FELLOWS

 

Hagit Adoni

Hagit Adoni

Youth Program Director, Ma’ase Center

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

Dvir Alexander

Project Manager, Hiburim Laderech

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

Sahar Amoun

Community Social Worker, Deir al-Asad Local Council

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

Itamar Eitam

Teacher and Social Education Coordinator, Hodayot Religious Youth Village

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

Mkonet Gadamu

Head of Nitzotz Pre-Military Program, Village Way Educational Initiatives

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

Adi Har-Tzvi

Social Activist

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

Mary Kabiya

Homeroom Teacher, Pedagogical Coordinator, and Ministry of Education Project Coordinator

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.


Elyah Kadish Hefetz

Elyah Kadish Hefetz

District and Area Coordinator of Programs for Children at Risk and Disadvantaged Families

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

Nadav Kasher

IT Officer, Israeli Air Force

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

Noga Mazor-Amgar

Northern District Manager, Hebrew Scouts Youth Movement in Israel

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

Leena Nassar

Social Worker, Community Security Authority, Umm al-Fahm Police Station

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

Elad Nevo

Educator

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

Hanan Sabbah

Director of the Community Security Authority, Turan Municipality

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

Olga Shimansky

Recruitment and Placement Coordinator, Maof Human Resources

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

Hadas Steiner

Director of Programs Unit, Branco Weiss Institute

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

Sarit Sultan

Sharon-Northern District Director, Bat Ami

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.


Shaham Tamir

Shaham Tamir

Former CEO of the Ma’ale Yosef Regional Council

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

Chen Tessler

Eighth Grade Coordinator, Mainstreaming Coordinator, and Special Education Homeroom Teacher

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

Shachar Ufaz

CEO and Head of Pre-military Academies, Promoting Education in Israel–One of Us

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.


 

Ella Avital Bashan

Ella Avital Bashan

District Education Executive Manager, Israel Association of Community Centers

Ella Avital Bashan works for the Israel Association of Community Centers (IACC) as the executive manager of education in the Haifa and Valleys District and serves as an advisor to the Association's centers for education and learning in the community. She leads projects in both formal and non-formal education, is a pedagogical advisor for teaching staffs, and is a member of several educational-social research teams. Ella is certified in animal-assisted therapy from the Oranim Academic College of Education and received certification as a didactic diagnostician from the University of Haifa. She seeks to advance initiatives in the field of learning and education in the northern periphery, in order to reduce gaps and create social mobility. Ella holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and literature from the outstanding students’ track at Oranim Academic College of Education, as well as a master’s degree in learning disabilities from the University of Haifa. She is a mother of two, and lives on Moshav Arbel.


Eti Azry Levi

Eti Azry Levi

Dormitory Director, Afikei Ohr Youth Village

Eti Azry Levi is the director of the dormitory at the Afikei Ohr youth village in Migdal Haemek, which is part of the educational network of Rabbi Yitzhak Dovid Grossman. This boarding school is a unique and groundbreaking framework for young women from Haredi homes who have not been able to find a place in traditional ultra-Orthodox settings. Eti is leading an initiative designed to connect Haredi parents and their adolescent daughters. Under her leadership, the dormitory staff is involved in the processes that the students are undergoing, and they work to create a bridge between the young women and their families, and to facilitate a process of rapprochement between the young women and the Haredi community. Previously, Eti was the dormitory director of the Kfar Shira youth village. Eti holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and communal-social education with a specialization in work with youth at risk, and a master’s degree in education systems management from Oranim Academic College of Education. She is a mother of three, and lives in Kfar Hasidim.


Hany Ben Shimol

Hany Ben Shimol

Community Manager, Avtalion; Council Member, Misgav Regional Council

Hany Ben Shimol is the community manager for the Avtalion community settlement in the Galilee and is a council member for the Misgav Regional Council, where she chairs the education strategy committee and is member of the finance committee and of the plenum management team. She is also a founder and director of educational projects. Hany returned to live in Israel after spending seven years in Singapore and London. She established a school for parents in London; co-founded Realocation, a company providing support for families of employees who are relocating; launched Yahadudes, a Jewish enrichment program for children conducted on Fridays, and more. Hany is heavily involved in community and personal advancement in rural areas, and wants to continue to create diverse and empowering connections between people, initiatives, and communities. A married mother of six, she lives in Eshchar, a mixed community of religious and secular Jews in the Galilee.


