Graduates



Mandel Youth Leadership Program: Cohort 5

October 2019 – July 2020

 

Mimas Ahmad

Mimas Ahmad

Co-coordinator, Sadaka-Reut Youth Project

Mimas Ahmad is the co-coordinator of the youth project of Sadaka-Reut, a binational organization dedicated to fostering partnerships between Arabs and Jews in Israel. Previously, she worked in a therapeutic counseling role with at-risk youth in Tel Aviv–Yafo, was a facilitator in a binational project at Beit Berl College, and worked for the Beyachad non-profit organization as a youth counselor in schools. Mimas holds a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate in informal education and Arabic literature, and is a qualified group facilitator. She lives in Yafo.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Kamal Alasibi

Kamal Alasibi

Director of the Incubator for Leadership, Desert Stars

Kamal Alasibi is the director of the leadership and entrepreneurship incubator of Desert Stars, an organization that works to develop a new generation of young Bedouin leadership. Previously, he directed the organization’s graduate network. He also worked as a teacher and coordinator at the Al-Sanabel elementary school in Umm Batin for five years. Kamal holds a bachelor’s degree in education, with a specialization in Arabic language teaching, and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in special education. He lives on Kibbutz Ruhama.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Nir Alrom

Nir Alrom

Southern Region Director, Jewish National Fund’s “Green Horizons” Youth Organization

Nir Alrom is the southern region director of the JNF’s Green Horizons organization, which offers educational outdoor activities for youth. Previously, he worked in various defense-related settings and coordinated the informal education activities in his local area. He completed four years of service in the IDF as a combat soldier and officer. Nir believes in outdoor education as a means for promoting equal opportunity in Israeli society. He lives in Yeruham.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Waheed Alsana

Waheed Alsana

Director of community and Partnerships of the AJEEC youth organization

Waheed Alsana is the director of community and Partnerships of the AJEEC youth organization. Previously, he coordinated activities to promote sporting excellence in Rahat, and was a community coordinator for the Rayan Employment Center in the Bedouin city of Rahat. Waheed holds a bachelor’s degree in education and culture and a master’s degree in business administration, and lives in Rahat.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Noga Berenfeld

Noga Berenfeld

Director of Development and Counselor Education, Latet Youth

Noga Berenfeld is the director of development and counselor education for the Latet Youth organization. She has worked for a number of local authorities as the director of units dealing with youth and the community. She also founded the alumni organization for the Democratic Institute. Noga wants to ensure that every young person has a safe space in which to feel important, wanted, and loved. At the same time, she seeks to expose them to challenges and complexities in order to develop critical thinking and healthy skepticism. Noga holds a master’s degree in education management, is a graduate of the Incubator for Educational and Social Initiatives at Kibbutzim College of Education, and holds a teaching certificate and a diploma in group facilitation. She lives in Tel Aviv.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ella Betzer

Ella Betzer

Regional Hagshama Coordinator, Tzofim – Israeli Scouts Movement

Ella Betzer has worked in the field of informal education for over a decade. She is now a regional Hagshama (fulfillment) coordinator for the Israeli Scouts Movement. Previously, Ella was a local coordinator for the movement’s Jerusalem branch. She lived in the United States for two years, during which she ran an education program at a community center in Chicago. Ella holds a bachelor’s degree in informal education and a teaching certificate in history and Jewish philosophy. She lives in Tel Aviv. *This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yakov Biton

Yakov Biton

Director, Ma’ase Pre-Military Academies

Yakov Biton is the director of the Ma’ase pre-military academies. Located in the Galilee, the Negev, and Central Israel, these preparatory programs serve young people from Israel’s socioeconomic and geographic periphery and aim to promote equal opportunities. Previously, Yakov founded Ma’ase’s Bedouin pre-army leadership academy, which he still directs, and founded and directed the Bedouin pre-military section at the Aharai! (Follow Me!) social and educational organization for youth. Yakov holds a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies, and lives in Tzfat.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Roni Cooperman

