ayalon Prison, Israel Prison Service

Suzi Lian Saadon is the deputy commander of the Ayalon Prison, where she is responsible for the incarceration of around 620 prisoners and for managing some 350 members of staff. Her managerial and command responsibilities require that she make security-related decisions in both routine and emergency situations. She is in charge of the implementation of rehabilitation and therapeutic activities, and for community engagement activities by the prison’s staff. Suzi wants to give all prisoners the opportunity to receive rehabilitation services throughout their time in prison, especially those given unlimited life sentences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in applied criminology from Bar-Ilan University. She has a daughter, and lives in Kochav Yair–Tzur Yigal.


Dalia Shmueli

Dalia Shmueli

Senior Pensions Manager, National Insurance Institute

Dalia Shmueli oversees pension services at the National Insurance Institute’s Nahariya-Akko branch, which serves the 270,000 residents of the Western Galilee. She works to increase collaborations and expand the NII’s information and knowledge exchange with central government, local government, and civil society organizations, in order to promote proactive exercise of rights on the part of citizens and reduce bureaucratic barriers. Dalia is a co-founder and active volunteer for the nonprofit MiNoa BeAhava (“From Noa with Love”), which helps sick children hospitalized at the Rambam Medical Center and their families. She hopes to cultivate working relations between sectors that will make it easier for citizens to proactively access all their rights from various providers, based on a holistic approach. Dalia holds a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in public administration. She was born and lives on Moshav Liman in the Western Galilee.


Anat Shperling

Anat Shperling

Director of the Hadera Sub-District, Ministry of Labor

Anat Shperling is the director of the Hadera sub-district of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, and Social Services. She works to promote welfare issues with the heads of local authorities and directors of welfare departments in both Jewish and Arab local authorities. Anat has worked for three decades in the area of services for people with disabilities. She wants to lead inter-ministerial, local, and regional collaboration and synchronization, in order to create new initiatives from existing ones and to maximize the development of comprehensive service continuums for various target populations. Anat holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Haifa, and is an expert in rehabilitation. She is a mother of three, and lives in Binyamina.


Hanin Simaan-Mwais

Hanin Simaan-Mwais

Director of Administrative Law, Northern District Attorney's Civil Office

Hanin Simaan-Mwais has been head of administrative law at the Northern District Attorney’s Civil Office since 2016, and is responsible for mentoring, training, and advising a staff of nine attorneys. She serves as chair of the Administrative Law Committee of the Israel Bar Association in the Northern District, and served for many years as the Justice Minister's representative on the Northern District Planning and Construction Committee. She also coordinates a clinic in administrative litigation at the Zefat Academic College School of Law. Hanin holds a bachelor’s degree in law and economics, and a master’s degree in law (cum laude) from the University of Haifa, specializing in administrative law. She is a mother of three and lives in the North.


Dalia Sinay

Dalia Sinay

Director of the Haifa Sub-District, Ministry of Labor

Dalia Sinay is the director of the Haifa sub-district for Israel’s Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services, and is responsible for the professional provision of all social services in the area. She promotes regional initiatives to provide maximal and optimal services to disadvantaged populations, strives to increase the efficiency of the working relationship between the labor ministry and local authority welfare departments, and builds partnerships between ministries. Dalia views social work as an ethical and social identity, and strives to raise its status and transform it into a valued profession. She is a lay member of the board of directors of the Israel Association of Social Workers, and initiates action research involving collaboration between academics and professionals, which foster greater expertise and professionalism among social workers and throughout the profession as a whole. Dalia holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Haifa, and is currently studying for a doctorate in social work. She is married and a mother of four, and lives in Ramat Yishai.


Hana Tzadik

Hana Tzadik

Deputy District Nurse, Haifa District Health Bureau

Hana Tzadik is the deputy district nurse of the Haifa District Health Bureau, and the director of nursing of the Tipat Halav well-baby clinics and of professional staffs in the Haifa sub-district. She wants to develop a unique model in which Tipat Halav clinics would serve as centers that provide free, equal, and universal services that are tailored to the needs of all clients, in order to improve the physical, developmental, and mental health of babies, infants, and their families. Hana holds a master’s degree (cum laude) from the University of Haifa's school of public health. She is a mother of three, and lives in Haifa.


Sigalit Yamin

Sigalit Yamin

Deputy Commander of the Ben-Gurion Airport Sub-District, Israel Police

Sigalit Yamin is the deputy commander of the Israel Police’s Ben-Gurion Airport sub-district. In this capacity, she is responsible for force building and serves as a stand-in for the district’s commander. Sigalit is strongly committed to empowering women in key positions in the police force and to sexual equality. Together with Knesset members and government ministers, she led a forum on women’s empowerment in the Israel Police at the Knesset. Sigalit serves as a mentor to younger female police officers, is active in a project for young female police cadets, and was recently chosen to direct the Tzamarot project, a collaborative effort with the Police Center for Leadership, which supports female police officers and helps them advance to senior officer positions. She envisions greater equality in the police force for a better society. Sigalit is a mother of two, and lives in Ashkelon.