Liat Bodaker

Liat Bodaker

Director of Education and Studies, Command Military Academy, Haifa

Liat Bodaker is the director of education and studies at the IDF military boarding school at the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa. She has designed and launched an excellence program at the academy that combines personal development with volunteering in the community. Liat wants to create an educational environment within the education system that focuses on and nurtures wellbeing, which she believes is the foundation on which individual excellence is constructed for each and every student. Liat holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems engineering and computer science from the Technion, where she graduated from the Mabatim program of the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology and recently completed research for her master’s degree. She is a mother of four, and lives in Haifa.


Tzahi Cohen

Tzahi Cohen

Police Station Commander, Israel Police

Tzahi Cohen is the commander of the Netivot police station of the Israel Police, and will soon become the commander of the Binyamin station. He is responsible for all police services in his precinct. Beyond fighting crime and providing police services to the public, he is engaged in many collaborations with diverse communities. He is particularly involved in strengthening ties with organizations and agencies that work with at-risk youth, with the aim of helping them reintegrate into normative society. Tzahi holds a bachelor’s degree in history and Middle East studies from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Derby branch in Israel. He is married and a father of three, and lives in Rishon Lezion.


Ravit Edelman

Ravit Edelman

Chief Nurse, Pediatric Emergency Department

Ravit Edelman is the chief nurse of the pediatric emergency department at the Rambam Health Care Campus, where she is responsible for a team of 18 nurses. In this capacity, she was involved in providing training in pediatric sedation and resuscitation. She also set up a highly successful project that trained medical teams in Kenya in short-term anesthesia and sedation of children for painful procedures. Ravit’s responsibilities at Rambam also include issues relating to child abuse and neglect. Ravit has trained multidisciplinary teams that come into daily contact with children. She wants to advance the field of nursing in Israel in general and the field of emergency medicine nursing in particular, in order to improve the health system and better serve its patients. Ravit holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and a master’s degree in health systems management, both from the University of Haifa. A married mother of four, she lives in Kfar Yehoshua.


Ofer Eilat-Reiz

Ofer Eilat-Reiz

Lawyer and Mediator

The owner of a law firm, Ofer Eilat-Reiz began her professional career in the field of community management, where she discovered her desire and ability to help people in situations of conflict and tools for mediation (which she teaches today). She is in charge of small business development at Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk, where she lives, and is also active in this area on her regional council as well. Ofer volunteers as a regional instructor for Pa’amonim, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families manage their finances, and runs social activities aimed at fostering connections and collaborations between people. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in psychology and communications and the other in law, both from the University of Haifa. A married mother of two, Ofer is a member of Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk.


Hadas Elad

Hadas Elad

Director, Lower Galilee Center for Young Adults

Hadas Elad is the founder and director of the Lower Galilee Center for Young Adults of the Lower Galilee Regional Council. She is also a social activist involved in developing and building communities in rural areas, with the goal of connecting and strengthening a network of young adults throughout the Galilee. Hadas is the co-director of “Periferiya Speaks,” a project for the advancement of residents of Israel’s periphery in the areas of economy, society, culture, and employment. She also plans and implements activities for young adults in the Lower Galilee regional and in other regions, while securing partnerships and raising funds for the activities. Hadas holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in social science and humanities from the Open University and a master’s degree (cum laude) in public administration and policy from the University of Haifa. She is a mother of two, and lives on Kibbutz Heftziba.


Oscar Fuchs

Oscar Fuchs

Head of Fire Protection and Investigations Department

Oscar Fuchs is the head of the fire protection and investigations department of the Northern District of Israel's Fire and Rescue Authority. In this capacity, he is responsible for the fire safety of the District’s approximately 1.5 million residents, 30,000 businesses and public institutions, and approximately 600 firefighters who enter buildings to extinguish fires and dispose of hazardous materials. He believes that investing in education and training is the key to attaining high-quality and long-term results, and works to advance both national and international projects. Oscar holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology (clinical research track) from the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel and a master’s degree in emergency and disaster management from the University of Haifa. He is a father of three, and lives on Kibbutz Merhavia.


