Fellows


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.