Graduates



Adi Arbel

Adi Arbel

Jerusalem | Director of the Israel Civil Society Forum

Adi Arbel is the director of the Civil Society Forum, which was founded to help social entrepreneurs in Israel increase their influence. Born in Holon, he lives in Jerusalem, and moved from hi-tech into public policy and social entrepreneurship around a decade ago. Adi has been involved in the founding of the Beit Midrash for Zionist Thought; the human rights movement Blue & White Human Rights; a Jerusalem restaurant blog; Sun Free Hiking, a nighttime hiking group; the Jerusalem Daily Recommendation Facebook page; the Midrash Mischakim theater workshop; the satirical group The Elevator; and This is Jerusalem, which provides geopolitical tours of Israel’s capital. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Chen Artzi Sror

Chen Artzi Sror

Mazkeret Batya | Journalist and Yediot Aharonot Columnist

Chen Artzi Sror is a journalist who focuses on Israeli society, Jewish culture, women’s rights, and religion and state. She completed her military service at Galei Tzahal, the IDF radio station, and now holds managerial, writing, and editing positions at Yediot Aharonot. Chen's Hebrew book The New Religious Women: When Religious Feminism Meets Social Media, published by Yediot Books, presents stories of Orthodox feminist women and their trailblazing online activities within the religious Zionist community. She is a graduate of the Ofakim Program at Tel Aviv University, a teacher-training program for outstanding students, where she specialized in teaching Jewish philosophy. She is also a teacher and lecturer, and a mother of three.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Omer Ben Rubi

Omer Ben Rubi

Jaffa | Media Professional and Broadcaster

Omer Ben Rubi is a media professional and manager, and a radio editor and broadcaster. He edits and presents the Israeli Songshelf radio show on the Kan Reshet Gimmel radio station. Omer founded the Kan Reshet Bet radio station and was its director for three years. Previously, he served as chief news editor, presenter, and director of the broadcast department of the IDF's Galei Tzahal radio station, and was a member of the playlist committee and deputy director of the IDF's Galgalatz radio station. He has also worked as the cultural correspondent for Channel 10 television. Omer often serves as MC at conferences and events, and lectures on Jewish and Israeli culture.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Inbar Bluzer Shalem

Inbar Bluzer Shalem

Jerusalem | Rabbi and Director of Rashut Ha’Rabim–The Jerusalem Forum for Jewish Renaissance Organizations

Inbar Bluzer Shalem is one of the founders and the director of Rashut Ha’Rabim – The Jerusalem Forum for Jewish Renaissance Organizations. She has been active in Jewish renaissance since attending a Gesher seminar during high school. Over the years, she has studied at eight pluralistic beit midrash programs in Israel, received rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College, and completed a master’s degree in pluralistic Jewish education. Inbar founded Beit Rashut HaRabim - the House of Nonprofits for Israeli Judaism, which provides a space for working, training, entrepreneurship, tourism, and content development. She has served as a Jewish renaissance emissary in the United States and London, working with students and young people, and founded and directed the Haifa Hillel. Inbar lives in Jerusalem, and is married with three children.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yonatan Dobov

Yonatan Dobov

Rehovot | Founder of the Gula Cultural Center

Yonatan Dobov is the founder and director of the Gula Cultural Center, which promotes young Jewish creativity in a variety of artistic fields. The founder of Uri, an organization for artists named in memory of MK Uri Urbach, he writes a popular column in the Matzav Haruach newspaper, and presents a weekly program on the Galey Israel radio station. Yonatan is the chairperson of Young Bayit Yehudi, a forum for the youth of the Jewish Home party, and was a Jewish Home candidate in the elections for the 21st and 22nd Knesset. He is also a member of the presidium of the Zionist General Council. Born in the Soviet Union, Yonatan is a graduate of the Otniel hesder yeshiva, served as a training officer in the Nativ conversion program for IDF soldiers, and is a lawyer by profession. He was included in a list of the most influential figures in Israeli culture by the Makor Rishon newspaper. Yonatan is one of the leaders of the “transparent artists” protest, and works to advance the integration of immigrants from the former Soviet Union into Jewish and religious life in Israel.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Lior Elefant

Lior Elefant

Tel Aviv | Chairwoman of the Israeli Women in Film and Television Forum

Lior Elefant is an activist, feminist, lesbian, granddaughter, and daughter. She is the chairwoman of the Israeli Women in Film and Television Forum, and one of the founders and leaders of “Politically Corret” (P.See), an online feminist media project. Lior is also the director of “Lethal Lesbian,” an Israeli film festival dedicated to lesbian content. Lior holds a master’s degree (with distinction) in gender studies from Tel Aviv University, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Sociology and Anthropology department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She is a serial volunteer.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Neta Elkayam

