Dr. Eli Gottlieb

Director, Mandel Leadership Institute

Dr. Eli Gottlieb, a cognitive psychologist, has directed the Mandel Leadership Institute since 2007. Previously, he directed the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows program and the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. Eli was born in London, completed a bachelor's and a master's degree at the University of Cambridge, and was the national director of Bnei Akiva UK. While completing his doctoral dissertation on religious thinking at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Eli served in various positions at institutions providing leadership training for the fields of informal education and Israel-Diaspora relations. Eli writes and teaches about the links between cognition, identity, and culture, and about the implications of these links for education and leadership. During his tenure as director, the Mandel Leadership Institute was ranked twelfth in a list of the 100 most influential institutions in Israel, published by The Marker.

Miki Nevo

Director, Mandel Program for Youth Leadership

Miki Nevo, a social entrepreneur, directs the Mandel Program for Youth Leadership. He has more than twenty years' experience in founding and managing social and educational organizations. He was principal of the Misgav secondary school, and founded and directed the Israel Venture Network’s educational activities in Israel’s northern social periphery. He founded the Ma’ase Center, which promotes socioeconomic mobility by providing volunteering frameworks for young adults, most of whom are from Israel’s social periphery, and directed the Center for nine years. In recognition of his work with Ma’ase, Miki was awarded the Sderot Conference for Society’s Prize for Excellence in Social Affairs, the Speaker of the Knesset’s Quality of Life Prize, and an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University. Subsequently, Miki served as senior assistant director for research, development, and entrepreneurship at the Rashi Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in neurobiology, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Miki is a graduate of Cohort 4 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Naomi Perl

Director, Mandel Programs for Leadership Development in the Haredi Community

Naomi Perl, a music teacher and developer of music and leadership programs, directs the Mandel Programs for Leadership Development in the Haredi Community. She founded the Shluchei Tzibur program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Ron Shulamit academic program for female musicians and music teachers at the Levinsky International College of Education in Tel Aviv. Previously, she served as the educational director of the Sulam nonprofit, which operates extended diagnostic preschools and special education schools, and as a pedagogic instructor and developer of music curricula for preschools and middle schools. She also founded music study tracks at six Haredi high schools, and was a member of the team that founded and directed the Ron Shulamit Conservatory for Haredi girls. Naomi is a graduate of the Me’ohr Bais Yaakov Teachers’ Seminary in Jerusalem, and holds a master’s degree in musical education from the Levinsky International College of Education. She is currently a doctoral student in the Hebrew University’s sociology of education department. Naomi is a graduate of Cohort 16 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Dr. Chava Shane

Director, Mandel IDF Educational Leadership Programs and Special Projects

Dr. Chava Shane, an expert in teaching and learning, directs the Mandel educational leadership programs for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and special projects. Previously, she served as co-director of the Mandel Scholars in Education Program and faculty member for various Mandel programs. She has over twenty years’ experience in teaching and in developing curricula in both formal and informal education frameworks, including the Branco Weiss Institute and the Masorti High School in Jerusalem. She studied history and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation on teaching history in affiliation with a research group from Stanford University. Chava teaches about links between pedagogy, identity, and culture, and about educational leadership. She was voted Outstanding Lecturer at the Hebrew University for her work in training humanities teachers.

Mishael Zion

Director, Mandel Program for Leadership in Jewish Culture

Rabbi Mishael Zion, an educator and community entrepreneur, is the director of the Mandel Program for Leadership in Jewish Culture. Previously, he was the co-director and rabbi of the Bronfman Fellowships, a leadership program for outstanding young Jewish people in Israel and North America. Together with his father, Noam Zion, he is the author of ​Halaila Hazeh: An Israeli Haggadah and A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices. Mishael holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and Jewish thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York. He has served as a faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning in New York, and has been a visiting scholar at the New York University School of Law. He is one of the founders of the Klausner Minyan, a partnership minyan in Jerusalem.