Roni Cooperman

Director, Hafuch al Hafuch Youth Center, Tel Aviv

Roni Cooperman is the director of the Hafuch al Hafuch drop-in information and counseling center for youth in the heart of Tel Aviv, which provides an informal therapeutic space for youth in crisis and at varying degrees of risk. Previously, she founded a group for LGBTQ youth in Beit Shemesh affiliated with the Israeli LGBTQ+ Youth Organization (IGY), and served as a youth counselor at the Beit Keshet and Amirim hostels. Roni holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and gender studies, and lives in Tel Aviv.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Adi Engel

Adi Engel

Resources Manager, IGY—Israeli LGBTQ+ Youth Organization

Adi Engel is the resources manager of IGY—Israeli LGBTQ+ Youth Organization, in which capacity she develops collaborations with Israeli businesses and foundations in order to involve them in IGY's educational work and to familiarize them with young people across the LGBTQ spectrum. Previously, she managed IGY’s activities in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa district. Adi holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and society, and participated in the leadership program of the Israel 2050 movement for economic empowerment during her student years. She lives in Tel Aviv.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Vadim Frenklikh

Vadim Frenklikh

Mediator, Tzofim – Israeli Scouts Movement

Vadim Frenklikh is the mediator of the Tzofim – Israeli Scouts Movement, and heads the organization's work with immigrants from the former Soviet Union. He is responsible for training, mentoring, and supporting local branch coordinators throughout the country, as well as for developing educational programs adapted to the Russian-speaking community. Previously, he spent four years working for the Ra’anana municipal education department as a mainstreaming assistant for schoolchildren with disabilities. Vadim holds a bachelor’s degree in management and philosophy, and lives in Ra’anana.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Itai Fried

Itai Fried

Deputy CEO, Tavor Leadership Academy

Itai Fried is the deputy CEO of the Tavor leadership academy, where he has headed the Keshet young leadership program for high school students since 2015. He was one of the founders of the leadership program of Hashomer Hachadash (New Guardians), and was an instructor in the program during its first two years. He is also the co-founder of the Echad Mishelanu (One of Us) pre-military academy, and currently serves on its executive committee. Itai completed nine years of service in the IDF as a combat commander and officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations and a master’s degree in public policy, and lives in Avnat.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Hila Gellberg

Hila Gellberg

Director of the Magshimim Program, Cyber Education Center

Hila Gellberg is the director of Magshimim – the National Cyber Program at the Cyber Education Center. The program is designed for high-school students in Israel’s geographic and socioeconomic periphery. Previously, she founded the unit for educational excellence at the Haifa municipal education department, and directed it for ten years. Hila is an alumnus of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education, with a concentration in mathematics, and a master’s degree in mathematical education. Her master’s thesis explored the impact of enrichment programs on gifted students. She lives on Kibbutz Lehavot-Haviva.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ortal Hadad

Ortal Hadad

Director of the Youth Department, Kiryat Bialik Municipality

Ortal Hadad is director of the Kiryat Bialik municipal youth department, in which capacity she is responsible for leading the city’s informal education system. Previously, she was the youth coordinator of the Tirat Carmel community center for four years. She is now a member of the board of directors of her local community center and is the spokesperson for Israel's National Association of Youth Department Directors. Ortal holds a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in communications, and a master’s degree in organizational consulting and development. She lives in Tirat Carmel.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ronia Hadad

Ronia Hadad

Head of the Content Department, Bnei Akiva Youth Movement

Ronia Hadad is the head of the content department for the Bnei Akiva youth movement. In this capacity, she heads a team that develops educational content, events, activities, and workshops. She also directs the movement’s media activities and serves as its spokesperson. Previously, she was the coordinator of the older age group in the movement's southern region, and was the coordinator of the Har Hevron region. Ronia holds a bachelor’s degree in education, specializing in community-social education and Bible teaching, and a master’s degree in organizational consulting. She lives in Karmei Tzur.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