Neta Elkayam

Jerusalem | Multidisciplinary Artist and Musician

Neta Elkayam is a multidisciplinary artist and musician who writes, reinvents, and performs North African music. She is the creator and artistic director of Abiyadi, a show paying tribute to Zohra al-Fassia, the diva of Moroccan Jewry, and recently released Arénas, a visual-musical showcase inspired by music of the women of the Atlas Mountains recorded in transit camps. In her music, Neta combines Andalusian, Berber, and Mediterranean influences with rock, pop, and piyut, and is the winner of the ACUM prize for 2017. She is also a plastic artist, who holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Kaye Academic College of Education. Her artwork, which includes paintings, sketches, fabrics, animation, sculpture, and video art, has been shown in solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions and festivals.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Michal Froman

Michal Froman

Tekoa | Architect and Founder of “Good Neighbors”

Michal Froman is an architect and yoga instructor. She is the founder of “Good Neighbors” – a forum for peace-seeking Israeli settlers who work to promote good relations with their Palestinian neighbors in Judea and Samaria. Michal is a member of "Women Wage Peace" and "A Land for All," and pursues every possible avenue to create encounters and dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis. A firm believer in God and in human beings, she is 35 and a mother of five.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Saar Gamzo

Saar Gamzo

Tel Aviv | Radio Broadcaster and Music Critic

Saar Gamzo is a broadcaster for Israel's biggest music radio station glgltz and is a music critic for the Israel Hayom daily newspaper. He is also the director of digital projects and member of the artistic direction team of "Mekudeshet" – the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival. Saar holds a bachelor’s degree in media studies and management from the College of Management, and is involved in introducing alternative Middle Eastern music into both new and traditional media platforms. Saar provides online marketing services for cultural organizations such as the Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair and the DocAviv film festival, and is the initiator and director of the musical project “A Tribe of Brothers and Sisters” ("Shevet Achim Ve'achayot").*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Inbal Gasit

Inbal Gasit

Tel Aviv | Culture Editor at the IDF's Galei Tzahal Radio Station

Inbal Gasit is culture editor and deputy director of the programming department of Galei Tzahal, the IDF radio station. She has been involved in broadcasts of Israel's army radio for more than 20 years, during which time she has served as culture correspondent and senior broadcaster. Inbal received the Galei Tzahal Commander’s Prize in 2012 for the program Night Birds with Shahar Segal and Roy Bar-Natan. She was involved in the recent redesign of Galei Tzahal’s program schedule, and has developed radio programs on subjects such as tradition, family, knowledge, economics, humor, and satire. Inbal headed the station’s journalism training program in 2015, and runs workshops on content development as part of that program to this day. She has developed, edited, and hosted the radio programs Status Quo and Gilui Da'at alongside Itai Hermann, and has edited Odeya Koren and Natan Datner’s talk show since its debut in 2007 – all while managing the station’s culture desk, which includes training and mentoring younger correspondents and producers.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Leor Grady

Leor Grady

Tel Aviv | Multidisciplinary Artist

Leor Grady is a multidisciplinary artist, lecturer at the arts department of Minshar School of Art and a curatorial consultant at The Lobby Art Space in Tel Aviv. His conceptual works in various media – sculpture, video, and drawing – explore identity politics and tradition by means of repositioning everyday objects and familiar imagery and imbuing them with poetic meaning. His work has been shown at solo and group exhibitions, including at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, the Haifa Museum of Art, the Ashdod Museum of Art, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Le MAGASIN – National Centre for Contemporary Art in Grenoble FR, Rush Arts, Exit Art, Y Gallery and The Center for Book Arts in New York City, as well as in public and private collections, as well as in public and private collections. Natural Worker, his first artist's book, was recently published by Sternthal Books.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yair Harel

Yair Harel

Jerusalem | Musician and Founder of "An Invitation to Piyut"

Yair Harel is a musician, artist, and artistic director, whose main focus is on traditional Jewish poetry, classical Oriental music, contemporary music, and the combination of all three. Yair has had the privilege of learning from and working with teachers of great stature, including Roger Ychai, André Hajdu, Peretz Eliyahu, Rabbi Meir Atiya, and Rabbi Chaim Lock. He is the founder of the website "An Invitation to Piyut," and has been behind many projects that have brought the world of piyut into the cultural and social mainstream in Israel and around the world. He is the artistic director of the Piyut Ensemble of the Ben-Zvi Institute, founded and managed the Jerusalem Piyut Festival in its decade of existence (2008-2017), and is currently the artistic director "Within the Secret of Many Voices," a festival of piyut, prayer, and Jewish music held at Israel's National Library. He teaches piyut and prayer throughout Israel and around the world.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Avigayil Heilbronn