Micha Gafni

Micha Gafni

Police Station Commander, Israel Police

Micha Gafni is the commander of the Iron police station in Wadi Ara in northern Israel. He believes that collaboration with the community is vital for advancing the work of the police and strengthening the public’s sense of security and trust in the police. Micha aims to create a local model for developing collaborations with the public and for involving the public in work processes, which will be adapted to each sector in Israeli society and will have an impact on the police force as a whole. He hopes that this will affect the situation on the ground, particularly in reducing violence. Micha holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and management from the Open University, and a master’s degree in administration and national security from the University of Haifa. Married and a father of two, he lives in Haifa.


Avi Peretz

Avi Peretz

Head of Clinical Microbiology Lab and Research Institute

Dr. Avi Peretz is the head of the clinical microbiology lab and of the research institute at the Baruch Padeh Medical Center of Poriya Hospital, and is a senior lecturer at Bar-Ilan University’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee. His research focuses on bacterial resistance to antibiotics and on developing methods for rapid identification of infections. Avi is active in the field of scientific education, and is coordinator of the bagrut matriculation program in health sciences at the yeshiva high school and girls’ religious high school in Tiberias. This program, which has been in operation for over a decade, is testament to the ability of students in the periphery and affirms their right to study a challenging and empowering science curriculum. Avi holds a doctorate in medical science and a master’s degree in health systems management. He is a father of two, and lives in Tiberias.


Eli Poliakov

Eli Poliakov

CEO, Shalhevet Association for the Elderly

Eli Poliakov is CEO of the Shalhevet Association for the Elderly, a nonprofit organization in Kiryat Tivon that develops initiatives and provides services for the elderly population and the young at heart in Kiryat Tivon and the surrounding region. His personal vision is to combat the ageism that is prevalent in Israeli society, and to promote the development of services for the young at heart in the 60–80 age group. A major (ret.) in the Israel Defense Forces, he serves as a population behavior officer in the IDF Home Front Command. Eli holds two master’s degrees, one in gerontology and the other in public administration, from the University of Haifa, and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and management from the College of Management Academic Studies in Tel Aviv. A married father of three, he grew up in Migdal Haemek and lives today in Ramat Yishai.


Zeinab Samania

Zeinab Samania

Surgical Intensive Care Nurse, Sheba Medical Center

Zeinab Samania is a clinical specialist in surgery (a surgical nurse practitioner with the status of surgeon) in the hepatobiliary unit at Sheba Medical Center – Tel Hashomer. Her personal vision is to advance the standing of clinical specialists in Israel, and to improve perceptions of this role among decision-makers in the health system. Zeinab has led an organ donation project and has lectured on this subject in schools in the Arab sector, particularly in the Bedouin sector, highlighting approaches to organ donation in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Haifa. She is a mother of two, and lives in Haifa.


Layla Sawaed

Layla Sawaed

Community Affairs Manager, Welfare and Community Department

Layla Sawaed works as the community affairs manager for the Misgav Regional Council’s welfare and community department, where she is also a member of the leadership team and serves as a court-appointed social worker. She has been involved in community work since 2006, developing and advancing various community programs that have made a significant contribution to meaningful social change in the Bedouin communities of Misgav. Layla is also a national advisor on resilience and emergency preparedness on behalf of the Community Stress Prevention Center (CSPC) nonprofit organization, and owns a business in this field. She wants to promote partnerships between Jews and Arabs, and is a firm believer in coexistence. Layla holds a bachelor's degree in informal education from Bar-Ilan University, and bachelor's and master's degrees in social work, specializing in trauma and resilience, from Tel-Hai College. A qualified psychotherapist, Layla is married with three children and lives in Misgav.


Inbal Shlosberg-Sela

Inbal Shlosberg-Sela

Regional Manager, Eretz-Ir NGO

Inbal Shlosberg Sela is the northern region manager for Eretz-Ir, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening urban communities in Israel’s social and geographic periphery. In this capacity, she is involved in leading national, regional, and local initiatives relating to community, social entrepreneurship, and employment. Inbal has been involved in the struggle for social services in Israel for many years, particularly with regard to strengthening the profession of social work. She is one of the founders of the Atidenu, national grassroots movement fighting for change in welfare policy and social workers’ rights, and served as its chair. Inbal holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in social work, both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and spent a year as a visiting fellow at Cornell University in the United States. She is a mother of three, and lives in Kiryat Tivon.