Dr. Michal Altbauer-Rudnik

Faculty Member

Dr. Michal Altbauer-Rudnik is a historian with twenty years’ experience in teaching and education. For the last fifteen years she has taught historical thinking and Western culture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Center for Pre-Academic Studies. Over the years, she has been awarded the Rothschild Foundation’s Yad Hanadiv scholarship, the Polonsky Prize, and many other prizes and scholarships for her work on the history of medicine, the history of emotions, and the pathologization of love. Michal carried out her research on these subjects over several years as a research fellow at a number of institutions, including the Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies, and the Hebrew University’s Israel Institute for Advanced Studies.

Dr. Noa Apeloig

Faculty Member

Dr. Noa Apeloig is an anthropologist and researcher in the field of identity and education. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and her doctorate in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s department of sociology and anthropology, and also holds a diploma from the Group Facilitators Training Institute. Her research examines the link between ethnic identity and motivation to acquire a higher education, using Native American culture as a test case. She currently lectures in the department of behavioral sciences at the Ruppin Academic Center, and is responsible for student training at the Center’s social engagement unit. In addition, Noa tutors and trains faculty members in academic frameworks such as Tel Aviv University’s Dov Lautman Unit for Science Oriented Youth and the Van Leer Institute, having accumulated extensive experience in this area as the founder and director of the Workshop Unit at the Hebrew University’s Teaching and Learning Center, dedicated to improving the quality of teaching at the university. Over the years she has been voted Outstanding Lecturer several times at the higher education institutions at which she has taught.

Dr. Ruth Calderon

Faculty Member

Dr. Ruth Calderon, former Member of Knesset and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset for the Yesh Atid party, is an educator and Talmud scholar. As part of her work promoting a Hebrew, Israeli, and Jewish culture that draws on traditional sources but looks to the future, she co-founded Elul (a pioneering pluralist beit midrash) with Moti Bar-Or, and founded and directed the Alma nonprofit for teaching and nurturing Hebrew culture. After eighteen years as director of Alma, Ruth was appointed head of the culture and education department at the National Library of Israel. She completed her master’s degree and her doctorate in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s department of Talmud. In recognition of her work, Ruth was awarded the AVI CHAI Prize for Jewish Education, and honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, Hebrew College in Boston, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. She studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and is a graduate of Cohort 1 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Jeremy Fogel

Faculty Member

Jeremy Fogel holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Cambridge and a master's degree in philosophy from Tel Aviv University, where he is currently completing his doctorate. His research explores the tension between universalism and particularism in modern Jewish philosophy, focusing on the Jewish-German philosophers, Moses Mendelssohn and Hermann Cohen. Jeremy teaches at Tel Aviv University's Department of Jewish Philosophy, as well as at its School of Education. He also lectures publicly on philosophy in various forums. Jeremy has worked for several years at Tel Aviv University's Ofakim teacher preparation program, where he is responsible for extra-curricular activities. Jeremy has also released three albums, and is involved with various independent artistic and literary ventures.

Dr. Yaron Girsh

Faculty Member

Dr. Yaron Girsh is a sociologist and researcher, specializing in education and youth. He completed his master’s degree cum laude in the sociology of education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and completed his doctoral studies in the same institution. His doctoral dissertation examines Israeli teenagers’ conceptions of heroism. He currently teaches sociology and philosophy of education at the Hebrew University, where he has been voted Outstanding Lecturer on numerous occasions. He serves as the head of the department for nonformal education at The David Yellin Academic College of Education. In recognition of his accomplishments during his studies, he was awarded the Hebrew University President's Scholarship, the Polonsky Prize, the Levi Eshkol Scholarship, and the Rector's Prize for Master's Studies.