Avigayil Heilbronn

Jerusalem | Social Activist in the Haredi Sector and Founder of “Lo Tishtok”

Avigayil Heilbronn is a social activist in the Haredi sector who formerly worked in hi-tech. She is the founder of “Lo Tishtok” ("Thou shalt not be silent"), an organization that helps victims of rape and sexual assault in the Haredi community and works to raise awareness of the issue. Avigayil is involved in a number of projects in the “new Haredi” community, including organizing an ultra-Orthodox ceremony to mark the Memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers. She is currently working as a media and strategy consultant for social activist organizations and Jewish history organizations, and teaches halakha and philosophy in the Haredi community. Avigayil is studying sociology and political science at the Open University. She is 30, and a mother of two.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ariel Horowitz

Ariel Horowitz

Tel Aviv | Musician and Creator of the Israeli Music App “Shiri”

Ariel Horowitz is an Israeli musician and songwriter, whose hits include Renée, 20,000 People, and Cyclamen between the Rocks. His song Love is Dead, written for his wife, singer Tamar Giladi, won the ACUM Prize for Song of the Year 2000. He has released seven solo albums and has written songs for other performers, including Chava Alberstein, Arkadi Duchin, and more. Ariel is the founder, creator, and CEO of the Israeli music app “Shiri” – a collaborative project with the Israel National Library that is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sport – which is designed to make all forms of Israeli music more accessible to the public. Previously, he founded "The Other Me," a collaborative project between the Rimon School of Music and Enosh – The Israeli Mental Health Association. He was the artistic director of the project, which was recognized by GAMIAN-Europe as the Best Rehabilitation Project in Europe in 2013 – for around a decade. Ariel teaches at Rimon, at the Mizmor School of Music, and at ALMA – Home for Hebrew Culture. He is 49, married, and a father of three.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Einat Levi

Einat Levi

Haifa | Founder of the Project for Digital Documentation of Moroccan Jewish Heritage

Einat Levi is an entrepreneur and researcher who divides her time between Israel and Morocco, working to develop collaborations and social tourism between the two countries, and leading missions and study tours. Einat is a research fellow at The Forum for Regional Thinking and researcher at Mitvim–The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, where she specializes in civil collaborations, Morocco, and Israeli-Moroccan relations. In 2016, she launched a project for the digital documentation of Moroccan Jewish heritage via social media platforms and virtual reality, and now runs a number of documentation communities. Einat also has extensive experience in developing training and learning technologies for education systems, having worked at the Center for Educational Technology to develop and implement courses on Jewish peoplehood and Israel-diaspora relations for students, teachers, and principals. Einat holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies and international relations, and a master’s degree in conflict research, management, and resolution, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is also a graduate of the ISEF Foundation's program for reducing gaps in Israeli society.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Alexandra Mandelbaum

Alexandra Mandelbaum

Tekoa | Researcher and Writer on Jewish Culture and Soviet Culture

Alexandra Mandelbaum is a doctoral student at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where she is researching the development of Breslov Hasidism. She is a fellow scholar in the 'Maskilot' program in Shalom Hartman Institute. In addition, she has written audience-participation plays that have been performed at the Cultural Brigade's festival of Soviet culture in Israel. Alexandra teaches Hasidism, kabbala, and subjects related to Israeli and Russian identity. Previously, she directed Gvanei Yerushalayim, a program promoting Israeli Judaism in Jerusalem neighborhoods. Alexandra holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Bar-Ilan University, and a master’s degree in Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Orly Portal

Orly Portal

Hadera | Dance Artist and Movement Researcher

Orly Portal is a choreographer; dancer; movement and voice researcher; the creator of a unique dance language based on ancient tribal Moroccan folklore; developer and mentor of distinct learning methods – Connecting to the Root of Movement through Belly Dancing, and Awareness Through Dance; founder and director of The Orly Portal Dance Company; participant lecturer and moderator in dance conferences and seminars; and leading various artistic collaborations. Born in 1969, Orly graduated from the department of dance studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She began her professional career as a dancer and soloist for the Kol Demama Dance Company and the Batsheva Dance Company. Over the years, Orly engaged in extensive study of Arabic folklore, spending two years studying Arabic music at Bar-Ilan University, and traveling to Morocco to learn the traditional dances of the Gnawa and Berber tribes first-hand. Her dance creations reflect insights from her research reintroducing ancient dance through contemporary expression that captivates audiences worldwide. Winner of the 2018 Yithak Navon prize to promote and preserve the diverse culture of Israel.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Porat Salomon