David Hasson

David Hasson

Director of Services for Bedouin Society, Aharai! Youth Organization

David Hasson is the director of services for Bedouin society of the Aharai! (Follow Me!) social and educational organization for youth. He founded the organization’s pre-military preparatory program for Bedouin youth, as well as its preparatory programs for Bedouin service in the Israel Police, the Israel Prison Service, and the Israel Fire Service. Previously, he directed the Derech Prat leadership program for high school students, and was one of the founders of the branch of the Shachen Tov good neighbors association in Gilo, Jerusalem. David holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology and a master’s degree in Jewish leadership. He lives on Kibbutz Kfar Etzion.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yosef Kdah

Yosef Kdah

Director of the Education Department, Ajyal Youth Movement

Yosef Kdah is the director of the education department of Ajyal, the Arab division of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement, which provides young Arab citizens of Israel with informal education opportunities. He is responsible for developing content and activities that are adapted to Arab society and its needs, as well as for training leadership teams in each of the movement’s local branches. Previously, he worked on practical aspects of coexistence among youth and young adults at Beit Hagefen in Haifa and in other settings. Yosef holds a bachelor’s degree in informal education and a teaching certificate in history, and is a qualified group facilitator. He lives in Kafr Manda.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yuval Linden

Yuval Linden

Director of the Department for Pre-Military Academies, Civilian Service, and Military Service, BINA—The Jewish Movement for Social Change

Yuval Linden is the director of the department for pre-military academies, civilian service, and military service at BINA—The Jewish Movement for Social Change. He is a graduate of an IDF Nachal (Fighting Pioneering Youth) unit affiliated with the Masorti Movement. Previously, he was involved in planning and leading hikes and treks, and in facilitating study groups, with a particular focus on leading identity development processes linked to Jewish and Israeli sources. Yuval holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in modern history, and lives in Hod Hasharon.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Michael Moatti

Michael Moatti

Sharon and Shomron Region Coordinator, Bnei Akiva Youth Movement

Michael Moatti coordinates the Sharon and Shomron region for the Bnei Akiva youth movement. A graduate of the Shavei Hevron yeshiva, Michael completed five years of service in the IDF as a combat soldier and officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in government and public policy, and lives in Alei Zahav.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yonathan Schiller

Yonathan Schiller

Director of Research and Development, 24/7 Initiative

Yonathan Schiller is the director of research and development for the AMIT network’s 24/7 initiative. In this capacity, he develops tools and curricula for working with youth at risk through therapeutic outdoor activities. After serving as a combat officer in the IDF, he founded an organization for former IDF combat soldiers, which he ran for four years. Yonathan is certified in outdoor activity therapy, specializing in youth at risk, and is a qualified personal coach and group facilitator. He lives in Jerusalem.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yael Schneider

Yael Schneider

Coordinator, Nachshonim Youth Homes Association

Yael Schneider is the coordinator of the Nachshonim Youth Homes Association, which operates in marginalized neighborhoods throughout Israel with the goal of developing individual and social resilience in the children and teens who participate in its activities. Previously, she was the coordinator of a community center in Nahariya for four yours. It was there that she founded Nachshonim. Yael, who is also involved in the alumni organization of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement, believes that education is the key to making society more equal, just, and moral. She holds a bachelor’s degree in informal education and a teaching certificate in history, and lives in an urban kibbutz in Kiryat Haim.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Elad Sela

Elad Sela

Southern Region Coordinator, Bnei Akiva Youth Movement

Elad Sela is the southern region coordinator for the Bnei Akiva youth movement. Previously, he coordinated the appointment and placement of youth counselors for the Am Yisrael Echad organization, and directed the Eitan pre-military academy in Mishor Adumim. He enjoys working with people and has faith in their better selves. Elad holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and Land of Israel studies, and lives in Avigayil in the South Hebron Hills.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Michal Shalom