David Guedj

Faculty Member

David Guedj is a historian of the Jews in Muslim lands, specializing in the culture and society of North African Jewish communities. He is currently completing a doctorate at Tel Aviv University’s School of Jewish Studies, where his dissertation is devoted to the attitudes of Moroccan Jewry toward the building of Hebrew culture in the early 20th century. Among other awards, David is a recipient of the President of Israel’s scholarship for excellence and scientific innovation for outstanding doctoral students for 2015-2017. He co-founded the Inter-University Forum for Researchers of the Jews of Asia, Africa and the Balkans at Tel Aviv University, and is a committee member of Kedmata, the Israeli Center for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry at the Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem. David rediscovered and initiated the publication of the lost manuscript of Makhluf Avitan’s Utopia from Casablanca (Beersheba: Ra'av Publishing House, 2016), for which he wrote the afterword.

Dr. Amos Israel-Vleeschhouwer

Faculty Member

Dr. Amos Israel-Vleeschhouwer is a scholar of law and psychology with many years’ experience working in education, mostly in informal frameworks, including the Bnei Akiva youth movement, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Street Law legal clinic, the Yitzhak Rabin Center's “Invitation to the University” project, and the education department of the Rape Crisis Centers in Israel. Amos holds a master’s degree in social psychology and a doctorate in law, and teaches law and psychology in a number of higher education institutions. His articles and lectures explore, among other topics, contemporary issues from a halachic perspective and the place of Jewish law in the modern world. He co-founded a helpline for Haredi and national-religious men and boys who have been sexually assaulted, serves as a board member of the Public Committee against Torture in Israel, and is the co-chairman of the International Jewish Law Association.

Avi Katzman

Faculty Member

Avi Katzman is a cultural critic, journalist, and book editor. He teaches at several institutions of higher education throughout Israel and has edited numerous books, including the “Mar’ei Makom” series of books on topics related to Jewish and Israeli identity, a joint venture of the Mandel Foundation and Keter Publishing House.

Dr. Amit Kravitz

Faculty Member

Dr. Amit Kravitz is a lecturer in philosophy with over ten years’ experience in teaching, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He completed his doctoral studies at the Hebrew University, conducted research for a year at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, and completed four years of post-doctoral studies at Heidelberg University and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. His main areas of expertise are ethics, the philosophy of religion, and aesthetics, with a particular emphasis on Kant and German idealism. In addition to articles and essays on philosophical subjects, he has also published several Hebrew translations of German poets and thinkers, including the letters of Heine, Goethe, Schelling, and others.

Dr. Eli Pitcovski

Faculty Member

Dr. Eli Pitcovski is a philosopher and lecturer on philosophy at the Tel-Hai Academic College and the Meitzar Academy pre-army program. He has more than ten years’ experience in teaching at institutions of higher education, and has also taught philosophy to elementary school and high-school students. His main field of expertise is ontology, but he also works on the philosophy of representation, epistemology, and ethics. He completed his doctoral dissertation at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on the nature of philosophical questions about the fundamental nature of being. Eli has also written literature, and a collection of his stories won first prize in the Harry Hershon Literature Competition. During his studies, he was awarded the Yael Cohen Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Students, and the President Scholarship.

Micha Shalvi

Faculty Member

Micha Shalvi, a Jerusalem native, is an educator and educational entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience in management, military command, and teaching. He was principal of the Jerusalem Experimental High School; established the first IDF Nahal group for young people with disabilities; was among the founders of the Etgarim: Israel Association for the Disabled nonprofit for extreme sport and outdoor activities for people with disabilities; and ran programs in special education schools and mainstreaming classrooms, reaching approximately 150 classes throughout Israel. For the last fifteen years he has been a teacher, field coordinator, and program developer in a number of pre-army programs, in the IDF Chief of General Staff’s Israeli and Jewish Identity Project, and in the IDF Intelligence Corps’ Havatzalot program at the University of Haifa. His work in the field of education has been recognized with the Shalem Foundation Prize, the Yigal Alon Prize, and the Adler Prize. He completed a master’s degree cum laude in the department of Hebrew literature, Yiddish, and folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Dr. Lior Alperovitch