Porat Salomon

Bat Ayin | Artist and Founder of the Pardes School of Art

Porat Salomon is an artist and the founder of the Pardes School of Art. He is a graduate of the yeshiva programs in Otniel and Tekoa, and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art from Bezalel Academy. Porat works in a range of media, mainly in painting and video installations, and has received the Presser Award for a Young Israeli Artist, as well as the Ministry of Culture's Young Artist Prize. He is the curator of the interdisciplinary project “Between Heaven and Earth,” which brings together a group of artists for joint study and artistic work in a beit midrash setting, culminating in a group exhibition. He also founded and teaches in the gifted art students’ track at the Haleli religious girls’ school for the arts, and teaches in the regional arts track for yeshiva students in Gush Etzion.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Mor Shimonie

Mor Shimonie

Tel Aviv | Community Leader, Educator, Social entrepreneur

Mor Shimonie is a social and community entrepreneur, master of ceremonies, and producer of Jewish cultural events, as well as a teacher of Bible and Jewish philosophy. In 2015, she founded the BINA House in India, an open house for secular Judaism located in Dharamshala. Every year, the house introduces thousands of Israeli backpackers to Jewish culture and to opportunities for engaging with it and creating it, via learning, community activity, and social action. Mor holds a bachelor’s degree in Jewish philosophy from the Ofakim Program, Tel Aviv University's teacher-training program for outstanding students.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Orian Shukrun

Orian Shukrun

Ma’alot-Tarshiha | Conductor and Musical Director of the Al-Mughrabia Andalusian Orchestra

Orian Shukrun is a multidisciplinary musician, pianist, composer, conductor, singer-songwriter and producer, whose work bridges between Ma’alot-Tarshiha and Jerusalem. The conductor and musical director of the Al-Mughrabia Andalusian Orchestra, Orian is also a teaching artist in the Kol Yotzer Culture Lab. He holds a master’s degree in composition and conducting from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and was the recipient of the 2017 "Presidential Award" of the Jerusalem Academy or Music and Dance. Orian teaches and performs in Europe, the United States, and Africa, and his compositions are performed at festivals throughout Israel and around the world.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Karen Weiss

Karen Weiss

Tzur Hadassah | Deputy Director of the AVI CHAI Foundation

Karen Weiss is deputy director of the AVI CHAI Foundation Israel, and a project officer for the Foundation. One of the pioneers of the field of local Israeli-Jewish community development in Israel, she is the chairperson of Nitzanim–Jewish Israeli Identity and Zionism. Previously, Karen directed the Philip Laon Community Center in Jerusalem. For several years, she produced content-related events for the Israel Festival and for the nonprofit Shorashim. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the Wingate Institute, and a master’s degree in organizational consulting for social organizations and businesses from Ono Academic College. She is a former competitive athlete.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

Rafael Balulu

Rafael Balulu

Tel Aviv | Film Director and Cultural Entrepreneur

Rafael Balulu is the director of the film A Song of Loves – R. David Buzaglo, and Levantine – The Story of Jacqueline Kahanoff. He is currently working on a monumental documentary series recounting the history of the Jews in the Muslim world. Rafael teaches film studies at the Technion’s department of architecture, is a member of the board of the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum, and is a member of the Israeli Academy of Film and Television. He holds a bachelor’s degree in film studies from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ron Bartos

Ron Bartos

Tel Aviv | Art Curator and Scholar Specializing in Israeli Art

In the books, catalogues, and articles that Ron Bartos has published, as well as in the exhibitions that he has curated, he explores the history of art in Israel and examines contemporary local art. Ron holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tel Aviv University’s department of art history, and is a graduate of the fellows’ program at the ALMA Home for Hebrew Culture in Tel Aviv.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Livnat Ben-Hamou

Livnat Ben-Hamou

Ashdod | Radio Broadcaster and Musical Editor, Presenter, and Cultural Entrepreneur