Michal Shalom

Director of the Maatefet and Activist Communities Programs, ELEM—Youth in Distress

Michal Shalom is the director of the Maatefet program for ELEM—Youth in Distress, a program that provides professional support for young adults at risk who are performing civilian service. She is also the founder and director of ELEM's Activist Communities program, which serves the organization's graduate community. Previously, she was the social engagement coordinator at the Tavor pre-military academy. She believes that young people at risk have the knowledge and the power to bring about change and have an impact at all levels. Michal holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, and lives in Givatayim.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Hadar Shohat

Hadar Shohat

Sorek Region Director, Jewish National Fund’s “Green Horizons” Youth Organization

Hadar Shohat is the Sorek region director of the JNF’s Green Horizons organization, which provides educational outdoor activities for youth. For 13 years, she served as an officer in various air defense positions in the Israel Air Force. Hadar believes that outdoor education and nature can empower young people and can foster independence, belonging, commitment, curiosity, and friendship. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and food science, and lives on Kibbutz Givat Brenner.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Gil Zeevi

Gil Zeevi

Director of Projects, Cyber Education Center

Gil Zeevi is the director of projects at the Cyber Education Center, where she is responsible for the business development and management of new initiatives. Previously, she directed a hi-tech studio for user experience design. In her youth, Gil was an active member of the HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed youth movement. She believes that people have the ability to be better and happier, in order to make organizations more effective, meaningful, and sustainable. Gil holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, and lives in Even Yehuda.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Shachar Zinman

Shachar Zinman

Head of the Youth Movement, Aharai! Youth Organization

Shachar Zinman is an educator and lawyer who heads the youth movement of the Aharai! (Follow Me!) social and educational organization for youth. Previously, he was the director of a pre-military academy run by the Shachar network, and completed his law internship in the financial department of the State Attorney’s Office. He believes in the ability of Israeli youth to shape Israeli society. Shachar holds a bachelor’s degree in law and Jewish history and is a qualified group facilitator. He lives in Tel Aviv.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


 

Mandel Youth Leadership Program: Cohort 4

October 2018 – June 2019

 

Omri Arzi

Omri Arzi

Educational Director, HaShomer HaChadash Youth Organization

Omri Arzi is the educational director of the HaShomer HaChadash youth movement. Prior to this, he ran the youth division at the Yaacov Herzog Center for Jewish Studies and served as a counselor at a pre-military academy. He also founded an independent business that provides environmental education in schools, and is involved in facilitating groups on Jewish identity and Israeli society. Omri is a keen student of history, and promotes knowledge and love of the Land of Israel in his educational work. He is married and lives in Zichron Yaakov.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Yoav Braver

Yoav Braver

Director of Municipal Discourse, Cyber Education Center

Yoav Braver is in charge of municipal discourse at the Rashi Foundation’s Cyber Education Center, which is active in Israel’s social and geographical periphery. From 2016 to 2018 he was the northern director of Magshimim, Israel’s national program for cyber literacy. Previously, he worked for the Israeli Scouts Movement, serving in several positions over a period of some seven years. Yoav holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Haifa. A graduate of the Gvanim program for Jewish pluralism in Israel, he is married and a father of two, and lives in Yokneam.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Hen Buganim

Hen Buganim

Director of Partnerships and Volunteers, "Aharai!" – Youth Leading Change

Hen Buganim is director of partnerships and volunteers for "Aharai!" – Youth Leading Change. She has participated in the leadership program of ISEF – Israel Scholarship Education Foundation. She has also completed an internship at the Center for Local Government, and has been involved in several projects promoting local authorities and their residents. She has served as a counselor for college students, with a focus on educational leadership, and mentored school students of varying ages from different population groups. Hen holds a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. She lives in Kiryat Yam.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Netanel Gabay