Dr. Lior Alperovitch is a lecturer on the 20th-century history of Europe and the Jewish people, in particular the history of the Holocaust. He completed the bulk of his academic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, including two master’s degrees – one in history and the other in Jewish thought – and a doctorate. His doctoral dissertation examined Israeli-German relations during the first two decades of the State of Israel, and he conducted his post-doctoral studies at the Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Research at the University of Haifa. Lior speaks seven languages, and was awarded a Shluchei Tzibur scholarship for promoting higher education among Haredi leaders, as well as a scholarship from the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History. He has lectured in history for many years at a number of institutions, including the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, the Holon Institute of Technology, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and the Peres Academic Center. Lior is himself a graduate of the Mandel Program for Leadership Development in the Haredi Community in which he now teaches.​​

Professor Ron Avi Astor

Visiting Faculty

Professor Ron Avi Astor is the Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor of Urban Social Development at the University of Southern California (USC), where he holds joint appointments in the School of Social Work and the Rossier School of Education. His research examines the ecological influences of the family, community, school and culture on different forms of school violence. Professor Astor has developed a school mapping and local monitoring procedure to minimize school violence, which is now used in all Israeli schools and across the globe, including in California, Chile, and France. One of his five books, School Violence in Context: Culture, Neighborhood, Family, School, and Gender (2005, Oxford University Press), co-authored by his close colleague Professor Rami Benbenishty from Bar-Ilan University, was awarded several prizes. Professor Astor twice received a distinguished Research Award in Human Development and Counseling, and in 2012 he was named an American Educational Research Association fellow. In 2010, he received an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College.

Menachem Bombach

Senior Project Manager

Menachem Bombach is a community leader and educational entrepreneur in the Haredi community. He has served as principal of the award-winning “Le’Zion Be’Rinah” high school; founded the preparatory program for Haredi students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and directed the youth department of the Beitar Illit local authority. Menachem heads the “Netzach” Haredi educational network, which he founded, and which combines religious and secular studies, and aims to educate students to become observant, Torah-loving Jews who are also prepared for practical life. He also heads the Hasidic girls’ seminary affiliated with the network. Menachem studied at the Vizhnitz “Ahavat Yisrael” yeshiva and at the Mir yeshiva, and holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Moreshet Yaakov College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Hebrew University. He lectures in Israel and abroad on education and society. His main areas of interest are education, managing education systems, and inter-cultural dialogue.

Dr. Amira Ehrlich


Dr. Amira Ehrlich is an educator with more than twenty years’ experience in the field of music, as a teacher, producer, and researcher. Among other positions, she has served as a member of the national leadership team for the Ministry of Education’s Experiments and Entrepreneurship Division; as a lecturer at the Levinsky International College of Education; as a teacher at the Emuna arts school for religious girls; and as a teacher and music studies coordinator at the Dekel Vilnai high school and the Kinor David yeshiva. She has completed two master’s degrees cum laude, one in music education at the Levinsky International College of Education, and the other in English literature and musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2017, she received her doctorate in music education from Boston University. Her dissertation examined music teachers as change agents. Her published writings explore the philosophy, sociology, and history of music education, and the interfaces between music, education, and leadership.

Professor Michael Feuer

Visiting Faculty

Professor Michael Feuer is Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Education Policy at The George Washington University, and President of the National Academy of Education. For 17 years he held leadership positions at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, most recently as the executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. He consults regularly to educational institutions and governments in the US, Israel, Europe, and the Middle East, including the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (now JPPI) and the Initiative for Applied Education Research in Israel (“haYozmah”). He has published academic papers in education, economics, and policy journals and has had reviews, essays, and poems in newspapers and magazines in Washington, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York. In October 2014, President Obama appointed him to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences.