Livnat Ben-Hamou is a senior broadcaster at Galgalatz, an Israel Army Radio station, and is a member of the station’s playlist committee. She presents the Night-birds show on the main Army Radio station Galei Tzahal, and was awarded the station commander’s prize in 2014 for editing and presenting Ars-Poetica, a program that explored the link between poetry and social issues. She also writes on culture and society for the Makor Rishon newspaper, lectures on media studies and the periphery, and organizes encounters with women artists in order to increase women's involvement in the arts in Israel. Livnat is a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s Honors Program in the Humanities and Arts, and of the Tidreshi Beit Midrash for Women's Social Leadership.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Rachel Elitzur

Rachel Elitzur

Elad | Filmmaker and Director of the Ultra-Orthodox Branch of the Maaleh Film School

Rachel Elitzur is an ultra-Orthodox screenwriter, researcher, director, and filmmaker. She has directed the ultra-Orthodox branch of the Maaleh School of Television, Film and the Arts since 2013, and her documentary movie Covered Up premiered at DocAviv, the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, in 2018. Rachel grew up in an ultra-Orthodox household and studied in Bais Yaakov schools until the age of 20. She is a graduate of the Maaleh film school.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Noam Enbar

Noam Enbar

Tel Aviv | Singer, Composer, and Founder of Artistic Collectives

Noam Enbar is the founder of the band Habiluim, the ensemble Oy Division, and the Great Gehenna Choir, a cooperative collective. He has appeared at numerous festivals worldwide. Noam has written music for theater and film. He collaborated with playwright Yonatan Levi on two productions: The General and the Sea (2014) and the trilogy Giants (Nefilim) (2016). His solo exhibition, Preaching to the Choir, opened at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2017. Blindsight, his work for multiple participants, was presented at the 2018 Mekudeshet festival. Since 2012, Noam has taught music composition and performance and has been a choirmaster at Musrara – the Naggar Multidisciplinary School of Art and Society in Jerusalem.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Rachel Gets Salomon

Rachel Gets Salomon

Ma’alot Tarshiha | Artist, Actor, and Lecturer

Rachel Gets Salomon is an artist, a curator, and a member of the Department of Plastic Arts of Israel’s Council for Art and Culture. She lectures on design and experimental curation at the Technion’s Faculty of Architecture, and lectures on culture and politics at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College’s Department of Political Science. Rachel was the creator of the plays Don’t Say “Water Water,Thinly, Thinly Sliced, and Beat Disorder, and was one of the actor-creators in the production Observation 1976, which won first prize at the Akko International Fringe Theater Festival. She is also a member of the artistic committee of the Metulla Poetry Festival. Rachel is a graduate of the Department of Fashion at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and is a doctoral student at the Technion’s Faculty of Architecture, where she is conducting research on gender, design, and ethnicity.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Esther Ishayahu

Esther Ishayahu

Nahariya | Activist for the Conservation of Beta Israel Culture

Esther Ishayahu is a treatment coordinator for victims of family violence at the Kiryat Bialik municipal welfare department, and founder of the Tiferet Synagogue for Ethiopian Jewry, a nonprofit that works to conserve Beta Israel traditions. Esther immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia in 1984 during Operation Moses. She is involved in the "Story along the Way" (Sipur Al HaDerech) project, which brings the immigration and absorption stories of Ethiopian-Israelis to the broader Israeli public. Esther holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in sociology and anthropology, both from the University of Haifa. Her master’s thesis, titled “Black on White,” focused on the conspiracy of silence surrounding a marginalized minority group within the Ethiopian community.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ronen Izhaki

Ronen Izhaki

Jerusalem | Choreographer and Artistic Director

Ronen Izhaki is the director of Between Heaven and Earth, a nonprofit organization that runs the Kol Atzmotai Tomarna dance school, the Ka’et Contemporary Dance Ensemble for men, and the Between Heaven and Earth dance festival, as well as an inter-disciplinary arts project. He has taught movement and dance at the department of theater and dance at the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's department of theater studies. Ronen holds a master’s degree in composition from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yair Kochav

Yair Kochav

Jerusalem | Founder and Artistic Director of the Tahrir Mizrahi Culture Bar

Yair Kochav is a businessman, social entrepreneur, musician, and performer of piyyut (classical Jewish liturgical poetry). He was born in Bat Yam and has lived in Jerusalem for over a decade. As a child, Yair learned the roots of piyyut and Mizrahi music at synagogue. He later continued his studies at the Renanot Jewish Music Institute and at the Center for Middle Eastern Classical Music in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Musrara. In the summer of 2013, Yair founded the Tahrir Bar in the heart of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market as an enterprise combining his business talents with his artistic and social inclinations. Since then, Tahrir has been the base for many events that have been bringing the lively Mizrahi music scene to a wider audience.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Sharon Mayevski