Netanel Gabay

Director of Boys’ Activities, Ariel Youth Movement

Netanel Gabay is the director of activities for boys in the Ariel youth movement. Previously, he served as the head of the volunteering unit at the IDF Recruitment Center in Jerusalem, was a member of the Helkat Hasadeh center for Land of Israel studies, and chaired the Ariel youth movement’s counselors forum. A student of engineering, industry and management at the University of Ariel, Netanel believes that youth movements are the life preservers of Israel society. He is married, has two children, and lives in Alon Moreh.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Basel Hazemi

Basel Hazemi

Director of Volunteering in the Arab Sector, Ofek Association

Basel Hazemi is the director of volunteering in the Arab sector for the Ofek association, and leads numerous volunteering projects for national-civic service in the Arab sector. Previously, he worked for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel as the director of the educational field school in Maghar. Basel has extensive educational experience as a school teacher, coordinator, director of Arab programs for the Ma’ase Center, and mentor of volunteers in national-civic service and community service programs in Arab society. A volunteer and social activist in the town of Maghar, Basel holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Oranim Academic College.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Khalil Homeidi

Khalil Homeidi

Director, Barriers to Independence Program, ELEM – Youth in Distress

Khalil Homeidi has been the director of the "Barriers to Independence" program of ELEM, a non-profit organization that provides support and counseling services to young adults who were previously residents of children's homes, since 2017. He has many years of experience as an educational counselor and has worked as a social worker for the Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority. Khalil began his work at ELEM in 2013, when he was the founding director of the organization's work in the Arab sector. He believes in partnerships and in collaborative leadership as the basis for change. Khalil holds a bachelor’s degree in social work, and a master’s degree in educational counseling from the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. Married and the father of two, he was born and still lives in the village of Mashad in the Lower Galilee.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Jonathan Lavy

Jonathan Lavy

Jerusalem District Manager, Green Horizons

Jonathan Lavy is the Jerusalem district manager for "Hugey Sayarut", KKL-JNF’s Green Horizons Outdoor Leadership School, which offers educational outdoor activities for youth in Israel. Over the years, he has worked as a hiking guide and has created experiences in nature for youth in various frameworks, including afterschool nature clubs, the High School for Environmental Studies at Midreshet Ben Gurion in Sde Boker, and Arab-Jewish encounters. Jonathan is a strong believer in unmediated encounters between people, nature, and the environment, and in the power of these encounters to cultivate abilities, responsibility, independence, friendship, cooperation, and curiosity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in archaeology and ancient Near Eastern studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and lives in Jerusalem.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Mayssam Ledawi

Mayssam Ledawi

Coordinator, Ajyal Youth Movement; Project Coordinator, Cities without Violence

Mayssam Ledawi is the coordinator of Ajyal, the Arab division of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement. She has also worked since 2013 in a middle school as a counselor for youth at risk and violence-prevention counselor, as part of the national "Cities without Violence" project. Mayssam believes that young people have the power to reshape society and lead change. She is married, has one child, and lives in Kalansuwa.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Ori Lowis

Ori Lowis

Regional Coordinator, Bnei Akiva Youth Movement

Ori Lowis is a regional coordinator for the Bnei Akiva youth movement. He studied at the Ateret Kohanim yeshiva, the Shavei Hevron yeshiva, and the Bnei David yeshiva, and taught at the Beit Meir pre-military program. He has taught religious studies and prepared students emotionally for service in the IDF. Ori is interested in creating diverse communities and developing local leadership among youth in the periphery. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in government and public policy, both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is married and a father of five, and lives in Or Akiva, where is a member of a garin (social activism cooperative).*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Monia Mansour