Dr. Nir Michaeli

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Nir Michaeli, currently rector of Oranim Academic College of Education and previously chairman of the Pedagogical Secretariat at the Ministry of Education, holds a PhD in education policy and organization, and has over twenty years’ practical experience in this field. He began his career in informal education, as national counselor coordinator and secretary general of HaMachanot HaOlim youth movement. Subsequently, he moved into formal education and worked as a home room teacher and history and civics teacher at the Givat Brenner regional high school. Nir channeled the experience he garnered from working in both types of educational institutions into his work in teacher training, first as a lecturer and deputy director at the Kerem Institute for Humanistic Jewish Education, and then as head of the education department and dean of pedagogical development at the Kibbutzim College of Education. He has published works on educational policy and teacher training, innovative pedagogies, progressive education, informal pedagogy, and education toward democracy and social justice. Nir is a graduate of Cohort 9 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Vardit Rosenblum


Vardit Rosenblum is a lawyer and a rabbinic advocate. For many years, as part of her work at Yad L’Isha at Ohr Torah Stone, she represented women denied a divorce by their husbands. She is a graduate of Beit Yaakov Seminary and has a master's degree in public policy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she is currently a graduate student in Jewish philosophy. Vardit writes, advises and lectures on various legal and social issues facing Haredi society. In addition, she served on public advisory committees to the Rabbinical Courts and to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and led the latter's program for training religious leaders how to address domestic violence within their communities. Vardit moderated the Tikva Foundation's women's program Chochmatchem Ubinatchem (“Your wisdom and understanding”). She is a graduate of cohort 20 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Professor Lee Shulman

Visiting Faculty

Professor Lee Shulman is president emeritus of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and was the first Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education and Professor (by courtesy) of Psychology at Stanford University. He was previously Professor of Educational Psychology and Medical Education at Michigan State University, serving as a member of that faculty from 1963 to 1982. He was the founding co-director of the Institute for Research on Teaching (IRT) at Michigan State University from 1976. Professor Shulman is a past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He is a member of the National Academy of Education, having served as both vice president and president of that organization. In 2002 he was elected a Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Shulman's research and writings have dealt with the study of teaching and teacher education; the assessment of teaching; medical education; the psychology of instruction in science, mathematics, and medicine; and the quality of teaching in higher education.

Dr. Roman Sukholutsky

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Roman Sukholutsky is a researcher of international relations, with experience in teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in directing educational programs. He completed his doctoral studies at the Hebrew University's department of international relations. His doctoral dissertation examines the intellectual origins of opposition to cosmopolitanism. In his previous positions, Roman developed leadership initiatives, implemented plans for corporate social responsibility and organized international conferences.

Yuvi Tashome-Katz


Yuvi Tashome-Katz is a social entrepreneur and activist, with twenty years’ experience in community work and counseling. She has worked as a youth club coordinator; as principal of the Israel Society for the Protection of Nature’s Sorek Field School; and as a developer of young leadership training programs for youth at risk. In 2005 she was among the founders of the NGO “Friends by Nature”, which works to create “garinim” (community action groups) of both Ethiopian and non-Ethiopian Israeli members, in order to empower the local Ethiopian-Israeli community as well as other communities. For eight years she has directed the first of these garinim, operating in the town of Gedera. She is currently continuing her work in Gedera as a council member, as a volunteer for the garin, and as a facilitator of workshops on a range of issues, including identity, organic agriculture, parenting, and the narrative of Ethiopian-Israelis. Her bachelor’s degree studies, at Bar-Ilan University’s Ashkelon campus, focused on Land of Israel studies and education. In recognition of her social activities, Yuvi was chosen to light one of the ceremonial torches on the 2011 Independence Day celebrations. Later that year she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Initiatives and Innovation and the Matanel Prize for Groundbreaking Leadership.

Professor Sam Wineburg

Visiting Faculty

Professor Sam Wineburg is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and Professor of History (by courtesy) at Stanford University, and the head of Stanford's doctoral program in history education. He is one of the world's leading experts on how history is taught and learned, and a pioneer in creating free online history curricula; his "Reading Like a Historian" curriculum has been downloaded 4 million times and is used around the world. In 2007 Professor Wineburg was awarded the American Historical Association’s William Gilbert Prize, and in 2008 he received the James Harvey Robinson Prize, for his work on the teaching of history and on teaching innovation. In 2014-2015, Professor Wineburg chaired a visiting committee appointed by Israel's Council for Higher Education to evaluate the performance of the eight faculties and departments of education at Israel's universities.