Sharon Mayevski

Jerusalem | Artist, Writer, Marriage Officiant

For the last decade, Sharon Mayevski has been involved in producing theater, mainly at fringe theater festivals in Israel and around the world. She runs workshops and lectures on feminism, with a particular focus on religious feminism and sexual violence. She worked at the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel for many years, as both a volunteer and an employee. The majority of her work today takes place online, whether as the viral video character known as Rabbanit Pashmina, or through her writing on issues close to her heart. Sharon also officiates at marriages on behalf of the Havaya organization. She is married to Ariel, has two daughters and a son, and lives in Jerusalem. Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in theater direction from the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts and a master’s degree in gender studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a graduate of the screenwriting program at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Oded Mazor

Oded Mazor

Hannaton | Rabbi and Teacher at the Leo Baeck Education Center

Oded Mazor is a Reform rabbi, member of Kibbutz Hannaton, and a Jewish educator at the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa and the Hannaton Educational Center. He provides guidance to individuals and families regarding life-cycle events and is involved community building. Oded edited Hasimcha Shebalev, the festival prayer book of the Israeli Reform movement, and is involved in creative liturgical renewal. He teaches and writes on Jewish halakhic thought, particularly Reform halakhic thought. Oded holds a master’s degree in Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Michal Prins

Michal Prins

Sde David | Founder and Director of Merkaz Yahel, Writer, and Teacher

Michal Prins is a graduate of Israel's national religious school system. She served as an education officer in the IDF, and is now a mental health officer in the IDF reserves. She lives on Moshav Sde David in the Lachish region, and is a married mother of four. Michal is the founding director of Merkaz Yahel – The Center for Jewish Intimacy, which provides relationship guidance and sex education in the religious community. The center’s focus is cultural rather than treatment-oriented, and it works toward broad social change rather than focusing on specific therapeutic work. Michal writes a column for Makor Rishon’s women’s magazine Nashim, and teaches at the College of Management Academic Studies. She holds a master’s degree in gender studies from Bar-Ilan University, and is currently writing a doctorate dissertation on the sexuality of religious women.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Alex Rif

Alex Rif

Tel Aviv | Israeli Russian Poet and Social Activist

Alex Rif is one of the founders of the Cultural Brigade, a group of young Russian speaking men and women from “Generation 1.5,” who immigrated to Israel with their families as young children. The Brigade works to make the story and culture of immigrants from the former Soviet Union an integral part of Israeli culture by means of projects such as the "Israeli Novy God" project, “Operation Veteran,” “Tusovka” immigrant poetry evenings, and more. She immigrated to Israel with her parents in 1991 at the age of five. Alex is a graduate of the screenwriting program at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School and of the Helicon Poetry School. Her first book of poetry is to be published this year by Pardes Publishing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration and a master’s degree in public policy from the Civil Service Cadet Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Jennie Rosenfeld

Jennie Rosenfeld

Jerusalem | Spiritual Leader and Director of Beit Din, Efrat

Jennie Rosenfeld serves as the manhiga ruchanit (female spiritual leader) of Efrat and as the director of the Beit Din for financial matters in Efrat. She received permission to issue halakhic rulings (heter hora’ah) from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and Rav Shuki Reich, after completing studies at the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership at Midreshet Lindenbam. Jennie co-authored Et Le’ehov: The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy (Gefen 2011; Hebrew translation 2013), and was named one of the “36 under 36” by the Jewish Week in 2008. A graduate of Stern College for Women, she completed Yeshiva University's graduate program in advanced Talmudic studies for women, along with a master's in Jewish education at the Azrieli Graduate School. Jennie holds a doctorate in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she wrote her dissertation on “Talmudic Re-readings: Toward a Modern Orthodox Sexual Ethic” as a Wexner Graduate Fellow.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Avishay Wohl

Avishay Wohl

Jerusalem | Co-Founder and Co-Director of the BINA Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva

Avishay Wohl is a co-director and teacher at the BINA Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva and at the Beit Yisrael and Masbaha pre-army programs (“mechinot”). He was born in Karkur and grew up in Jerusalem, and has taught at the Rene Cassin high school and the Nativ program for immigrant soldiers. Avishay holds a bachelor’s degree in general literature and Bible studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a graduate of the Kerem Institute for Jewish Humanistic Education, where he trained in teaching literature and Bible. He studied film and television in a joint program of the Maaleh School of Film and Television and the Lifshitz College of Education.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

Danny Admasu

Danny Admasu

Rishon Lezion | General Manager, Hila – For Equality in Education; Founding Director, Ethiopian Jewry Heritage Center