Monia Mansour

Director, Usfiya Neurim Program, Ma’ase Center

Monia Mansour is director of the Neurim Program's youth center at the Ma'ase Center in the Druze town of Usfiya. The center develops and promotes leadership, volunteering, excellence, and equal opportunities. Monia also works at two high schools in the Carmel region as a group facilitator for the “Next Step” program, which aims to foster leadership and volunteering, raise awareness of social issues in Israel, and increase access to the performance of a meaningful year of volunteer work. For two years, Monia was a counselor working with children with disabilities. Married and the mother of a daughter, she lives in Usfiya and is completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education at the Open University.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Rinat Mazoz

Rinat Mazoz

Human Resources Director, Ezra Youth Movement

Rinat Mazoz is the human resources director for the Ezra youth movement. Previously, she worked for Ma’agalim, a national educational non-profit organization, as a counselor for female high-school students in national-civic service programs, as well as those who aspire to perform meaningful service in the IDF. She was one of the founders of a religious garin (social activism cooperative) in Yavne, which now has 30 active families and operates charitable services, a beit midrash, workshops for parents, and more. She has also run roundtable discussions in Yavne for young leaders and national service volunteers, on behalf of the Tzav Pius organization. Rinat holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the Michlalah Jerusalem College, and has studied at the Oriya women’s seminary. She lives in Jerusalem.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Marta Nassar

Marta Nassar

Director, Duroob Program, Ma’ase Center

Marta Nassar directs the Ma'ase Center's Duroob (Arabic for "Ways") program, which runs centers for female national-civic service volunteers in the Arab sector, in order to advance the status of women and improve society. She is a member of the Na’amat women’s movement, and is a social activist in Jish. Marta is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in human resource management at the Zefat Academic College. She is married and the mother of two, and lives in Jish (Gush Halav).*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


May Qadah

May Qadah

Director, Sanabal Leadership Institute

May Qadah is the director of the Sanabal Leadership Institute, a post-high school leadership training program for Arab high school graduates. She has worked in informal education for many years, and was the national coordinator of the Ajyal youth movement – the Arab division of the Hashomer Hatzair movement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in informal education and highschool history teaching from Beit Berl College. May is married and lives in Hajajra.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Roni San Werthaim

Roni San Werthaim

Southern Region Manager, Ezra Youth Movement

Roni San Werthaim is the manager of the southern region for the Ezra youth movement. She has held a variety of positions in Israel's Civil Service Commission and in the Ezra youth movement. She believes that educational and civil service professionals are central pillars of the country’s leadership, with major impact on the lives of all Israeli citizens and Israeli society. Roni holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Bar-Ilan University, and is a graduate of the Midgal Oz Beit Midrash for Women of the Har Etzion Yeshiva. She is married and lives in Alon Shvut.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Shlomo Schwartz

Shlomo Schwartz

Director, Erez Pre-Military Academy, Jerusalem

Shlomo Schwartz has worked at the Erez pre-military academy in Jerusalem – a project supported by "Aharai!" – Youth Leading Change and the Jewish Agency for Israel – since 2013, and has been the director of the academy since 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and humanities from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is married and has a daughter, and lives in Jerusalem.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Maly Shany

Maly Shany

Social Responsibility Coordinator, Israeli Scouts Movement

Maly Shany is the social responsibility coordinator for the Department for Immigrants and the Periphery in the Israeli Scouts Movement (Tzofim). She was previously a coordinator in the movement’s Hagshama (Fulfillment) Department, a young leadership coordinator for the municipal youth department of Netanya, and a homeroom teacher for fifth and sixth grades at the Yuvalim elementary school in Tzuran. Maly holds a master’s degree in migration and social integration from the Ruppin Academic Center, and was certified as a teacher through the retraining program for academic graduates at Beit Berl College. She lives in Tel Aviv.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Gonen Shaul

