Graduates



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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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. * The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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.* The information 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).* The information 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.* The information was last updated at the start of the program