Graduates



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