Hatem Tarabey

Hatem Tarabey

Director, Department of Community Security, Sakhnin Municipality

Hatem Tarabey is the director of the department of communal security of the Sakhnin municipality. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing, implementing, leading, and overseeing social programs and community initiatives in Sakhnin, including initiatives designed to promote a shared society. These include an educational academy founded in 2015 in order to eliminate violence by promoting educational values and strengthening social and individual resilience among youth. Hatem believes that investing and believing in people of all stripes and with different strengths and abilities, can help create a better society founded on educational values. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and science from Oranim Academic College of Education, and a master’s degree in organizational consulting for educational institutions and public bodies from Ono Academic College, and is currently studying for a doctorate in educational systems management at Yarmouk University in Jordan. Hatem is married and a father of three, and lives in Sakhnin.


Ravid Tsabari

Ravid Tsabari

Social Worker; Head of Targeted Treatment Unit, Israel Prison Service

Lieutenant Colonel Ravid Tsabari is a social worker who is head of the Targeted Treatment Unit in the Israel Prison Service (IPS). In this capacity, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the system of targeted treatment in prisons, making necessary adaptions to the particular characteristics and needs of different prisoner populations. Ravid believes in treatment and rehabilitation of prisoners for the good of society as a whole. She seeks to develop significant therapeutic interventions in prison, while also developing and promoting collaborative processes with organizations in the community in order to continue care for prisoners and their families after release and to facilitate optimal integration of former prisoners into family life and society. In recent years, Ravid founded and developed the Command and Leadership Unit in the IPS, based on the idea that command and leadership are central and meaningful core competencies for the organization’s activities and for realizing its vision and goals. Ravid holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Gedera.


Daniela Yakira

Daniela Yakira

Social Activist

Daniela Yakira is a social activist, who focuses primarily on the field of disabilities and on women’s causes. She is one of the founders of Inbar, a nonprofit providing dating and relationship services to people with disabilities, and of Ozen Lalev, a nonprofit organization that trains people with disabilities, elderly people, and more to serve as emotional support volunteers. She is also a member of the board of directors of Hadas, a nonprofit organization that focuses on sexuality, relationships, and family life for people with disabilities. In addition, she lectures and provides consulting to organizations on accessibility issues, and works in emotional counseling and group facilitation. Daniela wants to promote the integration of people with disabilities in all areas of life, and especially in decision-making and policy-making roles. Daniela holds a bachelor’s degree in educational counseling and Jewish history, and a teaching diploma in special education, and is currently completing a master’s degree in community mental health at the University of Haifa. A married mother of four, Daniela lives in Kiryat Ata.


 

Samir Abboud

Samir Abboud

Director of Pensions, Nazareth Branch, National Insurance Institute

In his role as director of pensions at the Nazareth branch of Israel's National Insurance Institute, Samir Abboud works to promote the full utilization of rights by citizens, through the media and via lectures. He also works to increase the accessibility of services; and to encourage people to take advantage of new rights such as the “Savings Plan for Every Child” initiative. During the coronavirus pandemic, Samir helped implement new methods for serving clients using digital tools. Samir lectures to audiences that include social workers, lawyers, and single parents groups, in order to raise awareness of available services and develop cooperation with the community. He also works to advance disadvantaged populations, such as children without family support who are studying in residential frameworks in the north. Samir holds a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. He is married and a father of three.


Bishara Absawi

Bishara Absawi

Director of Budgets, Haifa District, Ministry of the Interior

Bishara Absawi is an accountant and lawyer who is responsible for the financial and budgetary system of the local authorities within the Israeli Ministry of the Interior's Haifa District. In this capacity, he leads efforts to strengthen economic standing and reduce gaps, with an emphasis on helping disadvantaged authorities. Since 2016, Bishara has represented the minister of the interior on the Haifa District Planning and Construction Committee. He is also responsible for mediation efforts in disputes between local authorities and various government ministries, in accordance with guidelines established by Israel's attorney general. Bishara holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from the University of Haifa, and a bachelor’s degree in law (cum laude) from Ono Academic College. He is married and a father of three, and lives in Haifa.