Gonen Shaul

Director of Partnerships and Government Relations, Israel Gay Youth

Gonen Shaul is the director of community partnerships and government relations for IGY – the Israel LGBTQ Youth Movement. He completed a year’s national-civic service for KKL-JNF and then served in the Israeli Air Force, reaching the rank of captain. Gonen oversaw KKL-JNF’s local national-civic service groups for three years, led workshops and seminars at the Yitzhak Rabin Center, and was operations director for "Aharai!" – Youth Leading Change. Gonen is a graduate of the Aviv program of BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change, and is an active member of the BINA alumni community. He holds a bachelor’s degree in politics, government, and management from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and lives in Tel Aviv.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Itamar Sluk

Itamar Sluk

Head of Youth Department, Ma’ale Adumim Municipality

Itamar Sluk is a lawyer and educator who has worked in informal education for the last decade, and has headed the Ma’ale Adumim municipal youth department since 2015. Previously, he ran a residential facility for youth in Mevasseret Zion for several years, and was the CEO of the Kedar community settlement. Itamar volunteered with the Movement for Quality Government in Israel, and completed his legal internship at the office of the Israeli Patent Registrar in the Ministry of Justice. He is a great believer in informal education, and in youth movements in particular. Itamar holds a bachelor’s degree in law (cum laude) from Sha’arei Mishpat – the Academic Center for Law and Science. He is married and a father of three.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Avi Tayeb

Avi Tayeb

Director, Ma’ase Banegev Pre-Military Preparatory Program

Avi Tayeb is the director of the Ma'ase Banegev pre-military academy. Previously, he directed the field activities of Hibburim, an initiative designed to strengthen the family unit. Avi has founded and directed several educational and social projects in Sderot, including a soccer school for children that taught values of "love your neighbor as yourself." For five years, Avi worked at the AMIT therapeutic-educational youth village in Petah Tikva as a coordinator of a home-group of 16 young men. He then coordinated a life skills program at the village, which combined technological studies with preparation for military service and adult life. Next, he was a member of the management team and the director of the community center at the youth village, which has some 400 residents. Avi is a member of Madrimim, an organization that promotes social, educational, and economic enterprises in the Negev. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Peres Academic Center. Married and a father of four, he lives in Shokeda, a religious moshav in southern Israel.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Naama Weiner

Naama Weiner

Director of Youth Centers and External Training, ELEM

Naama Weiner is the director of youth centers and external training of ELEM–Youth in Distress. Previously, she has held a variety of educational and teaching positions, including coordinator at the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Student Administration and at the education center in the Ma’asiyahu Prison. She has worked at ELEM since 2012, and began by founding and directing the Lighthouse Center for youth at risk in Lod. Naama holds a bachelor’s degree in law, and is completing a master’s degree in rehabilitative social criminology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She is married and lives in Emek Hefer.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Noa Zamir

Noa Zamir

Director of Youth Leadership Program, NOAM Youth Movement

Noa Zamir directs the Hagshama department of the Masorti Movement's NOAM youth movement, where she is responsible for young people in national-civic service programs and in Nahal (Pioneering Youth) units in the IDF. A graduate of NOAM and its Nahal track, she has worked for the movement in various roles since 2012. Noa seeks to inspire young people to engage in meaningful educational activity via volunteering, encounters and discourse, and group and communal living. A lifelong resident of Jerusalem, she holds a bachelor’s degree in education and political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as a diploma in group facilitation.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program


Tamar Zarmi

Tamar Zarmi

Head of Israeli Society Desk, BINA

Tamar Zarmi is the head of the Israeli Society Desk for BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change, and has been involved in developing informal education programs since 2002. She held several positions in the IDF Education and Youth Corps, and rose to the rank of captain. In the years since, she has worked for a range of educational institutions including the Yitzhak Rabin Center, the Diaspora Museum, Friends of Atidim, and ALMA – Home for Hebrew Culture. Tamar holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, anthropology, and philosophy, and a master’s degree in curricular development, both from Tel Aviv University. She is married, has two children, and lives in Ramat Gan.*This biography was last updated at the start of the program