Danny founded the Sheba Scouts division to promote the integration of Ethiopian-Israelis into the Israel Scouts. He has served as director of the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews and area head at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Served as founding-director of the Ethiopian Jewry Heritage Center, a government corporation. Currently Danny is director of Hila - For Equality in Education. He holds a master’s degree in hermeneutics and cultural studies from Bar-Ilan University, where he is now a doctoral student.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yair Assulin

Yair Assulin

Rehovot | Columnist, Author and Artistic Advisor

Yair writes a weekly cultural-political column for Haaretz, and is the author of the novels The Journey (2011, awarded the Sapir Prize for Debut Fiction), and The Things Themselves (2014), the longform poem Munich (2014) and editor of “Hear My Voice: New Old Psalms”. He edits scripts and teaches writing, and also serves as artistic advisor on various projects. He is the chief artistic advisor for the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund and the Avi Chai/Gesher Film and Media Collaborative. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Heli Bareket Tabibi

Heli Bareket Tabibi

Jerusalem | Director of Hillel at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Cultural Entrepreneur

Heli is one of the leaders of Rashut Ha’Rabim – The Jerusalem Forum of Jewish Renaissance Organizations and Director of Hillel at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a board member of several social organizations, and a member of the Jerusalem municipality’s Society and Culture Committee. She founded the Hillel Beit Midrash for Israeli Singers; worked as a commentator for the educational television series Ibn Gvirol and Yehuda Halevi; served as a consultant to the Mifal Hapais (Israeli National Lottery) Council for Culture and Art; and was a member of the steering committee for An Invitation to Piyut, a website promoting traditional Jewish liturgical poetry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Jewish history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Regev Ben-David

Regev Ben-David

Jerusalem | Head of Beit Midrash Programs at Ein Prat – The Midrasha in Alon

Regev has worked as a group facilitator in several different settings; he led and directed Beit Prat, the Ein Prat alumni community in Jerusalem; is a member of the ROI Community, an international network of Jewish social entrepreneurs, activists, and educators, via which he led Limmud Jerusalem and founded and led YOM – A Workshop for Pluralism in Religion and State. Since 2015, he has served as head of the Beit Midrash programs at Ein Prat. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Bar-Ilan University.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Amichai Chasson

Amichai Chasson

Givat Shmuel | Poet, Filmmaker, Curator, and Artistic Director at Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem

Amichai is a graduate of the Otniel yeshiva and of the Sam Spiegel School of Film and Television. He has worked as a journalist and culture critic for the papers Makor Rishon and Ma’ariv, and as a speechwriter for the President of Israel. He is one of the editors of the poetry journal Meshiv Haruah; lectures in screenwriting at the College of the Literary Arts in Jerusalem; and is a broadcaster for the public radio channel Kan Tarbut. He has written and directed for a number of television series, including The Winner (“Hamenatzeach”) and Iron Dome (“Kipat Barzel”), and is currently shooting a documentary on the Hebrew poet Avoth Yeshurun (Yehiel Perlmutter) as part of the Hebrew culture project The Hebrews. His collection of poetry Talking with Home (2015) was awarded the Minister of Culture’s Prize for New Poets.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Uri Cohen

Uri Cohen

Mevo Beitar | Director of Masa Israeli Routes Odyssey

Uri has served as director of Gesher Educational Enterprises, educational director for the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe Division of the Jewish Agency’s Youth Education Department, youth coordinator at a rehabilitation center, and high-school teacher in Israel and the United States. In 2005, he founded Masa Israeli Routes Odyssey to provide Jewish, Zionist, and Israeli education in Israel’s non-religious state school system, in the diaspora, and in the IDF, and has served as its founding director since then. He holds a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Chamutal Doitchman

Chamutal Doitchman

Mazkeret Batya | Community Director of Masuot Yitzhak

Chamutal has previously served as the director of the social services division of the Givat Brenner Regional Council, and as community director for Kibbutz Kfar Menachem. Since 2012, she has been the community director for the cooperative agricultural settlement Masuot Yitzhak. She is also the chair of the parents’ board of the Keshet elementary school in Mazkeret Batya, which serves students from both religious and secular families. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Anat Marla Heffetz