Alaa Ayoub

Alaa Ayoub

Advocate in the State Attorney’s Office

Alaa Ayoub is a senior advocate in the civil law section of the Haifa District of the State Attorney’s Office. He specializes in administrative issues, particularly planning and construction; in appeals related to education and housing; and in petitions related to land ownership. Previously, he served as a legal assistant in the Haifa District Magistrate’s Court. Alaa lectures in his areas of expertise, and was a teaching fellow in the University of Haifa’s department of nursing. Since 2018, he has served as a judge in the Haifa District disciplinary committee of the Israel Bar Association. Alaa holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in law, both from the University of Haifa, and is a graduate of the Ministry of Justice’s Influencer Network program. He is married and a father of two, and lives in Shfar’am.


Revital Bahat

Revital Bahat

Labor Ministry Regional Director of Out-of-Home Care

Revital Bahat works for the Families, Children and Youth at Risk division of Israel's Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services, as the regional director of out-of-home care for families in the North. She aims to develop out-of-home care settings that are respectful and empowering and that have meaningful impact on the lives of residents and their families. Revital plays an active role in the management of the Ministry’s Out-of-Home Care Division, which formulates policy for the operation and supervision of these settings. She is also involved in the management of the Northern District, which oversees implementation of the policies set by the various divisions of the Ministry. Revital works to promote collaboration between different administrations within the Ministry and between different offices in the District, for the benefit of residents of out-of-home settings. She is also involved in issues concerning at-risk youth in her home community. Revital holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Haifa. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Nesher.


Gil Barsano

Gil Barsano

Station Commander, Zevulun Station, Israel Fire and Rescue Authority

Gil Barsano is the commander of the Zevulun fire and rescue station. In this capacity, he serves as the moral and ethical compass of the entire station, guiding the behavior of its officers and firefighters. Gil strives to act with determination and professionalism and to serve as a personal example of fulfilling the station’s primary goals of saving lives and protecting human dignity. A bereaved father, Gil lectures in various organizations and forums, conveying the idea that everyone has the power to overcome challenges and succeed. Gil holds a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in geography of disaster areas from the University of Haifa. A father of three, he lives in Nahariya.


Eti Cohen

Eti Cohen

Labor Ministry Regional Director of Children, Youth and Families Division

Eti Cohen heads the Northern region's Children, Youth and Families Division of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services. Beyond her professional commitments, she is active in advancing community initiatives and welfare projects in her community, and serves as an “adoptive family” to a group of young people in her home town of Maalot. Eti believes that individuals are part of a system, and thus optimal interventions must include all aspects of their lives on a therapeutic continuum, which requires collaboration between the various relevant professionals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Haifa. A married mother of five, Eti lives in Ma’alot-Tarshiha.


Hagit Dimri

Hagit Dimri

Child Development Coordinator of the Northern District, Clalit Health Services

Hagit Dimri is the child development coordinator of the Northern district for Clalit Health Services, where she is also the acting national head of prevention of sexual harassment. Hagit works to develop health services and make them accessible to all those who need them, and she mentors social work students and social workers. Her goal is to ensure a secure working environment and provide equal and respectful treatment for all Clalit employees and clients. Hagit led a mental health reform, directed medical social work services in the Northern district, and believes in community work as a way to bring about change in people’s lives and in society. Hagit holds a master’s degree in social work from Bar-Ilan University and has completing training programs in mentoring and mediation. A mother of two, she lives in Tzfat.


David Elhiany

David Elhiany

Manager of the Security, Supervision, and Public Order Division, Nahariya Municipality

David Elhiany is the manager of the security, supervision, and public order division of the Nehariya municipality, where he previously managed municipal supervision and business licensing. He is also a leading member of the Ha’ira team, an initiative of the Beracha Foundation that aims to promote sustainable renewal of urban space that balances community needs, environmental needs, and the economic needs of cities. In his work for the municipality, he strives to provide the best possible service to residents and business owners, based on the approach that “business equals city equals residents.” David is also a member of the board of directors of the Nahariya Economic Company, is a volunteer member of the board of directors of the Friends of Mazor Hospital, and is responsible for strengthening patient-community relations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Ono Academic College and a master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in management from Netanya Academic College. A married father of three, David lives in Nahariya.


Tami Ezra

Tami Ezra

Warden, Dekel Prison, Israel Prison Service

Tami Ezra is the warden of the Dekel prison. She joined the Israel Prison Service as a social worker, and has since held a wide range of therapeutic positions and human resources roles. Tami has served in command positions since 2016. Her position as a warden involves working with various populations, including both prisoners and staff. In her work, Tami instills values through discourse between the different groups that emphasizes acceptance of others, and through a program that includes lectures, training, and study trips. Tami holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in business administration. She is a mother of two, and lives in Shoham.


Jeryes Ghantous

Jeryes Ghantous

Legal Advisor, Northern District, Ministry of Construction and Housing

Jeryes Ghantous is the legal advisor to the Northern District of the Ministry of Construction and Housing. He oversees the legal processes related to the district and deals with all ongoing legal issues including tenders, contracts, and general legal matters. He is also a member of the disciplinary court of the Israel Bar Association. Jeryes holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Haifa and a master’s degree in criminal law from Tel Aviv University. He is married and a father of two, and lives in Nof Hagalil.


Eli Meir Gozlan

Eli Meir Gozlan

Senior Instructor, National Police Academy, Israel Police

Eli Meir Gozlan is a senior instructor in the training course for senior officers at the National Police Academy. Since 2017, he has also served as commander of the Afula police station. Eli has worked extensively on behalf of disadvantaged populations, especially Ethiopian-Israeli youth and youth in the Arab sector. His vision is to help Arab youth integrate into Israeli society in all areas of life, strengthen young people from the Ethiopian-Israeli community, and develop an integrated and diverse culture. Eli holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Haifa, and holds an additional master’s degree in business administration from the Israeli branch of the University of Derby. He is married and a father of three, and lives in Atlit.


Stav Havivi

Stav Havivi

Head of the Department for Joint Responsibility, Haifa Municipality

Stav Havivi works for the Haifa municipality, where she established and directs the department that is responsible for advancing and implementing cross-sectorial partnerships in the public arena. She is also the founder of Hubtipus, a hub for social entrepreneurs developed by the Haifa Municipality. Stav also leads efforts to promote participatory governance in local government, and was part of a team that submitted recommendations on this issue to the Prime Minister’s Office. Stav wants to create change in the culture of municipal work, such that it will encourage involvement of all stakeholders in planning and in finding shared solutions to challenges. Stav holds a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies from the University of Haifa. A mother of five, she lives in the Krayot area north of Haifa.


Ahlam Khamis

Ahlam Khamis

Director of Health Promotion, Haifa District, Ministry of Health

Ahlam Khamis is director of health promotion in the Ministry of Health’s Haifa District. In this capacity, she creates, develops, and implements projects to improve the health of the population in the region in general, and of disadvantaged populations in particular. Ahlam is currently leading projects for disadvantaged populations in Jisr al-Zarqa, in community-based frameworks for people with mental illness. She is also working with local authorities to bring them into Israel's network of Healthy Cities, and her vision is to establish a full department of health promotion in the Haifa District. Ahlam holds a master’s degree in health promotion, lectures in public health and health promotion at the University of Haifa's nursing school, and supervises master’s students in health promotion. She is married and a mother of three, and lives in Haifa.


Ira Kostinsky

Ira Kostinsky

Supervisor of Boarding Schools, Ministry of Education

Ira Kostinsky immigrated to Israel in 1993 through the Na’ale youth aliyah program, and studied at the Galim youth village. After completing her military service and academic studies, she returned to the youth village to work, and eventually became its director. Since 2015, Ira has served as a supervisor in the Administration for Residential Boarding School and Youth Aliyah of the Ministry of Education. In this capacity, she provides support and oversight to boarding school principals and their staffs. Her vision is to create equal opportunities for high-quality education for all social strata in Israel, and to nurture influential educators who will lead the next generation. Ira holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in educational systems management, both from Oranim Academic College of Education. She also holds a diploma in boarding school management from the Michlalah Jerusalem College.