Anat Marla Heffetz

Kibbutz Nirim | Secretary-General of Kibbutz Nirim

Anat is the social and community director of Kibbutz Nirim, and is responsible for leading long-term strategic planning processes for the kibbutz. She is an active member of a number of forums and groups in the area and throughout the Negev, and is active in the Kibbutz Movement. She is one of the founders and leaders of the Movement for the Future of the Western Negev, a civil society organization formed by Western Negev residents to promote a diplomatic solution in Gaza. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Tel Aviv University, and is a doctoral student in the department of politics and government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her research focuses on the commemoration of the War of Independence in the Negev, and examines questions of collective memory and local, communal, and national identity.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Rachel Keshet

Rachel Keshet

Tekoa | Founder and Principal of the Keshatot School of Theater

Rachel is the creator of the plays Don’t Say ‘Water Water’, Finely Cut, You Don’t Say, and And She Conceived and Gave Birth, and was the actor-creator in the production 1976 View which won first prize at the Akko International Fringe Theater Festival. She was awarded the Minister of Education’s Prize for Jewish Culture and the Golden Hegehog Performer of the Year Prize for her performance in And She Conceived and Gave Birth. She directs community theater around Israel, and since 2015 has been the principal of the Keshatot School of Theater. She holds a master’s degree in theater from Tel Aviv University.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Tamar Meir

Tamar Meir

Givat Shmuel | Founder of Kulana, a Community Beit Midrash

Tamar is a member of the board of directors of Beit Hillel, an organization of rabbis and rabbaniyot seeking to provide an attentive rabbinical leadership, and is the founder of Kulana, a community beit midrash in Givat Shmuel. She is the author of Francesco Tirelli’s Ice Cream Shop (2017), which won the Yad Vashem Prize for Children’s Holocaust Literature. Since 2011, she has served as head of the literature department at the Givat Washington Academic College of Education. She teaches on the master’s program in Aggadah at Efrata College of Education, and at the Midrasha of Bar-Ilan University. She holds a doctorate in literature of the Jewish people from Bar-Ilan University.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Neta Meisels

Neta Meisels

Jerusalem | Cultural Entrepreneur and Researcher; Director of HaMiffal in Jerusalem

Neta was one of the founder members of the artists’ group Empty House, founded and directed the temporary culture and arts space Carriage 322, and was the artistic director of the Voice of the Word festival at the Hazira Performance Art Arena. He studies and works on the seam between art, community, and urban spaces, and since 2016 has been the director of HaMiffal, “the factory,” an arts and culture center in Jerusalem. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the Hebrew University, and is a doctoral student at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Inbal Ron

Inbal Ron

Tel Aviv | Executive Director of Dror Educational Centers

Inbal was one of the founders of Kibbutz Eshbal, a kibbutz of educators in the Galilee, where she was involved in founding and running a boarding school for at-risk youth. She has also worked in group facilitation and in curricular development. She taught in the “Beit Midrash for Folk Teachers” track at Beit Berl College, and founded and directed the Mitzpe Ramon boarding school for leadership and social action. Since 2014, she has been the founding director of the Dror Educational Centers’ network of professional leadership colleges and is currently director of Dror Educational Centers. She holds a master’s degree in education system management and organization from Beit Berl College.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Malki Rottner

Malki Rottner

Ashdod | Author and Social Activist

Malki oversaw public relations for the Shorashim Jewish Culture Center, and ran the organization’s activities aimed at bridging gaps in Israeli society. She is now a social activist working on municipal community initiatives in Ashdod to create dialog between different sectors, including the “Ashdodim” movement and the secular-Haredi beit midrash “Plugta.” She is also a fellow at the Shaharit Institute.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Eran Schwartz

Eran Schwartz

Gan Ner | Director of the Yigal Allon Center in Ginosar

Eran is currently director of the Yigal Allon Center, an educational nonprofit that provides leadership training in the spirit of Yigal Allon. The center, situated on Kibbutz Ginosar, is a leading institution in educating toward Zionist-humanist leadership and social activism, for a broad range of populations. The center also works to strengthen relations between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. Eran is a former commander in the Israeli air force. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Haifa’s Afikim program for outstanding students, and has studied at Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies) and in the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ofir Toubul

Ofir Toubul

Tel Aviv | Cultural Entrepreneur, Radio Broadcaster, and Social-Legal Activist

Ofir founded and edited Café Gibraltar, an internet magazine and incubator for entrepreneurism in the cultural periphery, and founded Golden Age, a movement guided by the values of traditional Judaism and Mizrahi Zionism. He presents a radio show for the Kan Israel Broadcasting Corporation; writes a column for the nrg news website; and is one of the leaders of the “Imprisonment is Not the Answer” campaign, which criticizes punishment by incarceration in Israel. He is a lawyer, and is studying for a research-based master’s degree in law as a fellow in the Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights at the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program