Guy Levy

Guy Levy

Unit Commander, Dror Central Unit for Combating Crime, Israel Prison Service

Guy Levy is the commander of Dror, the Israel Prison Service’s central unit for fighting crime inside, outside, and into prison facilities. He is part of the ongoing struggle to prevent drug smuggling and dealing in prisons, and gathers evidence against perpetrators of criminal and terrorist activities in prisons. Guy also is the volunteer chair of the security and crime prevention committee in his community of Neve Ilan. He wants to establish a broad, smart, and technologically advanced system to fight criminal activity in prisons and thus to help create a better and safer society. Guy is a graduate of the IDF Command and Staff College and of the Israel Prison Service's prison warden course. He is married and a father of three.


Shay Parnassa

Shay Parnassa

Warden, Sharon Prison, Israel Prison Service

Shay Parnassa served in Israel’s defense establishment for some 27 years. He was a member of the Border Police during the period of Israel's disengagement from Gaza, he was a field commander and instructor, and he was a commander of the officer's training course. He subsequently transferred to the Israel Prison Service (IPS), where he has held a variety of managerial and training roles in prisons, including commander of the IPS officer-training course and commander of the special operations officer-training course. Shay currently serves as warden of the Sharon prison, a maximum-security facility with a number of unique and complex challenges. Previously, he spent two years as warden of the Ofek prison for young offenders. Shay wants to continue to advance within the IPS, and hopes to move into public service afterwards. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in education administration from the Israeli branch of the University of Derby. He is married and a father of four, and lives in Jerusalem.


Doron Porat

Doron Porat

President of the Northern District Magistrate Courts

Judge Doron Porat is president of the magistrate courts in Israel's Northern District. He has been a trailblazer in the proactive approach to managing the judicial process, a paradigmatic change that has led to a dramatic reduction in the length of time required to complete legal proceedings. This innovative approach has gained recognition and awards, and is being introduced throughout the court system in Israel. Doron actively promotes efficiency and professionalism within the legal system, as well as the enhancement of social engagement in the community. Doron holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Tel Aviv University and a master’s degree in law from the University of Haifa. Married and the father of two, Doron lives in the Jezreel Valley.


Hagar Reuveni

Hagar Reuveni

Director of the Department of Environment and Biosphere Reserve, Megiddo Regional Council

Hagar Reuveni is director of the Department of Environment and Biosphere Reserve of the Megiddo regional council. In this capacity, she promotes regional projects for sustainable development and for striking a healthy balance between conservation and development needs, with an emphasis on community involvement and public participation in decision-making. She also leads projects for the benefit of local communities and the entire region. Hagar wants to help build a society that acts based on respect for its diverse physical and human environment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Open University and a master’s degree in organizational development and consulting from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. A mother of two, Hagar lives on Kibbutz Hazorea.


Itshak Swisa

Itshak Swisa

Regional Station Commander, Israel Fire and Rescue Authority

Itshak Swisa began his firefighting career in Haifa, where he has worked as a team commander, senior firefighting officer, and hazardous materials officer. In addition to his other professional responsibilities, he served as forest officer of Israel's coastal district, and implemented the guidelines developed by the Israel Fire and Rescue Authority to protect residential areas from wildfires, based on the findings of the inquiry into the Mount Carmel forest fire. In 2015, Itshak was appointed deputy commander of the Haifa Regional Fire Station, in which capacity he was responsible for writing annual work plans and for carrying out safety and security investigations. In 2020, he was promoted to commander of the station, and is now responsible for tens of local fire stations from the Krayot area north of Haifa to Tirat Hacarmel to its south, for some 150 firefighters and auxiliary staff, and for fire and rescue services to approximately 700,000 residents. Recently, he oversaw a new project to instill the firefighter spirit, values, and code of ethics at the Haifa station. Itshak holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. A married father of three, he lives in Kiryat Tivon.


Gabi Yona

Gabi Yona

Head of Border Police Welfare Department, Israel Police

Gabi Yona has been in active service in the Israel Police for 25 years. He is currently responsible for welfare services in the Border Police, which include a wide range of social work services to provide support for Border Police and their families. Gabi also volunteers in the Coaching for Life project at the Hadasim boarding school. He aims to enter the field of education and to help empower disadvantaged populations. Gabi holds three different degrees – in criminology, Jewish studies, and public policy – from Bar-Ilan University and Ono Academic College. He also has certification in counseling to bereaved families from NATAL–Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center. A married father of three, Gabi lives in Even Yehuda.